I have 3 radios that are currently make up my station.. 6700/Maestro, IC-7300 and a IC-7850. I have been spending a lot of time with the Maestro lately but plan to get back to the other radios as they all have unique features I like. I am trying to figure out the long term roll of the Maestro. I will get back to my PC controlling the 6700 as I miss the big screens and the ability to monitor more than 2 bands. It certainly will have its value when I travel and also unloads my PC from the task of controlling the 6700.
I, personally, think the 7300 missed the boat entirely by not making it Ethernet connectable. USB connection to a computer is hardly a step above an RS232 interface. The 7800 and 7850 do have Ethernet connections but are hardly a comparison to the 6000 series of radios. I have a 7800 and have remoted it but does not provide for the panadapter. To compensate for this deficiency, I piggy-backed an SDR-IQ receiver. After all that money spent on Icom, the 6000 series still pales the Icom.
For normal use of Maestro, I use it primarily running around the house and/or a substitute for my iPad.
I am hoping that V1.8 will include the ability for Maestro to be a control surface (like the Flex Control) in which case I can use my big screen monitors with the Maestro. I see that as more useful for my style of operation than as a stand alone Maestro..
For the Contest Station.. it looks to be a killer app and will dominate the contest configuration.. as computer screens are for logging...
For travelling.. the jury is still out until I get the Raspberry 3 VPN going or V1.8 VPN or V2.0 WAN.. Right now I have a kludged MacBook bridging a VPN... really ugly and too much weight
DLNA in HDTV-smartTv`s all ready allows you to Screen cast computer to the tv we just need maestro to control it! This would work for me.
RE: I hoping that V1.8 will include the ability for Maestro to be a control surface (like the Flex Control) in which case I can use my big screen monitors with the Maestro. I see that as more useful for my style of operation than as a stand alone Maestro..
That's what I'm waiting for also since I'm not a contester and don't operate remote very often. When using my 6700 at home I'd prefer to be in front of the (3) 27" monitors with access to all of my other related applications. I'm actually happy using (2) FlexControl knobs now but the Maestro could be a big step up as a control surface.
Timing -- I'd be surprised to see that capability until sometime later in V2.0 or V3.0 unless a third party is allowed to write code to be deployed on the Maestro. It's just a guess but I suspect between getting WAN perfected and everything else it could fall lower in the list of priorities for FRS.
Maybe we'll be surprised.
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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