Wouldn't it be nice if SSDR 3.x (or 4.x, or 5.x) allows separate slices to be "borrowed" from other 6000 Series owners? Imagine one panadapter which is local, and one not so local, each a click away from a QSO, or the second panadapter could be a radio on the east coast and the third panadapter be a radio on the west coast????
Wouldn't it be nice? (Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink!)
Imagine that lots of flex radios sit idle during the day and some one u approve could connect in to a slice and in effect remote your station.
Very cool idea indeed.
I have not the best antenna so i could totally see a split type thing where i connect to a receive slice that hears better than me but use my tx.
This would make the flex system almost unbeatable. Imagine:
Connect to entire radio. (Planned)
Connect to an RX slice
Connect to an RX/TX slice
Oh I'm sure it will happen (it already has) but we sit here and wonder why ham radio loses it's appeal. YMMV, of course.
Was pondering about this three years ago:
Among the predictions from 2012 are:
- Slices will be traded – you want to hear something off my Flex? Well I’ll trade you a Slice from my station for a Slice from yours.
- There will be a market for open Slices. You only need two and have Eight? Why not rent them out to those who want to use them?
- A Stack of Slices from the GPSDO equipped Flex-6700 versions could be combined for wide-area diversity reception. Using the timing stamps several remote Slices would be processed together.
- Slice Trading will further challenge the DXCC/IOTA/SOTA type programs. Where was the receive antenna and was it the same one used to transmit when you worked that rare DX? Is it a DX QSO if you listen from Europe while transmitting from The States?
- Internally Time-Stamped signals will allow intensive diversity reception processing for surveillance-grade diversity reception capability in an amateur radio device.
Signals from several GPSDO equipped Flex-6700R/6700 units could be combined for wide-area diversity reception. Using the timing stamps several remote Slices would be processed together for a wide spaced diversity effect.
I made a lot more predictions in the series three years ago, and it is neat to see some of them happen!
It seems almost implicit.
It really would be nice to be able to use a slice on a remote 6000, or share one of mine. The 6000's have a great receiver and it would be nice to be able to share it. Security is a pretty big issue. Currently I use Remote Hams and occasionally share my 6700 and or my IC-7100. No panadapter, but the receiver is top notch. Remote hams handles all of the security quite nicely too. I just got back from a 2 week stay in Alaska and used my remote almost every day. Worked great and it also gave me full control of my KPA500 and KAT500. Turns everything on and off remotely as well.
You can also connect to a number of websdr radios. There is one in Sedona, Arizona that is pretty active and works fairly well. I've seen around 15 people connected to it on a single band. Each user can control his/her slice. Its pretty nice being able to see your signal on the panadapter of the remote radio. A friend of mine uses it when he has a high noise level and can't hear me. He just fires up his browser, goes to one of the websdr pages and tunes me in. He loves it. You can find it here: http://w7rna.dyndns-remote.com:18901/
Lots of fun folks! Its going to be really interesting to see what new developments there are over the next few years.
In the last year someone asked me what we were going to do when we ran out of ideas for what we can do on the SmartSDR platform and I just laughed. You guys know -- there's a million things we can do and the worry is not running out; it's deciding what to do next!
Also relevant is a question I heard in driving school a long time ago: What is the single biggest factor in the time that you arrive at your destination? Most would say it is how fast you go, but the answer is "the time you start your trip." As is typical with technology, there is always a period after one company suggests where the market will eventually go that many other companies question the viability of the destination. I'd like to think that we (1) selected the correct destination, (2) started early and we are (3) also driving fast ;-) Those companies that don't get on board soon may not finish the trip.