I need a way to do Dstar on my Flex 6700

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So, I have the DEMI LDPA and the 70 as well as 23 cm xverters.  Now, I need Dstar.  Flex no longer offers for sale the thumbdrive.  Is their a waveform out there that does this or other solution?  
Thanks
Peter
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Steve

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The waveform is on the Flex site for download, good luck getting it all to work..
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W2NER

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If you get that working, I would like the detail on what you did and whats needed.
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W2PP

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Ok what I need are solutions. If you have tried the flex e waveform and it doesn’t work at all are their others? Is theirs way to code your audio prior to injection into the mic for example??
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The FLEX 6700 need the ThumbDV D-STAR USB dongle WITH the downloaded Waveform.
I think you you can find one at "NW Digital Radio" who actually just sold them to FLEX I think, these have the FTDI chipset so they will work with the 6700 
Here is a link that shows them on there sales page, http://nwdigitalradio.com/products/
I think FLEX stopped selling them because they were not vary popular and just didn't catch on.

Last I heard it didn't work in Version 2 when it first came out but that was last year, I would hope that flex has NOT dropped support for them in SmartSDR V2, I haven't heard that they have but you never know.

Hope this helps 
73's 
Bret
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Bret thanks. Mike said Flex stoppped selling them became they didn’t work. So I’ll check on these but that may not get the job done.
Peter
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You could always downgrade your Smart SDR to whatever version still worked with the ThumbDV and waveform (some version of 1.x).  When you're done with using D-Star, you could upgrade back to Version 2.  It might be worth the few minutes of your time to do so.  Fortunately you have a 6700 which will work with 1.x, whereas the 6400/6600 series will not.
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No, not an option.  Their is a post elsewhere where a guy tried it and nearly destroyed his computer.  But thanks for taking the time to think about it.  It looks like JARL was the original author of the software.  Couldn't find a word about it on their web page though.  I'll have to wait for Flex to comment on this.  I'm not optimistic.  Its a shame.
Peter
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Does anyone know if the DV portion works?
Peter
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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I run a TumbDV DV3000U from NW Digital Radio on 10meters. D-Star works well for direct contacts.
As I have no transverters, I can't say anything about working with a FlexRadio on repeaters.
The waveform works well and as a bonus you can use the DV3000U with BlueDV as a D-Star AND
DMR dongle on any Windows PC with a headset.
For my D-Star connections I use an ICOM ID-5100, ID-51 and ID-31.
Vy 73, Alex - DH2ID
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Which Flex Radio are you using on 10 meters?
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Flex-6500
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Alex,
Thank you for that information.
Which version of SSDR are you using?
Andrew
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Thanks. I need DStar for repeater use does this work for that?
Peter
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Andrew, I use SSDR  version 2.2.8.190. My QSO partner for HF D-Star uses an IC-7100.
Peter, I've never used the Flex for repeater work. There seem to have been some problems discussed here: https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/d-star-repeater-problem-simplex-ok
Alex