Introducing Maestro!

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Introducing Maestro - an intuitive, plug-and-play control console that directs operation of any FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceiver without need of a traditional PC.   Connect Maestro directly or through your local area network (LAN) to any FLEX6300, FLEX-6500 or FLEX-6700 transceiver and you are ready to operate.


Maestro harmoniously combines a high definition 8 inch touch display in concert with ergonomically designed controls to enhance ease of use and maximize workflow efficiency in virtually any SmartSDRTM application.

Maestro places the most frequently used controls directly at your fingertips.  Controls are labeled for intuitive operation and designed to minimize hand motion for the most common operations.  Occasionally used controls are easily accessible on the large touch screen display bypassing the complexity of multi-function buttons and multi-level menus found on most transceivers.  Like modern phones and tablets, capacitive touch control is provided on the large LCD display for intuitive pan, zoom, tune, and menu operation.

Ever wish you could monitor the bands or work DX from the comfort of your living room or out on the patio?  Now you can!  Maestro's small footprint and minimal wiring cleans up your operating position and lets you mount the radio virtually anywhere in the shack or around the house.    Its sleek, lightweight design makes it easy to carry or  pack.  An optional battery pack even lets you operate completely untethered.  Off the shelf VESA and VESA to RAM® adapters provide a wealth of mounting options.
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  • EXCITED!!!!

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Tim, will it work with wifi?
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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YES!
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James Whiteway

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Very cool !
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Michael - N5TGL

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Now that IS really cool!
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elan

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is there any clear picture  to see the back connection please ?
vy 73 elan g0uut
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Dan -- KC4GO

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If you go to http://www.flexradio.com/amateur-products/flex-6000-signature-series/maestro/ and step thru the pictures you will find one. Also if you go to http://www.flexradio.com/downloads/maestrospecsheetv1-0-pdf/ you can down load the complete information. 
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Will it work over WAN remote when 2.0 is out?

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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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That is the plan.
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Jon - KJ8S

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Fantastic!
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Michael - N5TGL

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Holy cow, that's even cooler than the previous comment!
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remote dream machine !!!
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Burt Fisher

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There is a difference between, "That is the plan" and yes.
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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Does it have PPTP vpn capability? :) :)
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YV5WZ

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When will it be available?

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Thanks...Tim.....I ́m in Stand By list....hehehehe


Greetings Venezuela!!



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Stan - VA7NF

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You do make some interesting typos.  The Normans could have used this communications.
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Ross - K9COX

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Sometimes forward looking comments are necessary.
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Burt Fisher

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You missed the target by a thousand years.
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WA6FXT Mike

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UNFAIR!! It wasn't at Visalia! (Feet stomping)
Darn! I sure would liked to have seen that, up close.

Oh, the wife is going to kill me, when she finds out that I just put down my preorder.

73's de wa6fxt
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Very cool. I'm wondering if this would work if I mount it in a car and tether it to my phone to use 4G data (when WAN is supported).

A few other questions:

1) Is the display glass?
2) Is it multi-touch, so pinch/zoom on the panadapers would work?

Thanks!
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It has VESA mounts for possible vehicle mounting, but we'll have to make sure it can withstand road vibration and a few other mobile tests before saying for certain,

Q1 - yes.
Q2 - yes
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I originally was going to hook up my Flex-6300 up to my car.  Which would have either made me build a mini or nano-itx computer and then running the video to the cars dash screen.  But I gave up the project because of the complexity.  So I decided to buy an Icom 7100.  Now that you have Maestro coming, I am rethinking putting my 6300 mobile.  I wish the 6300 had Wifi.  I plan on using the cars built in WiFi and using that as my network.  I'll have to plug a range extender into the Flex 6300 which will funnel the WiFi connection into the radio.  I think this unit is a great idea!
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With wan just mount the stand along and connect with your cell phone or hot spot to the 6390 at home. I have done 75 meter Mobil for 40 years this solves all my issues.
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Thanks for the new innovation.
Looking forward for delivery in the 4th quarter. And I promise NOT to haggle you or Gerald for not delivering when promise!
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How do you envision Maestro interacting with 6700 and it's 8 panadapters, slices and dual Spectral Capture Units?

In the simplest example the Maestro could choose 2 of the eight possibilities.  Continuing to dream would be more complex capabilities of the SmartSDR family.

For example, will the user be allowed to send 2 panadapters and slices to Maestro and the other remaining panadapters and slices to another computer for auxiliary processing and display?

Another example would have several computers utilizing DAX data streams for processing the extra 6 slices while the Maestro would continue to work with two of the remaining panadapters, slices and waterfalls.

In any case, thank you for this wonderful addition to the SmartSDR product line!

Ted
NX6C
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Ted,

Some of this is TBD, but I'll try and answer your questions.

How do you envision Maestro interacting with 6700 and it's 8 panadapters, slices and dual Spectral Capture Units?

In the simplest example the Maestro could choose 2 of the eight possibilities.  Continuing to dream would be more complex capabilities of the SmartSDR family.

We have some opportunities here with the 6500 and 6700, but enhancements in slice, SCU and panadapter control are very possible.

For example, will the user be allowed to send 2 panadapters and slices to Maestro and the other remaining panadapters and slices to another computer for auxiliary processing and display?

Yes, we have plans to add this capability.

Another example would have several computers utilizing DAX data streams for processing the extra 6 slices while the Maestro would continue to work with two of the remaining panadapters, slices and waterfalls.

You can do that today with Maestro.
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Tim, thanks!
I've placed my (pre)order.

Ted, NX6C
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will you be able to run the panel and remote to an additional remote PC??
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WA6FXT Mike

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Tim,
Can we assume the Maestro is Software Download Upgradeable?

73'sde wa6fxt
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This will keep me more than happy until a baby 6000 is available for portable use. Nice! Was not expecting this.
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Priced $100!?
Is not it too cheap?  It is the price of FlexControl!!  I wish my old FlexControl could have survived another 6 months.....
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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$999. The $100 is a deposit
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Takeshi Yamada

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Ahhhh...
Yes, it should be....

Thank you for correction.
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lol yeah when I first saw that $100 price, I almost tripped over myself pulling out my credit card... then I noticed it was just for the deposit. ;-)
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LOL! For $100 I would have bought two of them! Right now, it is a little steep for my budget. Antenna tower and amplifier projects will need to come first. But this is an extremely cool product that will sell a bunch.
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Yes... this could get an Icom fan interested. Finally, freedom from Windows !!
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And on the seventh day, there were knobs.  :)
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Hallejuah brother!!! Knocked off at least three birds with one stone.....
1. Freedom from Windows
2. Knobs for us "knob-a-holics"
3. Transportable remote device
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I am impressed!

What about QSK operation in CW?

VY73
Tom
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Will a prototype be on show at the Friedrichshafen ham radio show next month?

Jeff - G4IUA
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Yes, one will be present at Friedrichshafen.
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Burt Fisher

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That means you have a working model? Do a video of one.
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We are taking several to the booth right after breakfast.
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WB5CCO

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Pre-ordered.
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Santos Rodriguez

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outstanding !!!.. pre-ordered from Spain
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my facebook "Maestro" photo album: https://goo.gl/IN0F2p  (log-in to facebook to see it)
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Will it work with waveform apps, like FreeDV?
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Yes!  This is why the waveform runs in the radio.  It appears to all client as "just another mode supported in the radio"
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I realize that today is the worse day to pose this question (Dayton Hamfest opening) last year in F.Hafen I meet Greg K5GJ and he told me about the imminent release of an interface to control amplifiers and dynamic antennas (SteppIR, Ultrabeam etc.).
Maestro is very interesting device but I think that without the creation of this other interface is impossible to quit from computer (that would be my dream).
There is some information about the production of this useful object (PA, SteppIR and control)?
Thanks and good DX
Luciano, I0JBL
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Congratulations to FlexRadio - this product is truly an SDR game changer and will recruit a whole new market segment into the SDR fold!

73, Barry N1EU
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Excellent and much anticipated offering.  

Will greatly look forward to putting one into use!

Hoping the operating temperature range is portable friendly.

Had a couple quick questions I didn't spot answers to in the release information:

  • Is a projection of the optional battery life available?
  • What type of battery will it be (hoping for a travel/shipping friendly chemistry)?
  • Will the battery be chargeable while in the Maestro?
  • Is the jack configuration fairly well established?
  • Will the jacks be accessible if flush mounted?
  • Will the screen be capable of wide viewing angles?

Very cool and the pre-orders must have been roaring in as I had to wait a bit to place mine.

73

Steve
K9ZW
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Is a projection of the optional battery life available?

---up to 6 hours
What type of battery will it be (hoping for a travel/shipping friendly chemistry)?

--LiPo

Will the battery be chargeable while in the Maestro?

--yes

Is the jack configuration fairly well established?

--it will change slightly from what is shown in the preliminary brochure.

Will the jacks be accessible if flush mounted?

--no, you will need a VESA mount for wall mount

Will the screen be capable of wide viewing angles?

--yes, it has a high def IPS display
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EXCELLENT !  My hats off to you for this move. This is exactly the right direction for Flex and sets the bar for all other SDR systems. In my opinion this shows foresight and leadership and exactly where the industry is headed.

You will most likely take some hits on the pricing but for first horse out of the gate I think you guys hit a home run.

Thanks !!!
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Well this is exactly what I was hoping for.  Its a bit pricey, but that depends whats under the hood as far as processing power.

What is under the hood exactly?  As in processing power etc? 

I placed my pre-order and eagerly await Q4

William
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What is under the hood exactly?  As in processing power etc?  

Well it's not a development platform so I really don't want to get into the specs discussion too much, but instead say that we picked a processor sufficient to run Maestro with good performance.  The display is a 1280x800 WGXA IPS 8" capacitive touch display.
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Ok fair enough :) 
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WA6FXT Mike

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Steve, will it have control over TNFs? I don't see it in the photos.
TNF is much better than ANF.

Mike wa6fxt
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@ Steve,

Why not 1920x1200 resolution? With a lot of tablet manufactures using 8-9 inch with that resolution the price difference might not be significant but you get a lot of real estate...
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So more or less Maestro is a remote control for the Flex without having to worry about using a computer with SDR software? Or, must you have the computer on and running the SDR which then communicates with the Maestro? If it is the second, then it is a good way of having the Flex be a contest grade machine. Not to say that it wasn't before, but I know with the DX Club I belong to, that they did not feel that it was a contesting machine like the K3.
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Everyone should download the brochure PDF, which covers a lot of the questions being asked in this thread. Maestro does not require a PC to operate. You have the option of running of running DAX on a PC on the LAN if you like for digitial modes. Example would be MTTY and 2 Tone for contesting.
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Gerald,
I guess I will have to wait and see the video demonstrations for the Maestro. I am not a Flex owner as of yet, but soon to be. So I will be anxious to read about how people will be integrating the Maestro into their particular stations.

I'm sure your booth will be swamped today!!!
Mark Griffin, KB3Z
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I have a couple of questions of my own. 
  1. I wonder if I can use concurrently the PC and the Maestro. In a contest scenario I think the Maestro will be invaluable! But I also would like to use a bigger display without losing the convenience of the buttons.
  2. DDUtil does a ton of things in my radioshack, most importantly, it sends band data to the amplifier so it automatically switches bands and tuning parameters when I change bands on the flex. It also adjusts the power output when the amp is operational. DDUtil requires a PC to run connected to the Flex. Is there a plan to provide the functionality that will allow us to not have to have a PC running side by side with the Flex if we want to use Maestro?
  3. If I have 2 Series 6000 Flex radios... I should be able to run one with a PC and another one with the Maestro... right? If that is the case... how does DAX and CAT work... will there be other instances of those programs running per Flex radio?
Thanks for delivering a new and exciting product!!
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  1. I wonder if I can use concurrently the PC and the Maestro. In a contest scenario I think the Maestro will be invaluable! But I also would like to use a bigger display without losing the convenience of the buttons.
This has been requested frequently and we intend to do this, but it will not be available "out of the gate" when the product is first released.
  1. DDUtil does a ton of things in my radioshack, most importantly, it sends band data to the amplifier so it automatically switches bands and tuning parameters when I change bands on the flex. It also adjusts the power output when the amp is operational. DDUtil requires a PC to run connected to the Flex. Is there a plan to provide the functionality that will allow us to not have to have a PC running side by side with the Flex if we want to use Maestro?
We have often discussed pulling this functionality into SmartSDR.  We have also discussed it with Steve Nance, K5FR, author of DDUtil.  He's graciously agreed to work us should we decide to do that and I think over time it makes sense to do this.  So it is "on our list" of good things to do, but as of yet is unscheduled/unplanned.  Like all things software, it's just a matter of priority and whether this becomes the "important thing"
  1. If I have 2 Series 6000 Flex radios... I should be able to run one with a PC and another one with the Maestro... right? If that is the case... how does DAX and CAT work... will there be other instances of those programs running per Flex radio?
Yes this is the case.  DAX and CAT can point either radio to any PC target. 
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Thanks Steve!
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  1. DDUtil does a ton of things in my radioshack, most importantly, it sends band data to the amplifier so it automatically switches bands and tuning parameters when I change bands on the flex. It also adjusts the power output when the amp is operational. DDUtil requires a PC to run connected to the Flex. Is there a plan to provide the functionality that will allow us to not have to have a PC running side by side with the Flex if we want to use Maestro?
We have often discussed pulling this functionality into SmartSDR.  We have also discussed it with Steve Nance, K5FR, author of DDUtil.  He's graciously agreed to work us should we decide to do that and I think over time it makes sense to do this.  So it is "on our list" of good things to do, but as of yet is unscheduled/unplanned.  Like all things software, it's just a matter of priority and whether this becomes the "important thing"


Yes it is ... the missing 'link' is now moving away from the PC ... as a min I need a CAT output thats all .. in a selectable Icom/Kenwood or Yaesu CAT format - this will interface into any amp that supports CAT and I can pump into my Microham kit - but built in functions around DDUTIL would be awesome ... DO IT !   Its the missing puzzle and I can ditch the PC :)
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Sounds like USB-MAN to the rescue. USB serial and parallel ports attached to the F6000's USB port and SSDR controlling through the radio.

Linux has lots of good USB serial / parallel device drivers FRS can leverage.

73's de wa6fxt
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Looks fantastic.  Is there a link to the downloadable brochure?  Tnx!

Paul, W9AC

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Very nice, Awesome work, but, i wish i could have used my flex with the Maestro AND the computer at the same time :-(  Keep up the good work, i will jump on one as soon as we can use BOTH at the same time...
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 As for the 802.11 a/b/g/n, will it work with 802.11ac? In other words was the absence of /ac an oversight or will it not work with 5G aka 802.11ac
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I used it on 5GHz all day.
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Since it has Bluetooth, will you be able to connect to the head with your tablet or pc via Bluetooth and run cat control and run digital modes via the bluetooth?