Is there any compelling reason to have "both" a Maestro and a 6600M?

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Additionally, I ordered the 6600M but travel a "lot" in a motor home, sometimes staying at hotels as well.
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Dave Gipson

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KF4HR

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It really comes down to whether you enjoy operating your Flex remotely via a Pad, laptop, or the Maestro.  Any of these will suffice for remote operation. 
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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When I’m traveling I tend to take an iPad using SmartSDR for iOS.

My Maestros (I have one for each QTH) spend much of their time remoting to a radio elsewhere in the QTH, though I often have one on my desk at work using SmartLink to remote home.

How an M-model and a separate Maestro work together is presently you can use one or the other to access the radio. That will change, but what it will look like is in flux.

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Steve
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Not that I'm a where of, although the Maestro does have a string of jacks on the back which makes it convenient for connecting external speakers, key, line in, line out, two microphones, phones, PTT, etc.  I'm sure there's also a way to make these connections to a laptop, but not sure how convenient it would be.   Laptop users... weigh in!
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I used my Maestro from a hotel way back before SmartLink existed. 

WiFi from laptop to my Verizon hotspot since hotel WiFi was crap. Ethernet from the Maestro to laptop. I used OpenVPN software to set up the laptop as a client back to the home network and bridge over to the Maestro. Worked great, had access to the radio, logging, auto tuner, amp, etc.

Today with SmartLink you would just use WiFi for Maestro to radio via SmartLink and the laptop back to the network using TeamViewer for remote desktop. You can alternately use a VPN server /client setup if you want to logging software and other software locally on the laptop remote.

The only thing you cannot do at this time is have the DAX audio outside of the local network, so for digital modes you would need to run the digital software on the home computer and access it via remote desktop.

Dave wo2x
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New to it but the maestro sounds so much better and everything is easier but people like Kc9ei are very good at laptop rout
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Bill - W9KKN

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At some point, multi-client support has been discussed...not sure if it's still in the works, but in theory, SO2R/4V would be really cool if not overwhelming.
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Gary Johnson

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Isn't Multi-Client 2 operators on one radio??
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Robert Kearbey

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How can both transmit at same time?
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Dwayne - NA6US

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I have a 6600 and Maestro but am finding most of my time is spent in windows at my station or remote mainly due to the fact that digital modes require decode software. As soon a you add in antenna control software, antenna sofware switches or related 3rd party tools, local or remote computer control becomes a requirement.
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This post seems to be about having an M series radio with the Maestro on the front and a second Maestro.  This seems like a mistake to me.   I've always thought the Maestro should not be on the front of the radio but portable.

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They cannot. With version 3 multiflex you can have two different clients connected and using the radio simultaneously.

Transmit is on a first come first served basis. The client who is not transmitting will get an indication the other client is transmitting.

Remember all clients need to use the same SmartLink account. You should “lay down the ground rules” with your guests before they use your radio.

Dave wo2x
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Hi Dave,

  Do you remember if it is possible to register 2 accounts.  say yours and a guest account to the same radio?
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You can have two accounts but the radio can only be registered to one at a time.

When registering the radio it requires a local PTT or local cw closure to complete registration.

I use the DLI Web Switch Pro with two DLI AC relays. One for remote power on and the other connected to the PTT connection. I believe you have something similar set up at your remote station.

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Dave wo2x
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Mark WS7M

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If you could change your order to be non-M radio and separate Maestro you would have what you need.
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Dwayne - NA6US

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On a side note, if you were looking for a radio to share ops with, I personally would prefer the non M version radio together with two Maestro's. Provides you more placement options for the radio itself.
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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I have a 6600 and two Maestros. One for use around the house and the other in my office at work.

In the shack I use SmartSDR for Windows as I have a 50” 4K monitor so screen real estate is not an issue.

Dave wo2x