K6TU Control iPad application is available!

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With great thanks to all who helped with the alpha/beta testing of the app and to FlexRadio Systems, I'm delighted to announce that the K6TU Control iPad is now available.

Full details including a video shot by Mack W4AX are available here:

K6TU's Ethergeist blog
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Stu, looks great. This is probably heresy, but....Android?

- Les, W9XC
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Quick! Where's the garlic and the wooden stake????

Sorry Les, but I'm not going to dive into Android any time soon. I did consider trying one of the alleged frameworks that support cross platform app design but came to the conclusion that it made everything a poor compromise.

Stu K6TU
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Well that's disappointing. :-(
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Me too! :-(
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Stu,
Thanks for the great iOS app.
I have played with it for a few minutes and I have some notes which you may or may not already be aware.

1. I was able to open and control slices without ever opening SmartSDR. This is great and due to the K6TU Control being an independent client.

2. When I finally did open SmartSDR, the slice created from the K6TU Control was not visible in SmartSDR. Slices created in SmartSDR, however, do properly show up in the list of slices in K6TU Control.

3. The state of the Line Out and Headphone volume and mute are saved with the profile even though those settings are not displayed on the profiles page.

4. I would like to see memories implemented much like you have implemented profiles. The main difference would be that it would include frequency and mode. If each parameter could be optionally saved into the profile then the user could decide if a parameter such as volume, or frequency, or power setting should be saved with the saved profile/memory.
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Robert,

Thanks for the feedback...

1. Yes - the app is an independent client like SmartCAT - so you can create slices without SSDR being open although my preference is to use SmartSDR as the display. You can tune the slice by sliding your finger on the frequency display as Mack W4AX showed in the video.

2. The issue with slices created before running SmartSDR is known and should be fixed in the next update to the latest beta of SmartSDR. Slices created after SmartSDR is running are correctly shown.

3. Yes, this is correct and intended operation. Also saved are the settings available of the Setup view such as TX relay controls etc.

4a. Memories - I think about this... its not a big deal from an implementation point of view but a bigger deal from how to integrate into the user interface. Saving frequency, mode and filter setting is also pretty straightforward.

4b. Optional state saving... the challenge here is that some of these parameters are slice specific - unlike the line out and headphone settings that are radio specific. As you can see, all the radio specific functions except TX power level, ATU state are saved - I may have missed a couple of others... I made a deliberate design decision not to save slice related state. This is to avoid clashing with the persistence features implemented in the radio itself that are now visible as part of the 1.0.24 beta release. For example; if the app is started and there are already slices open, what should the app do? This gave me enough of a headache I kicked that can down the road! :-)

Thanks for the positive feedback! I very much appreciate it!
Stu K6TU
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Stu,

3. If since the volume settings are saved, they should be on the profiles page to make this clear and easily adjustable.

4a and 4b. I can see where updating the radio with slice data could be a hassle. You would need a way to indicate which slice to apply the settings. As far as optional state setting, I imagined graying out settings that will not be updated. This could be toggled with either a long press (pretty but not intuitive) or a nearby toggle switch (intuitive but not pretty).

5. I forgot to mention that DAX mode worked if it was already selected from SmartSDR but not on creating a new slice. I am sure that is because the app was submitted to the app store before DAX was available.
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Robert,

Re 3, I'll think about that - it is described in the documentation and as you will see, some of the controls on the Profile page are not saved (the power level and MOX for example).

On DAX, there will be an update to the app in a few days that will both show DAX channels per slice and allow them to be configured. This is via the addition of a DAX button on the slice view. I'll be submitting this update into the App Store process shortly. Updates get highlighted automatically via the AppStore app on the iPad.

Stu K6TU
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Congratulations,
surely this is a great application but the price seems very expensive, though the cost was cheaper to make the purchase ....
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Pricing is always a challenge... especially because Ham's seem to be very cost conscious despite spending $$$$ on radios, amplifiers, towers, antennas etc.

The functionality of the application is extensive - its about a third of the price of a FlexControl and not even twice as expensive as BobMeters which many folks seem to purchase and which is tied to one radio by serial number. For one purchase price, you get to install the app on any iPad you own and use with any number of radios.

I happily pay $30/year for Writelog as my logging software - its only available on a subscription model. Yes, I could use N1MM for free but I prefer the functionality and support of Writelog.

Compare the functionality you get with other options and I think you'll see the value delivered for a fair price.

Stu K6TU

PS: Several of my alpha testers purchased an iPad to dedicate to the app and their station control - I think that also puts the price in perspective.
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Hi Stu. I am considering an Ipad for this as well. I don't have one as of yet.

Tnx
Greg
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Stu

Somewhat off the subject, I was wondering what platform you are running SmartSDR.

Don
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Its a MacBook pro running Parallels - Windows 7 and CentOS as VMs. I use JollysFastVNC to access the computer that lives next to the radios - it used to run my Flex 5000 and still handles all the peripherals like amps, rotors etc.

The MacBook Pro happily runs the two monitors you see in the picture.

Stu K6TU
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Do you have any issues with SmartSDR running in Parallels? I am using an iMAC 27 with 16gb of memory and I found SmartSDR flaky at times with DAX.

Don
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Don,

I haven't tried running DAX under the Parallels environment. The screen you can see on the right runs SmartSDR under Windows/Parallels while the one one the left is a VNC connection to a QuadCore machine running 64 Bit Windows 7 at 2.33 GHz.

I haven't had any problems running DAX on that machine.

One thing I have done is to allocate multiple cores to the Windows VM under Parallels - that did make quite a difference especially when running multiple pan adaptors full screen as you can see in the picture.

Stu K6TU
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Stu,

At some point in the future, will it be possible to port audio through your iPad app? I hate the thought of using another app/program just for audio. Tnx!

Paul, W9AC
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Paul,

There won't be audio or pan adaptor support in the K6TU Control application. I have started work on a full remote client for the iPad that will have both. I designed K6TU Control specifically for contest operation or other situations where smooth workflow integration is a requirement. I didn't want to sacrifice screen real estate...

I don't have an estimate at this point for the availability of the full remote client but will post an update as I make progress.

Stu K6TU
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I downloaded the app to my iPad. However, the wireless iPad cannot see my radio when I open Radio Chooser. I suspect that the issue has to do with my home network configuration, specifically my ASUS wireless network. I have no problem accessing the internet via the ASUS wireless network for my iPad, iPhones, wireless printer, etc.

I have the Flex-6500 ethernet cable running directly into a Netgear Gigibit switch. I also have my computer's ethernet cable and my internet ethernet cable plugged directly into the same switch. My computer can find the Flex-6500 just fine via this ethernet cable arrangement through the switch.

Can someone point me in the right direction for properly setting up my home network so that I can access my Flex-6500 through both my wired ethernet cable and my ASUS wireless network arrangement.
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George,

There are two possible issues...

1. The WiFi access point and the radio must be on the same subnet - for example, if the radio IP address is 10.1.1.10, then the WiFi access point should also be on the 10.1.1.XXX network.

2. The access point must forward UDP broadcast packets - if the AP and the radio are on the same subnet, this should happen by default.

I'm not familiar with the ASUS WiFi support but I am confident that it can be configured to work.

Please check the two points above - I suspect that the first is the issue... you may need to assign your WiFi access point a specific IP address and then tell your Internet modem to leave a piece of its address space for static IP addresses.

If you have problems getting this to work, please email directly and we can set up a time where I can talk you through this.

Sorry you are having network connectivity issues!
Stu K6TU
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I did have a quick look at some of the ASUS access points... please send me the model number of the one you have so I can pull the manual.

Looks like some of them have a firewall built in... in order for the radio to show in the Radio Chooser, the firewall must pass UDP port 4992 FROM the "Internet" side to the Wifi side.

Stu K6TU
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Just to close this one out...

Gary had a wireless router that had placed all the wireless devices on a separate subnet. We reconfigured his wireless router to act as a conventional WiFi Access Point which placed all the devices (wired and wireless) on the same subnet.

At that point, the K6TU Control iPad app was able to see the radio and connect.

Issue resolved!
Stu K6TU
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Stu,

Is a 16GB ipad mini sufficient memory, and screen size, to run your app?

Or would a 32 GB (or 64 GB) ipad Air a better long term investment considering future upgrades and apps you may be envisioning?
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Charles,

I have run the K6TU Control app on a 16 GB iPad mini - it works fine. However, I prefer the larger screen real estate of the iPad air etc. You don't need much memory for the current application so a 32 GB would be ample.

Think more about what other things you will use the iPad for... I get all my newspapers, magazines, books, music etc all on the iPad. Video and music are the things that consume the storage space.

Stu K6TU
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Stu, I think I might borrow my XYL's iPad 2, however, it only has 16gb of memory. Do you think that will present a problem?

Don
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Not a problem - several of the alpha/beta testers had that configuration.
Stu K6TU
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If I install on my wife's iPad and then I decide to purchase an iPad for myself will I have to purchase another copy of the software if I remove the copy from her iPad?
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Don,

It depends on the iTunes account under which you purchase any application. Once you purchase an application under one iTunes account, its available to you on all appropriate devices - for example, an iPad app will be available to all iPad's registered under THE SAME iTunes account.

You can register a new iTunes account and then on your wife's iPad, goto to the Settings app, and under iTunes & App Store, you can touch on the Apple ID and sign out, then sign in under the new account and then purchase/download the app.

If you decided to then purchase an iPad, be sure to register it with your NEW id and you should have access to the same applications.

I think there is an FAQ on Apple's web site that speaks more to this.

Stu K6TU
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I think I am ok because I believe I set up all the apple products to access the App Store with the same iTunes account. Now I have to wait to get her iPad when she isn't using it...lol.
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Thanks Stu,
This mini would be used strictly for you app for contesting and DXing, so maybe the 32 GB would give me a bit of headroom. The only other consideration would be desk footprint vs readability and adequate screen real estate to effectively use the app. Do you feel the larger ipad screen earns its footprint in usability?

In other words, will the mini screen be too crowded in a contest environment?

Thanks so much for your speedy reply. Anxious to use this wonderful app.
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Charles,

I personally find the mini a little small - perhaps its because I started with an iPad Retina and have never looked back.

K6TU Control works fine on both mini and regular sized - in the heat of a contest I prefer the larger screen as the controls feel easier to use.

Stu
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That's what I needed to know. The 32 GB iPad Air is in the shopping bag!

Thanks for the guidance Stu. Looking forward to a Mac SSDR client someday for my new Mac Mini. Running SSDR under Bootcamp/Win 7 but tired for messing with Microsoft all these years.

Will be downloading your app as soon as I get the iPad Air in my hands.

Charles
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Hi Stu,

I get the screen on my iPad but nothing shows up to select; no joy.... I'm running a Buffalo Air wireless router WiFi connected to my PC/Flex-6500 and iPad... What did I do wrong? Dennis, k0eoo
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A better approach if you cannot connect the radio to an AP is to get a wireless bridge and connect the radio to that. The bridge will get the wifi traffic and pass that to whatever is connected to the wireless bridge. They sell for about $50 or less at Best Buy. My thoughts about assigning a static ip address to the enet card would not work unless you could get windows to route through the card.
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Hopefully we will get some feedback from Dennis...

I've found an Open Source DHCP server already built for Windows on SourceForge. Assigning a static IP address to the Ethernet interface and then running the DHCP server should solve the problem assuming Windows will route from one interface to the other.

Stu K6TU
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I will try your idea out when I get home. I'm running W7 SP1 by the way...
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RR - if this doesn't work, I have a solution that will...

Please mail me via my address in QRZ.COM and we can schedule a phone call and remote access so I can help you get on the air with the app.

Stu K6TU
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Stu, Don, that didn't work. I won't waist time going over what happened. I'll send you a direct email and we can take this off like until a solution is found. Appreciate the help guys! Dennis, k0eoo
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Happy New Year Stu and to all the others,
I use your App since Yesterday , it's great..to use it ....thanks for your great work with you'd done with all the other HAMs...I use it without any problems...I like it and it is a great add on for all my applicatitions with the Flex Environment ...I'm happy that I can Support your work with the fees for the App ... It is easy for me to accept this if I see all the work which you'd done for us,

Hny Norbert DJ7JC
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Norbert,

Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated and great that you are enjoying the app. It took me almost 6 months to develop and test the app - along with the help of almost 20 alpha/beta users!

Stu K6TU
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great up front control panel.
Would like this puppy to be able to use the DAX audio even the Flex spectrum

Do hope for the cost it will grow into a remote "REMOTE" access system
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Ed,

K6TU Control was designed to work as a control panel for the radio. It does not and will not support the display of a pan adaptor or streaming audio.

I am working on a second application that will be a full remote client - this is going to take a while and so I won't speculate on a date for availability.

I designed K6TU Control to streamline workflow in operating the radio for contests, Dxpeditions or other situations where maximum efficiency and operating speed are required.

Stu K6TU
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Hmmmm. I was thinking of this but everything in my shack is wired. I do not have Wifi in the shack so I don't think this would work unfortunately.

Greg

Happy New Year!
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Greg,

You are correct - you need WiFi to be able to access the network to which your Flex-6000 series radio is connected.

WiFi AP's are now very inexpensive - I've seen them priced as slow as $29.99.

Stu K6TU
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Hi Stu,

Been using the app today and I ran into a few problems which may be due to my inexperience with the it.

1. Creating a slice with the app does not put in the default transmit upper and lower cutoffs as defined in the default profile. My default profile requests 3000 Hz as the upper transmit cutoff, but it always comes up as 2800 Hz.

2. Changing a profile with the app does not change the upper and lower cutoffs as defined in the selected profile.

3. The band selector will allow me to change bands once, then becomes unresponsive.

4. When the CW mode is selected and the monitor circuit is in the OFF position, the mic is live in the monitor circuit and comes through the speaker. When the monitor circuit is turned on (blue), nothing can be heard from the mic and the CW sidetone is heard as expected. Very strange.

5. When the app is used to control a slice created by SSDR, the pre-defined SSDR filters over-ride the custom filters created in the app. This may be by design, but it seems counter-intuitive because the concept is for the app to control the radio. If the user likes the SSDR filters, they can be selected from the pan-adapter. Maybe this is impossible to program around, I don't know. It would be nice for the custom filters to show on the ipad app regardless if the slice was created by the app or created by SSDR.

I do have a suggestion concerning the power level slider and the CW speed level slider. Since the finger on the slider ball hides the number above the ball, is it possible to allow a finger tap on either side of the ball to increment or decrement the slider in units of 1 to allow a more precise setting of these levels?

I noticed that the program asks for upper and lower transmit cutoffs for each and every custom sideband receive filter that is created. Could there be an area where the upper and lower transmit cutoffs are globally identified for each profile? This would be a big time saver for those of us who want the same transmit cutoffs regardless of the receive filter widths. Maybe allow the user to specify transmit cutoffs for each filter if they so desire, but allow it to be set globally with one selection for each profile?

I can see great potential in the app, Stu. I hope you don't mind identifying these areas. As I said, it could be my inexperience with using it. By the way, is there any documentation available on how to use the app other than the short video?
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Charles,

Excellent feedback and much appreciated. Here's some detailed feedback...

1. The transmit and receive filter definitions are stored as a pair with each filter. When a slice is created from the iPad, the currently set transmit filter definition as shown on the Setup view of the app are the ones currently in effect. To set the radio to have the receive and transmit filter definition you have for the filter, select the filter from the pop-up menu that appears when you tap on the filter button.

If you create a slice using the app once one is already open and configured, the newly created slice will have the same bandwidth, mode and frequency as the slice currently highlighted in the slice list when you hit the + button.

2. Same answer as above - when the profile is loaded, the transmit bandwidth is initially set per the setup values. This is overridden when you select a specific filter appropriate to the mode of the slice.

3. Very odd - thanks for letting me know, I'll investigate and fix if I can reproduce the problem. This is a new report.

4. I have seen this behavior. I think its a bug in the radio and its been reported by the alpha test group. Rebooting the radio fixed this one for me.

5. SmartSDR and K6TU Control are both separate clients - filters are currently client specific. If you create a slice via SmartSDR it will have the filter specs defined there. You can override this by tapping on a filter for the that slice in the app.

I like your suggestion regarding the sliders for power and CW speed - I'll look at what it takes to do this... it won't make the next revision which I expect to get into the App Store approval process at the end of this week.

I agree that setting the filter definitions can be tedious. I think I will add a check box to the filter definition that says "set the transmit configuration for all filters in this mode" - that way, you can set the TX configuration once per mode and have it apply the settings to all filters for the currently selected mode.

The next release of the app has accelerated tuning detection (the faster you swipe, the greater the tuning speed) and sets the default step size to 10 Hz. This greatly improves the fine and coarse tuning via the app.

It also adds DAX configurability per slice plus indication of which DAX channel is configured per slice.

There is indeed documentation available for the app. Here's a link:

K6TU Control documentation

I will add a button to the app that will bring this up in the iPad browser.

Thanks again for the comments! Please keep them coming!

Stu K6TU
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Thanks so much for the detailed explanations Stu. Dale sent me a link to the documentation, and I now have it printed out for reference. Been reading it between patients at work.

Another possibility for incrementing/decrementing power or CW speed or other precise controls would be "-" and "+" buttons that would turn red and be active for whichever control was being actively adjusted. These two buttons could be placed in the same location on each page that allows incrementing and decrementing. This would allow screen real-estate to be conserved and the user would always know where his fingers need to go to accomplish the adjustment.

After reading the documentation I realize why you have transmit filters associated with each receive filter. The global option would be a nice touch, however, for those of us who stay with the same transmit cutoffs.

Speaking of cutoffs, a very nice feature for those of us who experiment with different microphones and audio would be a drop-down box for low and high SSB cut-off points. This would make it very easy to test different cutoffs for optimal audio results. The cutoff points can be changed from the Settings menu on the pan-adapter, but it takes a number of mouse clicks and key-strokes and a fair amount of time. Having it easily accessible in a drop-down box in the App would make audio enthusiasts happy, happy, happy.

Thanks for looking into the band-changing behavior. I may have been trying to change bands on a slice that was created by SSDR instead of the App. Would that make a difference?

Hallelujah for accelerated tuning detection!!! I haven't seen that since the Yaesu FT-1000D with the tuning modification. That will be very slick.

Relative to (5) above, if the filters are client specific, I'm still not sure how to impose the App filters onto an SSDR created slice. I'm at work and don't have access to the radio until tonight, but I think only the SSDR filters show up in the APP when it controls the SSDR created slice. I will try it again tonight.

Nice App Stu. I think you're a contester like me, so I appreciate the effort in getting the machine/human interface refined for maximum usability. Non-contesters who seldom need to make changes to the radio can't fully appreciate the significant of having these controls so readily accessible. In contesting (and DXing), milliseconds can seem like minutes.

Thanks,

Charles K5UA
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Charles,

I will add a way of setting all transmit filters for a specific mode to the same value with a checkbox.

The filter settings for any slice can be over ridden by any client. The initial configuration for the filter depends on which client creates the slice.

To set the filter for a slice from the iPad (regardless of which client created it), just tap on the filter bandwidth button in the slice and select a filter from the drop down list.

I am indeed a very active contester! :-)

Stu K6TU
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Charles,

Can you give me some more information about the band button? I tried it and it works fine. It allows you to select a fast QSY to a pre-canned (and fixed) frequency in the new band.

Thanks
Stu K6TU
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My Yoga just died so I need a new tablet. Thinking of either the Kindle HDX or a 2014 Samsung Note 10.1.

I will probably keep an eye open for a used iPad 2 or better for use with these apps.

73
Greg
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Is the purchase price for the app a one time charge or will there be a continuing annual fee for renewal and upgrades ?
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Per Apple's requirements, UPDATES to the current application are at no additional cost. So there is no annual subscription (which if I had my way, I would have implemented).

FWIW, I think FlexRadio Systems should reinstate the annual subscription to get new software releases for the radio. Developing software is NOT free and its in all of our interests that they are motivated and resourced to keep developing software for the radio.

$250 a year would be more than reasonable as a software fee and after spending the money to purchase my Flex 6700 seems more than fair.

Sorry to rant but here's two points for everyone to consider:

1. I have spent hundreds of hours developing this application over 6 months. It cost me money to become a registered Apple developer. I don't expect the cumulative sales over the life time of this application to come close to providing a financial incentive to develop any others - I priced the app as I have to make a point - software is not free and developers need an incentive to invest their time.

2. Folks spend more than $4000 to purchase a 6000 series radio. Add to this a computer, antennas, amplifiers etc and many hams have spent 10's of thousands of dollars on their stations. Some perspective is appropriate I think...

Jim - this isn't aimed at you but at folks in general.

If you don't like the price for K6TU Control - don't buy it.

Happily in the USA we live in a country with freedom of choice.
Stu K6TU
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Stu, No problem with the fee for your app. The app looks very interesting and I appreciate your work and knowledge to develop it. I am not yet sure if it is for me. My hopes are to be able to operate my 6700 which is located in my cold dungeon like basement from the comfort of my living room. Hope others will also develop useful software and apps to improve the use of the 6500/6700 transceivers. Best wishes for your enterprise, which is, I am sure, more a labor of love than a way to get rich. 73, Jim WA9ABB
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Stu, there are too many penny pinching folks in our arena who just don't understand what it takes to create an ap like this one. Your price is reasonable and if the ap is even half as good as the knob, it is a winner. Going to get my iPad and start the download.

Geep WA4rts
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Gary Robertson - KY5R

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to work with Stu in successfully correcting a problem where my wireless network could not see my Flex-6500. I found Stu to be patient, persistent, and smart in addressing the problem. I have always heard the phrase about someone being the smartest person in the room. Well, Stu is that guy.

I have been disappointed (but not surprised) with the complaints about the $40 cost of the app. For that price, I get an app that I can use with my Flex-6500 for years. I spend way more than $40 for a tank of gas and probably more than that for a one time trip with my wife to the movies. Virtually all of my non-ham software applications on my computer cost way more than this app. I agree with Stu - if you don't like the price of the app, don't buy it. But, you will be really missing a real opportunity to better use your Flex-6000 series of radio. This app is that good.

I have tried unsuccessfully to write a positive review on Apple's App store about the K6TU Control App. The "send' button grays out when I enter any comments. However, if you like this app and can write a positive review on the app store, please do so.

If you think I am a fan of Stu and his FlexControl and now the K6TU Control App for the iPad, you bet I am.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I initially balked at the $39.95 price, but then I thought that in the past year I have upgraded my station with the following:
$4500 for my FLEX 6500,
$99 for the Flex Control Knob (Which is worth its weight in gold!)
$107 for my Heil PR22UT mike,
$49 for a boom mike stand,
$911 for a T-11 Log Periodic,
$850 for a new tower to put it on, (Concrete & bucket truck still pending)
$68 on new aluminum tubing for a 40 Meter vertical,
$649 for Flex-1500 last Christmas
$69 on a Hercules DJ controller for my Flex-1500
$169 for a new 22 inch monitor
$59 for a dual monitor stand to put it on,
$37 for a Baofeng UV5RA HT, and $29 for another one 6 months later,
you get the picture....

Suddenly the cost of a custom program for this great new station I am assembling isn't so bad!

Many of us have gotten too used to "free" copies of crippled loss-leader level programs that ask you to upgrade to $10 paid versions. They make their profit by selling millions of copies cheaply. But how many copies do you think Stu will be able to sell? It IS rather a limited and exclusive market...

I just finished downloading it and can't wait to try it out this evening.

Thanks a lot, Stu!

(I may be calling for help getting it running!)
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Greg

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Heck, I am not even using it yet till I find an iPad...but thanks Stu.

73
Greg
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Gary Robertson - KY5R

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I am using the K6TU Control App in conjunction with Skype with success hearing audio from the Flex-6500. I have Skype loaded on both my iPad and on the PC that runs SmartSDR. In Skype on the PC, I have the Microphone set to DAX Audio RX 1. On SmartSDR, I have the DAX button (next to X/RIT button) enabled and Channel 1 selected. I can hear and control the volume of the radio's audio on the iPad. When using Skype for audio, the K6TU audio controls do not have any effect.

When moving between bands using the K6TU App, I have sometimes lost the DAX channel and had to reset DAX via the SmartSDR screen. Things should become easier using DAX when the next version of K6TU Control App has specific controls for DAX.
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Charlie, WA3UTC

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Stu; Works great as intended. I look forward to seeing your new apps for total control as you release them. HNY

73

Charlie, WA3UTC
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Stu Phillips - K6TU, Elmer

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Thanks Charlie! Appreciate the feedback!
Stu K6TU
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Greg

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Have my eye on an iPad 3 32G for $325...
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Don - kx9q

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is it new and from where? I assume it has wifi.
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Keith Wolford

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I never thought I'd want an iPad or the FlexControl, now, after getting both on the same day, I can't imagine not having either one. They really add another ease-of-use aspect to the whole experience.

Thanks Stu for making both the iPad app and the FlexControl happen!

Keith - AE5XN

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