Maestro and SMARTCAT and 6300

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Hoping that the pending 1.5 version can mitigate the NB issue for the entire display and not just the slice I can  considering a 6300 to get back on the air.....pretty much starting from scratch.

Looking for answers to a few questions in the meantime.

1.  Tuner memories:  Is it just one memory setting per band?  Or does it have multiple memories per every XX KHz on each band (more on lower, less on higher)?  Are the memories remembered across power up/down and firmware updates?  Will likely only have one wire antenna, probably an 80M double extended zepp.

2.  Can I run my wireless laptop and the Maestro wireless from the house while the radio is elsewhere on the LAN and use smartCAT to connect to programs on the laptop?  I am thinking for LAN remote my best option for CW is to run a WINkeyUSB on the laptop and use its built in speaker instead of the sidetone through Maestro which is likely to have a delay to deal with.

3.  When is the Maestro likely to begin shipping?

Thanks and 73
Greg
AB7R
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Al K0VM, Elmer

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Greg,
  Yes, the current version of SSDR firmware (1.4.16) has multiple tuner memories per band ( I don't know how many though). The tuner solutions are retained power up/down and at least some firmware updates.

AL, K0VM
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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CW latency on the new 6000 series radios is much lower than the 3000/5000. If you have a chance to demo one live in your area you will most likely be pleasantly surprised.

You can run you peripherals connected to one computer via SmartSDR CAT and run the program on a second PC/laptop on the network. I do that now with DDUtil for amp, tuner, and wattmeter control.

Can't answer for the Maestro as it is not out yet.

Dave wo2x


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Thanks Dave and Al.  I already had a 6700 so I am familiar with the CW performance.  But not over wireless LAN.  I suspect there would be enough latency there to make sending CW problematic.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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CW is generated in the radio, not the client.  The same latency exists when using CWX regardless if the client has a wired or wireless network connection.
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Thanks Tim.  I thought there would be a bit more latency running remote on the LAN with the audio coming from the laptop via wifi.
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Mark Erbaugh

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I thought I heard that the Maestro will have its own WinKeyer. If you use a laptop with a WinKeyer, wouldn't that WinKeyer have to be connected to the radio?
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I never saw info about a winkey being inside the Maestro.  Great idea if it is.  My only purpose would be to utilize the winkey sidetone and maybe to use it with logging software remotely.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Sidetone is generated locally rather than in the radio when operating CWX in a remote configuration.
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Steve - N5AC, VP Engineering / CTO

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There is a Winkeyer inside of Maestro, Greg.
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Thats great....thanks.  From the demo I saw the NB does a good job.  Hope to hear from someone with similar electric fencing noise.