Maestro basic questions

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Maestro will have a built in speaker system correct? Will there be an option to use external powered speakers as well?  Will it use the same mic as the other 6000s? Does it ship with a 12 Volt power supply? What is the expected battery run time?

Will there be anyway to use an auto logging program on a computer if controlling the radio with Maestro?

Lastly I have heard mixed reviews on wireless booster systems. Are there suggestions for which brand/model to best extend the wireless range in my house?

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Maestro will have a built in speaker system correct?

Correct

Will there be an option to use external powered speakers as well?  

Yes, you can use external powered speakers or headphones instead of the built-in speaker

Will it use the same mic as the other 6000s?

The mic connectors are 1/8" or RJ-45 so you can use any 1/8" mic or an existing RJ-45 mic

Does it ship with a 12 Volt power supply?

We are expecting the power supply to be an option.  It will ship with a 12V to circular connector power cord

What is the expected battery run time?

First, how we do the battery may vary by country due to different regulations in each country.  But for the US we will likely sell a battery that is about 10Ah and provides about 6 hours of runtime.  Maestro was designed so that you can purchase off-the-shelf batteries from other vendors and use in the rear battery compartment.  We have regularly found these batteries for $20-40 on the Internet. 

Will there be anyway to use an auto logging program on a computer if controlling the radio with Maestro?

Yes, you may use CAT by loading SmartSDR CAT and running it on your logging computer.  It will run in conjunction with Maestro.

Lastly I have heard mixed reviews on wireless booster systems. Are there suggestions for which brand/model to best extend the wireless range in my house?

I don't have any suggestions for wireless boosters.  I use multiple access points at my house to adequately cover the whole house (multiple floors causes the biggest issue).  I understand there are gaming adapters that may work well, but I've not tried them yet.  Maestro has both WiFi and wired Ethernet, but for WiFi to the radio you do need to have the radio connected to a wireless access point or other device to transmit the Ethernet packets over WiFi