Maestro for remote CW operation, outstanding issues

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I am considering purchasing a Maestro for connecting with my 6400 remotely. I operate remotely 95% of time. My intention is to use the Maestro as a means to key the radio for CW operation. And also take advantage of the new SmartControl feature for general SSB use. My question is:  Are there any outstanding known issues / limitations related specifically to CW mode on the Maestro that I should be aware of?  Thanks in advance!  Dan
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Posted 6 months ago

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The current versions of SmartSDR software do not allow proper operation with the Maestro and an external keyer.  If you use version 2.4.9 software, then you are OK.   This is Flex defect #7378.  Please read this chain of previous correspondence on the subject:
https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/remote-latency-rtt-change-with-maestro-cw-keying

I am VERY interested in purchasing Version 3 software, but I also like to operate CW through my Maestro.  So, I have held back from buying Version 3.   Flex has not indicated when #7378 might be fixed.

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I find my Maestro doesn’t work very well on CW the feedback is choppy probably due to internet latency I have 100 down and 25 up at my control location and 25 down/4 up at the remote On SSB the receive chips at times but is usable CE is another thing However CWX seems ok But that’s keyboard not paddle sending I’ve heard of some using the Remote twins that Elecraft markets with their rigs For remote - using them for tone feedback
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Dan Trainor

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thank you.
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Jamie WW3S

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if using the built in keyer, you wont get sidetone output from the maestro, the sidetone is on the radio side only....workaround is to use an external keyer and configure the maestro for a straight key, but once you keep adding workarounds, is it even worth it? 
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Not sure I understand completely.  I only operate remote. Would plug paddle into Maestro.  So, sidetone from Maestro. What are issues?  dan
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So only using paddles? May work, using a stable version 2 to insure TX keying isn’t choppy....but if you want the built in winkeyer AND a paddle.....no....
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how about an external keyer plugged into Maestro straight key plug? 
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Yes, that’s what I did for arrl SS....I used a Mortty unit, configured as a winkeyer, on my local pc, paddles plugged into that, and maestro configured for a straight key
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Thanks!
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Dan Trainor

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Thanks guys.  This does not look too promising. Are there any more issues that I should know about?  I may have to hold off on purchase for now. Thank you, dan
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Any other recommendations? thanks
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I'm not sure of the problem that WW3S is referring to. I plug my paddle directly into the Maestro keying input and hear a local sidetone coming directly from the Maestro. I've operated that way for years.

I have both the older and newer Maestro versions and they both work that way. 

I operate my Wisconsin station from 800 miles away in North Carolina all the time using a paddle and the Maestro's internal keyer using this setup.

Be aware of the keying issues beyond v2.4.9 however. Like John, I cannot use any version other than that due to a known keying defect that has not been corrected (#7378).

I had upgraded both of my stations to v3.x and discovered the problem when monitoring my own signal. John referenced the original post above.

v2.4.9 and a paddle plugged into the Maestro works flawlessly.

73,
Fred
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I agree, you will hear sidetone using the configuration you stayed....however, if you also use software, like MM, or other software to send via the built in winkeyer, you WONT hear that sidetone.....so if you trust your software is sending the right message, no worries, but if want to hear both software and paddle sidetone, you’ll need an external keyer plugged into the maestro, and configure as a straight key....
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So my purchase appears to come down the fixing of a known bug - issue #7378.  I am using SSDR version 3.1.7 and I am already dependent upon some features in that release, so it is not possible for me to go back to 2.4.9 where apparently this issue is not present.  Thus no Maestro purchase for me and I will have to look for alternatives to remote keying.  Thanks to all for notifying me of this issue before my purchase, 73 dan