Memories and Most Recently Used Frequency Utility

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I have spent countless hours enjoying my Flex-6500. To improve my operating
proficiency I have written a utility to track my most recently used frequencies and save frequently used frequencies for easy recall. I have successfully used the utility with 1.3.0 and 1.3.8 versions of Flex Radio’s SmartSDR.

The utility is called FRStack and I am releasing a beta version of this utility for your review and enjoyment. If you wish to report an issue or suggest an improvement use the utility’s Help Menu Contact Support link.

You can start FRStack before or after you start SmartSDR. FRStack does not require CAT.  Slices appear and disappear in FRStack as they are created and destroyed in SmartSDR. You can also swap Slice settings with another slice which helps when logging QSOs which are typically logged against Slice A.

I have tested FRStack using a Flex-6500 but it was written to also support the Flex-6300 and Flex-6700.

 

https://onedrive.live.com/download?resid=D6EA27C831DD8A7A!914&authkey=!AOBrxzxCvgXMTYw&ithint=file%2cexe

 

73,

Mark

AA3RK

 

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Mark - W3II

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lyndy brannen

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Thanks.
It works. 
Great job.
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Paul Christensen, W9AC, Elmer

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Glad to now have band-stacking.  This is a very welcome addition.  Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Paul, W9AC
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Nick - W2NER

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VERY NICE!  Makes it very easy to change frequency within a band.  Love it!!  Keep up the good work....
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Steve W6SDM

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Awesome.  Something to install and play with tonight.  This sounds like a good way to keep track of the PSK31 frequencies on each band. among other things.

Thanks for sharing your work!
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WX7Y

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Works great, something SmartSDR really has been missing
73's
Bret
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Ali - 9K2WA

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Excellent job, and the missing slice swap function is made available and works great. 

I know maybe not very many have installed the GPS unit,  I would suggest if the Flex-6700 GPS time could be utilized externally to synch the PC time instead of relaying on the NTP server.  I just started using JT-65 which requires  precise timing. 

Thanks,

73s

9K2WA - Ali
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DK1EY

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Thanks!

Great job.

VY73
Tom
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Dale KB5VE

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Good program very easy to use. Thank you for making available, too bad Flex has not including band stacking in their product.
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Peter

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Thanks for sharing this fantastic utility for the 6000 series. I will let you know of any issues.

Good stuff!

Peter / ve3pcd
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Takeshi Yamada

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It works!  And very convenient.
Thank you!
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Gary Robertson - KY5R

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When I try to run this program, I get a message that I need to install .NETFramework, Version=v4.5.1

Any problem installing this version? Is it compatible with SmartSDR, etc?
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Mark - W3II

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Yes .NET 4.5.1 is required. Yes SmartSDR works very well with .NET 4.5.1 installed. I have been using .NET 4.5.1 since its release October 2013
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Al K0VM, Elmer

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Remember that later .Net versions do not replace previous versions but are in addition to previous versions..  Do not uninstall previous versions of .NET unless specifically instructed during the install process.

AL, K0VM
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Mark - W3II

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If FRStack can not see your radio but SmartSDR can then you may need to create a Windows Firewall exclusion for FRStack.

I am providing the steps to create Windows Firewall Rule for Windows 7:

Navigate to Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network and Sharing Center, click Windows Firewall link (on lower left of screen), click Allow a Program or Feature through Windows Firewall link (on upper left of screen),

click Change Settings button, click Allow another program button,  browse to FRStack (most likely C:\Program Files (x86)\FRStack\FRStack.exe), click Add button, select Home/Work and Public checkboxes.

 FRStack should see the radio now.

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pa0bie

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Thanks Mark for the program and for the solution about the Windows Firewall settings.  It works great.  I have only a problem with frequencies as 136 and 477 KHz. They are put in a band called 160M+.  Also freqeuncies in the 2M band cannot be stored.  The 4M band is indicated as 5M+   I am working with a FLEX 6700.

Jan , pa0bie.

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Mark - W3II

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I have updated FRStack to use generic labels HF1, HF2, VHF1, etc. to represent groups of frequencies outside of traditional Ham Bands. This should make more sense then 160M+ and 5M+ which was the old labeling scheme. Please use the support email link in FRStack for future support issues. Thanks. 73
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Tim

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Thanks.  Works fine with my 6500.

Tim, N9RO

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Tom

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FRStack is an excellent addition to SSDR. I think that it should be a part of future versions of SSDR.
After initial problems with connection to my Flex, I followed Mark's sugestion and modified firewal access.
Everything works well now.
A great piece of software, Mark !

Tom, SP7WT
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Dale KB5VE

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Ok Mark replaced the sdr memory 6k program I had been using. love the stacking and memory . now my want list which is very small. I use a batch file to bring everything up together.  We have yours coming up and shutting down fine, but I would like to place it on my second monitor when it comes up automaticly like my wn1, alpha 8410 program and uidigi does. I was able to move all these then shut down each program with the "X" and then when I bring them up they are at the place and monitor I closed them out from. also I can resize and it is remembered. How about it can this happen on my new favorit memory program?


Keep up the good work.

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Mark - W3II

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Good suggestion, I will add this feature to my next update which should be later this month.
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Joe WD5Y

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Thanks Mark great utility. The ability to save window size and placement will be a great help by allowing better visibility.

Joe
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Nick - W2NER

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Great work Mark, I love this little app!!
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Ernest - W4EG

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Thank you Mark for the phone help.

Now loving it  (FRStack) even more... 73

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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I tried it this afternoon. Works well. It is fast. It remembers RIT/XIT status and other things, too. Nicely done. The only suggestion I have is cosmetic... The "buttons" and font could be smaller to cut down on the real estate it takes.
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Dale KB5VE

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Wow it works great with the memory placement. Now all my programs open with a batch file , including my new great memory program. I am just starting to use and have limited the. Band stacking to 5 memories. I wish we had the ability like power sdr to just click on one thing to move through the memories. Maybe in the future we will be able to put it on the toolbar like the woodbox meter. Mark great job and the true spirt of running a flex shows when people like you give us a new tool for our Flexable radios. Thank you.
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Don - kx9q

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This is an awesome utility.

Don
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Mark - W3II

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Version 0.5.3.0 public Beta release of utility is available. If your PC is connected to the internet FRStack will prompt you to install the new version. If not you can use the original link above to get the latest installer.

This version adds:
Remember window position and state
Add slice and button tooltips
Support for bands above 100 MHz
Update bands labels

73, Mark AA3RK

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Joe WD5Y

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Loaded this earlier and all is great. I really like the window that pops up when you hover over memories or last used frequencies per band that indicates options and values. On the earlier version I had an issue with the agc-t not resetting per band but I checked this new version and it is working perfect in this respect. Thank you very much for this utility, works great.

73's
Joe
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John - W8AGS

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Mark,

Yet another thank you for sharing your software expertise with the community. I downloaded and installed your latest version. It is working great with my Flex 6500. I love having the memories to instantly return to. Great work. Thanks again.

John, W8AGS
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Bruce

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Thanks so much for your efforts.I do hope
Flex Radio acknowledges it too!
I don't see their comments; seems a little odd.
Bruce N5FD
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James Kirk

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I believe they have, memories will be in release 1.4 which will be out in about one month.
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Jeff - G4IUA

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I am unashamedly repeating the above comments - it's a great utility and if only it could be incorporated into SSDR life would be so much easier.  It is gratifying to find others (infinitely wiser than me!) taking the time to write such a useful utility and having the generosity to share it with the rest of us.  

The only problem I have now is that of screen real estate - even with 2 x 24" monitors I have so much information to display.  All the more reason to incorporate these features into the next release of SSDR?

Jeff - G4IUA
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Peter

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YOU ARE THE MAN!
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Bruce

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Bruce - N5FD
great response from the community!
I did not post the comment about Flex Radio not acknowledging the contribution, w
Wires crossed I Suppose. I think i'M the only N5FD; I'm pretty sure, my ticket confirmes it!