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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Posted 3 years ago

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Alan Nusso, N4BV

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I am finding that when I make a memory when noise reduction is on and return to it later reduction noise  is off.  Any thoughts on this. Alan
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Mark - W3II

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I will investigate this week. All FRStack support is handled through the support email link in the FRStack application. Please email me at MKCMSoftware AT gmail.com so I can contact you if necessary.

73,
Mark

PS. I have updated FRStack to address this issue. Version 0.5.4.0 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.

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Mark - W3II

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Version 0.5.5.0 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:
 Favorites Tab and ability to mark Memory as a Favorite
 TX Profile Tab and ability to link Memory to a TX Profile
 Option to change button Font Size and Color
 Import File now merges with existing memories
 Replace horizontal button scrolling with wrapping


73, Mark AA3RK

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Mike - WB8CXO

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Mark, GREAT PROGRAM!  THANK YOU!
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Guy G4DWV/4X1LT

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Mark, many thanks for a most useful utility.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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KK9W - Steve

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NICE update . . . Thanks
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I like the new 0.5.5.0 release.  Adding TX profile buttons is slick, and I like being able to adjust color and font of the buttons.  Thanks!
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Dale KB5VE

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Good just keeps getting better. Ok wish list. I can now size it down to two Collins. You can go to one but the buttons stay at two wide but the tabs stack on each other.

Can we get it to size to the tool bar like the woodbox meter. People think it is part of smart sdr until I shut smart sdr down.

Love being able to set colors starting to feel like powersdr!

Great job thank you for your work.
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Bob G W1GLV

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Mark, fantastic job on this software. Works great.
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Brent Parker

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Maybe Flix should have a central repository, for user uploaded programs, instead of haveing each user hosting at a different site.  Tim - any issue with that??

Nice job Mark.

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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We are considering doing something like this in the future.
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Joe WD5Y

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Mark and Group,

For some reason my "Avast" security determined there was a threat with FRStack and removed the file? I disabled the file portion of the security and downloaded again fine but when I enabled my security complete it moved the application out again, any help would be much appreciated as this one has me scratching my head. Evidently my security had an update and decided FRStack had an issue.

Thanks and 73's

Joe - WD5Y


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Mark - W3II

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  You will most likely have to add an exclusion for the FRStack.exe file. I am not an Avast user so I can not publish the exact steps to accomplish this task.
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Joe WD5Y

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Mark,
I tried that but could not get to work. Believe it or not I did an avast update and it solved the problem; an update to solve an update issue.

Thanks for help, 73's
Joe
WD5Y
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Memories and Most Recently Used Frequency Utility supports SmartSDR 1.4

Version 1.4.2.0 Adds

Radio Memory List - Create, Apply and Delete Radio Memories

Memory Mini Window - reduced screen footprint

 

 

V 0.5.5.0 release of utility

Favorites Tab and ability to mark Memory as a Favorite

TX Profile Tab and ability to link Memory to a TX Profile

Option to change button Font Size and Color

Remember window position and state

Support for frequency outside US Bands

Swap Slice settings with another slice.

Tracks most recently used (MRU) Slice settings for easy recall and storage to memory.

Save Slice settings to a Band Memory.

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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Mark, thank you for your program. It reads all memories I have
stored in my 6500.
What puzzles me, though, is that although the memories are
read by FRStack and populate it's memory window, if I click
"Apply" only mode change is applied, no frequency change.
Otherwise FRStack is great and I would like to use it for
memory management.
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Mark - W3II

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I can not duplicate this issue, please note:

The link up top works with the latest version of the program works with SmartSDR / FlexAPI 1.4.
https://onedrive.live.com/download?resid=D6EA27C831DD8A7A!914&authkey=!AOBrxzxCvgXMTYw&ithint=file%2cexe

If you are running version 1.3.8 use this version
https://onedrive.live.com/download?resid=D6EA27C831DD8A7A!1187&authkey=!ADsEnroCrCQ2IyE&ithi...

If this is not your issue, please contact me via the support link in FRStack Help menu.

73, Mark AA3RK
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Ok, Mark, I just sent you a support mail.
Thanks for answering and 73, Alex DH2ID
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Mark - W3II

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FRStack 1.4.3 has been released. If you already have FRStack installed you will be prompted to download the new version. If not the link at the top will download the latest version.

This version add new features:

Create global hotkeys to invoke MOX, TUNE, ATU, MUTE, Volume, NB, NR, ANF.

Radio menu has new features

  • Enable Hotkeys
  • Hotkey Editor

  • Enable TX on slice set

  • Slice set always enables TX

  • Follow radio active slice

  • Slice set mutes other slice

  • Radio slice active mutes inactive slices


New Slice panel background context menu

  • Lineout Mute

  • Headphone Mute

  • Binaural RX

  • Monitor TX


New Memory button context menu items

  • TX Enabled

  • Mute Enabled


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This is my goto program for scanning the bands..Cant live without it
-jim NM1W
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Tim - G7GFW / F4VQP

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Thank you for FR Stack - as someone else commented, it would be a very nice addition to Smart SDR.

Tim
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Norm - W7CK

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I love this program and use it all the time.  Not to sound unappreciative but I'd really like to see a scan function.  In other words, have frequencies stored in a couple banks and have the ability to scan through the frequencies in each bank and stop when squelch is broken.   I have several VHF frequencies I use and it would be nice not to have to use up a bunch of slices to monitor them.  One slice that scans through a bank of frequencies would be wonderful.

Are there any plans for such an addition?
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Mark - W3II

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I will look into adding a Scan Bank(s) feature to FRStack. If you would like to provide additional input on how this feature should work please email me at 
aa3rk AT arrl DOT net
73, Mark
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Norm - W7CK

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Thanks Mark.  I'm trying to put something together right now. 
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Jeff - G4IUA

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I’ve already sung the praises of FRStack, but Mark (AA3RK) has clearly had his ear to the ground and the latest beta version offers even more features, including a scanning function as well as addressing other shortcomings in SSDR such as user definable hotkeys.

 I hope this additional functionality is eventually incorporated into future releases of SSDR, rather than having to run additional standalone apps. 

 Mark offers excellent support, and tonight kindly remotely accessed my computer to remove an obscure gremlin causing FRStack to not load properly.  It is gratifying to receive such help from a fellow amateur, remembering all the time and effort freely given into authoring the program in the first place. 

Jeff - G4IUA 

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Jeff - I couldnt agree more about the support, attention to detail, and listening to the users that Mark did in the beta. He has set the bar very high.

But I MUST disagree about having this incorporated into smart sdr. 

If its in smart sdr it wont get the level of attention to detail and care that it deserves. I'd much rather have smartsdr be a core enabler, and see things like memory, DAX and CAT all be done outside of Flex such that it could get more attention. Have Flex give us great APIs and let others build the ancillary tools.
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Only 3 weeks ago I mentioned on this tread that it would be really nice if DDUtil had a frequency scanning feature.  Mark immediately asked for a bit more detail and included me in his group of beta testers.  All I can say is wow and thank you Mark for including me.

Thank you very much for a great tool and the attention to detail you've demonstrated in this latest release of DDUtil.  Its truly a wonderful addition to our already great Flex radios Mark. 

I actually caught a 6 meter opening today by using the scanning feature!

Now all I need is an operational squelch....  Just sayin!
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Ross - K9COX

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Mark wrote FRStack and Ed wrote and DDUtil. FRStack does the scanning.
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k3Tim

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The app is very handy and my sincere thanks for Mark for developing and keeping it updated.  I'm adding a SW listing (with GMT) so one can flip thru the SW bands.

1.4.6.0 is being used but I do not see how to scan.  How is it done?

k3Tim
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I will be releasing the new version of FRStack later today.
The notice has been posted
https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/frstack-1-4-7-adds-scanning-band-edge-beep-band-use...
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Norm - W7CK

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I love the new squelch feature in FRStack.  I often have multiple slices open and have all or most of them squelched.  When a station comes on and brakes the squelch, it is often difficult to determine which slice it occurred on.  Would it be possible to something on the slice bar on the right side of the screen change to a different color (say green or red) when the squelch is passed on that slice?   This is not an absolute necessity, but it would really be nice to have.

Thanks for all of your efforts!

Norm - W7CK
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The next version 1.6.x will change the squelch slice letter light blue when the slice is muted, it will also have the ability to exclude a slice from the squelch action.

73, Mark
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Great work Mark!
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Thanks.  Works fine with my 6300.
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Mark - I have FRStack working well with the memories and such, but when I activate the  SSB/AM Meter Level Mute the vertical audio slider is grayed out.  The slider can be slid up and down, but makes no difference with the audio.  Using Win7 Home.  Any suggestions? 
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Please use the FRStack Help Menu, Contact Support menu item. This should bring up your email client. Let me know the radio model, firmware version and version of FRStack you are using.
73, Mark
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Hi Mark,

From where can one download the latest version, viz 1.5.1.0? All I can seem to find is v 1.4.8.7 and I like to have installer files available locally.

Mni tnx es 73.
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Bob G W1GLV

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Mark, great job on V1.5.1. I especially like the option where you can switch the active slice and the transmitter flag follows it and all other slices are muted. Very handy for multiple band operation. Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to the next iteration. I think FRS should take a serious look at this app. Thank You
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Stefano - W2WTZ

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It works very well, thank you a lot.
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Mark:
Thank you for conceiving, making and sharing this utility that fills many gaps in SmartSDR! Much appreciated.
73 de Arnie W8DU

p.s. Do you know of any way to invoke TUNE using CAT commands? I am using CommCat for remote control and the remote TUN feature works via CAT commands but I can't figure out how to do it for SmartSDR.
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I am glad you like using FRStack. I am not aware of a CAT based command to invoke the TUNE function. I am not aware of your exact use case but If you are VPN'ed into the network with the Radio you could run FRStack remotely and use the HotKey feature of FRStack. Hopefully another Community member will have additional information for you.
73