Multi-Client?

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Is it allowed to get some hints on how the Multi-Client setup will work?
Is this a setup that will allow 2 (or more) people to work remotely in a multi-Op class in a contest?

Same Frequency or double bands? Would this be considered Multi-Single, or Multi-Multi? Probably Multi-single since you can't transmit two signals at the same time. 

How is this coordinated? I'm trying to envision all this, but I suspect what I'm thinking is wrong, because what I'm thinking of would be an exercise in frustration. 
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Michael Coslo

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  • Just curious.

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I wonder how much I can charge for FlexTime on FleaBay ?
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Mark - WS7M

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I have been testing 3.x but I cannot say anything really about it.  I think once it is out lots of our "pro" ops will figure this stuff out and we will have a number of "how to" docs.

Mark
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Pity - As a long time contest chairman, I might have had some input. Oh well, I guess I'll know what it does after it's finished. 
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My understanding, based on what has been said publicly, it will allow one 6000-series radio 'receiver' to host as many independent 'slices' as the server will support (2x for 6300/6400, 4x on 6500/6600, 8x on 6700), and any user can 'steal' the transmitter when needed. Only one user/slice can transmit at one time.

On radios with Maestro front panels, which only support two simultaneous 'slices' natively, it will allow the additional slices on the 6600M to be accessed by another device while the front panel is in use.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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As I understand things, another person can be loged into your radio without you even knowing, other then when they transmit that person has no effect on your operation. They have there own radio and all the settings are theirs. If that guest is transmitting your screen will tell you the transmitter is in use. As soon as the light is out your free to transmit.

Either way, this is completly new technology in ham radio, it will be very interesting considering they will build on this V3.
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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For those who haven’t seen the press release at https://www.flexradio.com/downloads/press-release-smartsdr-v3/   :

 

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I’m hoping that somewhere in v3.x they’ll add the previously discussed “mirror” function that lets one user operate multiple clients (say SSDR and Maestro) simultaneously on the same frequency. 

Howard

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Hi Howard. It looks to me that's what they describe in the second paragraph; 'Ability to Use Multiple Clients at One Location' , so hopefully the answer is yes.
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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I wish, but from some previous discussions I don’t think the initial v3 release will allow a user work the same slice/frequency simultaneously with multiple clients (each tracking the other).  That’s what I’d be most interested in – using the mouse in SSDR or knobs on Maestro, whichever I feel like using.   A complex design I’m sure, but maybe feasible further down the line in v3.x ........ ?

Howard
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Paul

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Ah, subtle difference. Maybe not then.
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ICOM will soon follow with multiclient.
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Oh, and if I remember correctly, the 6000 Series already has the needed hardware connections internally. It only needs the firmware recoded to implement it. ( probably take some time to test)
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Correct, James. Gerald has alway said he wants to implement this in a Flex kind of way. But, would we want this before they re visit the RX filters? NB, NR and so on? And it is easy to understand why multi client is soon coming shoving those things further back.
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I think multiflex became a pressing issue when people with "6600M" radios had to choose between two slices on a maestro/front panel or all 4 available slices on a PC running SSDR. That "either/or" choice probably cut into 6600M sales, I guess.
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Bill, harmonic content and intermodulation products are not the same thing. As such, the harmonic dummy load will not have anything like the same effect on IMD as APD would if it was available.
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Ken, for me it was an easy choice to trade up from my 6500 and Maestro to the 6600M. I like having an all in one radio (knobs and front display). And still can use SSDR if I want access to all four panadapters if I want.
I think when milti-client comes along, and FRS allows SSDR or my app(once it's ben updated) to use 2 or three panadapters on my big monitor, I'll be in hog heaven!
Bill, given that Flex's transmitters are already very clean , I would rather have the functions you mentioned, receive the attention from FRS that I and others feel they need.
But, from a revenue standpoint, I can understand why FRS felt the need to get v3.x out sooner than later.
And to reiterate, I would be hard pressed to want to get rid of my 6600M over something like the ANF.
James