My frequency on the Panadpter

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Please fix the SmartSDR  panadapter so the frequency I am on stays in the middle of the screen, like PowerSDR (or give me the option to select this method). I really dislike my frequency scrolling back and forth across the screen, I want to have full visibility up and down the band without having to constantly dragging my frequency back to the middle of the screen. 

Thanks,

Joe  N9VX
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Joe N9VX

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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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I concur. Should be made optional.
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Hi Joe,
There have been several similar requests but I'm not sure if they are the same as what you are looking for though.  

Are you asking for an option to lock a slice to the center of the panadapter?  Would something like this work? The snapshot below shows one option for implementing the UI changes.   You could right click and select the option to "lock the slice" to the center of the panadapter.    The symbol would change to show the slice is locked to the center.   The panadapter would "scroll behind the slice" as you tuned the slice.  Click tuning would still work and the slice would jump to the new frequency with the panadapter centered behind it. 

Right click again and you could unlock the slice and return to the normal operation. 

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com


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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Good idea, Al. Tuning would certainly be easier.
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Joe N9VX

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Al,

This is exactly what I am asking for. Thanks for the great job in presenting my request.

Joe  N9VX
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Duane, AC5AA

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I'd like it as an option only.  Mostly prefer current setup.  If I'm working at the low end of the band, I don't want to have half of my screen being "not in the band!"
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Rob N4GA

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To me, what's irritating is the way PSDR handles it where your slice is permanently locked to the center. Very frustrating. I want to be able to clink on any signal across the panadapter without the entire panadaper dragging across the screen so the signal will be centered.

FLEX has is RIGHT with SSDR!
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Tom Warren

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Rob,
 I agree and IIRC many in this Community, including me, requested the setup we currently have with SSDR. The 'option' would be an alternative. Tom   
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Rob N4GA

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Whew (thank god)!

73s sir!
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Hi Rob and Tom,
Agree with having it as an option and that is what I illustrated above.  You would have to select it if you want it.  I also wanted to make it easy to see visually when you  have it set.  A big complaint about options is when you can't tell if they are set or not.  Another is when you have to locate a menu or non-obvious method to find where to turn them on and off. 

Some designers/programmers don't like providing options (its extra work) but others realize if done correctly it can make everyone happy.    The key is to make it simple to use, easy to see, and let folks choose what works for them.

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Peter K1PGV, Elmer

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I like NN4ZZ's proposal, with the slight change that I'd like to be able to lock the selected frequency anywhere I want on the panadapter... and when I QSY the frequency would change but the "yellow line" for the selected frequency would stay in the same relative location.

When working digital modes I often want to lock the tuned frequency (the "yellow line") to the LEFT EDGE of the panadapter... so i can see what's above me in a very wide (6K for example) filter.

So, I think NN4ZZ's proposal would work for all of us.

Peter K1PGV
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Terry K8EET

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Joe,

Your suggestion is well thought out.  However, I suggest you give some thought to changing the way you think about operating. Normally I set the width my pan-adapter to cover the area of the band in which I'm interested. I can quickly move between signals and QSOs to see  who or what I might be interested. (with the click of a mouse) It's fairly easy to remember where everybody is. If there someone I'm really interested in I might move a TFN to their frequency just to ensure I keep track of them  If  I were to operate as you propose, I would have a very difficult time keeping everything in perspective. I might not recognize a new signal coming on board.

I'm not suggesting that your idea is bad. It might even be easy to implement, but I am suggesting that you spend a little less time bemoaning the fact that Flex doesn't do things just like your old knob radio did and really appreciate the thought process that went into making the radio work the way it does. I have a feeling that, if Flex were to adopt your idea, few people would use it once they saw signals flying up and down past the center point on their dial. Joe, I hope you didn't take any offense to my two cents worth.
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Hi Terry,
Here is an idea I added a while back.  Check it out and see what you think.  Add your vote and comments if you like the idea. 

https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/slave_slices_idea_to_synch_up_2_slices


Locking 2 slices in 2 panadapters gives you  2 views -- the full band in one panadapter and a closeup on the other.  
 



Here is part of the thread and Gerald's comments on the idea......

Al wrote:  ... If you see a signal on the wide view panadapter that you would like to work, the idea is that you could click tune it and both panadapters/slices  would jump to the frequency.
Currently you would have to click tune it on the wide panadapter and then drag the slice on the zoomed panadapter up or down the band to get to it.  Or manually enter the frequency on the zoomed panadapter.

Locking the 2 slices together would make it a "one click" operation.   Does that make sense?

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com

     Gerald - K5SDR, Official Rep

    OK, I understand the use case now.  ....Your definition would be a new feature that we have not considered.  It is a good idea that I will submit but I don't think it will get in a near term release given the existing backlog.  Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Yes PLEASE add this feature in future release.
    Thank You.
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    K1DBO

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    While you are waiting, give Slice Master 6000 a try. 



    On the Sync tab for your slice, just check the 'Keep Centered' option in the Panadapter settings.  The panadapter for that slice will stay centered under it.  The Follow and zoom options can also be used to keep two panadapters in sync at different zoom levels.

    The README for Slice Master 6000 can be found at https://github.com/K1DBO/slice-master-6000 and will tell you how to download the latest release.

    --Don
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    John-KC2QMA

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    Cool program but I’m getting tired of having to piggyback all these programs on to Smart SDR to get it to do simple things like this.

    However I’m glad that SmartSDR is compatible with all these 3rd party apps.
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    Ted, NX6C

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    Don,
       Thank you for showing what your program can do!  The features you are providing help personalize the operation of our radios.  
     Ted
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