With Marcus' permission I will demoing Marcus, (DL8MRE), New ALPHA version IPad/iPhone App at Dayton Flex Dinner and possibly at the Flex booth.
Since this is an ALPHA stage product, IT WILL NOT BE AN OFFICIAL DEMO but I will have my iPad with me during Cocktail Hour and at my Table if you want to see it... and I do not want to take away from the Announcements and other Demos at the Flex Dinner...
In many ways it's similar to Stu K6TU app BUT in many ways it's different.
Here are some highlights of the differences:
1. Spots on the display work
2. Snap to frequency selection. Much easier to tune than K6TU
3. CWX works
4. TNF works
5. Close emulation of SSDR. (Good and Bad)
6. Region Band map on the display ( but USA does not obey the rules)
7. Works for BOTH iPad and iPhone
The jury is out as to the touch screen emulation as K6TU is more Ipad centric. So if you are comfortable with the iOS paradigm, K6TU feels more natural than a SSDR emulation.
Each will have people who prefer one operating paradigm over the other.
It is still an alpha and Marcus needs more testers to find all the bugs
However he is pretty close to having a finished product that might likely be ready by July in Apple App Store
NO HE IS NOT DOING AN ANDROID VERSION...He apparently found that Android is just too difficult to support because there are so many difference in Android versions between devices and manufacturers...
Screen Shot with Menu's and Spots
Screen Shot with Menu Hidden
iPhone 6 running DL8MRE software on Verizon network.
Using the Bluetooth hands free in my Chevy Equinox so I could listen on my stereo sound system and use the car's built in mike by the visor.
ASUS RT-AC66U VPN router in VPN PPTP mode.
flex 6500 via CAT6 and a five port TPlink Gigabit switch in the shack.
PstRotator program on my computer to drive the ERC controller on my Yaesu g800DXA rotator (very nice system) using the pstrotator web interface to rotate my log periodic.
I have three NEO wifi AC switches (similar to a WiMo, but only about $23) to control switching of the remote turn-on of the flex, and to change antennas (by cutting power to my Ameritron remote antenna switch, giving me the default antenna when power is off, or the beam when power is on.). The third one will eventually control power to the computer and rig power supply.
I do not have an amplifier to worry about at this time.
I ran about three hours of my 4 1/2 hour drive back from Dayton. Running mostly 20 meters. I made about eight contacts while driving along, using VOX. Mostly on the same frequency. I didn't want to mess with tuning and PTT while driving. Then I stopped for a burger for lunch and turned to the flex net frequency and checked in to the pre-net and net.
As luck would have it, I got into a no-cell /marginal cell zone in the middle of the net and lost connection for 25 minutes. Partly loss of signal, partly due to the dropping of the VPN after losing signal, then the rig staying "connected" to the old VPN connection even after I re-established the VPN connection. I was required to pull over and issue reset/reboot commands to the 6500 and wait for reset, which took several times because the spotty cell connection gave inconsistent commands for a time. After things finally reset, I was back on the air for the final 20 minutes of the trip, but had missed the rest of the net.
All in all, other than problems caused by poor cell coverage in the Southern Indiana hill country, things worked admirably for an Alpha version of the software. This was my first attempt with any software on my iPhone, except about five or ten minutes in a parking lot using Parallels Access to run SSDR remotely.
It was my first mobile VPN op using my cell phone.
Lots of fun on the horizon!
Thanks for the description.
I also found my added VOX feature working surprising well. I found it even kind of funny to walk around with my iPhone, having some QSOs which for other look like I am talking to somebody via Cell on a regular phone call.
The Mike features will even get better with my next release were I fixed the low Mike gain and level gauge issue.
I will be fixing and adding some missing features today and possibly tomorrow and will release another update soon.
Thanks for all your testing guys and your positive feedback.
vy 73, Marcus, DL8MRE
Spent most of the last week or so trailing my XYL thru every shoe store in Paris. Been working my station remote in San Diego via DL8MRE iPhone Version. Pretty awesome as I no longer need to schlep an iPad with me when she goes shopping. Great way to kill shoe shopping boredom.
I also found that the app can be used as a control surface when another SSDR client has control of the station.
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