New tuning problem with v2.6.1

  • 2
  • Problem
  • Updated 2 weeks ago
I just ran into a new problem with 2.6.1 that has convinced me to revert back to 2.5.1 once and for all. I use 10 watts to tune up for a band change. Never had any issues with tuning until a few minutes ago.

When I press the tune button the power starts fluctuating between about 2 watts and somewhere about 13 watts. The power is exceeding the specified tune power of 10 watts. This is not a malfunction of the SSDR power meter itself as the fluctuation is visible on my LDG tuner as well.

This is the second power issue with 2.6.1. with the first problem encountered being the random loss of TX power that I and others have mentioned. These power issues are completely unacceptable.

After reverting back to 2.5.1 the tuning power output is rock solid on 10 watts with no variation as it always has been until I upgraded to 2.6.1.

I may upgrade again to 2.6.1 just so I can capture this on video but because it's the first time it's happened I don't know how long it will take.

I suggest everyone keep a close eye on the tune power. I normally don't pay much attention to it when  pressing the tune button because it's always been as specified but now I'm a bit concerned.

I don't know how this release passed beta testing given the number of stated issues by many people ( BSoD, loss of TX power, audio dropouts, the bizarre behavior of my 6700 that I posted the video about, and now the erratic tuning power issue).  How is it that these problems are not encountered by the testers yet so many users report them almost immediately after upgrading?

The repeated necessity to revert back to previous releases due to numerous bugs in new versions has got to stop. This seems to be a never ending cycle. FRS has to do a better job of discovering and correcting bugs before releasing new versions.

And before anyone says to submit a ticket I think it would be a waste of time as this seems random and I'm so far unable to recreate it to allow the cause to be analyzed. 



Photo of Pat N6PAT

Pat N6PAT

  • 846 Posts
  • 269 Reply Likes

Posted 2 weeks ago

  • 2
Photo of N8SDR

N8SDR

  • 197 Posts
  • 29 Reply Likes
 Pat I was accused of throwing the baby out with the bathwater on another issue when I said I'm going back to 2.5.1

The beta test team is has not done well for Flex and the post of lately with the latest updates prove it, there are many issues.

Audio drop outs
Rigs power down randomly
Random BSOD
Rigs locking up
Tuner issues (besides power like WD9SEF who in tune switches modes and frequencies)
Running split then trying to switching to another band leaves RX or TX or both on the previous band.
CW activates VOX
and more to come..

Never ending cesspool of issues!



(Edited)
Photo of Joe N3HEE

Joe N3HEE

  • 464 Posts
  • 110 Reply Likes

I've recently heard from one of the A team members that the Alpha test program is pretty dysfunctional.  Not well managed and communication lines are not clear between Alpha development teams and testing teams. 

I probably would have lost interest in Flex long ago as a radio if it wasn’t for the opportunity to experiment with and build third party apps to extend the functionality of the radio via the open FlexAPI.  I've learned allot and have had lots of fun. As one of my local ham buddies stated, Flex has great ideas hobbled by mediocre software.

In other news, I had random TX power drop outs for the first time this morning?  Running SSDR 2.5.1, Win 10 Pro 1903, Flex 6600M and IT Pro Operator.

I also have an ATU memory issue on 80 meters.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.  It needs to relearn its tuning settings every now and then?

Outside of that 2.5.1 has been fairly stable and I'm having fun programming my Node-Red dashboard interface and playing around with my Speech to Morse converter. 

MFGA !!

PS- I have a 28 year old Kenwood TS-940S on my test bench for my Son who found it at auction for cheap.  Amazing radio for its time !!
Photo of N8SDR

N8SDR

  • 197 Posts
  • 29 Reply Likes
Joe was it 2.5.1 or 2.6.1 just want to confirm which you had the drop outs on
Photo of Joe N3HEE

Joe N3HEE

  • 464 Posts
  • 110 Reply Likes
2.5.1 - These were RF power output drop outs.  Totaly out of the blue this morning.  Heard changeover relays clicking in and out while this was happening.  Very strange !
Photo of Joe N3HEE

Joe N3HEE

  • 464 Posts
  • 110 Reply Likes
I was sending CW and the TX would go dead for a few seconds but CW was still sending with 0 output power.
Photo of N8SDR

N8SDR

  • 197 Posts
  • 29 Reply Likes
That's not good,  2.5.1 has been pretty stable for me, not perfect but much better then 2.6.0 or 2.6.1