I can not justify stepping up to the 2.0 and gamble that it is really fixed.
I would expect the noise blanker on thee 6300 to at least equal my Elecraft K3 or my Icom 7300 . Any thoughts on this fail ?
"Guys, we do plan to do more work on the DSP capabilities in SmartSDR. However, they won't be in the release due out July 31. If you want to vote specific features or improvements up, feel free to enter them as an idea and vote them up. We have to weigh these requests against road map commitments that we have already made public and intend to keep.
Noise Blanking is an area where direct sampling radios can shine because of the wide band sampling capabilities. That may require potentially significant work on the FPGA side so you will have to be patient."
Gerald . . . How much more patience do we need.
This area is somewhat complex - I've used radios where the NB is awesome, but the overall sensitivity is a bit meh.. With the Signature Series/SmartSDR setup there is a whole lot more that can be heard, including more of what we'd all actually like to not hear.
Is the trade-off of exceptional overall sensitivity including sensitivity to more noise vs lesser sensitivity allowing betting noise filtering worthwhile? Might depend on your opertinge style and expectations.
With enough comparison time between a Flex-6300, an IC-7800, an FT-2000 and an Hiberling PT-8000A my take is the Flex digs deeper but paradoxically at the expense of also digging up more to filter out.
Adjusting the Flex parameters is lass tactile and subtle.
Then some parts in the filtering mix are so useful - the TNF can help pull out a discernible contact from chaos & rubbish.
Complex trade-offs - that hi-fi sound some crave vs the aggressive signal gatherer others want...
When I am on the air and tell people what I am running the comments are generally less than favorable.
I wonder if they treat their government contracts and their commercial side the same way??
Using the phrase "a lot" can also be misleading. A lot of your posts are of a negative nature, I get that, it's allowed. Nothing at all wrong with criticism and pointing out issues, that is a good thing that can lead to progress. My opinion is I think you take it too far especially in your last sentence. FRS is obviously a very successful American company but not perfect.
Developing the newer products was a decision FRS made which yes, delayed SmartSDR feature list development but it has been discussed a lot already. By the reaction of new orders and the shock the new line and pricing sent to it's competitors FRS obviously did the right thing.
We all would like to see more emphasis and software features that fit our individual needs. With each new release there is a great deal of instant gratification but I do believe most users totally understand FRS cannot deliver 100% of everyone's feature requests to all their users with each software release. I guess some of us just cope with it in different ways.
So I guess freely translated everyone is aware there is a problem and no one commented that it was fixed in 2.o and no one addressed that there was a know plan to fix it in 1.? so that should end the thread,
. Your mention of different experiences with different radios is true and always will be. I don't own competitors products in an effort to bash flex. I do it because I want to know the differences first hand and most hams own multiple brands of similar equipment. If my noise gets too bad, I switch radios because I can. Problem with that? I may upgrade to a newer model, but only after they've been out for a while and I can get info as to whether they suffer the same issue. Bottom line is that this particular issue keeps coming up and not all of us can move out to BFE to escape the noise. And I might add that regardless of brand and model, there is an expectation that a newer model should work at least as good as its predecessors in extremely common features such as a noise blanker.
. Sorry, but as you said, Flex isn't perfect. It is what it is and that's why most of us have multiple rigs. Even with Flex on the bleeding edge, they all have things they do better than others and some that do not.
What noises are you trying to get out? And what are you AGC-T settings are you running? With respect to the AGC-T , you want to run as low as you can , and have you used the WNB ? Let it perform it's training (Blinking WNB in the upper right corner) unlike the normal NB , the WNB will actually lower the baseline noise level. It is very effective on repetitive noises..
If I recall, I don't remember Flex mentioning that they are planning any more work on the NB.
And V1 of SSDR is frozen. Perhaps they will tackle it more in V2?
This is one area were many owners have mentioned having problems. I believe Flex does not wish to simply blanket the receiver in order to mitigate all types of noise as many other radios do.
So Flex is targeting types of noise while allowing the receiver to stay very open. The problem with this for some, the NB may not be effective on the noise they have.
As example, the WNB has been reported as not working at all by many. But that filter was made for one type of noise, electrical noise. For me as well as others, this WNB is wonderful. It takes out my noise 100%. And there are some U tubes videos showing it's amazing performance.
Because of this I don't use the NB or WNB. I can however see them doing something but I cannot say exactly what.
Tim has talked in other threads about the NB and WNB and kinds of noise they are designed to attack. I wonder if the kind of noise you have is just something it was not designed for?
As far as fixing it... Is there a specification it needs to meet? I know that probably doesn't make everyone happy but I think noise by its very nature is a difficult problem to solve.
But after having the AGC-T that flex provides on the 6000 series, I don't see myself going to anything else in the near future. Its amazing. Once again, have no need for man made pulse type blankers.
... was kidding about the delivery.