A panadapter magnifier that tracks a slice might help. The area immediately surrounding the slice would be expanded to show the signal more clearly as in the attached image.
The magnified area is indicated by the colored window surrounding the magnified signal.
Its sort of a slice in a magnifier slice...
The magnifier could be turned on/off by right clicking on the slice, or by hovering over the slice like the 5000's tracking filters work.
Yet another way to implement this tuning aid might be to create a second tracking slice in a second panadapter. The display could then be adjusted or fine tuned at will.
So far on the touch tablet all controls have been great except 1hz tune so then I have to plug in mouse thats a nuisance. Thats OK maybe for desktop but not so for all touch operation.
I think that would work as long as the expanded zoom area tracks the slice frequency. That is, no other keystrokes, other than dragging the slice, would be necessary to view the zoomed slice.
I suspect, for Phone, a 10 KHz wide zoom would work well. On CW it would be much narrower, say about 1KHz.
Thanks for all the GREAT new software!
John - W8SJV
First, let me say that the latest software release is really awesome! I love the waterfall and the extra zoom! Your hard work shows. Thanks!!!
About this magnifier idea: The new zoom helps, but is not quite the issue I was trying to address in the original idea..
The display problem shows up when you zoom out to several MHz (or a whole band) and the receive bandpass window gets really narrow. If you zoom out far enough the receive window turns into a single line. That's when you'd like to be able to see and fine tune that signal.
If that's really difficult to code due to a mixed frequency resolution display, then an alternative of just starting a tracking slice in a second panadapter might be easier and more flexible. The second tracking panadapter would be locked to its host and only be allowed one slice. As either slice is tuned, the other would track.
Hope that make sense, it's really hard to describe and easy to demonstrate.
I was thinking the same thing -- locking two slices in two panadapters might be easier and work just as well. I made a mockup but wanted to wait until seeing more feedback on the original idea before posting it.
See if the picture below describes what you were thinking. In the example the panadapter on the bottom displays most of the 40M CW band. The upper panadapter shows a magnified section. The upper slice A would stay centered in the panadapter. The slice in the lower panadapter would move normally. The slices are locked and tuning either one would move the the other.
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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