PowerSDR 2.7.2 ke9ns Revision T4

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Just an update of PowerSDR ke9ns Revision Features:

DX Spot: Frequency
hopping directly from Map: Left click on Red dot, then CTRL key
DX Spot: Country or Call sign directly on World Map:
QRZ lookup: Left Click on DX Panadapter spot, then CTRL key
DX  Spot: DX Spot in Panadapter: Left Click, then hit Shift key to see Spotter
DX Spotter screen: Left click on spot: go directly to Frequency, Mode, and Split,
DX Spotter screen: Right click on spot for QRZ page.
Add/Edit List of DX Cluster spots: I put 3 on the list to start you off
Sun Tracking (with NOAA space weather): SFI, A index, and Radio Blackout warning
Gray Line Tracking (with Sunset and Dusk areas): Right Click on Center btn for color

Equirectangular  Projection (embedded into PowerSDR): Map and spots auto scale
Special Panafall mode for Tracking: 80/20: turns off Grid Lines when on.
Google SWL Spotter:  Left click on Panadapter SWL station spot, then CNTL key 
TNF (adjustable Width): Right Click on TNF to access
Reset buttons for NR, ANF, NB, NB2 buttons: Right Click on these to access
Record / Play ID CheckBox: immediately record mic, immediately transmit recording
Quick Audio Save Folder Option:
Right Click functions of many Buttons:
Band Scanner: Work in Progress band scanner
Memory (Hyperlinking):
Shortwave Bands (SWL): with bandstacking
Add to
Band Stack (all Bands): Right Click + CTRL key on Band button
Monitor Feature (Pre and Post processed Audio): Pre for AM/FM
Continuum Mode (RX1 only):
Waterfall History Moves with Frequency change (in Panafall mode):
Auto Waterfall and Panadapter Display Level: Left Click Water, Right Click Pan 
Average Button  toggle for Pan or Water or both:
Increase Transmit Bandwidth limits for 1500 and 3000:
Gray Waterfall: Better for viewing waterfall ID images.
Panafall Modes: RX1 and RX2 can have Panafall mode on together.
TX Waterfall ID: Images transmitted into the waterfall
KHZ and MHZ Frequency entry (for below 50mhz):
Incorporate DJ Console code into PowerSDR:
New Analog Meters: TR7, Curved, Edge  (left click on meter to toggle)
Analog Meter Peak / Hold Feature:
PA Temp and Volt Readings on main screen (Flex 3000 and 5000 only)
Proper S9 reading for both HF and VHF/UHF bands:


Download Self-Extracting / installing EXE file at:  ke9ns.com/flexpage.html

Darrin ke9ns

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John

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What more can we say Darrin, that has not been said before. Brilliant, simply brilliant work and its appreciated worldwide.
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Larry

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Much appreciated from this shack also....
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W4OCO

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Also appreciated from my shack!  Best thing that has happened to PowerSDR 2.7.2 is Darrin taking it and making so many improvements.  Makes operating my 5000A fun. Thanks and keep up the great work.
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Morning Darrin

I concur with John's comment above.  Hope FR gets you that all expense paid trip to Dayton this year !!

Cheers

Kevin, Va3KGS

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FRS, you guys watching his progress? How about a FOCUS on GUI rather than hardware for 6000 series, if I can't use the rig, I don't need any more hardware. :)

I'll NOT get on a rant, but there's lots of stuff that needs work . I think anyone that's not a Flex Kool Aid drinker would agree.

Lew N4CO
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I liked all the improvements so much I sold my 6300 and purchased a 5000A. And having looked back. Thanks Darrin
Jim w4wwj
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I think PowerSDR is much nicer than SmartSDR. I had a 6500 and sold it because I just did not like the software. Now I am thinking of getting a 5000 now that PowerSDR has someone that is actually providing timely enhancements.
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Lewis Cheek

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Darrin, I'm close to that point with my 6500. I have a Maestro on order and waiting to see what, if any, improvements are made in performance when manuals are released. If none or little, then I'll not take delivery on Maestro and 6500 goes online for sale.

Lew
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What is not appreciated here is that FlexRadio is actively supporting Darrin in his efforts.  We have provided him with each model of our discontinued radios and provide a direct line of support to our top engineers.  

FlexRadio invested over 10 calendar years and many more man years than that developing PowerSDR at our expense. Darrin is doing some very nice work to enhance the product for his intellectual pleasure.  We appreciate what he is doing for the community.

On the other hand, just because someone wants this or that specific GUI feature doesn't mean it pays any bills.  We constantly evaluate our engineering resource allocation based on that which provides the highest return on investment.  At this moment, it means Maestro.   

73,
Gerald
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Gerald's comment is quite unequivocal. He does not mention "hundreds of expensive hours". His quote means, in the absence of qualification, not a single minute, let alone hours.
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We constantly evaluate our engineering resource allocation based on that which provides the highest return on investment. At this moment, it means Maestro. "

The engineering resources allocation is just that, It is very expensive to make any changes in SSDR. So for a few customers asking for something out of all the customer base does not pay, is what I read there.

Tell me..what would you like to see happen in order to keep customers happy.
Lets say Flex is you company, what would you do? I'm sure Gerald is reading this and would like to know as well Guy.

You make it sound as if they are not doing well in this, unless I don't understand your point.
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Bill, I fully understand Gerald's position. I am not asking for hundreds of GUI changes to be made yesterday. It is just that when Gerald speaks about GUI changes, he makes comments which make it look like they will not be made as they do not bring in any income. It gives the impression that customer satisfaction has not been factored into the Flex experience. From some backchat I know I am not alone in this feeling. GUI changes should not be at the bottom of the pile nor should they be at the top either.
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I understand  Guy, but any small change is expensive, and they have to shift resources to do it, and at that time the Maestro was high on the list, understandably.
So it does make a difference how many ask for the change. I do not agree what you said about customers being considered.. I see that everything they chose to do factors in customers all the time, It is in their best interest to.
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Bill & Guy,

Flex have taken a lot of flack recently from the user base, especially seeing as they chose to put the world on hold whilst they rushed Maestro to market. In addition, there are the new SDRs coming out, as well as the Icom 7410 and the new 7600-SDR to come. 

Hopefully they are not sleeping, nor expecting a small number of contesters to save the day. So lets give the FRS boys a bit of space now to contemplate the unfolding game and where they go next.

FRS CAN deliver user base satisfaction, and make good money at it too from V2.0...if they wish too. They just have to read the writing on the wall and act accordingly, or risk losing customer loyalty.
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I am a new user of KE9NS version of PowerSDR and I love it. Great Work Darrin. I am having trouble getting the spotter to run. I have the SWL spotter running fine, but I can't figure out how to start the DX spotter function. The previous versions had the fields for logging into the cluster down in the lower right hand corner of the spotter window. Now it looks like they are in the upper left hand corner, but I am not sure what to enter or where. It is probably obvious, but I can't figure it out.
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I reconfigured it so you can add or edit 10 dx cluster addresses, and they save to a file. You still need to put your call sign in the lower right box.


The address of the dx cluster is now combined with the port#

Example, the dx cluster:  spider.ham-radio-deluxe.com  has an telnet port# of 8000

So, you can edit 1 of the 3 clusters I added as defaults, or select a new row below them and type:  spider.ham-radio-deluxe.com:8000

Just double click on a row to edit or add to it

The row that is Green will be the cluster that will run when you click on the Spot DX button.


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Got it working now. Great thanks for everything Darrin!
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Morning Darrin, Just recovering from a bad 2 weeks of medication problems and the after effects. I have a request regarding the RX attenuator. Is this software controlled and if so, could you add a few step levels to it instead of just one level?
Just about to install T5
Still humming this side and smiling.  Great work from you.
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John,

Glad your doing better.


RX attenuator? Are talking about the Preamp button?

Looks like the 5000 just has on/off, while the 3000 has: attn.,off,pre1, pre2

and the 1500 has a -10,0,+10,+20,+30



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Darrin,

Will you be coming to Dayton this year? I think a lot of folks would like to shake your hand.
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Sorry no. But I would like to go someday. If it was a little closer (driving distance), I wouldn't hesitate to go.


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Hi Darrin, Yes there is just one attenuator level which is either on or off. Can a few steps be aded to that -10, -20, -30 dB ?
Dayton is just a dream for me also as is all the other local radio gatherings in Europe.
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Hi Darrin,
I was looking at using my f3000 on qrp but found that I could not get it to 5w RF and below. When the drive level is set under setup/transmit to 1, the minium output I get is 8 watts.
Could you possible add another slider under the drive control on the front panel, which would allows us to vary the rf output to 1w minimum.

Thanks
John
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haven't found any simple way to add preamp steps to the 5000 like the 3000 has.
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Noise Blanker from Powersdr mrx could be a great feature for us.

A lot of thank's for your work.
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Yes, I would love to add a few features. Probably Fall before I really start to dig in to the code again.
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PowerSDR ke9ns Rev T6:  Added option to display your Memory list directly into the Panadapter. Left Click mouse over any Memory showing up in the Panadapter then hit the CTRL key to move to that frequency and setup the Flex according to the Memory parameters (mode, filters, etc.)

You can create a new Memory directly from the Panadapter by hitting the ALT & M keys.

Also, Added 2 skins into the self-extractor file, and updated the SWL.csv and DXLOC.txt files

"Auto Waterfall" button now "Auto Wtr/Pan Lvl" adjusts Waterfall (Left Click) and Panadapter (Right Click). Plus sliders to set the auto thresholds.

Download at ke9ns.com/flexpage.html


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Thanks Darrin, I found the continuum setting very useful as when using a yagi antenna on vhf/uhf/shf and you rotate it the full 360 deg, you can see how the surrounding structures such as trees, buildings inter act with the antenna. This is done on receive ofcourse. Darrin, could you add a spped control to this continuum mode , sothat we can slow it down and see the full 360 deg rotation on the screen and even perhaps save it to a file.
PS. I suggest people find a distant carrier before beginning the antenna rotation

Once again, thanks for all your time and effort into this project.
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You can adjust the speed by the refresh rate and/or the avg and update times. All found under setup->Display


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John

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Thanks Darrin, I did not think it would adjust the continuum mode.
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Hello Darrin

Many many thanks for all of your hard work and continuing improvement of PowerSDR 2.7.2.

Here in the UK I have recently purchased a 1500 to go with my 4-year old 5000.  The supplied 2.7.2. disc gives me all of the UK Band Plan info (e.g. 40m - 7.000 to 7.200), correct band data, etc. together with the 11 x channels for 5MHz Band highlighted in yellow outlines.

I would like to try your ke9ns version but just asking first can I still maintain my UK set-up as above?

Thanks and 73

Mick - M0GWD
Portsmouth, UK
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Mick, It will keep all your changes to the software, like mic settings, the 60m uk band  etc etc. The latest version is T7. Just remember to run the file as administrator. Thats right click on the file and select "run as administrator", It will self install and put a new icon on your desktop called PowerSDR Ver T7. Use this icon to start the software and ejoy the loads of new features.

73
John - M0ELS
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Hello John

Many thanks for the very prompt reply.
I'm just sorting out my laptop and upgrading from the dreaded Vista to Windows 7.
I'll then give it a go and if successful for my portable set-up I'll install Darrin's version on the 5000 as well.
Thanks for the advice and info John.  Much appreciated.

73

Mick M0GWD
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Mick,

Basically PowerSDR has all the band plans for all the countries available all the time. When it talks to the radio itself, it then determines what bands the radio is set to allow operation on. So if the radio itself is setup for UK, it will always be UK no matter what I do. So your safe.


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Hello Darrin

Many thanks for the explanation.
I was wondering how it worked and now I understand.

All the best from the UK

73

Mick M0GWD
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Hi Darren,

A friend of mine has two rigs, a Flex 3000 with PowerSDR, and a SDRPlay with his Icom 718.  He finds that only the "EMNS" noise reduction in the SDR Console software is able to eliminate the high noise conditions in his HOA environment.  The noise reduction in PowerSDR makes a small improvement in the noise level, but it is nowhere as effective as the EMNS noise reduction . 

I am wondering if the EMNS noise reduction software is in the public domain, and if it is, would it be possible to incorporate it into PowerSDR?  He really likes the Flex 3000 and PowerSDR, but he is forced to use the SDRPlay and the Icom 718 because of the effectiveness of the SDRPlay's EMNS noise reduction system.

Here is a link to a youtube video of the EMNS noise reduction system in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpjQm7yln88

Is there any possibility that this could be added to PowerSDR in the future?
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I'm not sure yet what is possible and what is not possible.

But I was thinking that this Fall I would dig into it. (i.e. when its cold, dark, and miserable outside in Northern Illinois :)


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Hi Darren, Any chance you can send that cold dark this side please :-)
I want to test our new front door against the cold....
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Regarding EMNS, I found this:

"EMNS is the Ephraim-Malah Noise Suppressor originally described in Y. Ephraim and D. Malah. Speech Enhancement Using a Minimum Mean-Square Error ShortTime Spectral Amplitude Estimator. IEEE Trans. ASSP, Vol. 32, No. 6, Dec. 1984, pp. 1109-1121."
(source: http://unduhvideogratis.net/watch?v=DpjQm7yln88 )

EMNS does seem to be very effective.  I'd like to see it in SSDR too.

73, Bob, N7ZO
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FYI:

PowerSDR 2.7.2 ke9ns Rev T8:  Added Griffin PowerMate Knob function to PowerSDR (no longer a need to have a separate program running) Setup->General->User Interface->PowerMate Active

PowerSDR 2.7.2 ke9ns Rev T7: Added an optional 2nd TX meter (using RX2) and Cleaned up the Meters a bit  Setup->Transmit-> 2nd TX meter Active

PowerSDR 2.7.2 ke9ns Rev T6: Added "Memory" spots to Panadapter. Spotter->Memories to Pan

Download at ke9ns.com/flexpage.html

Darrin ke9ns

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Ken 

The last compatible version for the SDR1000 was 2.5.3, which is no longer available for download, (???), 2.4.4 and 2.3.5 also worked. They are still available. I'm sure some folks still have copies of 2.5.3 they might be able to share.
Starting with 2.6.4 Parallel port configuration options were removed  from PowerSDR. One other point, The SDR1000 is not 64 bit compatible. Maybe Darrin will take pity on us, if we pay him enough ($$$$??) and release something 2.5.3 based.

Mine should be working again soon, I just got my replacement Granite Firewire cable.
Now the holdup is that I'm restacking and recabling The shackdesk to make room for Maestro.

73, Jay - NO5J.  
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Thanks Jay, Good Info.  I better see about getting the software and associated other tidbits before they get more scarce. I kept an old 32 bit XP machine to run it on. One of these days...
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Ken
It runs fine on 32 bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 too. Microsoft left out part of the Parallel Port compatibility, on purpose, they haven't said why, in every 64 bit version.

73, Jay - NO5J
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Cool... I may be asking you other SDR 1000 questions when the time comes.
TNX
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Ken

No problem, It's a good radio, I think Gerald even had one. I'm keeping mine. I bet there are a few others, here in the Community that are hanging on to theirs also. If you don't already have one, grab an Edirol FA-66, and a Fire Wire card with a TI chipset, before they disappear too. 

Some folks like radios with lots of knobs, I must like radios with lots of cables.

73,  Jay - NO5J