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Now that a roadmap of sorts has been published for some hardware, viz Maestro; could it be published again for the software, viz SSDR?
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Hi Guy,
A Software roadmap would be nice but I doubt that is going to happen.  FRS has been pretty clear on that.  However I would welcome an update on the idea status.   Maybe FRS will comment....here are some excerpts from another post.


Al / NN4ZZ


Roy,
Regarding your comment above:  

"FRS's customer wish list, in my humble opinion, is a lot like those old "push to walk" buttons on crosswalks that were probably not connected to anything, but gave pedestrian's a false sense of control."

Things have changed since this community started.  At one time the idea statuses were frequently updated to "under consideration or planned or not planned or implemented."    Then this practice became hit or miss.  Many of the most popular ideas don't have any status currently.  Even the top 5 in votes don't have a status.  Some of the more recent ideas have been marked "under consideration"  or "planned" although they have just a few votes.   It's inconsistent.

Without FRS keeping the idea status up to date or a road map (which was also discontinued) it really is hard to tell whether a given customer request will ever be done or what FRS thinks about it.  Even if an idea is being worked on the status is not discussed until it is released.  So unfortunately, I'd have to agree with your assessment.

Maybe someday when they have some time, FRS will make a pass through all of the ideas and update the status.  It would help provide some confidence in the voting process.   The counter argument is do the customers want new features quicker or better status and feedback.  

It would take some time to get caught up.  But I'd guess that a small team could spend a few days or a week each quarter and review the active ideas to update the status.   I used to be on a review team and it worked for us.  We also did road maps but that is another subject.  Development didn't stop, only a few of them were on the team.  You want to limit the team size anyway to move quickly.  Customers, managers, architects, and developers were happy with the process.

Quarterly updates would be fine.  IMHO, I think keeping us informed about the ideas would improve our confidence in the whole idea creation & voting process.   I think it would be worthwhile even if it means an occasional  delay in the software updates.   


Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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It would be interesting to know what future enhancements FRS has in mind for the 6000 series.
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They always let us know what each release is about, we were told what 1.5 was  and 1.5.1 things like that. And we know what is in V 2.0 But Flex is very careful to go into much detail about future plans so as not to tip off competition.
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Good point.
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I recently came across a feature that had been 'under consideration' for over 2 years. I suspect if it has not been implemented by now it is not going to be.

I only made the OP as I cannot see the difference between a software and a hardware roadmap.
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Flex doesn't have very much direct competition! I'd think they worry about competing with themselves -- over-promising features or over-commiting resources. It's hard to innovate on a fixed schedule.

Still, a little more discussion of directions is always welcome.
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They can't tip off the competition. There is no competition. Tell me who does even close to what they do.
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Hi Guy,
I have the "share your experience" section of the community home page set up to display the ideas instead of problems etc. That way it easy for me to keep up with them (800+ currently).   Here is the setup, it list the active ideas by number of votes. 



For example here are the top 3 ideas have no status and are 1 or 2 years old.




Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Hi Burt,
Even without a roadmap, updating the idea statuses consistenly would help us to understand if an idea is under consideration or planned, etc.  Some ideas get updates and others don't so it's not very helpful currently.  

IMHO it would also provide more confidence in the voting process.  There are almost 2,500 members in the forum.  The most popular idea only has votes from 56 members or around 2%.    Most of the ideas get even fewer member votes and less than 1% of the community voted.  

Maybe there is another reason but if you don't see the results (i.e. status updates) then some may not feel voting is effective. 

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Al, it looks as if the forum software could have changed since you took those screenshots. This is where I found the options that you pictured. I could not find the location that showed what your shots did.
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Anyone able to provide linkage for this new Roadmap?
I haven't seen it yet.
73, Jay - NO5J
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Guy,
See snapshot below.  Start on the main screen in the lower right, then click the "view all...." to get tot the REFINE screen.






Here is the REFINE screen.



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@ Jay NO5J "Anyone able to provide linkage for this new Roadmap?"

It was the sole topic in the latest FlexInsider, dated 4th December.
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@Guy

Which was a status update on Maestro, and not a Roadmap

Whining about Roadmaps, lost us the Roadmap. 

Be careful when whining, or status updates could suffer the same fate.

73, Jay - NO5J
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I don't think it was "whining" per se.  I think the work became considerably more complicated with the advent of things like WBR so the "deadline" nature of a published "roadmap" became counter productive.

73  W9OY
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Lee 
I'm willing to agree to disagree about what constitutes, whining.
I tend to whine myself, about whining. I'm guilty!
I'd rather enjoy.
I'd rather be part of the enjoyment, and in the discussion.
 
73, Jay - NO5J
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@ Al - NN4ZZ:

I don't particularly care for the voting system, as I think that there are still a number of basic capabilities that are not at the level of competition's offerings and should be addressed before adding features. These deficiencies could be expressed as "Problems" or "Ideas", but I would rather that FRS simply benchmark more than the "Sherwood list" and close the performance gaps in the noise blanker, CW audio SNR and other 95-percentile core capabilities. 

I know this isn't a popular viewpoint, and that features help sell radios, but I would rather FRS defer "nice-to-have" features and concentrate on the DSP code so that I don't have to switch radios as often as I currently have to. I think that FRS is making an sincere effort to do precisely that, but have to provide people with "toys" to such an extent that they simply don't have the resources available to finish "the basics"...and that's our fault.

73,

Mike - N8MSA
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I said this a year ago when I had a 6300. They were too focused on adding features like Lan, Wan. Get the core system 100% with NB, fix distortion on 6300 that people have been complaining about and everything else then add the bells and whistles.
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Hi Mike,
No problem with that, your points are valid.  My main concern is not the priority or timing of a particular idea.  But I do think it's helpful to see the status updated so members know if an idea is being considered, planned or even not planned.  And to do that for all of the ideas in a consistent way.  Some of the older and very popular ideas don't have a status and some of the newer ones with few votes do.

FRS has to consider a number of factors in deciding what to implement and when.  
It's all about selling radios and providing the features that help get that done.  Of course that includes features users consider to be basic or deficient as well as innovations.

But again, voting is one way the customers can show what they feel is important  if they believe in the system, take the time to articulate the ideas, and vote. 

Currently 99% of the ideas get votes from less than 1% of the community

 
I think there would be more confidence and participation in the voting process if there was feedback.  Updating the status is a step in that direction.  Seeing an idea move from "no status" to  "under consideration" to "planned" would provide that feedback and no dates or promises need to be made.   

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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When considering what ideas to implement and even when writing manuals, I feel that the people closest to the product are not the best to decide. The input of those with a wide range of knowledge and abilities is needed and not those deemed to be experts.
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Alternatively those farthest away from the product have tthe least knowledge of the design constraints and just assume anything in any order of development is possible using any amount of resources.

73. W9OY
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Hi Lee,

I agree with the design issues. I made the comment to reflect that what possibly a user may find very important a developer may not and that could be a reason why a feature does not see the light of day.

I use a piece of software for backing up. The company literally goes for years between major updates so nothing to pay for years. Their manuals are lacking as the people who write them are so close to the program that they do not realise what a noob user needs to know. So many items are written like "click box to activate feature 'x', and clear it to disable it", without saying why one would want to do one thing or the other. The one thing a manual or text book should not do is cause the reader to ask "why?".

FRS' manuals are nowhere near as bad as that aforementioned company by any means, but there are some places that would benefit from some extra prose.
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Guy - at this time we have no plans to reinstate a product roadmap for SmartSDR features.  However we will take the idea under consideration.
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Hi Tim,
Are you referring to updating the idea statuses or re-in stating the roadmap?

Regards Al / NN4ZZ
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Gotta admit, I do miss the roadmaps but I understand why they went away.
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As much as I miss the roadmaps, I understand why it is highly unlikely they will see the light of day again.
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Maybe they could just put in one of the newsletters a list of things under consideration for future development. I for one would like to know if everything moving forward is going to be content centric. 
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Hi Jon,
I think Updating the idea statuses would do the same thing . And it would avoid maintaining a separate list that didn't stay in synch with the idea status.

Does that seem to make sense?

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
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Definitely does Al. As I mentioned the other day, some things have been 'under consideration' for about 2 years so the list would also need a good clear out.
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@FRS - a Forward Looking "Dreamcast" would be useful to me as a FRS-6700/6300 owner.

My having a rough idea of what is coming along I can make decisions whether to homebrew solutions or wait for the FRS release.  An example would be not knowing that the 4o3a partnership was going to product the Antenna Genius 8x2 Antenna Switch I've been struggling cobbling non-SmartSDR aware software/hardware together to do much of the same thing as the 4o3a.  My interim solution hasn't panned out, and economically ended up in a lousy ROI as well.  So I had pretty much gone back to a manual-control remote switch only to see the Antenna Genius offered at the same time. 

Why play "Mastermind" when "MasterCard" can inexpensively (especially when hours spent is considered) deliver a working solution?

If these products had been in a Dreamcast projecting a relative timeframe I wouldn't have wasted time and money tinkering.

To be fair there is no winning position in the continuum from developmental secrecy to open lab development, and I do respect FRS's position.  Just think some forward framework (I'll sign another NDA if needed) would be useful.

73

Steve

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Steve,
Good thoughts.   I'll bet many of us would sign an NDA or NCA (no complaining allowed) to have some idea of what is coming.

I hope Tim replies to clarify whether or not they are considering an effort to update the idea statuses.  I'd like to see that regardless.

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        Sure would like to know how that 4o3a collaborative amplifier is
coming along.
        If a ham friend asked me what would be in 1.6,  I'd have to say:
"I don't know- something to do with contesting I think, and maybe fix
 a few things, but I don't know what."
       I like my radio and I don't need a deadline-fixated roadmap, but
 knowing what the near and far goals are would be nice.


           Ned,  K1NJ
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I like Al's idea - I would have no problem signing a NDA to see a roadmap.
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The issue with Al's idea is that it would be an enabling tool for the whiners to start whining again.

I for one enjoy the relative peace and quiet without them
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That is why they can just tell me <grin>.

Seriously this the price we all have paid for a few undisciplined folk who most likely snuck into their parents' closet to unwrap presents days ahead of their birthday or the holidays.

There is no winning position - no clean end to pick this one up from.

Hence the paradox.

73

Steve K9ZW
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Hi Howard,
What do you think about the idea of asking FRS to update the statuses on a periodic basis?  And also the request to be more consistent about providing updates to all of the ideas, especially the most popular ones?

Maybe that question should be asked in a new post since this post was originally about the roadmaps and has been marked as answered.  

I'm not trying to "beat a dead horse" by asking but I do think it would encourage more people to vote and increase confidence in the voting process. 

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No other radio manufacturer tells you about planned improvements. They just bring out new models to sell you.

I think Flex got shell shocked by the whiners and they visibly hurt sales with all the ill will and complaining spread all over the Internet.

My fear is that any future prognostications will only serve to re-enable the whiners.

I do not want to see that start up again.

So I would recommend that Flex keeps their mouths shut until they actually have stuff to release
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I definitely agree.  Try writing ICOM, Yaesu, or Kenwood (or most any manufacturer) and ask them for a Roadmap. :^D
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Hi Howard,
Just to be clear, I'm not asking for the roadmap to come back, just for the idea statuses to be updated consistently.

Regards, AL / NN4ZZ
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Yes I understand that.

There is little to be gained by announcing status.

They need to keep their mouths shut unless it's an imminent announcement of something that improves sales
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So then for consistency do you think they shouldn't update any of them?

Currently some of the ideas are updated and others are not.....that leads to questioning the strategy.

Regards Al / NN4ZZ
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Wiho knows
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I don't know Howard, sounds to me like you want Flex to operate just like the other big three.

I still can't help but think there is a middle ground where updates don't have to be surprises yet they don't make commitments that the whiners can complain about. Flex has gotten a great reputation for engaging its customers, I hate to see that go away.

I'm not asking for a lot...just a hint at where we are going. Something more than saying this problem or that will be fixed in the next update. 
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In the past most of the belly-aching was over dates of updates not so much their content. I think there needs to be a middle ground between specific updates on defined dates vs. having no clue what's coming next. Will there be a 1.7? 

I'm not a contester and I probably won't operate remote. It would be nice to know if there was anything in the future for folks like me. Band markers would be nice. How about improved S/SWR meter readability or maybe the automatic AGC-T that has been discussed.
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They have been telling us in advance what to expect in new updates. Such as they said 1.5 would be mostly noise mitigation long before it came out. And we know what should be in this next one 1.6,,Tim has mentioned many things that are being fixed in it.
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@Tim E,  @Steve H.

What is the FRS position on updating the idea statuses?   Should I repost this to a new topic since this one is marked answered?

From above -- and not asking for a roadmap since that is water under the bridge, only about idea statuses.


I do think it's helpful to see the status updated so members know if an idea is being considered, planned or even not planned.  And to do that for all of the ideas in a consistent way.  Some of the older and very popular ideas don't have a status and some of the newer ones with few votes do. 

FRS has to consider a number of factors in deciding what to implement and when.  
It's all about selling radios and providing the features that help get that done.  Of course that includes features users consider to be basic or deficient as well as innovations.

But again, voting is one way the customers can show what they feel is important  if they believe in the system, take the time to articulate the ideas, and vote. 

Currently 99% of the ideas get votes from less than 1% of the community

 
I think there would be more confidence and participation in the voting process if there was feedback.  Updating the status is a step in that direction.  Seeing an idea move from "no status" to  "under consideration" to "planned" would provide that feedback and no dates or promises need to be made.   

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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@Al NN4ZZ - Doubtful whether votes are a viable measure of interest given the small sub-sample actually voting from an already biased community participant sample.  With any exception of a runaway support for an idea shown by votes there is weak utility in saying much about one vote compared to another. 

Do agree with you that having a FRS sketch of some of the SmartSDR forward vision would be helpful.  I've previously mentioned that if a sketch of what the partnership with 4o3a was intending ot produce I would have saved time & money by not trying to stretch other hardware/software to do what is a breeze now.  (BTW the 4o3a Antenna Genius Switches are shipping - tracking number in hand as I type.)

How to balance sharing vision as a positive with the inherent negative of some hams' unrealistic expectations it the question?

73

Steve K9ZW

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Hi Steve,
Agree that vote counts should not be the deciding factor. Although the counts are a small percentage they do provide some indication of interest. And IMHO if the statuses were updated regularly there might be a higher level of participation in the process. Updating all of them in a consistent way is another step that might help increase confidence in the process.

From the company perspective, updating the status to show progress would provide some feedback without any committment or delivery date promises.

A forward looking sketch sounds like what might be called "roadmap light.'" Agree it would be welcome but I wouldn't be surprised if FRS doesn't want to do that either. So while I think many of us would like to see it, I am not very hopeful.

In my IT career we did both (request status and roadmaps) and while it did result in some questions and even some disagreements, overall everyone agreed that it was a good process and well worth the trouble and effort.

It seems like updating the idea status is a step in the right direction to provide more customer feedback without the risk of a lot on negative comments that they dont want to deal with.

Regards, Al
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Unless one knows the product design limitations intimately, I can't see ANY advantage to this kind of list. It presumes all outcomes are possible and it's just a matter of doing them. In a closed system this is not the case, and in a system with 3 different radios it becomes very complicated to commit resources for one radio while making the same commitment for another would run you out of resources. At that point your platforms dramatically diverge in features and function and that becomes a nightmare. Also a list like this makes the radio into a kind of political system where stuff gets "promised" but can never be delivered on. I think it's a bad idea.

73. W9OY
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Well, that's a pretty negative view. If you are going to deem the members too ignorant to understand what they are asking for, perhaps they should save time and stop accepting suggestions? 

I don't think it is unreasonable for users to want to know where the system is headed. We use to have the roadmap and we all know what happened to that. I think Al deserves credit for trying to workout a way the community can have a feeling that their wishes are listened to. He is also right that the current system where suggestions get a status of planned or under consideration only to never change again is probably lacking.

I personally think the only thing wrong with the roadmap was the inclusion of dates. Flex could publish a new roadmap with no dates and a disclaimer that plans are subject to change. At least then the user community would have a sense of where things are headed.

Jon...kf2e
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This, truly, is bizzaroland.
I, pretty much, agree with Lee. And i, kind of, don't agree with Al. I don't think the expectation of a vendor bending to the will of a handful of customers is realist. Nor do I think it is a realistic expectation that any vendor will reveal where they plan to take their product(s) over time. That is completely antithetical to competitive advantage. For some to say, well Flex is different, they are special, in an historic league of there own. I understand the desire for folks to feel they have an 'in' with executive mgmt. In my experience, the only time that happens is either through control of ridiculously large volume of shares or marriage.

It's wonderful Flex makes people feel special. I believe it is a mistake to think that special-ness extends to every place you might wish it to.
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Hi Lee,
To be clear, I'm not referring to a new list.  As you probably know, the idea list is already in existence and has been since the community started.  This is a core feature of the community and the GetSatisfaction software.  Each idea starts out with no status.  Some of the ideas get updated to "under consideration" or "planned" or  "not planned"  or "implemented."   

But the status updates are not applied consistently.  
  • Many of the most popular ideas don't have any updates
  • Some of the less popular ideas do have updates
  • Some of the newer ideas have updates (even with few votes)
  • Many of the older idea have no updates (even with many votes)
  • Some ideas progress to "implemented" status
  • Some ideas that are implemented never get an update at all.
The current process for what gets updated does not seem logical.  Maybe there is a reason, maybe there is some other factor.  But it's not obvious what controls which ideas get favor.   Lack of consistent feedback could be one reason why so few people  participate in the voting.   As was mentioned by someone earlier, why provide any feedback at all if they are not going to be treated equally. 

Not every idea can be done.   Not every idea should be done.  One way to convey to the customers the feasibility of an idea is the status.  If the idea is not practical, feasible or doable for whatever reason then mark it "not planned".   A brief comment explaining why is helpful.   
  
Moving an idea to under consideration or even planned does not commit to a delivery date,  And at some later time it may be decided that something can't or won't be done.  Status can move both directions.

It's really just a communication tool to provide feedback to the customers without requiring a commitment by the vendor.  The idea list is not a roadmap.  The idea list does not commit to delivery dates. 

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Lack of consistent feedback could be one reason why so few people  participate in the voting.

There is another reason to consider.   Perhaps the majority of Flex owners are spending their free time on the air, and not so much on forums. 
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This is an interesting thread.  There is a natural ebb and flow of ideation/design/delivery here at FlexRadio.  We are currently almost exclusively in the delivery phase.  We are working to get v1.6 and Maestro to market.  In January, most of the team will be transitioning from delivery to ideation and design again.  On the design front, we will be working out the details of v2.0 and what we will put in the release.  We will be looking at our backlog of defects and features, the community and we will be looking to key thought leaders and influencers to see what are important things for us to do next.  Then we will once again go into design/delivery mode and get all these things done and to market.

I once read an article in Writer's Digest written by a famous author -- I think it was Dean Koontz -- on the topic of ideas.  He said that when he is recognized in public, often people will tell him about a great idea for a book.  He said that the approach tends to communicate to him that most people believe that the story ideas are the "hard part" of writing and that the writing itself is the "easy part."  In other words, the assumption is that what the writer needs most is generally a new, good story idea.  The opposite is, in fact, the case.  Stephen King has also written an excellent book on the topic, "On Writing," where he discussed the labor of writing.  If you've read this book you also see that writing is serious work that requires serious time and investment.  The idea is important, but most writers have a long list of ideas they could turn into a book.

So it is with software.  If we could turn half of our ideas for software into reality quickly it would be truly amazing.  The truth is that I have a list of ideas so long that there is no way we will ever get to them all.  When I share this list with our advisors, they get really excited because I can tell them that everything on the list is possible with the existing hardware platform -- all we need is time to execute on the ideas.  This is really an exciting thing to internalize.  We have built a platform that makes amazing things possible, but we have to decide what to do first and then do it.  We look at what benefits the most customers and what generates the most sales.  For those of you that own a FlexRadio today -- our current customers -- it might be easy to scold us for doing things that benefit a new class of customer to buy into our product line instead of working on a specific feature that is of interest to you.  But we reinvest in the company heavily and with that long list of ideas, the more customers we have, the more of those ideas get brought to you quicker.  We have to strike a balance between the doing things that respect and enhance your investment and those that continue to grow the company for the benefit of all of us.  Often things are on both of these lists and we don't have to choose.  But sometimes we do.

I've said before that an organized customer base is our best friend.  We did this when I was at Digital.  We had a customer group called DECUS (Digital Equipment Corporation Users' Society). DEC engineers and marketing types flooded the show to tell customers what was new and to ask what they should be doing next.  Individual products had champions that would organize the customers and tell the company what they wanted and needed from DEC next.  I would love for there to be something like this for FlexRadio.  A customer base that voted on what we should do next and handed that to us on a silver platter would be golden.  We'd always come up with new things that customers might not have told us about, but we'd know for sure which things customers wanted us to focus on next.  We do look here at the ideas from the community.  We pull things from the list and we do them.  But with only a fraction of customers voting on them, we have to apply some judgment.  Also some things that are suggested are much harder than they appear. Conversely, some things that may appear hard are easy.  We do listen and regularly discuss what we believe customers want and that factors heavily into what we do next.

Even if you're not voting for ideas on the community now (or even participating in the community), you will soon get to vote with money! And I can guarantee you that we will be watching and carefully planning around that.  When v2.0 comes out and there is a charge for the software, if we didn't do what you want and you don't upgrade, it will certainly be discussed.  This is good for you and good for us.  For you, there is a decision around whether you are satisfied with what you now have in your radio or whether you want what we're offering -- is it a compelling upgrade?  How many times have you been able to get a "new radio" for a small fraction (less than 10%) of what you paid for your existing radio?  For us, the revenue sharing for new features across customers will allow us to build more software and bring more capabilities to market for you.  We will be, in a sense, facilitating a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar enhancement project for your radio for a small fee.  AND we don't want anything up front.  We do the work and if you like it, you get to buy-in.  If not, you still have a great radio and nothing has changed.  We do listen (I think you guys know this), but we can't do everything nor take the path that each individual recommends as the best path forward.  It is still useful to hear the ideas as the roll around in our brains as we make decisions and are routinely factored in, even if the decision isn't exactly what was recommended.
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Hi Steve,
Appreciate your comments about the ideas here on the community.....

"We do look here at the ideas from the community. We pull things from the list and we do them. But with only a fraction of customers voting on them, we have to apply some judgment'

But I still would like to know why the statuses are not updated in a consistent fashion. Why update some and not others? If you want more voting feedback treating them equally could help.

Regards, Al
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Peter Bentley

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No problem with any of that Steve, I agree and understand, you are all doing a great job, thank you.

P.S. Don't forget the 'Pure Signal'

Best wishes

G4BIM

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Reggie

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Will v2.0 offer the capability to connect multiple clients (Maestro, PC, tablet, etc.) simultaneously to the Flex 6000?

Reggie

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James Whiteway

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Well stated!
I will buy into the next version to keep my radio updated, so I can more fully, play with the next version of Flexlib! ( some might not want to be "alpha" testers of my code otherwise!)
Thanks for all you do!
James
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