scanning feature

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For the 6000 series radios, has there been any thought to implementing a feature that would allow for scanning a designated range of frequencies?  I understand that scanning is feasible to one extent or another with some third party applications, but this is something that can and should be integral to the radio's firmware, I believe.  Scanning has long been available in less sophisticated radios and I'm interested in whether others value this feature.  
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Steve

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Sure the scan feature would be great as well as all mode squelch and a host of other things that are waiting and waiting.  Perhaps we can get DStar to work??  I would be nice to have a list of features that have been mentioned and waiting????  Granted some stuff is on the "nice to have list" and others were available with PowerSDR.  Being a little behind the curve is ok and kinda what we all bought into BUT some stuff is waiting much to long.
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Gary L. Robinson

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I am not interested in scanning at all. 

---Gary WB8ROL
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W8QB

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Hi Steve, I wholeheartedly agree.  Perhaps Flex would be amenable to posting a "living" webpage.  Purpose of this continually updated page would be to display three items: name of the feature being requested, a tally displaying the number of customers who've requested the feature, and a simple "yes/no" indication of whether each feature is actively under consideration by Flex.
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Rick - W5FCX

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FRSTACK is a third party app that supports scanning and more. I use it on 2 meters
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Steve

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Third party apps are nice and we all GREATLY appreciate the time and effort to create them.  BUT they should not be essential.  They should be part of the product.  I totally agree with W8QB
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Jim K4JAF

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No interest in scanning here, many other improvements to the flex software are much more important to me (list is long)!   FRSTACK software will do what you need with scanning, a great 3rd party application.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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There is a regulation that prohibits an SDR manufacturer from adding scanning features in their product.  This is due to a time when SDR type radios were used to scan unencrypted cell frequencies.  So it is not a feature we will be putting into SmartSDR.  We even had to pull this feature from PowerSDR years ago for this reason. However, this does not preclude someone other than FlexRadio to write an application that would provide this capability.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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The icoms are much different then the Flex.
Keep in mind, SSDR is only a user skin, thin client, no processing done on the computer. This is why for example why SSDR can not record to the HD. Everything is done in the radio.
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W8QB

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To clarify, I operate primarily from the radio’s front panel. I would like to scan directly from the radio, not via SSDR.
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W8QB

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Tim, I appreciate that scanning is currently not under consideration by FRS.  But out of curiosity, can you please clarify why it is that Flex brand of SDR radios are subject to a "no scanning allowed" regulation, when in fact two competing SDR radios...the IC-7300 and also the 7610, are legally sold in the U.S. with built-in scanning capability?
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They interpret the regulations differently than we do.  We chose to err on the side of caution.
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W8QB

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Thanks Tim.  The (receiver) scanning functionality presumably was carefully scrutinized by FCC prior to when the 7610 and 7300 SDR radios were granted approval for sale to the U.S. market.  Based on this official government approval/precedent, perhaps the time has come to re-evaluate whether current laws/regulations would likewise allow for Flex amateur radios to incorporate the ability to scan.
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Scanning would be about 100th on the list if we had a wish list for me, FRSTACK works well and FLEX had Designed SmartSDR around API's to do these kind of non necessary tasks and works very well. 

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