Instead, a second suite of "lab apps" could be produced either by Flex or an enterprising developer and sold separately. That would keep SSDR lighter and simpler, and allow for advanced users to really use SDR for wild tech fun. The apps might even work together, with the analysis tool suite operating as it's own panadapter-style window.
Right. Those are really cool uses - and I also agree with George. The Flex 6K used as a VNA would be a sad waste of software and hardware here. Why? My portable VNA is never in one place. One day, it's outside taking line measurements, the next day it may be on loan to measure the base Z of a vertical across town. Then the next day, it's on the bench making two-port S-parameter measurements.
Apart from dedicated lab use, much of the VNA's power is rooted in portability and battery operation. I cannot imagine dragging my 6700 outside or up the tower to make complex Z measurements.
In the not-too-distant past, I thought the LP-100 digital vector wattmeter would be a really useful addition here. Likewise, it doesn't have the flexibility and portability that comes with a unit like a RigExpert CIA. Don't get me wrong, I would still purchase the LP-100 just because it's an excellent wattmeter. But other than one or two measurements, it's complex Z measurement abilities have not been used here. After trying the function just to ensure it works, I'll bet the majority of owners only use it as an accurate wattmeter.
Some folks here likely remember the Kachina DSP505 transceiver. That was truly a revolutionary design. One feature was a CIA with sweeping Smith Chart measurement abilities. I think I used it once or twice -- then went back to hand-held measuring devices. The feature was much cooler in concept than in actual use.
I don't remember seeing anything in any of the FRS marketing that said the 6000 series was for "ADVANCED USERS ONLY" To say screw the average users wants and only cater to you ADVANCED users seems really cold and one sided thinking. FRS is in the business of selling their products to ALL types of users whether ADVANCED or not.... I am far from an ADVANCED user but I do use my 6000 daily and what you find as important to you might not be inportant to others and vice versa...I would hope FRS has more of an open mind when it comes to customer input and gives us non ADVANCED users as much merit with feature requests as they would ADVANCED users.
FRS I commend you on your fine products and look forward to ALL the new features that will come in the future. Hopefully they wont all be for ADVANCED users only. Throw in a couple for us non ADVANCED users please..
OK I'm stepping off my soapbox....
No offense to any operator, mode, or feature is or was intended. Just an old guy with two cents and an internet connection...
I have been following this thread with great interest, actually since the signature series announcement. As Steve (yes Sir: you are amongst the ranks of those people known by first name only) said about the box, paraphrased "it is a lab signal generator with 100W output".
Remembering that SSDR is a presentation layer with the API between it and the "guts" that a separate (read as: new/different/specialized/lab natured) layer can drive the box in many different ways - providing the API permits it.
As an "Idea" thread, I'll throw in: "Enhance the API exposure with 'lab' based calls".
I am busy reading the manuals and I think the balance of features in SmartSDR is about right. Anything esoteric or of a super techy nature should be kept out and paid for by those who want them. I am not buying the 6300 because I am advanced or a super tech; I am buying it because the software and hardware makes a great combo and seems a lot easier to use and better technically than my other choice, the Yaesu FTDX3000.
73 de Guy G4DWV/4X1LT