SDR-Bridge 1.1.0 with new SPLIT support and compatibility with SmartSDR 1.4 available for download!

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There's a new release of SDR-Bridge available at http://www.qrv.com. It has new support for SPLIT operations, is compatible with SmartSDR 1.4... and beyond! The current 1.0.4 version expires on Feburary 25th, so don't delay. Download the new 1.1.0 version today. Be ready for the future of SmartSDR, and explore the new features of SDR-Bridge!

Enjoy!

73 Ed W2RF
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Thanks for your work on this Ed!
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I don't know what this is. How do you load it into the 6500?
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Thanks Ed!!
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Ed - W2RF

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I've just added links to Al NN4ZZ's installation and quickstart guide, and Lee W9OY's blog post on the new SPLIT function to the web page. Very useful information. Thanks to Al and Lee for the excellent work!

73 Ed W2RF
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W2RF Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Ed I was literally telling my friend Ken W9IE last night that my only issue was the Split instability when trying to work a DXpedition in split so I have not been running CW Skimmer during K1N.
Truth is I didn't have knads enough to make a complaint on a piece of software that is truly genius otherwise!
Thanks again so much for what folks like you and the many others on this Flex site contribute to the advancement of what I consider to be the finest radio "ever" made.
My 6300 is truly stable as a rock now, WOW I'm both happy and impressed.
Had it working in about the same amount of time it took to download the update...
73'
de Clay N9IO, Bonfield, IL
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Ed, thank you for SDR-Bridge, a truly excellent bridge to CW Skimmer. I have it running now and it runs stable, sending out spots for the RBN network.
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Ed, thank you for good job !
Excellent SW !
Can we have a chance to look for integration with DXlab and N1MM ? 
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Although SDR-Bridge itself is CAT-free, it is compatible with SmartSDR CAT.

CAT compatibility means that if you are using a CAT logger or other CAT program on Slice A and Slice B, SDR-Bridge will track what you are doing. Also if in SDR-Bridge you click a CW Skimmer spot, the CAT program will follow the click.

In the new SDR-Bridge 1.1, CAT split compatibility has been enhanced by a special option. On the Radio tab check "Split follows TX slice" to enable this compatibility. With this enabled, if you put your CAT logger in split, which makes TX switch to Slice B, SDR-Bridge notices that and makes adjustments.

The main adjustment SDR-Bridge makes in split is that it changes which slice gets CW Skimmer clicks. If you are out of split, TX is on the main Slice A, and clicks go there. However if you are in split, TX is on the split Slice B, and it receives clicks. Which is exactly what you want!

Other changes made by the SPLIT feature include altering the "Mute all but active" function so that it mutes the split slice. Also double-clicking the Stream column header changes the display to show Split slices. And there are a number of other adjustments made going in and out of split.

This adds up to full compatibility for SmartSDR with N1MM+ in a single radio dual receiver configuration. And this is true for other CAT based loggers and tools.

Lee W9OY has an excellent blog post on the new SPLIT feature at http://sdr-w9oy.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-new-dxing-gizmo-from-w2rf.html

73 Ed W2RF
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Thank you Ed!
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While I was implementing the SDR-Bridge new SPLIT feature, I tested it on K1N pileups. Here's my result from ClubLog. Worked quite well!

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Nice!

Thanks for you efforts on the Bridge..

You mentioned "is compatible with SmartSDR 1.4"

can you send me the link to it ?  

:-)

Thanks,
k3Tim
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Should have said "upcoming" (hi hi) no information on when but guess it might be soon!

It's also backwards compatible with 1.3.8 and all earlier versions of SmartSDR.
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There have been a couple of reports that SDR-Bridge 1.1.0.107 crashed when the radio was power cycled. If you experience this, please submit a problem report at http://www.qrv.com. Thanks!
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I just got home from a week of vacation.  Downloaded & installed the latest version of SDR-Bridge, brought it up and worked K1N on 15 CW on the first call after clicking on a spot on CW Skimmer!  Thanks, Ed!
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Great! Glad it is working for you, RIck!
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Wow Ed, I think you just blew my mind. I had thought SDR-Bridge was only a man in the middle way of connecting SSDR to Skimmer, and dismissed it because i don't run skimmer, it can do more than that cant it. 

Does it do ethernet?
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Jay,

Yes you got the picture, SDR-Bridge can do quite a bit just with the radio, no skimmer or logger required. That's expecially true now with the new SPLIT feature. Thanks for pointing it out!

If you mean by ethernet running SDR-Bridge and SmartSDR on different computers, yes you  can. If you mean running remote with the upcoming SmartSDR 1.4, yes it does!

73 Ed W2RF
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My CW Skimmer and SDR-Bridge setup and troubleshooting notes have been updated for Ed's latest version.   SDR-Bridge is now compatible with both V1.38 and the soon to be released V1.4 of SmartSDR.  

The latest version of the notes file is dated 15-Feb-2015.   There are a few new troubleshooting tips in this version as well as the updated version information. 

Also, the notes are available on my web page and anyone can access them at:

http://www.nn4zz.com/Data/NN4ZZ%20CwSkimmer%20Bridge%20setup%2015-Feb-2015.pdf


Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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Good information. But although it says 44.1khz is max, I was able to connect MME to DAX IQ at 192khz. For what it's worth...
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Ed,
I read some other articles and got the impression MME internally samples at 44.1 khz but the I/O can be at a higher rate.  That may explain some of the jittering and sampling issues.

Of course I could be misinterpreting the docs....but bottom line, MME is older and less capable as you noted.   

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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Thanks for the clarification!
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AL, here is a tidbit for your help file...
I have several times moved from two-slice split to single slice split with XIT and the "Green Box" and triangle marker would not follow correctly.  Toggling the TX on slice 'A' off and on restored the function.  It seems that Skimmer loses track of it when certain changes are made.  

I am still learning how to make best use of Skimmer.  I have done almost all of my W1AW/p and DXing without it so far, but I tried it on the 160 CW contest and found it helpful, as too the K1N DXpedition.  
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Ken,

When SDR-Bridge switches in and out of split, the green box is not being moved accordingly. This will be fixed in the next update. Thanks for the report!

73 ED W2RF
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SDR-Bridge 1.1.1 is now available for download at http://www.qrv.com. Features new integration of SPLIT with DIV (diversity), improved synchronization, and bug fixes. Thanks for the feedback.

Enjoy!

73 ED W2RF
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Hi Ed,
went to download and AVAST said it was an infected site, infected  with Drep. second try and now its says its reset and will not continue. First time I have seen that on your site. Will try again tomorrow.
73
Chuck
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Chuck,

Just checked the site and no problem.  Don't know what happened there...

73 ED W2RF
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Good that's ok. Will check in the am, I may have to insert an exclusion in Avast.
Will see.
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Chuck,

Just to be sure, I downloaded Avast and tested with protection enabled. With the latest virus definitions (150217-2) the http://www.qrv.com website worked without virus reports or blocking, in IE, Chrome and Firefox.

Let me know of further problems or additional information.

Thanks,
73 ED W2RF
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Ed,
Checked this AM, no trouble at all, download went just perfect. All smoke and mirrors these computers...  :)....
Thanks for investigating,

73  Chuck w9nwr
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Sent a separate praise but Ed.. this is awesome stuff.  73 de N6WM


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A note on DIV SPLIT operation:

With SDR-Bridge 1.1.1 support for diversity splits was introduced. To use this feature there is a simple rule:
  • Define splits on the slice pairs, main and split, starting with A: split one on A/B, split two on C/D, etc.
  • After defining split slices, enable DIV on the main slice, where desired: slice A, C, etc.
  • DIV is only supported on the main slices, not the splits.
  • Note that "Mute All But Active" understands DIV splits.
  • Note that "Split Follows TX Slice" also understands DIV splits.
This will be incorporated in upcoming documentation. In the mean time let me know of any problems or questions.

Enjoy!

73 ED W2RF
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SDR-Bridge v1.1.2 is now available for download at http://www.qrv.com. Features improved logger integration, improved synchronization, and bug fixes. Thanks for the feedback.

Enjoy!

73 ED W2RF

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