SmartSDR for iOS Add Ona

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Neat Features:

There are a couple of Neat Extra Features that Marcus has added to the SmartSDR for iOS  App ($4.99 each)

1. Band Plan  this is a graphic on screen band plan to make sure you do not transmit out of band

2. DX-Cluster  - I really love having spots show up on the display...

this is a must have if you plan to work DX from your iPhone or iPad.. it just makes life so easy to see the DX in front of you or by looking on the Spots lists.and clicking on a spot brings you to the correct frequency..

I just worked Vannutu yesterday while babysitting a grandkid... saw him on my iPhone display and BAM he was in the log... Now if he would only LOTW

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One other feature that I really love is the ALTERNATIVE COLORS

With advancing age I am visually challenged to see low luminescence colors like red on black.

I can finally see the meters in SSDR for iOS - I only wish it were possible to do this in SSDR for Windows..

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I really like the DX-Cluster and Band Plan features!  It would be nice if SSDR for Windows had those features as well!

Cal/N3CAL
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Yes, i agree the DXcluster is well worth it and works extremely well. A real bargain, these are.
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sounds like JT Alert
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Except SSDRiOS puts the spots right in the display

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When and if it's ported to Linux, then I will be excited! W1JAC
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Hi Howard,

I don't know how to turn the DX cluster band & mode filters on they are grayed out, not functional, only the DX cluster list is updated & responsive.
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I've decided to delete my comment, to avoid hijacking this thread into another linux vs ??? quagmire. I'll try to rewrite it into something a little less volatile.

 SDRgadgets

73, Jay - NO5J

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Ali

The DX Cluster is a paid add-on.  If you have paid for it, then it should work.

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Howard i use DX watch and am able to filter to see only spots that were reported by US stations.  Is there support for this here or could it be requested?  
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Thanks Howard,

I did buy it, and only the list works, filter cant be switched on.
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reboot your iPad and try again.. if still not working put in a bug report
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I guess I will have to do that, I also noticed if the iPad orientation is chanced the waterfall resets. I missed having the network status & strength bars as well.
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I did not know that you have to buy the band plan tool also to get the DX Cluster filter to be activated!
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Hi Howard,
The features to add spots, visible colors, readable meters and Swr, power graphs have all been requested on SSDR for Windows. Actually they have been highly ranked by the users based on the votes. And they have been on the list for years in some cases. And here they are in the initial release for iOS.

Given the praise they are getting and the user support for these tweaks, I wonder why they haven't been addressed on the FRS Windows SSDR version already. It would be nice to hear that they coming and when, it's not like any of these changes need to be kept secret as competative advantage concerns.

Thoughts?

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
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Low or no priority
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They are in SSDR for iOS because during the Alpha testing we requested that Marcus fix the GUI to make it more readable and add spots to make it more usable.  Since he was starting on a blank page these were doable..

I suspect based on the speed that the Amazing Marcus added these features that the iOS GUI is more programmer friendly that the Windows GUI for things like spots, colors etc... I am too far away from programming to be able to comment intelligently..

AND.. Flex has to look at the bottom line and what draws new sales.. so things like contest features, WAN, Great CW, are likely much higher on the list..

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Flex has made it clear that GUI changes are WAY down on the priority list. I suspect if they could be made pay for options like they are in the IOS app we would have a laundry list to choose from. Personally, I wish we could have such a list. I would gladly pay my fair share for some...dare I say it...eye candy.

Jon...kf2e
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I can agree with that Jon...  I suspect all this candy will be available when PPV begins  (Pay Per Version)
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I'd gladly pay a few hundred for an OSX version of SmartSDR..

And my Wife got me a Samsung Tablet at Christmas, so I wait for some joy.......
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So, my question is.  How many people were behind the development of this application?
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One... the Amazing Marcus DL8MRE did 100% of the design and coding.

BUT he used the FLEX API tools developed by the Flex Programming Staff

I am not sure but I think he may have also used some of Stu's K6TU Apple iOS API Coding Tools as well.

AND there were a number of Alpha Testers who put it through its debugging paces and made suggestions for improvements in operations, GUI, spots, band maps, etc.

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Hi Howard,
thanks for your compliments but just one correction.

Everything, really everything has been developed completely by myself. I had to focus on speed and latency so I can't use that small piece of Code provided as public by Stu (which is even only the communications library consisting of e few lines of code). I think that piece of code was also just meant as example and for learning purposes. Normally such things are coded in a different way. I was also using Swift and not the older Objective-C development language that Stu was using.

But you are absolutely right with one point: Many Beta Testers! I am still thankful to all Beta Testers who provided great feedback about bugs, suggestions and positive as well as constructive negative feedback that all definitely helped me to provide the App as it is. You Howard have been one of the (very active) Testers so - as mentioned on one of my mails - this App is not just my baby, it is also yours and the Baby of many others who have helped. Thanks again!

And, of course, I hope we don't stop here as I have many ideas for next versions.
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@Howard

From above RE: "I suspect based on the speed that the Amazing Marcus added these features that the iOS GUI is more programmer friendly that the Windows GUI for things like spots, colors etc."

I wonder if the FRS programmers would disagree.....maybe it's just a matter of not having the priority to tackle the changes as Jon mentioned.  Our application team using C# and .net used to make these kind of tweaks pretty quickly.  

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Maybe we can get Marcus to write a JT65 and PSK add on into his App and then I can just carry the ipad.

Ian
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Hi All, apps works fine, however some simple question i have ( i guess just lost some articles here) 
- not clear how to select Global Profile on radio,
- BTW http://ham-radio.apps.com/ not accessable, where i can download  manual ?
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Profiles

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Yeah, i know this menu, but in case choose an Global Profile from Radio and then tap Use nothing happenes.
may be other sequnce necessary  here ?
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I have noticed the same thing. I can see the profiles but that's it, they won't load.

Jon...kf2e
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Joe, i assume name must be specified in this case, like basic profile for SSDR iOS, othervise it will not be executable, but in anyway we need to have detailed instruction in this case
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Howard thank you! ,  however .....hmmmm...., 
ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT
tested with different providers, may prohibited for Rus ?
Tracert stopped in Germany.
Markus, pls advise.


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Suggest that you ask whomever decides such things at your ISP to unblock the manual site
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Sergey, R5AU

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Howard, i have tested today 4 ISP`s , but packets lost after redirection via   hetzner.de
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BTW, Off Topic:  have repaired today my 2K-FA -> broken PSU with 48V: RSP-3000-48,   PSU a bit modified by Experts, but result for now positive - i am on air again !
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Possible that Hetzner.de has blacklisted the site..

Had that happen to some of my sites a few times... it takes time and effort to convince them to remove a site from the blacklist

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May be this is a issue, will test tomorrow with my IT in Berlin, lets`s see.
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Where is the tuning wheel??..I turned it on in the IOS Settings but cant see anything show up that indicates a tuning wheel.

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You must activate it in the settings screen.
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LOL...Hi Ken..  you read my question way too fast!!     Its on but don't see any type of tuning wheel I recognize.  Also  I have a ton of profiles to select from but cant seem to get them to actually load into the IPad.


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Sorry, I DID read right past you saying it is ON!  I was in a hurry to get home and try it out after work.  My VPN and rig powered off at home due to a power outage glitch, and the rig wouldn't power up!  Somehow the "Remote On Enabled" had gotten switched off and I couldn't remotely power it up.  All is well now.  

If you haven't found out yet, if you tap the slice flag, it appears.  You can drag it where you want it.  When you single tap elsewhere on the screen it closes.  When you tap the slice flag again, it appears.  

Hope this helps...
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Aha...  got it now.  thanks Ken.   Now to figure out how to use my profiles to switch quickly between Bands and Modes.   I do not see any explanation in the manual.
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I am going to close this praise post due to the number of technical questions being asked and answered.  It is a "best practice" to start a new topic for questions and problems rather than co-opting an existing post whose title has no reference to the issue being discussed.

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