SmartSDR v1.4 Available Now

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Weeeee !

First to download (I think) :-)
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Michael - OZ1MDF

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Posted 4 years ago

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Steve Walker

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Pfft LOL 2nd :)
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Yes!  Yes!  Yes!
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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"A quick play with NR & NB... they seem a little different?  Is it my imagination? I didn't see much mention of DSP in the release notes, other than "Transmit doesn't mess up NB.""

Some things improved serendipitously with other improvements...  
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Jay / NO5J

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So now, no need for 1.5 when does 2.0 hit the pavement?
I've got @200 burning a hole.
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Robbie - KI4TTZ

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+1 to the tooltips in the dax control panel, very helpful. Also the enabled/disabled button changes and slice info is also very helpful. This is the best upgrade so far!
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Dan -- KC4GO

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I also found some improvement in the NR have nothing for the NB to work against (i misplaced my looped relay spark generator). I used the ANF on the aviation SelCal (that's three solid tones that change) reduced it by about 40% better than before and didn't distort the voice as before. All good stuff. 
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W5XZ - dan

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The 'serendipitous' NB improvements are impressive with my intermittent line noise on 160m...like 'wow, man....cool !!!'
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Jay / NO5J

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post a screen shot of the properties
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Michael - OZ1MDF

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Here is a screenshot from during installation :-)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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It appears that SmartSDR CAT installed before the virtual serial port service could start.  Manually start SmartSDR CAT.
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Michael - OZ1MDF

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Strange, even after rebooting PC, the issue remains when I try to launch CAT 1.4.
Fortunately I have no real use for CAT (yet). DAX and SDR itself seems to work very very well. I feel a bad flu comming on. I just might have to stay home from work tomorrow :-)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Did you uninstall the FlexVSP drivers before installing SmartSDR v1.4?
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Brent Parker

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Awhile ago, I was un-installing 1.3.8, installing 1.3 and back and forth chasing an issue. When ever I un-installed SmartSDR I checked the box to remove the DAX drivers with removing SmartSDR. I'd then remove the FlexVSP drivers too.

I'm assuming that is the correct procedure to get a "clean" install.

Thanks Tim,

Brent W8XG

 

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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No, removing the DAX drivers is not required.  And I recommend not removing them either.
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Lyndy Brannen

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now installed, yellow update is halfway done./
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Steve Walker

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Hats off to FRS and all the staff for the hard work on this. One down, one to go!
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Steve Walker

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Looking nice!
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DrTeeth

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The link for the user guide 404s.
I hope to see the profiles and persistence documentation being published soon.
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Brent Parker

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Listening to Dudley yesterday on the 14.329 flex net, it sure sounded like it was SOON!  He didn't really say it, but if you listened very carefully, one had the feeling it was coming in the next day or so.

A Huge Congratulations Guys. I know reading the various reports this was a very big undertaking.

Brent  W8XG
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I will wait until the weekend. I have a life to live.

With all the new enhancements you should have charged a fee.

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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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@Burt

I can't believe I actually liked something you said
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Steve W6SDM

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I have a life to live too, Burt.  Jeopardy comes on in five minutes.

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Dan -- KC4GO

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@Steve W6SDM
That's what you get for living so far west... 
We had our Jeopardy early and then got to play radio for couple hours :)
Dan --- KC4GO
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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All good here - some interesting changes. THANK YOU!
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Larry Loen WO7R

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As far as I can make out, you have to install it to see the release notes.  Has anyone installed it yet?  I want to know, particularly, whether I can have both 1.3.8 and 1.4 available.  I have a remote installation and am currently running SmartSDR on the remote "shack" PC and not on the home PC.  Obviously, I want to try out 1.4 on the home PC.  But, I also want to be able to run either 1.3.8 or 1.4 on the Shack PC in case I run into any difficulties.

I don't expect to be able to run 1.3.8 and 1.4 simultaneously; I don't even expect to run 1.3.8 at home (obviously).  What I would like to be relatively sure of is that if I have trouble with 1.4 (either at home or at the shack) that I can exit, perhaps cycle power (at most) and then bring up 1.3.8 at the shack.  I presume this works, but does it?

A somewhat gutsy thing to do would be to do the shack upgrade remotely.  I do have a separate ability to toggle the RCA plug, so I can make the rig shut off and "reboot" as directed.  I just don't get to see it!
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You can leave both versions installed, but it will reflash the radio as you try to move between the versions.   It's also VERY important to not run the old DAX & SmartCAT with the new version and visa versa.   To do this cleanly,  I would recommend deleting the shortcuts to SmartCAT and DAX from your Startup folder and launch them manually.   I've been using this method to regress various versions.   Again, you will need to re-flash the radio each time you switch, and that in itself can be risky if it fails, especially remotely. 

Please remember:  You cannot remotely reset the radio to defaults.  That requires the two-finger or one-finger salute from the front panel.  That is sometimes a requirement to get weird bugs out of the system. 
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Eric - KE5DTO, Official Rep

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Updating remotely is risky as there was a bug in v1.3.8 that may require a manual reboot necessary. So long as you can handle that, you're probably in good shape.
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Rich McCabe

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Man the waterfall is sure smooooooooooooooth !!
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K6OZY, Elmer

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There were significant optimizations in waterfall pan and zoom.  Click and Drag the numbers to dynamically zoom in and out.  It's so smooth,  I was doing that for HOURS after that was added to the Alpha.  I'm a GUI nut and that was an exciting day for me.  :)
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Jay / NO5J

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Oh man, Drag zoom is cool!
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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That has been a feature for several updates, but it is a lot smoother now.
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K6OZY, Elmer

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The drag and zoom wasn't the feature I was referring to.  I'm referring to the increase in zoom smoothness and frame rate.
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Jay / NO5J

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Works good! Lasts a long time! Tastes like Cake and Ice Cream, Happy Birthday 1.4! Hey Guys, have a cigar!
In before the announcement,
somewhat late for the Install,
WEIRD!
73, Jay - NO5J
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Yay!

That has GOT to be the LONGEST list of bug fixes I've EVER seen in the point release of a product.  Seriously.  And those are just the "customer facing" ones?  Over 2,300 commits?  Yikes.

Nice work, folks, on releasing a solid product with so many changes.  That's impressive by any measure.

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Yes, those are just the customer facing issues.
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Gary Wise

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I can't update until tomorrow. How is tuning using the Flex Control at band edges? Does the screen scroll smoothly. Can you tune rapidly then stop and not have the tuning go on by itself for a ways.

TIA

Gary - W8EEY

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I don't remember this happening in 1.38 but could be wrong. Running non full screen I can lose a slice/pan adapter.  As you can see from image below I cant add another panadapter as its grayed out.  If I change the window size it will come back.
 
This is only in the one up and 3 lower configuration.
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Robbie - KI4TTZ

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The performance improvements are incredible! I'm grinning from ear to ear.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Mazeltov!!!!
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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Not working smoothly, SSDR windows don't show (well, they do, but as barren blocks). Did hear the audio when I set it on the local machine. I might be seeing a Windows 10 issue, although all played will with 1.3.8. More experimenting "later."
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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PS - worked great from the Wimdows tablet!
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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@George

Just tried iPad Remote..

Seems to be working well.. No Major Issues   - usual great signal report

BIG BONUS.. now can double click on DAX icon in the tray and DAX Control Panel Opens..  No more right clicks...

Need to work on default menus for Access

Will load 1.4 onto Macbook portable soon too...

Now that native LAN works obviously an incentive to set up a VPN connection into my LAN so I can remote from the Macbook

Dreaming of a NATIVE iPad SSDR so I don't need to schlep Macbook
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Good deal. I notice it works fine through Access when running under my Win 8.1 VM. On Win 10 beta, no go. Another good reason to stick with release versions...
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Dave - W6OVP

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On Win 10 beta, no go.

I duplicate that here on a Toshiba Satellite L655-55156. DAX probs.
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Nigel - G0JKN/W2

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Thank you guys...but it broke my software!! my device wont work but I figured the message length would change now 252 instead of 156.  but 1.4 looks and sounds much better.

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that's all well and good but in not writing code for windoze!.. ;)


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Eric - KE5DTO, Official Rep

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Then you can use the FlexLib source as a guide.  That or use the discovery documentation in our wiki.
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Nigel - G0JKN/W2

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forgive me if ive got the wrong end of the stick but isn't flexlib a DLL? there is no source to be guided by.


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Eric - KE5DTO, Official Rep

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It compiles to a DLL, yes. But the source is available here: http://www.flexradio.com/amateur-prod....
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Nigel - G0JKN/W2

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Thanks Eric.. I was not aware that was available appreciated. 
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Norm - W7CK

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Is it true that SQUELCH is only available in FM?   DARN......
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Michael - OZ1MDF

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Oh yes you are, - you are just under orders not to :-)

The statement should go:

"We are unwilling to disclose any consideration regarding any future feature, due to the effect of raising background noise here on forum everytime we do disclose anything" :-)
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Using Google translate? :-)
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Very sorry for my subpar english skills. You guessed it, - English is not native to me.
But, apart from that piece of ridecule, - do you deny the reformulated statement ? :)
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It was a joke that did not translate well.  Sorry.

Yes, I sort of agree. It has nothing to do with background noise and everything to do with setting the proper customer expectation.
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Michael, I have to use Google Translate to talk to my kids - and they grew up speaking only English.  :)
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Other than the Squelch issue, I'm sitting here having a cold beer in celebration and grinning from ear to ear!   Good job to the Flex programming and engineering teams!  Thank you for being so very patient with us goats......
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I'm having a blast with 1.4. Got my $29 wireless logitech on and using it on the laptop thru out the house! Used another radio to listen to myself and dialed in the TX EQ a bit. For a cheap mic, it works very well. Vox is pretty good too!

I know this was a major coding and re-coding effort and the team is to be congratulated!  It works. I'm sure there are features many want, but my understanding of what just took place, was a major re-tooling of the system, that will now allow those little features to be more easily developed.

Getting the client truly "thin", efficient and the audio flowing is truly significant, and will now allow all those other items to move forward.

Again Congrats to the whole team!

Brent  W8XG

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I worked 2 meter EME remotely today.  What a great radio. Looks like all the processing is done in the radio, not the computer
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Upgrade worked fine for me, both local and remote operation from a nearby PC, next will try from the laptop.
I just noticed the separate Tune power slider.. lots to discover ...
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Wim

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Worked remote fine from the laptop over WiFI, running VMWARE fusion on a macbook pro
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Dave - W6OVP

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So far, so good. Think the value of my FLEX 6300 just went up!
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Just had first qso from laptop over wireless network using logitech wireless headphones,
apart from a bit of eq tweaking it worked 100%..thanks all at FlexRadio for all the work.
Cheers
GI4FZD
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Update seems very smooth.  Congrats to the team!  Loaded it last night, and worked a couple ZS on an otherwise dead 20M band.

Question: how do I get CW sidetone to play out?  I'm not hearing it over REMOTE or headphones with paddle keying or CWX.
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We did not provide side tone capability for LAN Remote as the transmitted CW signal generated on the radio has to sync with remote audio, so there is a latency dynamic issue due to the network connection.
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Noted this also.  

Would be nice to have the side tone as an optional ON/OFF to the PC audio stream.

This was discussed a while back and those using CW skimmer say the side tone would disrupt the skimmer. So it seems it needs to be optional on/off.

Will file an Idea for this later.

k3Tim
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I stand corrected.  There is side tone on CWX but if you select remote, the side tone is turned off.  Make sure it is enabled. 
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Asher - K0AU

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I think I'd enter no sidetone on CWX as a bug (hard to tell if you've fat-fingered the wrong function key). 

Sidetone on paddle keying as a feature request.  (Your very nice network monitor is reporting less than 1ms RTT for me).

And to k3tim's point, probably no sidetone needed with DAX.
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messages crossed - you're amazing!  You fixed the bug report before it was even submitted.