perhaps break some of the major pieces out to make separate releases.
In any case, I am still enjoying the 6500 as is! (do not need at this time FM / thin net / FreeDV)
I knew I had been mugged all along
Thanks for the update Gerald. I worked in the software development field for a number of years and I know how frustrating it can be putting the final touches on a product while your clients wait impatiently for its release. I also realize just how hard it is to predict when a product will be ready for release. Some customers expect announced estimated timelines to be chiseled in stone and when they pass, they somehow feel betrayed - just human nature I guess.
I for one am waiting patiently for v1.4 and when it arrives, it will be like Christmas all over again. I appreciate hearing from you and the Flex Radio staff regarding future development ideas, estimated timelines and tentative release dates. I will try my best to remember that your timelines and announcements are made in good faith based upon what you know at that particular instance in time. I realize just how hard it is to estimate when a task might be completed. Seemingly simple functions can sometimes become monumental.
I want to thank you so much not just for keeping us appraised of your software development teems progress but also functionality we may expect to see in the future. Flex Radio is a tremendous company and I think you keeping your customers in the loop is just another very special service that makes this company quite unique! Please don't let any griping you may hear deter you from future announcements. I love being kept in the loop and knowing what is coming next - whenever that may be.
Norm - W7CK
Perhaps I did not do my research thoroughly before I bought my 6300.
I was under the impression that it was an all mode radio and would include basic functions like FM.
****************The UK advertising stated it was all mode.**************
I use FM on a regular basis and personally do not care about remote operations and other computer "geekery". but I understand the requirements of others.
I am a radio ham and want to use a radio.
The 6300 is a fine radio except for lack of FM functionality.
I own a flex 3000 and a flex 5000 .
I understand that flex users are always on the leading edge of Hi tech SDR and Flex caters for all types of users both radio hams and computer techs and LAN wizards.
But Flex please get the radio to what an all radio should do FIRST. and soon.
My radio is packed so do not be in any hurry.
Moving in 3 Weeks from California and sightseeing the USA underway to Amelia Island, Florida.
Looking forward to use v1.4 sometime in April or May when I get to my new residence.
Till then 73
With this 2nd delay I'm betting as I have stated elsewhere, you're going to have to raise prices above what you have projected on the major software upgrades. Software development is expensive!!!! And Hard. You know this better than I!
Don't wait. Announce a price rise on Smart SDR Version 2.0 now. And announce that V. 2 will be out when your team gets it done. And then don't say anything until you release it. No further comment.
You'll be better off. Though there will be no less whining from the user base. They can't help it.
Take heart...there are more of us who understand the challenges of making next generation software solutions against a timeline than those who haven't a clue. The majority of us appreciate the tremendous task FRS has taken on in creating a completely new paradigm in Software Defined Radio. We appreciate your deft manning the conn of FRS and look forward to utilizing 1.4 when it passes muster.
Please pass my sincerest thanks and admiration to your team!
Your too soft...
I would never let my programmers out for a Bathroom break...just give them empty Mountain Dew Cans...
Yes.. we used to have Free Beer in the Fridge to sooth the all-niters...
But the rest of the time lock them in the room with lots and lots of caffeine
If you have ever had to do a software development project, you already understand that they are INVENTING something entirely new that has never been done before.. Even things that on the surface seem quite simple have unknowns that bite you in the butt when you actually try to do it...
Integrating multiple systems can be especially trying because putting things together always seems to bring out a new set of unknowns...that not only have to be identified but also fixed..
For those of you who have never done a software development project, I can understand that you can't understand why it seems to be taking so long...
To cure this mystery.. I suggest you buy a programming book and try to program a couple of obviously simple tasks... you may be surprised to find that it takes you many times longer to do it than you would have ever guessed... I bet once you try to do some software development you will understand how hard it is (not just to do it but to get it right) and stop wondering why it takes so long
All this whining will not make 1.4 come any quicker or sooner...
All mode means to me AM,SSB,CW(and FM on newer rigs). But, seriously, I am looking forward to v1.5 and SmartSDR reaching parity with PowerSDR. Once the DSP (NB,ANF,TNF) work as well as they do in PowerSDR, I'll be a happy camper.
But, no rush otherwise, as I know the API will change and force me to rework all my code.(borrowed and my own creation)
Fun, fun guys! It's just a radio and quite enjoyable as it is.
By the way, Apple is super-secret, but Microsoft has gone way public with their Office 365 roadmap. They just push out new features as they become ready. See how they do their roadmap here (in case it gives you any ideas): http://roadmap.office.com/en-us
1.a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.
If we are not part of the development team, Alpha testers, Beta Testers then I assume my job as part of the solution is to wait quietly unless asked to preform some other duty... I for one would love to do Beta testing and be a bigger part of the team.
Best regards to the development team
A guy walks into the bar and says, "Gimme a beer, bartender." Bartender asks, "How's it going, Joe?" Joe says, "My wife is at the hospital birthin a baby." Bartender, "Huh, why aren't you there with her?" Joe, "Oh, there ain't nuthin to birthin babies. Doc said it'd be here by mornin."
More tomorrow after a cup of java.
73, Bill, N5TU
Thanks for the update. I'm still glad that I got a 6700. I use it daily and am very pleased with it. Good luck on getting the kinks worked out of v1.4. BTW, a friend of mine who was the head of electronics development for the department that I managed, once likened development to a sack full of venomous snakes. He said, you beat on the sack until you felt safe enough to put your hand in it. LOL
I love my 6300 and am not about to sell it out of frustration or impatience, but I do have a few thoughts. Having been part of difficult projects which are taxing in the extreme with unknowns that threaten the very premises I am not about to snipe at the time schedule slippage.
However, SmartSDR feels like it was written on a sterile government contract in response to some obscure RFB. May be good solid engineering, but dull, and appears to be wandering in the wilderness. Neither user friendly nor much fun to use.
When demonstrating SDR I use the 1500 or 3000 with PwrSDR rather than the 6300 because it shows MUCH better and is easier for all to appreciate. PwrSDR generates immediate excitement while Smart does not. I also like to use PwrSDR far better for my simple casual hamming needs and wish a PwrSDR "face" was available for the 6300!
The forum is full of esoteric suggestions to improve SmartSDR but I have some elementary ones. I'm concerned that way too much time is being spent on very advanced features which are of critical interest to only a small minority of 6000 users rather than simple features and good ergonomics. Reminds me of both car and computer companies that had too much fun pursuing their own dreams rather than those of their customers, and they are now gone.
The air may be better at the top of the mountain but most people live closer to the base. That's where most customers live too.
Here are some specific but very basic suggestions:
1) Bring back the frequency scroll by mouse roller on every frequency digit.
2) Bring back the station scroll feature on the WWV and GEN buttons.
3) Bring back all the Panafall type options.
4) Bring back features that invite new users to try, instead of seeing how deep they can be buried.
5) Make it easy for newbies to sit right down and use Smart rather than wonder what to do with it.
etc etc, etc, ...
My 6300 runs beautifully, but it would be much more fun to use if it was less like work and more like play. .
Best 73 Dave W6OVP
73, Dan KM6CQ
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