SmartSDR v3

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when it will be possible to control with Maestro simultaneously with PC? Is it really impossible to foresee such a simple function with the introduction of a multi-client?
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Igor Rybin

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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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While this is NOT AN OFFICIAL POST

So far it does not seem that a Mirror Function will be included in V3.0...

Why?


Because the development of MultiFlex V3.0 was/is quite complex requiring many Alpha iterations to get it to work correctly.  Adding a mirroring function would add yet another layer of complexity which would further delay the release of V3.0


I am not saying that a Mirror function won't happen.  It very well might be in V3.1 if enough people ask for it. 


I will NOT speculate when or if a mirror function will happen.
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Homer1952

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"I will NOT speculate when or if a mirror function will happen."

You already did in the prior sentence: "It very well might be in V3.1 if enough people ask for it."

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Yeah, I really want both to be up and running at the same time. I'll be able to work with only one active, but to have both controls.... yummy.

I don't know if Flex can answer this question, but will I need a flexcontrol knob, or will I be able to tune from the radio face if running SSDR from the computer?
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Michael

You are asking for the Mirror Function

My best guess is to wait and see if it makes it into V3.1
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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I certainly hope Flex provides the mirror function in V3.x, even if it's implemented incrementally.  To me, that's what multi-client is all about.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Make sure you put it in the idea section as well, lets wait and see what they will do in the future.
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Michael Coslo

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I hope it is integrated. What has the demand for multi-operator, single transmitter remote been? Seems like a great way to get p****d off at the other operator. 
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Igor Rybin

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The lack of mirroring is the only reason why the Maestro is not used by me. It would be great to use dual control at will.

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Michael Coslo

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Exactly. I don't operate remotely - it's cool but I just don't need it at the moment. But to have another option would be great. You wouldn't need a Flexcontrol, because you could just turn the 6XXX knob, and to me it just seems like a slicker implementatio of what I do in N1MM all the time. I control the radio in several different ways. 

But here is my present issue. I want to buy a 6600M, but if the feature is not there, I would just as soon spend a kilobuck less and get the faceless version. 

And I've never been one to buy things on the promise of a feature in the future. If it takes years to implement, there might be a nice new Flex radio to buy. 

Dilemma indeed.
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Mike W1BFA in Maine

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At the risk of doing the "broken record" thing...  This is one thing I had hoped for when I bought my Maestro, expecting to use it both remotely and also as a control surface concurrently with the PC here at the desk. I thought V.3 was my wish being granted.  I may have been a little naive thinking it would be easily accomplished as I can do that function currently with both the Ipad and my IPhone.  I sometimes get lazy and just use the phone here on the desk as a PTT switch.  :-)   If it doesn't come around soon I may send the Maestro on it's way and replace it with a MS Surface.  Without it I probably will not purchase V.3.  To be clear though...  the 5000 and 6500 stay!  :-)

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Igor Rybin

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This is the official statement that in version 3.0 both the Maestro and the PC will be monitored simultaneously.
Now just buy V3))
Https://www.flexradio.com/multiflex/


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But will not be able to control the same slice
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Mike W1BFA in Maine

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It’s early and my head isn’t probably working well yet but reading through that I don’t see where it specifies you can use the Maestro as a “control surface” in conjunction with a SSDR session on a PC. I tend to read it as being able to use a separate slice or receiver with the second device and share the transmitter. That itself is remarkable, but not quite what I was looking for. I don’t know if what I wanted is implied but remember “contracts 101”. If it isn’t specifically stated, don’t bank on it. I’m sure we’ll find out soon. I still say these radios are way to much fun to play with and it’s knocking my QSO rates way down.
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Mike - VE3CKO, Elmer

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Mirror Function has my vote, the sooner the better.
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Igor Rybin

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Yes, indeed, it’s said that it will work synchronously, nothing is said, and moreover, the FAQ for version 3.0 explicitly states that the rebuilding of the VFO to the Maestro will not be duplicated in the program on Windows. Sadly
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John - AF3K

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I would find a mirror function very useful if it synchronized the 6600M+SmartSDR for Windows.
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@all - if you remember the launches of the original v1 SmartSDR and v2, in each case the initial "point-version" was less feature-rich than the later point-versions in that level of software.

If you consider the matrix of possible multi-Flex possibilities it would also stand to reason that v3 at the 3.0 level will be less than the full release potential for the entire v3 concept.

I can't tell you exactly how of course, both because FRS hasn't exactly told me and secondly because I promised restraint (NDA) to be able to volunteer to help on the Alpha test team.

Again lots of words to say "the first release won't have everything planned or possible for v3."

As a reminder if a specific feature is a deal-killer for you if not included in v3.0 or v.3.1 or...v3.x, then sit this version out until v3 has enough to appeal to your wants.  

I can say from what I am seeing it appeals to me, and in some ways that I didn't expect at first.  I'm really okay with my personal Return-on-Investment for upgrading two 6700s (yes, Alphas are paying the same amount as anyone else will to upgrade their radios to v3).  

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Steve
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After the above posts, instead of half empty the glass looks half full now!  (-:

Howard