SmartSDR Preview Release 0.15.13 is available for download

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SmartSDR v0.15.13 is now available for download for use with your FLEX-6700 and FLEX-6500 Signature Series SDR.

Please follow the upgrade procedure below as there is a new version of SmartSDR CAT (v1.1.5) and if the upgrade procedure is not followed in the sequence described, you may have problems with the operation of the virtual com ports.

Installing SmartSDR for Windows no longer installs SmartSDR CAT automatically due to a virtual com port driver dependency that requires SmartSDR CAT to be uninstalled and the PC rebooted before a SmartSDR CAT can be installed. Therefore please follow the upgrade procedure listed below.

There are several sub-procedures described below that are outlined in greater detail in the SmartSDR v0.15.13 Release Notes. Make sure you review the Release Notes before updating the FLEX-6000 radio software and SmartSDR CAT.

Upgrading SmartSDR for Windows

1.) Shut down SmartSDR for Windows if running.
2.) If SmartSDR CAT is running, close it too
3.) Power cycle the FLEX-6000 by pressing the front panel power button, waiting several seconds and then pressing it again to reboot the radio. Wait until the radio has finished booting before continuing.
4.) Run the SmartSDR v0.15.13 Installer. (SmartSDR_v0.15.13_Installer.exe)
5.) At the end of the installation process, display the release notes (A PDF reader is required) and run SmartSDR for Windows.
6.) You should see your FLEX-6000 in the chooser indicating that an upgrade is required. If you have never done a FLEX-6000 software upgrade, you may what to review the FLEX-6000 Upgrade procedure on page 7 in the Release Notes which can be also found in the Windows Start Menu -> FlexRadio Systems -> SmartSDR v0.15.13 -> Release Notes folder.
7.) After the FLEX-6000 software has upgraded, you should see the radio in the SmartSDR Radio Chooser indicating it is "Available". If after 5 minutes or so and you do not see the radio become "Available" (the yellow Update bard will have completely traversed to the right hand side), power off the radio using the Power button and power it back on.
8.) You can now run SmartSDR v0.15.13

Upgrading SmartSDR CAT

1.) If SmartSDR for Windows is running, shut it down now.
2.) Follow the procedure "Uninstalling SmartSDR CAT" starting on page 8 in the SmartSDR v0.15.13 Release Notes. Make sure to reboot the PC when done (this is very important).
3.) Follow the procedure "Installing SmartSDR CAT" starting on page 9 in the SmartSDR v0.15.13 Release Notes.
4.) Start SmartSDR CAT by selecting the SmartSDR CAT program from the Windows Start Menu -> FlexRadio Systems program folder
5.) If needed, configure the virtual com ports as per the SmartSDR CAT documentation (

Release Specific Information

For GPSDO equipped FLEX-6000s, you may need to re-enable the GPSDO module in Radio Setup -> GPSDO after upgrading to SmartSDR 0.15.13. You should only need to do this operation once.

Changes have been made to the TX audio chain where the compression level slider is now operational. You may need to modify the audio input gain setting as well as the compression level settings due to the recent improvements in the TX audio chain.

Refrain from changing the audio input and compression levels while transmitting, as this will result in transmitting a popping sound (QRM). Make these changes when MOX or PTT is not asserted.

Please review the Known Issues, Caveats and Limitations section in the SmartSDR for Windows Release Notes on page 6 for a comprehensive listing of release specific information regarding the operation of your FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDR.

Where to Download SmartSDR v0.15.13

SmartSDR for Windows v0.15.13 is a large download. It is approximately 79 MB in size.
You can download SmartSDR for Windows from:

New Features, Enhancements and Bug Fixes

Below is a list of new features, enhancements and bug fixes in SmartSDR v0.15.13

SmartSDR for Windows:

  • Fixed an intermittent defect that would result in poor opposite sideband image rejection

  • Fixed a defect where the radio would not recover if the Ethernet cable was disconnected

  • Added a feature where the Transmit Control panel is opened by default

  • The 8 kHz EQ control has been activated

  • Added variable TX bandwidth feature in Radio Setup ->Transmit tab

  • Refactored AGC Threshold gain slider values. Default AGC-T = 60 (100 dB)

  • Added feature to disable SmartSDR from connecting to FlexControl in Radio Setup ->Transmit tab

  • Fixed a defect where non-SmartSDR clients that create a slice were automatically assigned to the XVTR antenna port

  • Added a feature to auto close Spectrum Display menu options after use

  • Fixed ATU defect where ATU fails to tune if out of ham band tuning was attempted

  • Fixed ATU defect where operation was erratic when in CW mode

  • Fixed a defect where ATU attempts to tune a high SWR load and reports SUCCESS then goes to BYPASS

  • Fixed a defect where speaker noise was heard on exit

  • Fixed several defects that were responsible for operational instability

  • Improved RX filter sharpness (steeper skirts)

  • Fixed a defect that could result in intermittent loss of audio from the speaker output

  • Fixed a defect there the CW WPM control would not work above 50 WPM

  • Fixed a defect were CW elements would randomly be dropped

  • Added QSK CW keying (low latency switching)

  • FSK line connected to “CW DOT” for keying through the ACC connector

  • Fixed a defect where slices would not tune properly if SmartSDR was expanded to > 4096 pixels

  • Added a feature where the SmartSDR console and forms location is saved on exit

  • Added a feature where GPS data is displayed in Radio Setup ->GPS tab

  • Fixed a defect where Power LED would incorrectly indicate a GPSDO in standby when GPSDO is not installed

  • Fixed a defect where GPSDO was incorrectly indicating it was installed when it was not

  • Fixed a defect were a clicking sound could be heard when GPSDO equipped FLEX-6000s were powered off

  • Fixed a defect where GPSDO equipped FLEX-6000s would show the radio as being Available when the Power LED was green

  • Audio Compression gain slider control is now operational

  • AM is now operational for transmit

  • Performance improvements made to ANF, NR and NB

  • Fixed a defect were the RX would “desense” if NB is enabled

  • Fixed a defect were radios opened up for MARS TX operation would revert to a locked state when the radio was rebooted

  • Fixed a defect where the SmartSDR console could be expanded greater than 3000 pixels wide

  • Fixed a defect where S-Meter was reading 10 dBm high

  • Fixed a defect where intermittent TIMEOUT errors were occurring on GPSDO enabled FLEX-6000s

  • Fixed a defect where AGC would cause a delayed TX->RX transition

SmartSDR CAT has been upgraded to version 1.1.5

  • CAT: Fixed a defect where FLEX-6000 IP address was truncated

  • CAT Fixed a defect in the radio list where FLEX-6000s were not removed when disconnected or closed.

  • CAT: Fixed a defect where SmartSDR CAT would not reconnect properly if the radio was rebooted.

  • CAT: Additional minor defect corrections

  • CAT: Fixed a defect where AsyncSocket server crashed under certain circumstances when a client disconnected

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