- When are the next software upgrades going to be available?
- How many software engineers do you have working on this?
- Can you change the colors of some of the knobs from black to something with more contrast?
I did search for official users groups for each of these companies. I did find some Yahoo groups for these companies or specific radios. It is not always clear if the groups are official, or if the responses are from the company, Also Yahoo groups is cumbersome and archaic in my opinion. Elecraft comes the closest with an email reflector. None of these come close to the communications provided by Flex.
Robert-N5IKD you hit the nail on the head and the heading of this post is a little upsetting. LOL!
But with that said yes I looked into open source as it has it`s places but If one or a group leaves the program of not innovating what do they have to loose? ZERO---
So that's why I chose Flex over others. Flex sell`s a radio with software and that is there intentions fully.
The others radio hardware mfg`s can play on or not. Money is necessary evil and needed for software to continued. Programmers have to be paid. Open source can stop at any point in time.
Dedication and Money go hand in hand. Flex has it about right. They are not just a hardware MFG!
"Also Yahoo groups is cumbersome and archaic in my opinion"
At last I have found somebody who feels as I do. They are a carbuncle on the behind of the internet and I just cannot understand why they are so popular with the ham community. Regular forum software like phpBB is much better and more user-friendly. Get Satisfaction isn't that hot either.
73, Jay - NO5J
Here is the straight comments
Open software is great. Wait till you start your payments .
Updates with the end user involved. This means very many users beta testing . A roadmap. No your on the super highway
The cusdr. A work in progress. Like the 2.0.
Pure signal. Yep. Not a wish or a promise.
What you all are missing is this. Group was mostly the original flex group. Apache. Assembles hardware
Flex or the others could be gone tomorrow. Let's not hope this happens.
What percentage is old code it is evolved to carry very little of the original stuff.
There are other sdr radios out there yes flex is not the only one. ALL. Are great. . Including flex. .
So which is better. It's what you like. For me I no longer accept promises.
A former flex owner
Kenwood, Icom and Yaesu don't need to other than to address bugs because all the features of their radio are available at launch.
Kenwood released a firmware update for the TS480 8 years after its first release and they released an update to the control software last year, a decade after the radio's launch. Does Flex support their radios and still spend time on active development for them a decade after launch?
I own a Signature Series Flex and also the Anan 200D.
Each radio has its merits and drawbacks.
Reason for buying the Anan is the lack of timely updates from Flex. The open source community is pretty fast at fixing issues when identified. I had an issue with low power out on 12 meters tracked down to a firmware issue that selected the wrong bandpass filter on 12 meters. I had a fix in a day. The Anan gives me the joy of the "experimenter" that I had back in the 1.x PowerSDR days. I remember downloading nightly builds from SVN and seeing what changes occurred each day. I do understand the business decision by Gerald to make the software closed source but I do miss being able to test the new features and be on the cutting edge.
I understand the remote LAN features in 1.4 are a huge undertaking but that should not preclude Flex from fixing know defects with existing 1.3.8 software. DAX is glitchy and I depend on it to run my radio remote today as well as running digital modes. This is supposed to be addressed to some degree in 1.4. In addition I feel the slow AGC hang is too long for normal SSB operation to mitigate static crashes. They should go back to the 1.2.1 settings for slow and introduce an additional LONG setting for those that like the 1.3.8 AGC slow settings.
Personally I hope Gerald and team take my criticism in stride and look to release more frequent bug fix point releases in between the feature releases, especially if the software releases are going to be 6 months apart. This long delay is discouraging a lot of current and potential customers.