Things that fake me out in SmartSDR

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Okay, I know I am a noob with less than a month under my Flex 6300 belt.  However, two things continue to fake me out and make me look all over the place thinking that I broke my radio.  Those are:

1. not having an active transmit slice selected so I can't key the radio, and
2. not having VOX on when using DIGU, which won't key the radio.

After restarting software a few times, rebooting the computer and radio, and cussing a little, I finally remember to check those things. 

Has anyone else had that problem or am I just starting to lose it?
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Steve W6SDM

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When the radio first comes up, the first slice is selected as transmit.  Once that is done, you must manually tell the radio where you want to transmit.  For example, if you have three slices and you close one which happens to be the transmit slice, we do not "pick" one of the remaining slices to be the transmitter.  The philosophy is that we believe you should take an overt action to transmit in a specific place.  The same goes for two slices.  If you have two slices and close the transmit slice, we do not move the transmitter to the other slice.  

This is clearly different that most radios (which have one or two receivers and only VFO A can transmit so you always know which VFO will transmit).  We thought about forcing this, but it seemed inflexible.  We would end up with a barrage of buttons to make each slice the "A" slice to transmit and you would still need to press a button to switch where you would transmit.  This didn't seem as friendly/useful as what we decided on.