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I would like to have a common place to peruse the available third-party utilities and applications for the Flex 6000 series radios.

This list should apply to Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Arduino and other platforms. It should be searchable / filterable by platform or function.

It doesn't have to be administered by FlexRadio if they do not have the bandwidth to do so. 
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Great Idea... a repository for SSDR 3rd party software  & Links. 
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I think it could be a great sales tool. They could point prospective customers to this ever-growing treasure chest of possibilities.
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Yes... and ops could refer people to it as well. I get a lot of inquiries about what is out there for the 6K. The whole ability to write software for your own radio is a  huge draw for potential customers..
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Jay and I set up sdrgadgets so we could do this, and for people to write how to articles on these apps. Keep it in mind....
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Robert, I think that is a good idea. However, I am not sure it should be a Flex site. I think that issue is, rightfully, debatable though.
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Robert, sdrgadgets was set up just for this sort of thing, but so far there has been little interest.
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I think this could become exactly what I am talking about. At this moment it appears to be an article-based site with a few articles and an attached wiki that is currently empty.

It appears that the site may not grow organically as it is without some more seeding and marketing.

I can help you fill in some of the empty space. Right now the more I dig into the wiki the more I get peeled off into Media Wiki pages.

With your permission/blessing I can add a wiki section for a software list that can be updated as we discover new applications.

Also, an article about using the wiki would be less daunting than the Media Wiki articles that are overly broad for what the new user needs to know.

 
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Ok Robert, if you can connect with Jay, Maybe you can help get things going, but I think you get the jist of what we are trying to do.
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Robert 
You have my permission. Can you drop in to #Flexradio for further explanations.
73, Jay - NO5J
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Great idea, Robert. I suggest creating a new category "Third party software" for this
forum page. It would be the easiest way to publish new software and update the great programs
we already have like SDR Bridge, FRStack and CMDMicroFlex6k.
Newcomers and anyone interested in FlexRadio would find this software at once on this page.
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Robert 
As Bill said, That's why we setup SDRgadgets.com. It's intended to be a website for the Flexradio user community, to use as they see fit. We wanted to create some additional tools for the community. An SDRgadget would be any Software Defined Radio Gadget . Gadgets would be Software like Fldigi, HRD, CWskimmer DXLabs, DDutil, WSJT-X, etc. These gadgets, have their own documentation, we wanted to host Flexradio specific versions of their documentation. I've made a few attempts at explaining How-To setup, some 3rd party software. But the community website isn't really an ideal tool for that. The Information tends to scroll off into oblivion. Some of same information get's reposted over and over again.  The reposting confuses later searches. We want to provide other better suited tools. The website belongs to the community, I'm giving it to us. It's going to be user created and user defined, completely non-commercial, neutral and as accurate as we can make it. Flexradio has already informed us that they can't/won't participate. So it will be run by the user community as soon as the user community decides to run it.
The website can be customized into anything the Community wants, We haven't been posting information about the website's existence publically because we have no wish to spam the community.  It's summer folks, the SDRgadgets pool is open,  last one in is a ...! Flexradio support issues and Q/A is intended to remain here. Flexradio is here. We don't intend to compete, or conflict with anything they do here. The user community now has some additional real estate. Let's all take a stab at creating Our world the way We want it to be.

http://www.sdrgadgets.com/

We don't sell anything!
We give everything back!

73, Jay - NO5J
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Jay, I don't see WSJT-X as a gadget for FlexRadio, as it works with a lot of
traditional analogue trx. SDR Bridge otoh is a software especially created for
SmartSDR and CW Skimmer and should therefore have a special place here on
this forum page. All the programs you mention have their own web pages and
are regularly updated by their creators. I like your idea of a website for SDR related
software, but I beg to differ between software for digital modes and software created
for the SmartSDR API.
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Alex 
The SmartSDR API already has it's own wiki. Why create another one.
That's not what we are trying to do. Most any Flexradio specific questions have already been asked and answered here on the Community. Are you objecting to the name, or my description of the name? 
73, Jay - NO5J 
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Jay, I am not objecting at all, I just would like to keep all programs
for the SmartSDR API here. The FlexLib wiki is not exactly a page
where someone interested in SmartSDR could find all the programs
listed and ready for download... 73, Alex DH2ID
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Alex 
SDRgadgets will be user created, how-tos, tips, etc. we won't be hosting any software projects. We don't intend to replace or recreate anything that's already existing.  Actually there is no "We" I'm not in charge of anything, neither is Bill. "You" are in charge, I just pay the utility bills.  
73, Jay - NO5J
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I like the ideas which are comming out. I have been using the Flex radio a long time and am toady sold. The one issue I have had is the merging of the flex with software and getting to work properly. I feel those of us who have mastered a piece of software should share our knowledge. In someways I miss the old knowledge base search and help. A site whic list software and when you go to the software like DX Lab you will get a overview of what it will do what part will not work with flex at this time , link for download, flex user step by step instructions and then a forum for remarks, questions and answers. I know this is a lot but there is someone out here who lives for this.

And one final note I would like to see flex have a place for these typ of sites which will link you to them. .
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Everyone

I can work directly with any interested contributors in real time. No waiting 2 days for an email reply. I keep an IRC client logged into both #Flexradio and #SDRgadgets on the Freenode IRC network. Just join the channel post something that deserves a response and wait for me to notice, or email me a reminder to check the IRC window. I'm good on ... "you guessed it" QRZ

Yes, you can discuss any topic you wish, No one has ever been kick banned yet.

Some information about the IRC channels ...
https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/-flexradio-irc-real-time-chat-discussion-support

Join the channels thru webchat ...

#Flexradio

https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=FlexRadio

#SDRgadgets

https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=SDRgadgets

Or use the whatever IRC client your familiar with.

73, Jay - NO5J

  
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Giulio

I just checked, your login is active and valid, no need to start over.

73, Jay - NO5J
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Everyone

BTW, Mediawiki editing is not that much different than posting here in the Community.
The built in editor is really very easy to master. and the How-To documentation is linked on the wiki's front page.

The main SDRgadgets website is also editable by registered users. The editor is a little more powerful but it's also pretty easy. 

You only need to register, If your going to add, or edit content. 

73, Jay - NO5J
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Robert 

Thanks for reminding me that SDRgadgets wasn't getting any of my attention.
It's been mostly spambots lately. I might try dedicating an hour a day to improving the website, whenever I'm bored, which is, most of the time.

Anyone else?

I have things you can do! 

73 Jay - NO5J 
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I commiserate, Jay. Reminds me of our board meetings, where many people have great ideas about what I need to do. ;^)
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Tried to check out SDRgadgets yesterday.   Had to get a login approved.  Tried it today. Does not work.  If you guys want new Flex users being able to see what 3rd party apps are available for Flex SDRgadgets is not going to be successful.   Way to much overhead to get in and look around.  

Mike
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Mike

Your login was registered and activated yesterday, @19:44:15.
Sorry your having trouble. Do you want to contribute? Looking around should be possible even without registering. You only need to register if you plan to contribute. I can't even test a login except by logging myself out and then logging back in, which always works for me. I realize a working method of logging in is important, but with out some volunteers for testing, I'm not planning on trying to fix the problem. The website did time stamp your registration, it will also time stamp your logins, as Last Visited: Blah. Your user account reports Last Visited: NEVER. Which if your not planning on contributing will suit SDRgadgets and myself just fine. There is nobody trying to succeed at much of anything. It's just me. and the other few that made attempts at contributing. 

SDRgadgets has been in existence for @2 years, it's only had content contributed by @4 people.
All of which is still there, waiting for improvement. If you think the site needs improvement by all means improve it then. 

I  had expected that the registered users of SDRgadgets would want full control of their content, and would want control of just about everything else. So that's how it's designed. You get to have it all your way,  You get to take credit for having it your way too. Maybe that's the problem. nobody wants to take credit for their mistakes, they'd prefer to remain anonymous.  

It's supposed to be 100% user created and user maintained, it's not selling anything, it has no agenda. there are no membership fees, or meetings. The only reason for the login at all, is to block spambots, and to provide us with a Name to associate your contributions with for copyright/licensing issues. Contributed content cannot be anonymous. 

It's true, you get what you pay for. you will be paying nothing, $0.00. What do you get for your $0.00 contribution? Maybe some collaboration, a few peer reviews, and a chance at some readership. Other than that, you get me, someone who is willing to try and make it just the way you want it.
I'm offering to help, no charge, a freebie. So feel free to run away. The offer will stand.

It's not about our success, there is no "our". It's more about "your" success.

The website has absolutely no connection with Flexradio Systems. They have so far, been pretty neutral about the whole thing. They haven't registered they haven't contributed, so far they haven't complained about much of anything.

I've resisted promoting the concept here in the community, for 2 years, I don't want to spam the Community. There are IRC channels and email  for discussions about the website. Use those instead of spamming the community with your silly website discussions. If I was worried about succeeding, don't you think you'd see more spam.

https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=SDRgadgets

I think I've succeeded at failing to spam the community about SDRgadgets so far. 

Sorry for the rant.

What were you expecting? A rubber biscuit!  

Tim

You can lock this thread whenever you feel it's time.

73, Jay - NO5J 
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Jay,

Thanks for the reply.   I don't have any third party apps to contribute.   I went to the site looking to see what 3rd party apps were available after reading the thread.   All I found were a few articles and then a  Wiki link that needed a login which I thought I registered for.   Assumed the apps were in the Wiki section.   The main page came up with a login using google, Facebook, etc. 

My point is that I found the site very confusing and if it was going to be used for Flex curious folks then why do you need a login for the Wiki page.  Maybe that was my down fall,  I expected there to be content.  I did not realize there was no content. 

I appreciate the fact you took the time to put together this site and maybe one day there will be content that could attract Flex users.  

Mike W8MLS
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Mike 

The login is mostly to prevent Spambots and Trolls from corrupting the contents.
Also it provides/sets up an "E" paper trail, for copyright claims.
Copyright issues tend to slow the contributions way down.
Some folks think writing content is, 1% effort, 99% copy/paste.
We just expect you to sign any plagiarism.
Which I will remove, when I find it.
Get permissions and cite your sources, and I don't delete it.
I may even try to improve your content.
Registered users are expected to do the same.
With freedoms come, responsibilities.

Ever ask why there's no documentation for X/Y/Z?

Copyright is part of the reason why.

Real Writers, Create!

Because Copyright kinda insists on it.

No offense intended Mike
Just reacting to a tiny bit of criticism.
Picture a cranky old man, yelling "Hey you kids, Get off my lawn, for a few minutes at least!"

The login requirement blocks around 1000 new spambot "How to successfully become successful" articles being created on the wiki every day. The bots create them the wiki removes them and blocks their IP addresses about as fast as they get created. 

What amazes me is that the wiki allows any contributions at all. I've got a lot of IP address ranges blocked, to reduce it down to @1000 a day.
I'm sure you've seen examples in your email inbox.

That's where I see the concept failing.

But I'll keep trying until it does fail.

Then, I'll try something better.

Some one asked, why can't we? ...

https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/trouble-shooting

Bill, and I, tried. 

I'm, still trying.

73, Jay - NO5J
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Correction:

Sorta!

I said SDRgadgets has been around for 2 years, The Community post I linked above was created 1 year ago according to Get Satisfactions record keeping. That thread came first. It feels like it took a lot longer than 1 year. 

But that may be because "I" have to keep it running. I also have to pay for the annual domain renewals in April each year, it's been renewed twice so this is the still just the 3rd year. I don't really understand Get Satisfactions record keeping. Which is OK, I'm not paying the bill! 

73, Jay - NO5J
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Ima heading over there now Jay. And plan on generating some content. Because someone has to!  As a webmaster, I can commiserate with ya.
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Michael
Thanks
Any help will be well appreciated.

ALL:

I'm always connected to #SDRgadgets and #Flexradio on Freenode.
However, my IRC client is usually minimized to the taskbar tray.
I've been seeing quite a few joins in both channels recently, but they're mostly drive-bys.  Lurking may be required. In order for discussions to get started.

I'll do my best to keep the channels visible, Maybe we can hook up.
When the channels are active they get much more of my attention.

73, Jay - NO5J
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I saw this thread and as a pretty new Flex owner, I was excited to check out apps I might like but know nothing about.  I perused the main page, but couldn't get the social login to work (tried the 3 that I use) - each one produced an error.

Went to check out the Wiki, but couldn't enter - "Login Required".  I've filled out a user registration and am waiting for approval :).
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I think the idea of such an area, whether it be part of this community or independent is a good idea.

I have looked at Jay's SDRGadgets and like others, feel that it isn't quite what is needed. 

I also feel that this community is somewhat hampered by the software used to run it. To my mind, purpose built bulletin board software would be much better. My reasons for this feeling is that this board has a completely dis-organised feel to it.

I would far prefer to have a community that is organised into sections that are a) obvious and b)easily accessible.

At the moment, unless you start applying filters (which, in my opinion is not easy to do) I have to wade through all sorts of posts to find something that interests my or has relevance to a problem I am having.

There is a wealth of experience here and I find it difficult to understand why the community is organised this way. I am sure that FRS had it's reasons in the early days but I feel that the time has come to change.

To that end I am prepared to set up a domain and host it on my webserver and install something like phpBB and do the initial work of setting up some categories. I don't want any money towards the cost unless you feel it is worth chipping in a few bucks. 

However, there is a caveat.

I am near as damnit 70 years old and am going through quite a black patch in my life as I have cancer and I am on chemotherapy whicj knocks me a bout a bit. I also have a worn out knee (waiting to see a surgeon with, hopefully a view to a replacement joint). So I would need some help with running the site.

All good boards have moderators and there are several people in this community who I am sure would be very good in this role if they feel able to offer help.

So people, what do you think?

My email address on QRX - look up F4VQP or G7GFW - is correct and I am happy to hear from anyone, positive or negative.

Suggestions for a domain name - assuming that people think this is a GOOD IDEA, would also be appreciated.

By the way, I am NOT trying to usurp this community, merely voicing an idea for something that could easily run side by side with this board.

Tim
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Other than the rules above.

Sdrgagdgets belongs to ALL of the Flexradio Community users. If you have ideas for how to improve it. Great!, get busy! It's your website, make it do what you want it to do.

Just ask for the key's, You too, can drive!

73, Jay - NO5J
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Michael
Forums would require moderation, and in order to be a useful part of the concept, would need to be.

Moderated by the all of the SDRgadgets members.

Group Moderation sounds possible, at first thought, why isn't anyone doing that?

A wiki allows every contributor to edit it's contents, and uses a revision control system so that edits can be "unedited".

A wiki is all about documentation.

This Community is a Forum, Flexradio is the moderator. They do a pretty good job of not over-moderating. (poor Tim)

The concept of SDRgadgets on first look, seems doomed to fail.

I get that.

When it fails it will be our fault.

If we want it to succeed, we will all have to contribute to making it succeed.

If you don't want it to succeed, Fine! sit back and watch it fail.

But be sure to blame yourself too.  

I see many posts here in the Community, from users trying to instruct Flexradio on the proper way to run a company.

I'm interested in giving those users, something to run.

If SDRgadgets ain't it, Why? didn't any of these folks contribute.

You want it, and it will run on a linux server, You just might get it. If your willing to work to make it happen.

Let Flexradio run, Flexradio!

Let their customers run, SDRgadgets.

Let them all get along!

Do unto others! Just take responsibility for the consequences!


73, Jay - NO5J

   
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Michael 
Your post to my wiki talk page, seems to have been accepted.
So your main site login must be good to go.
Your wiki post indicates an anonymous users post.
I was unaware this was possible.
My bad!
I haven't seen you on IRC but I have sent you a couple emails.
Direct IRC contact is faster if you can manage it.

 https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=SDRgadgets

All, Please excuse the spamming.
It will halt soon enough!

73, Jay - NO5J
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Ok I'd like to move any further discussion on this topic to ...
https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=SDRgadgets
or to direct email at (I'm good on QRZ)
There is a problem with wiki account creation, I will need someones help to fix it.
Anyone willing, can contact me by either method

Apologies, Tim 
Apologies, Flexradio Systems
Apologies, Community

When the problems solved I'll start a new thread about it and link in, this thread.
Lock this thread down, if you need to Tim

73, Jay - NO5J 
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All

On second thought, I'm going to reuse this thread, instead of creating a new one.

Over the weekend I was able to remove the broken account registration code. 
The Social Login/SSO (single sign on) plugin we had been using was the culprit.
So I blew away that plugin. cleaned up all the existing PHP code by reverting it back to the Original/Default code. and located a new SSO plugin for use.

Basically, it should now be working like it used to, before the breakage was discovered.

That's the theory at least.

Still no way to test the signups without actual signups.

The signup procedure is now ...

Create an account from the Main SDRgadgets webpage.
Callsigns make nice UserNames, or use some variation on your legal name.
The webpage will perform an email address verification.
Once the Verification succeeds I'll be notified about a new account that requires my activation.
I'll activate it, if it doesn't self-activate, most of them do.
You should then be able to login to the main webpage with your chosen UserName and password, successfully.
Once you've logged in you can click on the SDRgadgets Wiki link on the User Menu.
The new plugin should Auto-Magically create a new WikiUser account and log you in.
One login, 2 websites, and hopefully no Spambots.
To login to the wiki, just login to the main website instead. then browse to the wiki. 

Hope to see you all testing it soon!!!

Try the aforementioned IRC channel if you require any custom hand holding while getting started.

In the future Lets keep all postings and discussions about SDRgadgets, self-restricted to the Community's Third Party Applications and Products Category, if possible.

73, Jay - NO5J


 
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