After the amazing response from everyone on this forum regarding the Bose companion 11 series 3 speakers I would like a similar recommendation for third party plugin and software. I have the radio setup now and its is so easy to use with SSB and I am now getting use to the filters, amazing I might add! I have been hearing more stations than my pervious FT2000, and it much more user friendly! I have ordered the GPSDO unit so that is on its way.
I have never really used data but would like to start. What would be the best software for a beginner to use for say, PSK31, RITTY, Slow ScanTV etc. I would also like to integrate a logging program into the SmartSDR1.5. Any other useful software for other data modes, automation would be great to know.
Thanking everyone in advance and looking forward to the Journey!
Nick Parry, M0NAG
Dave, AA6YQ, owns a Flex 6000-series and has a very good working relationship with FlexRadio.
Rig interface is via IP, sends CW, sends and receives RTTY and various flavors of PSK, DX Cluster spot send and receive and, of course, logging and awards tracking. It also interoperates and communicates with a large number of 3-party software products including MMSTV and Fldigi.
There's a learning curve but it is a very comprehensive package.
Support is via a Yahoo group and is unbelievably responsive. ...and no trolls telling you to use search first before you ask a question.
And best of all: it's freeware.
For digital mode use, I am slowly moving to fldigi (from MixW which has been abandoned by its authors). It integrates nicely with DX Labs via third party bridge software.
Nobody likes paying for stuff, be it rent, home purchase, car, appliances, radio. I do software design and development for pay. I''ve also done it for 'the love of doing it' or I wanted it anyway and if 200-300 others want it too, OK. I've abandoned the later model of doing software, especially support, for free. So I certainly understand developers are more motivated to develop as well as support when there is renumeration involved. I also don't fault them for having a profit motive.
You can use HRD free for some period of time, be it 30 days or until you actually want to upgrade it to get the bug fixes. It supports LOTW, eQSL, HRDLog, Clublog and, likely, one or two more.
For contesting N1MM Plus. It just gets better and better.
Me? I have paid and stay current with 5 software packages and keep the other 3 free ones loaded and current also. (NOT counting what is loaded on the MacBook) I have found that I use one for radio logging, another for contesting, another for mass-lookups, and another for my 'fav' logbook that keeps track of LoTW and I use as the Master for file backups.
In other words, no one logging program ( or contesting) does everything I want and so I use them all a bit. Do not feel like you have to choose 'The One'. They all have individual features that are not duplicated in others and you may want to take advantage of that. I have found a few file transfers has saved me thousands of individual keystrokes and still brings me to the program that I enjoy the best because of the GUI it has that fits my style.
Can be a sticky wicket, Heh? (but fun to explore, and if you DO find 'The One' then good work!)
My vote is for HRD. It works well with all Flex Radio's and many others out there. I have used it for Remote Radio Control (with Skype), and more recently for Remote Rotor Control. It has all of the Digital Stuff you are looking for, as well as Logging, and DX Cluster watching/control. It works, and I have no desire to change it. Give it a try.
Cheers Kevin -Va3KGS
73, ED - KC9JBU