Using SSDR with a Tablet Computer

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Any of you fellow Flex users have expeirence using a tablet type computer like a Surface or what have you with SSDR? I would like to use my Flex in a more portable fashion. Any suggestions would be great. Craig, kg7ncf
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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Since SSDR is "just" a client app, it doesn't need huge horsepower. Good network connectivity is a must, and reasonable graphics. I've used it on a Dell tablet with reasonable results. It's not really touch optimized, so a small mouse might be helpful.

Of course, the iPad app is very optimized for the tablet and kicks some serious butt! I'm working phone and CW from the sofa with ease.
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I agree. That IOS software is a veritable masterpiece.
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I use a Surface Pro 2 8GB RAM and works great. I can be docked with large monitors undock and work contacts from the living room or patio.
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K6OZY, Elmer

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I run it perfectly on a Surface Pro 3, SurfaceBook (in tablet mode), and on two super cheap slow Atom TW 700 WinBooks (Discontinued) from MicroCenter.   I was doubtful I'd get it to work on these slow $59 tablets, but it did!  I also shoehorned Win10 on them during the upgrade window.
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Toshiba Encore 8 tablet runs SSDRfW well. Similar specs to the Dell Venue 8 that is in the Maestro.
Win10 is a good fit but the mic input gain is low. So you need a high output mic, my Sony headphones with microphone work well.
Andrew VK5CV
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Ross - K9COX

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I was going to mention the Dell Maestro but did not for fear of retribution.
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But then you did. :-O

Seriously, the Maestro does not run SmartSDR for Windows.  The Maestro runs a purpose built version of SmartSDR for touch devices that integrates with the custom control boards.  It really isn't a realistic comparison.
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I use a newly released Acer Alpha Switch 12 (2 in 1 tablet). It's basically a Surface Pro 4 knock-off and has performed far beyond my expectations for half the price. It has two USB ports (one is USB-C), which offers excellent connectivity without the need for a docking station. Also, it is fanless and silent with liquid cooling.  Using OpenVPN to access a Flex 6500 via Internet (WAN), the Acer runs all the software that I employ on my desktop computer in the shack, including DX Labs Suite, DDUtil, FLdigi along with an e-mail client, browser and several other apps.  Shown here slipped into a homebrew, adjustable, acrylic laptop stand with a Bluetooth mouse and Flex Control:

So far it has been nearly flawless, but time will tell if it is truly reliable or just another piece of junk.

Good luck and 73,
Larry KB1VFU
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I just picked up a Toshiba Satellite laptop with a 4K screen.  I've always felt screen real estate on most  laptops was cramped, especially running SSDR. But with this laptop I can easily fit SSDR, a logging program, and a digital mode app on the screen fairly easily. It's a touch screen and convertible tablet on top of all that.  Very happy operator. 
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WW1SS - Steve

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What model did you get.
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Kevin LaFata / K0KEV

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Steve,  It's a P55W C5208X 4K.  It was a refurb.  I'll throw in a screen shot of what I had on the display over the weekend. And that's not even the highest resolution.
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K6OZY, Elmer

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4K @ 15" native resolution = 

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Kevin LaFata / K0KEV

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Ha, awesome!  That meme really sums it up, actually. 
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Thanks a bunch Flex Community, 73 de kg7ncf
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Larry - WA7LZO

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So, if you are running high end tablets, like a fully loaded-up/completely decked-out Surface Pro 4, and the current Apple iPad Pro 12.9 incher, making a direct, head-to-head comparison, is there any advantage to the "experience" of one or the other? I realize this gets into 3 million+ nuances of differences of Windoz vs/ iOS, etc. But, given "it is what it is," does anyone have experience operating a Flex 6700 with both of these tablets, and can recommend using one vs/ the other, or is it virtually a wash? BTW, in extrapolating forward, do you anticipate any change of opinion on this head-to-head comparison, once WAN is available, since we are now using VPN to make this work outside of our watering holes?
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With you on this also Larry.

My question would be battery life on either  tablet?

Also the Ipad 12.9 spilt screen mode vs window multi-screen for ease of logging?

Undecided here as well. Still waiting on the Ah ha moment to kick in that I (need) one or the other vs (want).


73 Jeff

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I have often run my Flex station remotely using a first general Dell Venue 8 tablet without issues.
I have also run it with a HDMI Stick PC plugged directly into a 55 in TV like this one.
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Microsoft Surface works well for this.  I have one and use it some.  It can run SSDR and other programs at the same time including all the digital mode interfaces etc.

While it is possible to detach the keyboard and use the surface as a tablet and all of the above stuff runs I personally find the on screen keyboard to be difficult to use for ham purposes.  Also SSDR that runs on a PC as has been stated is really not optimized for touch interface so I keep the keyboard and trackpad attached and running.

It works very well.  At night if I want to listen to my flex I will sometimes either use the surface detached as a tablet and just fight with the interface or I'll take my iPad Mini and run Stan's software which works great.

I have the iOS software on it but not much experience with it.