I am very happy with my 6500 and Maestro
I would like to offer a suggestion for 2.0:
When operating the 6500 remotely over the internet, I suggest that provisions be made to "wake it up" over the Internet. (Similar to a PC with "wake on" capability.
Otherwise I will have to use another piece of hardware or leave the 6500 on 24x7
I now use a RemoteRig box for audio, PTT and Remote Power On, but would like to do it all with Maestro
First, you need a NEO or WiMo wifi switched AC jack.... I use the NEO which is about $22.
Both have applications for iPhone, iPad or Android Phone.
Then you need to add an AC Switched relay....This one is about $8.95
Is a relay that plugs in to the NEO / WiMo switched AC output. It has terminals on the back side for NO or NC relay contacts. Connect a cable with RCA plug an feed it to the Rear Panel REMOTE ON jack. Now when you use the NEO / WiMo controller, it will turn the rig on or off.
I have three of the NEO units. I use one to control the rig, another to switch my antennas, and the third wioll be used to control the power supply and/or computer.
Innovation doesn't cost a lot. But it is fun.
Ken - NM9P
Yes, that is a solution. I am hoping that Flex can do what PCs do and let the Ethernet front end be on all the time and power up the radio on command.
But I don't know if the hardware is there to do that.
I can, of course add hardware of various sorts, like I did with RemoteRig.
BUT it would be elegant to see the Maestro just do it all.
You would need to leave the DC supply on all the time.
You can then use the Belkin WeMo Maker connected to the remote on port. Program the WeMo Maker to toggle the relay. That is what I use. They have an app for both Android and iPhone that allows you to turn the radio on and off. I use a second WeMo Maker to toggle the auto tune amp on & off.
As Ken pointed out using one of the Internet AC switches allows you to toggle the DC supply on and off.
Good luck and 73 Winston