In the "FAQ's" for version 3, Flex says in response to a question about another release of version 2 "Yes, we will be releasing SmartSDR v2.5 later in 2019. SmartSDR v2.5 will be a maintenance release which will include a number of performance improvements and bug fixes." Maybe the fixes you mention will be fixed there?? Hope that helps, it did help me.
Part of the problem is that calling these problems a bug is not correct and confuses the issues. I don’t believe there is defective software code that prevents removing pulse noise. My Yaesu FT1000MP Mark V has noise reduction and never met my expectations to remove noise. It did remove some specific noise types some times. It wouldn’t remove most pulse noise an operator would observe. My Flex6600 is not much better in that regard.
You can set up a lab test and adjust the controls to be very impressive. Simulating the many forms of varieties of noise is almost an art. Think of various causes like lightning, ignition noise, motors, noise from switching transformers, and many more. Add to that the different modes, CW / SSB / DIGITAL / AM / FM. Thirdly, the operator has to have the correct choice of noise tool and proper adjustment.
You want Flex engineers to write an equation to mitigate all those factors. Some are critical when the radio doesn’t eliminate it. Also, a software engineer is not an expert at noise simulation and real world noise.
You as a station designer have a tool in a flex radio that is the most effective tool in eliminating noise before it gets to your radio. Noise Elimination. It is no different than we use to do in eliminating TVI from our own and neighbors TV. Noisy power transmission lines. It takes work and we all need to get good at it. More LED light bulbs and wall warts. We will never get to being able to push a button and get S1 noise.
I have been impressed with the NR noise reduction performance. I am sure there are some radios that have good noise performance for some noise. I am sure Flex will improve noise reduction in more situations and modes and guess what, a new software release will give you that benefit on an older radio. In the mean time clean up the noise you can and share with the community what you did and what worked. Also if you have found current settings that reduce some instances of noise share it with the community. That would be positive contribution and provide the Flex Team with important input for more effective performance.
I apologize for being so wordy, but lack of understanding breeds emotion not solutions. This is not a bug.
Related to V3, from what I have read addresses an important strategic element that affect the architecture of our stations for the future of every operator not just complex contest stations.
RE your comment from above: "... mentioning over and over again the same things is very disruptive indeed because the comments have already been noted. "
Sometimes we see posts with questions that are very good but the poster may be new to the forum or may not have had the time to keep up or find an answer in the 15,000 threads here. So while a particular comment or position is noted or known by some of us that are old timers here or just keep up with everything, that is not the case for everyone. Repetition can be good and helpful. I could give you a number of recent examples if you want.
But the point is that repeating an answer, or directing someone to a idea or conversation with the answer or a potential solution is not meant to be disruptive. It can be helpful. Your feedback has been very helpful here but even you have repeated your thoughts on being repetitive ( hihi). And I'm not saying that in a negative way.
Also providing feedback requesting changes is not usually meant to be negative either but rather an opportunity to improve.
IMHO it is the way you respond that is important.
- Keep it professional, friendly, and fun.
- No personal attacks, be courteous.
Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
6700 & SSDR-W V 2.4.9
What stands above all for me, I do love my Flex Radio and currently the best radio on the market by far!!!!
Did anybody notice that the poster clearly stated NDA was "violated"
if that didnt happen this whole thread might not have happened...
Maybe time to pull the NDA person aside
read them the condition of the NDA again
maybe take them off the ALPHA list
was the NDA just a ploy to add some kind of validity to the thread
JUST Saying... WHAT !!!!!!
maybe ...just maybe
when the real V3 appears then there can be some real discussions about likes and dislikes
possibly not just some second hand hearsey...
I see it this way if you don’t like the new V3 either don’t update to V3 or wait to see what others experiences are and decide at that point if V3 is for you.
Now as far as all this ranting about software that no one has even seen yet if you really want to protest the state of SSDR Just don’t buy it till it has what you want.
Vote with your wallet! Flex is like any other company they base business decisions on customer demand and return on investment. If no one buys the software updates FRS will get the message a respond to customer demand.
At one time not long ago I let all of this stuff get to me but I have changed my outlook these days and try to be more open-minded about this whole radio thing.
In Amateur radio, technology is the driving force that keeps us Hams buying new gear and is what for most keeps the hobby exciting but with all cutting edge technology there will be some bumps in the road.
I think you have to ask yourself a simple question, If you hate this company or radio so much why do you keep it? I think most come to realize that at this point Overall the flex 6000 series is still the finest transceiver available today with “Software” that is light years ahead of everyone. Is it perfect...No but this is part of journey that us hams are all on and is will just get better and better.
The thing I like best about my Flex is that I know that the sky is the limit as to where the software can go. Its also nice to know that every once and a while with a software update I virtually get a new radio.
There are a lot of things that I would like to see improved in SSDR and I know that in time it will come. I enjoy my Radio as it is today and look forward to what the future holds.
BTW: Flex offers a
software developers kit (SDK) for SmartSDR so if a few hams that are
really good at coding got together not only could you create your own
SDR software for the Flex but you could have yourself a nice little