Willing to share my radio as long as you play nice!

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Hi all,

I have a very modest station:

Flex6500
SPE 1KFA
HF Autotuner
Simple End Fed wire at 25 feet.

There is zero doubt my station will not impress the likes of someone like Howard with his monster beam and 12kw ERP (grin).  But I would like to allow my station to be shared by a few nice people here.

I think the only way right now to do this is to share the details of my SmartLink login.  Anyway I'd love to share my station and in return perhaps share the stations of others.

My email is:  ws7m@arrl.net

Email me if interested.  I'd love to see how well this works.
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Paul

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Hi Mark, this is a very kind offer. I would be interested in sharing your radio to help me evaluate a 6x00 and in particular Smartlink - Please see associated email. 73, Paul.
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Mark, thank you very much for sharing your Smartlink log in. This has given me the opportunity to preview SSDR in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. In the relatively short time spent using your transceiver I have gained valuable insight into both the GUI & network performance.

Thankyou for your trust - it is truly in the spirit of the hobby. I hope Flex will see the benefit of what you have done and take this forward by offering network access to demonstration radios as per my earlier 'idea':

https://community.flexradio.com/flexr...

Thanks again. 73, Paul
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Mark WS7M

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Paul and all.  I am hopeful this is where V2.x will lead us.  A network of radios we can all play with.

Back in the 70's I used to visit a friend ham with a really nice station and on days when he was not using it I would play with his station.  Now we can do this without travel and it is very cool.

I hope others will move this direction.
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Paul

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Fingers crossed Mark. In the mean time I have had another session on your radio - 20m this time, your wire hears very well - plenty of activity to help test drive the radio.

Does anyone know how to log out from Smartlink after a session. If I close SSDR that appears to leave Smartlink connected. The only way I have found is to re-open SSDR which subsequently displays the login screen along with the option to log off. I'm sure there must be a better way but I just haven't found it yet. Thanks.
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Paul if you click on the Name: Callsign: area above the radio and below "SmartSDR" it will show you a small account settings and there is a "Log out" button there.
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Thanks on the station/wire.  It is modest.  Anyway feel free to keep playing.

Mark
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Thanks Mark I will.

Re. Logging out: the problem I have is that the window containing the Name/Callsign/Radio isn't visible after logging on. I have tried alt-tab and task manager but once SSDR is open that is the only flex window that remains open. If I quit that and re-open it, I then get the login window again and can then click as you suggest and log out. It does this on my desktop (win 7) and my laptop (win 10) so I don't think its a machine (or OS)-specific issue. Not a huge deal and I don't think it is anything related to your particular set-up. Am open to suggestions. Thanks
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Paul, I think that is the only way to do it.  IE disconnect SSDR, re-run it, then log out.  Seems like it should after you exit SSDR come back to the login window.
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I'll make mine available today for anyone that wants to try it out. 

Flex-6700 100 watts 
ANT1 - 40-6 - SteppIR MonstIR beam, 6 elements on 6, 4 elements 20 thru 10, 3 elements on 30 and 40. Auto switched with DDUtil. TX inhibited while tuning. 
ANT2 - 80 - 1/4 wave vertical

Currently beaming EU but can beam anywhere you like.

If you would like to transmit, you must have a valid FCC issued amateur radio license, CEPT or IARP does not qualify (FCC rules, not mine).

I'm good in QRZ or I'm on Facebook... ria.h.jairam

Ria
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Mark - WS7M

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Sent my info too!  :)
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Yep, also replied. You're 2nd in line. 
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It's a shame my US Extra licence (AC5NO) has expired Ria....I could have tried to work me in UK on 6m  ;-)   Paul M0CVX
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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If it's within 2 years you can renew online quite easily. 
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According to QRZ.com, AC5NO expired 2017-05-30 and is within the grace period.
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Thank you Mark & Ria for giving me remote access to your stations. These are some initial observations:

1) downloading & installing V2 was easy

2) logging into Smartlink using email worked fine although for some reason right-click to paste didn't work for the email or the password. It was necessary to use 'cntrl v' to paste. A minor thing really but it would be handy if this basic windows functionality was implemented

3) Initially I overlooked the need to click 'remote' to get the audio to work. Not sure why this can't be automatic when working remote.

4) On both stations the network quality was 'good' , three green bars, latency 350-400 ms. The links remained stable for the duration of my connection.

5) there was plenty of activity to enable sufficient testing. The audio quality was good with the exception of a slight random ticking on Rias' station but not on Marks'. The ticking was similar to that which can occur when buffers fill up & samples are discarded. I did try reducing the frames/sec but this had no effect on the ticking.

6) Shutting down SSDR does not log the user out of Smartlink. The only way I could do this was to shut down SSDR, re-open it which then gives access to a log out button. Leaving a user connected in this way seems insecure to me. I only discovered this by chance. I suggest a proper log out method should be provided.

7) I enjoyed being able to test SSDR live, this was much more useful than reading reviews or comments. I would recommend anyone who is contemplating the purchase of an SDR to give this a try, you will certainly get a good feel for whether it will suit you - before spending any money.

Once again, many thanks to Ria & Mark for the use of their radios. Perhaps, flex will also make one/some available. 73, Paul.
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No problem Ria. I hope you can trace the problem. I wonder If a poor 'buffer bloat' figure might cause this type of thing.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Possibly. I have a "C" on mine.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I am doing some tweaks, listening to SWBC.
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Thanks for the report Paul.  

I had another guy login and use my system.  He has a 6500 and I think is located in Florida.  He used 2.x SmartLink to my radio from a laptop and using the internal mic on the laptop got a better audio report than running direct from this system.

I found that very interesting.  

On the downside of things suddenly this morning my little SPE 1KFA amp is giving the siren of death.  sigh... So that will probably mean a service trip.
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No problem Mark. I wonder if he had the tx EQ optimised for the laptop mic. It's amazing the quality these cheap mikes can deliver - I use "stereo tool" when remoting into my FTdx5000 from a laptop with an iphone earpiece/mic. I invariably get unsolicited praise on the audio, more so than when using the desk mic in the shack. The same iphone mic is very dull & muffled without the EQ.

Sorry to hear about the amp, I hope it's not too serious.