Hamvention 2017 – FlexRadio Systems SmartSDR Product Launches – Predictions!
Okay here are my Hamvention 2017 new product predictions:
SmartSDR for Windows – most certainly SmartSDR for Windows v2.0 will be shown, and anticipate at least a public beta or a limited release (like the original Preview program) timed to match the show. We may ge a full release, but I would then guess that would happen June or July.
EDIT: The WAN Feature is being called SmartLink (TM) and will be shown at Hamvention. The Multi-User/Simultaneous User GUI feature does not have an announced name and will NOT be shown at Hamvention. A general release of SmartSDR Version 2.0 will happen some point AFTER Hamvention – when it is ready.
SmartSDR for iOS v2.0 will follow suite with an implementation of the Widows v2.0 product.
PowerGenius XL – a close to production configuration of the joint 4o3a/FlexRadio System solid state amp will be shown and a start of shipping date will be announced. I’m guessing beginning of Q3 (July) if product hasn’t already arrived & cleared customs.
TunerGenius XL – will be shown in preproduction form, and likely will be available at the same time as the amps.
SmartSDR/4o3a Control Pad Software – hoping to see a significantly better integrated offering intended to run on a pad (iPad or WinBook type) alongside a Maestro or PC running SmartSDR
RotorGenius/StationGenius/AntennaGenius and other 4o3a products will likely have upgrades to work better with the SmartSDR/Flex-6000 product line. (NOTE: Aa a reminder, all of the 4o3a gear works in a non-FRS station too.)
RadioSport iPod SmartSDR for iOS Dock – will be shown in a Mark II prototype. They showed an early prototype with a new headset design, so that may be a package at the Hamvention too.
DogPark may have/show their SmartSDR v2.x compatible DogparkSDR upgraded version
FlexRadio Systems SO2R box may reappear intended for the Flex-6500/6300 making those radios SO2R while the Flex-6700 as produced is already SO2R (actually SOnR).
Rumors of a one-slice entry level FlexRadio Systems radio bear fruit with a Flex-6100 designed to be QRP and field transportable. It may have a version that physically integrates a Maestro into one package for handling.
There will be discussions about a DXpedition-Ready 6500/6700 series, with some added features like ruggedized packaging, field replaceable/repairable protection components and other ready to DXpedition features.
EDIT: A premature product datasheet release shows several new models of radio – Flex-6400, Flex-6400M, Flex-6600 and Flex-6600M. The context didn’t give any insight into what these new models are and my guess is the Flex-6300 and Flex-6500 are being replaced, and that the “M” models are mobile optimized.
Several Antennas will be shown optimized for the characteristics of the Flex-6000. Most will be based on the Log-Periodic or mixed Log/Yagi designs.
There will be discussion of a many-SCU (Spectral Capture Unit) radio (Flex-14000 with six or eight SCUs) or a way to slave several Flex-6700’s together to bring larger scale multi-antenna diversity to the shack.
Possible accessories – a single unit Ethernet-fiber-Ethernet network isolation box to electrically decouple a Flex-6000 but not require the ham to roll their own isolation. Some simpler Ethernet and SmartSDR/DDUtil aware antenna switches. Possibly we may hear of a 4-square or K9AY style SmartSDR aware receiving array. There may be software to add-on around SmartSDR to manage things like Shared-Use Flex-6000 Stations, Logging/Spots, Digital Modes, maybe even slice-sharing for RX now that the time stamping of packets has started.
What I don’t think we will see is a sub $800 SmartSDR unit (a Flex-1500 direct replacement) or a Maestro-II as some folk have suggested. Unlikely that we would see a Flex-6000 with a permanently attached Maestro front-plate (like the TenTec Pegasus -> Pegasus FP -> Jupiter metamorphous years ago) though there would be no reason to not have a removable faceplate unit (like the old Kenwood 2000 did). Not very certain that we will see a “SmartSDR for Linux” given the costs of doing that port.
About ten days from now we’ll know on how many guesses I am right, how many I blew, and what others thought of that I didn’t!