multiFlex – sharing your Flex-6000 experience

Just in case you missed the FlexRadio official announcements, the new SmartSDR Version 3.0.19 was released this week.

SmartSDR v3 adds multiFlex, the capability to split your Flex-6000 into distinct virtual radios.

A bit of background – a Flex-6000 as hardware is a radio server.  While it does have some physical interconnects like antennas and power, an operator never directly controls a Flex-6000.  Rather their software operates independently on a computer that then reaches out to control the Flex-6000.

SmartSDR prerelease v0 and initial release v1 need the radio server and the operating computer to appear on the same subnet.  This requires both to be on the same LAN or use of a VPN.

SmartSDR v2 added SmartLink which brokers suitable WAN connections to allow easy access from your controlling computer to your radio server over the internet.

The new SmartSDR v3 adds multiFlex which allows a share of your radio server between coordinated multiple SmartLink or local connections.

As the radio server – the Flex-6000 – always had more resources than were typically used by a user, the new SmartSDR v3 essentially gives the radio server a second complete radio within the same hardware.

SmartSDR does have a cost, but at a $199/upgrade you are unleashing between $2,000 to $6,000 dollars worth of equivalent radio capabilities, as well as easily cloning much of the rest of your Fkex-6000 station resources.

SmartSDR v3 works with all the Flex-6000 models, from the Flex-6300 and Flex-6500 models to all the current Flex-6000 products of the Flex-6400, Flex-6400M, Flex-6600, Flex-6600M and Flex-6700. It also works with both the original Maestro (Maestro A) and the current Maestro (Maestro B).

Software reported as v3 aware seems to be increasing hourly.  As the time of this post N1MM, SmartSDR for iOS, DXLab, FRStack, FRLogger and N4PY are reported as working well, with SliceMaster and MacLoggerDX in the process of being updated.

Users are also reporting success with Skimmer and with digital mode programs.

Most certainly the major upgrade to v3 will break some software somewhere.  Developers in the macOS world would seem to face more challenges as the support programs (xCAT and xDAX) likely need to be updated to allow for multiFlex.

I’ve had two radios licensed for SmartSDR for quite a while under the Alpha testers program (yes Alphas paid for their upgrades like everyone else) and have to upgrade my other radios.

Neat stuff!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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