Category Archives: Flex-6000

More Choices – K9ZW Stations Come Online

More K9ZW radios go online

Just one more Flex-6700 to bring online.

Remember the SmartLink indicated choices are the remote links. The one without is a local LAN connection option.

The Flex-6300 will come down, hopefully soon as it is at a house we are selling.

73

Steve
K9ZW

A simple Flex-6600M Station – a K9ZW backup Station

My simple Flex-6600M station at work[/caption]I’ve long wanted some HF capabilities at my work QTH. Now I have a simple station up and running.

Work had donated the use of a 56 ft tower to a now defunct local radio club a few years back, and as part of that club being absorbed by another radio club I personally acquired the associated repeater and the incomplete HF capabilities.

The club had put up a Cushcraft R-7000 40m-10m vertical on top of the tower above the repeater antenna.

I now have it fed with LMR-400, interrupted by a commercial grade lightening suppressor, into a small workshop area I personally have had set aside for many years.

Since I am on a commercial business site, the lightening and grounding provisions are quality, and all the work was done to commercial standards by a communications/automation electrical contractor work uses. Looks pretty impressive for an amateur station.

In the end I needed to supply a power supply, the Flex-6600M, and Rigrunner (4005) for power distribution, power cables and a ground strap.

Here is snapshot of the simple station:

The radio is setup for SmartLink, so I can now access it along with the old home QTH station (while it is still running) giving me some choices.

73

Steve
K9ZW

Using your Mac with SmartSDR v3.0 – Another Great Option

I work back and forth between Windows and MacOS machines, and appreciate Don’s work to create clients for my Flex-6000 I can use from my iMac.

dogparkSDR Version 1.16 Beta 2 and MacLoggerDX Version 6.23 Beta 62 have been posted.

Both program include support for Flex radios with SmartSDR V1 and V2 firmware, and preliminary support for radios loaded with V3 (multiFLEX ) firmware.

Both programs should run as before with V1 and V2 radios.

Support for V3 (multiFLEX) in both programs is preliminary – so – expect bugs :)

Thanks to Ed Gonzalez, Eric Wachsmann (and others) at FlexRadio for their support!

While we are waiting for xDAX for V3, you can still interface dogparkSDR to WSJT-X and other digital programs directly through Loopback

See the dogparkSDR online help for details.

73 de VE3VRW Don Agro

I’ll be looking to download his latest shortly!

 

Link to Don’s website where you can download both packages is:  https://dogparksoftware.com/home.html

73

Steve
K9ZW

K9ZW Upgrades to FlexRadio Systems SmartSDR version 3.0 with multiFlex

K9ZW Upgrades to FlexRadio Systems SmartSDR version 3.0 with multiFlex

This week FRS released SmartSDR v3.0 adding multiFlex to the Flex-6000 working environment.

I’ve updated all four K9ZW radios. Actually the Two Flex-6700s were updated as part of the FRS Alpha Testing program, where invited testers were allowed to buy their upgrades early in the process as part of the QA (Quality Assurance) and testing process.

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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.

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Some Flex-6000 SmartSDR version 3 Plans

Soon FlexRadio will be releasing SmartSDR version 3.0 which brings multiFlex to the table.

The game changer is multiFlex allows a radio to be shared between instances.  Out the gate two users can locally or remotely operate the same radio.

Management of the suddenly complex situation is the multiFlex part of the equation.   If you’re a techie the Flex-6000 acts as a radio server dishing out data in VITA-49 packets with Flex extensions much along the way serious communications gear interact.  Think avionics or military type scenarios, where gear simply has to work with other manufacturers gear in mission critical situations.

Well maybe not quite that dramatic, but seriously clever and techie.

At the level I am going to discuss my plans you might be better off envisioning each Flex-6000 as a media server and each actual user instance as just another TV on a big home media system.  Perhaps like your dish setup.

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