FlexRadio Systems announces the immediate availability of SmartSDR v2.2.8 for the FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDRs. SmartSDR v2.2.8 is a General Availability (GA) release containing new features and fixes for SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR for Maestro, SmartSDR CAT and DAX.
SmartSDR 2.2.8 can be downloaded from the FlexRadio Systems web site. Please download and review the SmartSDR v2.2.8 Release Notes prior to installing SmartSDR v2.2.8 to ensure an optimal software installation experience.
A software license for the FLEX-6000 is required to run SmartSDR v2.2.8. If your FLEX-6000 has been authorized to run a previous version of SmartSDRv2, re-authorization is not required.
All owners of the Limited Edition (LE) FLEX-6700 and FLEX-6500 SDRs or radios sold after May 19, 2017, have been pre-authorized for SmartSDR v2 and do not require the purchase of a SmartSDR v2 license. To run SmartSDR v2 on all other radios requires the purchase of a software license for the radio.
Obtaining and validating a license for your FLEX-6000 software defined radio is a simple process. Once the radio and client have network access to the Internet, just load any version of the SmartSDR v2 software on your PC or Maestro. In the radio chooser, if a radio requires a license, a status message will indicate a license is required before connecting to the radio and updating the firmware. A “Buy” button is also presented so that you can conveniently purchase a SmartSDRv2 license using our Online Store. Please see details below regarding purchasing a SmartSDR software license for your radio.
The following highlights are SmartSDR specific items:
New Program Icons: Due to the current marketing effort associated with the rebranding of FlexRadio, the SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR CAT and DAX program icons have a new look and color scheme.
Performance Improvements: Firmware modifications drastically improved RX->TX->RX switching speed along with other internal performance enhancements.
Slice “Flag” and Panadapter Enhancements: Added peak indicator to the S-Meter. Added the ability to switch from dBm to S units for the S-meter digital readout by clicking on the readout. When a slice flag is minimized, the frequency readout is displayed. The area below the spectrum display is now color filled with user-selectable colors and intensity.
Enabling Split Mode Made Easier: On the Slice “flag” there is a SPLIT button that makes creating a new “split” (child) slice from the parent slice. Clicking on the SPLIT indicator will remove the split child slice. The Split command has also been added to the FlexControl.
Modified TURF Files: The TURF files for Belgium (EU04) expanded the 160m band allocation to 1.810 – 2.0 MHz, for the Netherlands (EU13), the new IARU Region 1 60m allocations have been added and for IARU Region 2, transmit is now allowed on the frequencies used by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency.
Default Microphone Profile Change: The Default mic profile now uses the FMH-2 mic profile rather than the older FHM-2 profile to improve the “out of box experience” when using the supplied hand mic.
Persistence and Profiles: Fixed persistence issue when restoring XVTR Slices. Underscore character now displays properly in TX Profile Name. Profiles are not properly sorted in alphabetical order (not case sensitive). Profiles are now displayed after import without requiring a reboot.
Boot up logic fixed for M Model Radios: Inconsistencies with M model radios not booting directly to SmartSDR and showing the Select a Version Screen have been resolved.
CAT User Interface Changes: The user interface has been enhanced to show the radio connection state and display the connected radio. A Settings icon in the menu bar of the application will allow you to easily configure the application startup parameters.
CAT and DAX No Longer Automatically Start when the PC is Booted: A change was made to the automatic startup behavior of CAT and DAX. They no longer start when the PC is booted, reducing the network load on the radio when SmartSDR for Windows was loaded on multiple PCs and neither of the applications was actively in use. CAT and DAX now start when SmartSDR for Windows is started and closed when SmartSDR for Windows is closed (the default behavior). You can change this behavior and not have CAT and DAX automatically start if you desire to manually start the applications.
AGC Applied to AM and SAM modes after Demodulation: Previously in AM mode, the AGC was before the demodulation stage and would act on carrier changes rather than changes in the demodulated signal. This issue has been corrected.
Popout Window Enhancements: Popped out window size and placements are now properly remembered when SmartSDR is shut down. The CWX F1-F12 macros now work properly when the focus is on a popped out Panadapter or TX Panel.
CW Pitch Frequency Improvements: The frequency of the CW Pitch can now be changed in 10 Hz increments.
RIT/XIT Adjustment Enhancement: For the M models, when changing RIT or XIT, the frequency is now left on 50 Hz boundaries.
SmartLink Login Improvements: Additional changes were made to the SmartLink login process to ensure changes to the Auth0 authentication protocol will not result in the inability to login to your SmartLink account.
Diversity Reception Enhancement: For radios capable of Diversity reception, if using a FLEX-6700 with a Maestro or a FLEX-6600M, the AF knob now changes diversity (child) slice volume too.
Bug Fixes: There have been numerous bug fixes in this release. Please see the SmartSDR ChangeLog for a complete listing.
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