FlexRadio Systems announces the immediate availability of SmartSDR v2.3.7 for the FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDRs. SmartSDR v2.3.7 is a General Availability (GA) release containing new features and fixes for SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR for Maestro, SmartSDR CAT and DAX.
SmartSDR 2.3.7 can be downloaded from the FlexRadio Systems web site. Please download and review the SmartSDR v2.3.7 Release Notes prior to installing SmartSDR v2.3.7 to ensure an optimal software installation experience.
A software license for the FLEX-6000 is required to run SmartSDR v2.3.7. 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:
Spots on the Panadapter Display: The ability to show “spots” from packet clusters or logging software is a new feature in SmartSDR v2.3.7. SmartSDR provides an open interface for sending spot data to the FLEX-6000 from multiple data sources. FlexRadio has provided the N1MM Logger+ support natively via a dedicated CAT port type. Other third-party applications such as Slice Master 6000, FRStack and DXLogger also provide the capability of sending spot data to SmartSDR. Please see the Spots Feature Description for more details.
Power Genius XL Support: SmartSDR v2.3.7 supports comprehensive integrated Power Genius XL control and operating state from within the SmartSDR software.
SmartLink No longer Susceptible to Display loss due to Packet Fragmentation: A new client connection protocol uses a standard Ethernet frame size for VITA-49 data which no longer fragments the datagrams. This new client protocol resolves the problem of missing spectrum display (aka “the black square of death”).
Zoom to Band Feature: In addition to the Zoom In and Zoom Out controls, a new Zoom feature, Zoom to Band button (B) has been added. When clicked, the panadapter will zoom to the active slice band limits. Clicking it again will zoom back to the previous zoom level.
Power Level now Temperature Compensated: The efficiency of an RF power amplifier has a temperature dependency; as the temperature increases, efficiency and power output are decreased. SmartSDR 2.3.7 now dynamically compensates for power loss as the PA temperature rises to provide a more stable maximum power output.
Added new TURF file for China: A new TURF file is available for Chinese customers that aligns with their national band plan and provides for 60m access. Please submit a HelpDesk support ticket to request all TURF file requests.
Add the Ability to Create Slice Receivers in a Minimized State: A new global setting feature has been added that when enabled will create slice receivers in the minimized state (does not show the slice flag). You can display the slice flag by clicking on the slice letter indicator. This setting is found in the Settings->Radio Setup->RX tab
Fixed FLEX-6400M/FLEX-6600M Functions Buttons Staying Illuminated after Shut Down: In certain circumstances, the F1/F2 F3 buttons would stay lit after the FLEX-6400M or FLEX-6600M was powered down. This defect has been fixed.
Bug Fixes: There have been other bug fixes in this release. Please see the SmartSDR ChangeLog for a complete listing.
The cumulative SmartSDR v2.3.7 Change Log detail is listed below.
General Release of SmartSDR for Windows and SmartSDR for Maestro
v2.3.6 Alpha (2018-06-22)
#6369 Added 12m to band/segment zoom
#5390 PGXL: Added Operate button to Maestro (above RF Power)
#6367 6400M/6600M: Fixed F1/F2/F3 buttons remaining lit sometimes after shutting down
v2.3.5 Alpha (2018-06-15)
#5570 PGXL: Modified meter panel in SmartSDR. Standby/Operate can now be toggled with the AMP indicator at bottom
#6318 CAT: Fixed autoclose not working when the radio chooser window was open
#6310 SmartSDR: Added control start Slices as minimized (Settings –> Radio Setup –> RX –> Start Slices Minimized)
#6131 Maestro: Fixed 90 degree rotation issue for some users
v2.3.4 Alpha (2018-06-05)
#6378 Fixed a UHE when the radio goes into transmit (and in some other cases too)
v2.3.3 Alpha (2018-06-05)
#6329 PGXL: AMP TX icon in lower left of SmartSDR should now only turn red when the amp is transmitting
v2.3.2 Alpha (2018-06-01)
#6108 Added automatic output power drive level compensation over temperature for ~100 W stability
#6343 Spots: Higher priority spots (closer to Priority: 1) are no rendered closer to the bottom level
#6332 Added better messages when UDP ports aren’t valid in N1MM (spots and focus helper ports should differ)
#5439 PGXL: SWR meter now starts at 1.2 in SSDR and Maestro
#6225 Added TURF region for China
#6219 Removed the 27 MHz (CB) portion of Russian TURF
v2.3.1 Alpha (2018-05-25)
Miscellaneous bug fixes related to the Spot feature
v2.3.0 Alpha (2018-05-23)
#6107 Added Spots on Display feature
#6098 Added zoom-to-band and zoom-to-segment
#5122 Fixed waterfall not appearing with SmartLink (packet fragmentation fix, client protocol changed to v18.104.22.168)
#3757 Maestro/M: Main menu now automatically closes after loading TX/Global/Mic profile or Memory
#6293 SSDR/CAT: Can now right click on a radio in the chooser to copy its info to the clipboard
#6279 Meters are now solid red for better readability at lower levels
#6249 SSDR: Changed minimized slice flag frequency font so that it is less ‘jumpy’ when tuning
#6278 SSDR: Updated desktop icons for exported profiles
#6222 Fixed XVTR power not being stored in Global Profiles
#6262 API: Fixed potential looping issue with IsOperate property for PGXL
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