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FT-991_Update-evidenza_24072015

FT-991 – MAIN V02.02 – DSP V01.04 – TFT V02.01 Up. of 07/24/2015 – VA7OJ NPR Test

FT-991  HF, 50, 144, 430 MHz All Mode – Yaesu USA Update the Firmware MAIN Ver. 02.02  – DSP Ver. 01.04 and TFT Ver. 02.01 of 24/07/2015 – See …news and linck below –

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VA7OJ’, Adam Farson describes the Noise Power Ratio Testing, a 1st measurement in the Yaesu FT-991 only HF bands (for now!) – Receiver performance evaluation using notched noise, tune DUT (FT-991) such that the IF passband is centred in the notch. Calculate NPR using Equation: NPR = Ptot – BWR – MDS.

All the NPR measurements, by VA7OJ, Adam are performed in SSB mode, at 2.4 kHz bandwidth. The bottom of the notch in the noise generator (a Wandel & Goltermann RS-50 White Noise Generator ) bandstop filter is 3 kHz wide. Adam uses the 3 kHz roofing filter in the DUT (automatically selected in SSB mode in the FT-991 Transceiver)

Link to: Download FT-991 RX NPR Test Results 18/7/2015

A typical NPR test case emulates 1200 contiguous SSB signals, each at S9 + 30 dB. The higher the NPR figure obtained in the test, the better the DUT will be able to survive such extreme conditions. – The NPR test is also useful for identifying IMD choke points in a receiver front end, e.g. in RF steering diodes, and also passive IMD (PIM) in crystal filters, inductor cores and even some capacitor dielectrics.
I would categorise NPR ranges as follows: Measurement limit: ~ 95 dB (notch depth) / 85 dB and up: Excellent / 80-85 dB: Very good to excellent  /  75-80 dB: Very good / 70-75 dB: Good / 65-70 dB: Acceptable to good (source by Adam, VA7OJ – grazie!)

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Yaesu USA Update the FT-991′ Firmware: MAIN Ver. 02.02  – DSP Ver. 01.04 and TFT Ver. 02.01 of 24/07/2015 –
[Note]: Please read the Yaesu Firmware Upgrade Manual before proceding to the Yaesu multiple software installations and employees by different types of transfer software .exe!-

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[Note] the MAIN software should be installed first! Caution: it does wipe all the settings including the memory channels. Update features: • The WIRES-X (VoIP network) function is added • Improved and optimized. (read more…)

Link to: Yaesu USA FT-991 Firmware Information 07/24/15

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VIRES-X: Quando viene trovato un nodo locale, il simbolo “X” è acceso stabile, e sotto nel display compare il nome del nodo (nominativo di chiamata) e il nome della città (QTH).

Leggere tutte le istruzioni con immagini incluse sul Manuale di Istruzione Yaesu FT-991 C4FM  FDMA/FM (VIRES-X Edition in ENG) che si trova nella cartella .zip “Firmware_Update_JUL24″ da scaricare da Yaesu USA! – (Per i dati e le istruzioni in italiano non ho trovato ad ora linck utili! leggere, comunque altre notizie sul Manuale Utente del 991)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

RS-BA1-Ver1-80-evidenza

RS-BA1 Ver.1.80 Enanced Functions and Features Icom Update 2015/07/17

RS-BA1 IP Remote Control Software Icom Update Ver. 1.80, Enhanced Functions and Features – Now the high- resolution spectrum scope with waterfall function can be observed on the RS-BA1 (1.80) for a single band on only the IC-7850 and IC-7851 – You must have a previous version of the RS-BA1 software installed BEFORE you can update to version 1.80.
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In addition to the conventional tuning knob controls, some items can be adjusted with slider controls (see pictur above) The slider controls provide visual and fine adjustment within the the function’s range.

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The background color of the remote controller screen has been changed from gray to black.  Its muted black background and one-colored icons provide better visibility. [Note] When you use the RS-BA1 with a USB 3.0 device, you must use a USB 3.0 drive.

Link to: Icom RS-BA1 Official News Release 16/7/2015 (Pdf)

italiano La Ver. 1.80 è compatibile con IC-7850 e 7851 Firmware V1.10, e qui offre una nuova importante funzione per un analizzatore di spettro e waterfall visibile a distanza nella console del PC di controllo remoto (client) (solo per una singola banda) – Icom assicura che è compatibile, solo per il resto, con IC-7700 V.2.00; IC-7800 V3.10, IC-7600 V2.00 e IC-7100 V.1.10 (e i loro successori) – Si scarica da Icom Global e funziona solo per chi ha già installato una delle versioni precedenti di RS-BA1, che si acquista con un codice riservato. (info e dati su Icom o su importatore Icom in Italia)

Thanks to the Internet, hams !!! now have the ability to remotely operate any station at any distance – all without the complication and limitation of RF linking or a big anetnna farms, hi! – Maybe you have a well-equipped home station and you’d like to share your good fortune with some of your friends via overIP ADSL Internet. Or, perhaps you are a ham living under onerous restrictions and you’d like to establish a remote station so that you can finally get on the air!

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This has created a boon in remote station control, making it possible for hams to continue enjoying their hobby regardless of where they live.  Among professionals this is known as Radio over IP or RoIP. — (IC-7200 only for vision!)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only (tnx).

II5YOTA-2015-evidenza

II5YOTA Special Call On The Air from the Youth Radio Camp in Marina di Massa IT

II5YOTA  (Youngsters On The Air) Special event station on the air from youth radio camp in Marina di Massa, Toscana (Italy) – The 5th Youngsters On The Air is an official camp supported by the IARU Region 1, thanks to the effort of A.R.I., the Italian Amateur Radio Association. (!! Watch the pictures & the Video by link below)

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In the week 18 – 25 July, 2015 teams of young radio amateurs from several countries will be participating in all kind of amateur radio activities. (total of 76 young hams coming from 22 countries) Read more and video below

Link to: II5YOTA Report & Picture by IW5EDI’s web-site.
Link to: Official Data and news by web YOTA 2015 Italy

A drone video showing part of the YOTA radio-camp. Thank you to Leonardo, IW5EFX for amazing video! ( 20/7/2015)

italiano – YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) è nato come progetto della IARU Regione 1, (International Amateur Radio Union) per interessare  giovani radioamatori, fino all’età di 25 anni, allo scopo di farli incontrare in un attrezzato Radio Camp per una settimana insieme.

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Questi incontri internazionali tra giovani radioamatori sono promossi dalla IARU e tramite le associazioni dei Radiomatori affinché possano presentare e approfondire temi radioamatoriali, promuovere progetti comuni, pianificare attività e favorire uno scambio culturale e scientifico – Dal 2015 sono aperti alla partecipazione a tutte le Nazioni della ITU Regione 1,  ovvero Europa, Africa e Medio Oriente.  Questo 5th YOTA si svolge in Italia, a Marina di Massa (vedi report e video! per saperne di più)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

FTdx-12k_3k-Up-14Lug15-evidenza

FTDX-1200 & FTDX-3000 MAIN, DSP, TFT Software Update 14 July, 2015

The FTDX-1200 Update Software: MAIN Ver. 01.11 – DSP Ver. 05.54 – TFT Ver. 01.05 and The   FTDX-3000 Update Software MAIN Ver. 01.20  DSP Ver. 05.54 TFT Ver. 01.09  (14 July, 2015) now the water-fall display & spectrum scope memory function is improved. (No mouse operation!) Before downloading this software, please read the “Important Notes” on official Yaesu Update Manuals -(…. in ENG version!).

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Full screen display of Spectrum Scope – Water Fall

Yaesu con gli aggiornamenti del firmware sia per FTdx-1200 che FTdx-3000 aggiunge nuove funzioni da selezionare sempre con lo [SCOPE Button] pigiandolo in sequenza via, via per 5 selezioni, oppure si può memorizzare dati fino a  25″ degli  eventi che interessano.  – Non sono state incluse scelte e o azioni  di sintonia operando con un mouse., come invece ha fatto la Icom per tre suoi modelli di recente.
Leggere le istruzioni su come procedere agli aggiornamenti e le indicazioni aggiuntive sulle funzioni e manovre e per i nuovi settaggi  dei menù: [SCOPE] key – SCOPE MODE – FFT DISPLY MODE etc! …. purtroppo NON trovate in Italiano!

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Spectrum Scope/Water Fall displayed at the bottom of the scree

[Note] There are four (4) different Software installations (Yaesu still uses the multiple software systems installations! on the FTdx-3000 & FTdx-1200, not use a unified software environment) – Each one must be followed carefully. – Installing the wrong type software may cause difficulties.

Link to: Yaesu FTdx-3000 Main-page (go… to all Files) ENG
Link to: Yaesu FTdx-1200 Main-page (go… to all Files) ENG

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

FlexRadio-HamR-evidenza

FlexRadio – The “Maestro” Control Console for Flex-6000′ SDR Transceiver

The new Maestro Controll Console for the Flex-6000′ SDR Transceivers in the FlexRadio Systems booth at the Ham Radio Show in Friedrichshafen 2015. – FlexRadio plans to sell the Maestro for $999 with availability in the 4Q of 2015. (see the Maestro demo video …below!)

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Maestro: very handy gear, especially when portable, no cables. Finally a real radio with traditional knobs! and latest touch-screen technology! in an Control console for SDR Transceiver (only for Flex-6000′ series).

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Una unità molto utile, soprattutto portatile e senza cavi. Finalmente una vera e propria radio con le manopole tradizionali! e l’ultima tecnologia touch-screen! questo in una consolle di controllo per ricetrasmettitori digitali SDR! (Maestro solo per la serie Flex-6000 del produttore USA).

Alla Ham Radio Expò di Friedrichshafen dello scorso fine Giugno, si sono notati cartelli della FlexRadio (USA) per apparati a tecnologia SDR (software defined radios) come il FlexADP FlexRadio Application Developer Partener Program già in corso (offers a world of possibilities for software interfacing, with SmartSDR’s APIs it is easy...)  e il Maestro …Orchestrating Radio in… any way, any where… plug-and play! Truly opening up new ways of amateur radio. (!) Dear… Japanese big brands, we await your plans on this
Link to: Download Maestro datasheet v.2.00 EN pdf

(Maestro Demo Video by FlexRadio of 7/24/2015)

FlexRadio Systems will be participating in the Global AIS On Space Station (GLASS) project, providing hardware that will be placed on the ISS – The project showcases the benefits of acquiring and disseminating ocean faring vessel information for use in commercial, safety and security environmental and educational applications (!.. Link to:  JAMSS America, Inc)

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

fdm-sw2-evidenza

FDM-DUO – the DDS SDR design and build quality is Italian quality!

The FDM-DUO that provides an advanced Direct Digital Samplin (DDS) SDR Compact HF 50MHz QRP Transceiver. Covering all bands from 9kHz trough to 50MHz, with 5 watts RF outup and multiple receivers.  That can be used in standalone mode (not PC) or it can be entirely computer controlled – The design and build quality is Italian quality !

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 Standalone OperationG4WNC, Mike wrote on the RadCom of March 2015: The large knob provides the main tuning and this can be set to operate with a wide range of tuning steps from 1 Hz to 1 MHz . If you’re using the rig in standalone mode, you just need to connect power, antenna and mic/key and you’re in business. (! more: please read the User Manual)

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Computer operation – The real flexibility of the FDM-DUO was realised when I combined the rig with the Elad FDM-SW2 SDR Software on external PC – I had access to up to 8 software receivers plus the standalone receiver making a total of nine, which is more thanI could ever use!

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G4WNC, Mike wrote: If you were a datamodes fan or contester, you could have one receiver tuned to the PSK band segment and the audio routed to an instance of FLDIGI. You could then have another receiver set to the RTTY segment with a RTTY decoder. You could also have CW Skimmer running on another receiver checking out CW activity on the band. … You could then duplicate this setup on the second DUO channel, which could be tuned to a different band! – (!! nrd…. maybe you need many ears! hi)

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The antenna signal is applied to some ESD protection and 5 anti-aliasing filter before being passed to the main analogue to digital converter (ADC). Elad use the popular LTC2165, 16-bit ADC thet’s clock at 122.88MHz to provide confortable sampling (serial data stream runs at just under 2Gb/s) of the entire RF spectrum to 9kHz through to 54MHz.

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Elad uses a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA and the decimated outup in standalone mode is 192ksps and the tuning range wold be abaut 180kHz (output of the Spartan 6 is passed to an STM32F429 ARM microcontroller) – However, when operating the FDM-DUO using the included FDM-SW2 software, the decimation range can be changed in six steps up to a maximum of 6.144Msps.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

CO1-HF-evidenza-1

New CO1-HF The Pover-Combiner For Two Amps From SPE of Italy

CO1-HF Combiner coming soon from S.P.E. Roma Italy ! It doubles the powe of two Expert 2K-FA or two 1.3K-FA mantaining all their features. – The connection are the same as a single linear from 1.8 MHz to 50 MHz.

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[Note] the amplifiers connected to the CO1-HF must be identical. It is not possible to mix a 1.3 and a 2K for instance.

 Exper 1.3K-FA fully automatic Solid State Amplifier (SPE)

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The Expert 1.3K-FA has a sophisticated protection system tha constantly controls the amplifier’s most paramiters: Temperature Max/Min of the heatsink – Voltage on the PA – PA Current – Max voltage RF on Tuner – Imput power – SWR

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The 1.3K-FA is costituted by a class AB single Push-pull by a one Dual Mosfet device.  The amplifier has two imputs 1 – 2 to which it is possible to connect two Transceivers (any type)

Link to: SPE Expert Linear Amplifiers Official Home-page

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

7800vs7851.evidenza

IC-7851vs IC-7800 Phase Noise & RMDR -Icom videos

Icom IC-7851 vs IC-7800 upgrade modelv.3.00 Phase Noise Characteristics and RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing Dinamic Range) Characteristics in Receive Mode, data and pictures taken by videos of Icom Japan (see info and… lincks below).

Icom IC-7800, IC-7700, IC-7600 and IC-7100 Upgrade 21/5/2015 – New CI-V commands for External Antenna Controller & Logging Software and Other Features  – (Linck to: Icom New Release ENG .pdf)

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Phase Noise Characteristics in Receive Mode:
Measuring conditions: Receiving Frquency 14.200 MHz, Mode CW, 1st LO frequency 78.655 MHz (1st IF 64.455 MHz Supereterodina up-convertion type)
The IC-7851 employs a new Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) along with a Phase Locked Oscillator for the LO – ICOM writes: breaking the boundaries of traditional designs.

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IC-7851 v IC-7800 ver. 3.00 the RMDR Characteristics
Measuring conditions:  BW 250 Hz,  Roofing Filter 15 kHz!
See the video below: 1st step: a weak CW signal is received, 2nd: a strong signal is receiver on the same frequency, 3td step: move generator distance from center frequency: 100Hz / 200Hz/… 2kHz / 10kHz etc. (the CW signal cannot be eard or be clearly eard again) …What a difference. Impressive! (…thanks to jboyd00 for the his many videos)

Icom’s engineers focused on a new Local Oscillator (LO) in the IC-7851′ that drastically reduces the phase noise. As a result of this design, the purity of the LO achieves a Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range (RMDR) of 110dB!

Icom IC-7851/7800 LO C/N Characteristics Comparison
Measuring conditions: Receiveng fre 14.200 MHz, Mode CW, Center at 1st LO fre 78.655 MHz, SPAN 20 kHz, RBW 30 Hz, VBW 10Hz (Att 30 dB)

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Icom IC-7851 Band Scope Dual Band Display Left / Right – Dual Watch Receiver, Dual scope with waterfall horizontally aligned – (Dual scope vertical aligned is available by setting).

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

IC-7600-update2-evidenza

IC-7600 Upgrade Model The Ver.2.00 Firmware is on the Icom Inc. Support page

IC-7600 HF/50MHz Tranceiver Upgrade Model at Ver. 2.00 – The new firmware 2.00 is now on the Icom Co. Jp – Support web page for download more useful features – !! Download: the ver. 2.00, the Upgrade Brochure pdf and the Revised User Manual ver. A-6722H-1EX-4 in ENG – large pdf 15.1 MB ) (see the  enhanced features list and the links below!)

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IC-7600 Ver.2.00 Enhanced Functions and Features. The new functions are a free download for all existing IC-7600 owners. (tnk Icom) – [NoteThe first time you update, thoroughly read the Section 14 (UPDATING THE FIRMWARE) of the IC-7600’s instruction manual and information for firmware 2.00 on Icom Co. Support page (links below in)

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IC-7600 Ver.2.00 – Mouse Operation, point and click the mouse for Click-and-Listen receiver control (Left-click /Right-click / Click and hold  a button and move to the rigth or left, similar to rotating the Main Dial ! )

italiano • Tasto sinistro per selezionare un segnale o la frequenza di funzionamento. • Tasto destro per selezionare temporaneamente una frequenza diversa. • Rilasciare il pulsante del mouse per ritornare alla frequenza originale. • Cliccate e tenete premuto un pulsante (destro o sinistro) e spostarsi verso destra o sinistra per aumentare o diminuire la frequenza di funzionamento (come e si ruotasse la manopola di sintonia principale)

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The firmware can be updated using a USB-flash drive. – Never turn OFF the transceiver power during the update !-
IC-7600 Version 1.11からVersion 2.00の主な変更点
IC-7600  da Ver.1.11 at Ver.2.00 Enhanced Features (…It is very likely that V2.00 has also improved the IF filters/DSP ! and Icom  will have incorporated undocumented code optimisations and minor improvements as well as added functionality)

[Note] would be the audio oscilloscope / spectrum has not been implemented by Icom at this time and it is not mentioned in the new feature list & manual from Icom Japan.

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Link to: Icom Firmware Updates and Downloads page (EN)
Link to: Download the icom IC-7600 News Release pdf (EN)
Link to: Download Revised User Manual v. A-6722H-1EX-4

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

dayton-2015-evidenza

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Elecraft K3S – IC-7600 Update Soon! FlexRadio Maestro console

Elecraft Introducing the secondgeneration K3S HF/50MHz Transceiver with many new features at Dayton Hamvention 2015 –  ICOM America stating that a new firmware has been announced for his IC-7600 (see below!) – The New FlexRadio Maestro™ SDR Console – Hamvention will be held 15-17 May, 2015 at the Hara Arena Complex in Dayton, Ohio.

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Improvementes include: KSYN3A a ultra low-noise synthesizer for strong-signal receive performance and transmit signal purity (now option for K3) – 32-bit DSP provides stereo effects, NR,EQ, notch, and built-in PSK31/CW/RTTY decode/encode – USB Port integrates remote control and line-level audio, eliminating the need for a PC sound card and audio cables and more (… link below)

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Dayton, VA7OJ’ Adam: IC-7600… Spectrum Scope Waterfall Display – PC Mouse Operation (probably similar to IC-7700 V2,0) – Increased APF volume levels – New CI-V commands RIT, delta -TX, Sub band and external antenna control – Wake-up from standby mode via CI-V (for RS-BA1 remote) Configurable RF onset delay for keying external amplifiers with slow T.R relays! (tnx to Adam for news!)

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IC-7600 Update coming-soon – ICOM America stating that a new firmware has been announced for the 7600 ! Not on the firmware support site – !! Dayton 2015: Icom has an IC-7600 on display with the new waterfall firmware in operation. !! The new 7600 firmware should be available soon !

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Eecraft new P3 panadapter now with Transmit Monitoring! –The P3’s bright, full-color LCD has both spectral and waterfall displays, and new optional TX metering and signal envelope monitoring. (… read more on the official web-page)

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At Dayton Hamvention 2015 !! The New FlexRadio Maestro™ an intuitive, plug-and-play control console that directs operation of any FLEX-6000 SDR Signature SeriesTtransceiver without need of a traditional PC! …..

  • Interfaces with all FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDRs
  • Real time spectrum display and waterfall
  • Up to 2 simultaneous band displays
  • WiFi and LAN connectivity
  • Slice (VFO) A/B high resolution controls
  • Independent A/B Pass Band Tuning, AGC-T, and audio controls
  • Quick touch for critical tuning operations
  • Easy access to secondary on-screen menus
  • 10-point capacitive touch screen control
[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)