Waveforms 2016-10-13T19:53:11+00:00

No support for your favorite mode yet? One of the tremendous advantages of Software Defined Radio (SDR) is the ability to conveniently and easily add new capabilities. The FLEX-6000 Signature Series radios and companion SmartSDR software are designed to leverage new communication technologies as they are created such as new digital voice and digital data modes.

The Waveform feature in SmartSDR allows for the seamless addition of new operating modes to your FLEX-6000 Signature Series radio by simply downloading and installing a Waveform module or “plug-in”.  When a waveform module is loaded, the module registers with SmartSDR and delineates the modes it supports.  These new modes are then immediately available in the standard mode selection interface inside SmartSDR.  You just select the new mode and begin operating. It is that simple.

Some waveform modes may come with a companion application that provides mode specific setup, configuration and operation.  For instructions on how to install Waveform modules, please refer to the Waveform section in the SmartSDR for Window Software User’s Guide for detailed information.

Available Waveform Modules

WaveformWaveform DescriptionCompanion App

FreeDV is a Digital Voice mode for HF radio that uses CODEC 2; an open source speech codec designed for communications quality speech between 700 and 3200 bit/s. FreeDV has gained popularity on many different HF bands, especially on 20 and 40m.

D-STARD-STAR (Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio) is an open protocol developed by the Japanese Amateur Radio League (JARL) that includes both digital voice and data communications protocols.

Because D-STAR requires a proprietary codec designed by DVSI, a hardware device is required which integrates the codec. In cooperation with NW Digital Radio, FlexRadio Systems has added support for the ThumbDV™ which is designed to plug into an unused USB port on the rear of any FLEX-6000 transceiver.

Waveform Installers and How To Guides

D-STAR Waveform How To Guide0.3 MiB1415
FreeDV Waveform How To Guide0.3 MiB1674
FreeDV Waveform Installer1.3 MiB1453
SmartSDR D-STAR Waveform Installer1.2 MiB598