[TenTec] Open sourcing again

Duane - N9DG n9dg at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 25 19:53:43 PST 2009

Yes the Flex firmware is closed source. But the "firmware" control is confined to the very low level hardware aspects of the Flex radio models. It only provides control over band segment access (FCC requirement) and the low level interface code required by some of the chips used within the radio. It is *not* for the DSP like all of the other knobs and buttons "SDRs" out there including the Ten Tec's.. And the PowerSDR open source software is not "just" for the GUI, it contains probably about 90% of the radio's software, and accounts for nearly 100% of how it behaves.

The Flex design and software model would be the equivalent of open source programmers having full access to the raw data stream from/to the A to D and D to A's of the Orion or the Omni VII. So for example all of the issues and user behavior preference disputes of the Orion's V1.x vs. V2.x firmware would all be exposed to open source developers.


--- On Wed, 2/25/09, Barry N1EU <barry.n1eu at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Barry N1EU <barry.n1eu at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [TenTec] Open sourcing again
> To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec at contesting.com>
> Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 5:40 PM
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but Flex's firmware is
> proprietary.  Its PC
> Software is open source, but the rig's firmware is
> proprietary, ja?
> 73,
> Barry N1EU
> On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:16 PM,  <Rsoifer at aol.com>
> wrote:
> > Well, I obviously can't speak for anyone but
> myself, but if I had wanted an
> > open source system I'd have bought a Flex.
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