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Release: 3.0.4

Download here [Link].

What's new / changed in 3.0.4:

SDRs

  • ADALM-PLUTO transmit and receive support added.

  • Airspy HF+ support library upgraded to latest release, CPU usage now much lower.

  • Airspy HF+ supports pre-production units properly, also units with old / original firmware.

  • ANAN code given a lot of attention, working much better.

  • bladeRF2 now checks that the frequency is within the supported range.

  • Lime transmit support added.

General

New

  • Added Pseudo Stereo (ribbon bar, Receive, Mode..., Pseudo Stereo).

  • Downconverter supports frequencies up to 999.9 GHz.

  • Frequency database supports a Custom CSV layout.

  • Frequency display supports frequencies up to 999.9 GHz.

  • If there are no receivers a warning is displayed.

  • Signal History - added Slower and Very slow.

Fixes

  • Audio buffering logic updated (the way I maintain the buffer between demodulation and the playback / VAC device). This is simpler, cleaner and gives me a good base for the future. See the Playback Buffering page for options.

  • Audio recording – a check is made that the folder exists before the recording is started.

  • Fixed spectrum display in Auto mode when input signal is very low / zero.

  • Fixed crash adjusting the Span (bottom of display).

  • Fixed crash caused by a change in output device options such as enabling spatial sound.

  • Fixed obscure bug in the Select Radio user interface.

  • Fixed SAM demodulation, PLL was not working fast enough.

  • More visibility/sanity checks when restoring a window position (example: Select Radio).

  • Obscure fatal bug saving/recalling complex Favourite definitions fixed.

  • Product name and date now always shown at the top of the main display with all display styles (long-standing MFC bug fixed).

  • More logic in coding where the program priority is raised when the system starts.

  • If the signal is muted due to input overload a warning icon is now shown in the status bar, previously just the Auto Mute text was shown. (This caught me out a couple of times).

Recording Scheduler

  • Interface redesigned, simplified with no loss of functionality.

Satellite

Display

  • Now displays correct TX mode in the main window's ribbon bar tooltips.

  • Now uses fixed point fonts for name and times.

  • Fixed fatal error selecting a world map which cannot be opened.

  • External Radio now supports both Rig 1 and Rig 2.

  • TLE data now has better sanity checking.

Server

  • Reduced dangling connections on the server.




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