FRLogger has eight slice panels, A through F. All of these slice panels are available however your radio may not have all eight slices. My 6600 only has four slices so the only slice panels of real use to me are A, B, C, and D.
The slice panel contains many displays and controls with the intent to allow you to control your slice without having to return to SmartSDR or your Maestro.
To cover the all the options and features on the slice panel we will start at the top and work left to right then down.
- Slice Name - In the image above the slice name is "Slice A" and it is shown in yellow with a black background. This indicates this is the active slice. An inactive slice will show black text. You can click on the slice name to make a slice active.
- Frequency - This displays the slice frequency. Double click on the slice frequency to manually enter a new frequency for the slice. Press enter to set your slice to the entered frequency. Rolling your mouse wheel up and down will scroll your slice frequency.
- TX - If this slice is the transmit slice TX will be shown with a red background. Non TX slices show the TX label in gray. Clicking on the TX label will make this slice the TX slice.
- Station - Just below the slice name in small text is the MultiFlex station name that owns this slice.
- Volume - Slice volume can be controlled using the slider. You can mute and unmute your slice by clicking on the Vol label. The volume level is shown in the label.
- WNB - You can enable/disable the WNB by clicking on the boxed WNB label. You can adjust the level using the slider.
- Balance - You can shift your slice audio left or right using the balance slider.
- NB - The Noise Blanker operation is identical to the WNB operation. Click on the button to activate and use the slider for level
- S-Meter - To the right of the noise blanker is the S-meter. Four different views are provided for signal strength. The analog meter, a bar graph meter, numerical display, and a history graph. The short history graph allows you to control the mode and averaging.
- AGC - There is a pull down to select the AGC kind and a slider to select the level.
- NR - Noise reduction works like the other noise filters. Click to enable/disable and use the slider for level
- Save/Restore - These buttons will be used in the future. Right now they do nothing.
- APF - Click to enable/disable and use the slider to set level
- RIT - Click to enable/disable, use the slider to set RIT offset, double click on the RIT label to disable and reset RIT to zero.
- XIT - Click to enable/disable, use the slider to set XIT offset, double click on the XIT label to disable and reset XIT to zero. In addition there are quick buttons below the XIT slider to set common offsets.
- Filter settings - These buttons allow you to quickly select the common filter settings based on mode.
- Filter Control Box - This box shows you a simple representation of your filter. You can expand and contract the view using the minus and plus buttons on either side. You can slide the blue filter box left and right and you can grab the ends of it to manually adjust your filter.
- Spot a station - You must be connected to a spot list for this to work. If you just worked a station and wish to spot them, enter the call and a comment and hit the "Spot a station" button to send the spot to the spotting network.
- FR Spot Slice - FRLogger offers a unique built in self spotting system called FRSpot that does not use the common spotting networks. FRSpots are only visible to other FRLogger users. You can manually FRSpot your self or check the "Auto spot slice" checkbox to have regular updates sent out.
- Macro buttions - Below FRSpot are three, typically unassigned, macro buttons. These allow you to assign a macro to the button and run it by pressing the button. More on macros and how to use them in a later how to.
- CW Decode - This is a new feature that is still a work in progress. CW Decode assuming you have a DAX audio channel configured for this slice will open a CW decode window below the slice and will attempt to decode a CW signal. This will be covered in a later how to.
Each slice that your radio offers will have a slice panel with all of these controls. The goal was to allow you to control your slice without ever leaving the FRLogger environment.