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WKFlex - CW remote with SmartSDR and Winkeyer

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  • N5NHJ
    N5NHJ Member ✭✭

    Hi Val, I can search online and see what WK strings are emulated by the microHAM, it could be an initialization problem. Unfortunately I do not have a microHAM to test with. In meantime, as suggested for the WKSerial, slow down the init sequence by increasing the Command Delay time.

    Please let me know

  • N5NHJ
    N5NHJ Member ✭✭

    I would like to make WKFlex more compatible and working with different Winkeyer versions and clones. Because I do not have access to all the hardware, I'm asking if anyone using one of those units is willing to run some simple tests for me.

    Please reach out to me directly.

    73, Max

  • K1UO Larry
    K1UO Larry MaineMember ✭✭✭

    Is there any way to speed up the ptt over Lan on my own local network? I can get the first character of my call out at 25 wpm before I see the Flex 6500 respond with TXing. same with the last character with radio still TXing nearly a sec after I have sent the character. This is with the radio about 100ft away in the shed and LAN cable run directly out to shed from the Router here in the shack.

    Using Winkeyer USB and V1.1 of WKFlex.

    Thanks for any tips

    Lar k1UO

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    Larry

    If there is a delay, I doubt it is in the LAN. Unless you have a pile of collisions going on, the odds are about zero. You may want to look elsewhere.

    Mike

  • N5NHJ
    N5NHJ Member ✭✭

    There is a delay generated by the whole chain which can't be really reduced much:

    1) Winkeyer needs to wait until your paddle sends the whole character to transform it in an ASCII symbol;

    2) Winflex gets the symbol through the (virtual) serial port, processes it, and sends it to SmartSDR through the SmartCAT virtual serial port;

    3) The virtual SmartSDR Winkeyer processes the symbol transforming it in dot and dashes and starts the sending process

    On top of that there is your (selectable) speed offset which adds some wanted delay.

    Sorry, this is the price you have to pay to transmit an acceptable CW with the paddle over a remote connection.

    Hope this helps

    73, Max

  • K1UO Larry
    K1UO Larry MaineMember ✭✭✭

    Thanks Max... Actually the Remote Rig solution I used to have was the best cw solution over a remote WAN connection..just more expensive. I thought the Winkeyer might be as good here on a local LAN but from what I see here the Maestro is a bit better, response wise, but I am having character dropouts and occasional character clipping. May need to go back to the Remote Rigs.

  • K1UO Larry
    K1UO Larry MaineMember ✭✭✭

    Anyone looking to save a little on a new Winkeyer USB..let me know!

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Larry, I built a keyer into my TeensyMaestro, and I *think* it uses the same method for remotely keying my Flex 6400 as the Maestro uses.

    Depending on network quality, I need to increase the CW delay (not TX delay) when operating remotely. Generally, I can set it to 100 ms and get perfect CW. If the network quality is especially good, I can drop it to around 30 ms. If it is really bad, I have to add a bit more. I use FDX to listen to my keying while I adjust CW Delay.

    Try adding some CW Delay, and see if that cleans up your remote keying with your Maestro.

  • N5NHJ
    N5NHJ Member ✭✭

    Update on the compatibility, WKFlex works with MicroHam.

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