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Reboot procedure to 'solve' the CW-timing issue

I want to 'reboot' my 6400M to temporarily 'fix' the CW timing issue (known). What is the procedure? In any case I don't want to lose all my settings and I don't want to return to factory defaults. Thanks!

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  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Member, Super Elmer Moderator
    Answer ✓

    Rebooting is just a matter of shutting it down, wait (2 minutes, I think...) then remove power. Wait a couple of minutes to be sure everything has truly shut down, then apply power and start it up.

    The more robust thing to do is a factory reset. First you go to Profile Manager and export your profiles. From section 38 of the FLEX-6400M and FLEX-6600M User Guide v3.x manual:

    FLEX-6400M / FLEX-6600M Reset Procedure

    With the radio powered off, press and hold down the Power button until the Power LED blinks white, then release the Power button. Allow the radio to continue booting normally.


    Once it is booted, re-import your profiles and you will be back where you were, but (hopefully) without the issue.

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  • W7NGA
    W7NGA Member ✭✭✭

    I press the big Green button, release and wait ... now, within the darkness, I press again.

  • WØYVA
    WØYVA Member ✭✭

    Len, that did it, thanks. I'm sure I read that somewhere (HI) ... turn off/remove power for 2-3 min/restore power/turn on. This 'solves' the CW timing issue - we'll see for how long. Hope Flex fixes the issue soon.

    73, Bob, WØYVA

  • Tim K9WX
    Tim K9WX Member ✭✭

    Bob, what is the CW timing issue you refer to? Which version of SSDR are you using?

    Tim K9WX

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Member, Super Elmer Moderator

    Excellent, I am glad that worked!

  • WØYVA
    WØYVA Member ✭✭

    Tim, thanks for your response but I have now found out this CW "issue" is a known problem which can be temporarily solved by a reboot (turn off; remove power; etc). It appears Flex is working the issue. 73

  • W7NGA
    W7NGA Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 2021

    As I previously mentioned, I see no need to do anything other than power off and power on again. This method has always fixed the issue and required no waiting or disabling power. This issue has a long history so I am not as confident that a fix is forthcoming. Let's hope so.

  • WØYVA
    WØYVA Member ✭✭

    Thank you! I did power off AND remove power. Next time (and I'm sure there will be one) I'll do what you suggested and ONLY power off and on. That sure will be handier. HI. 73, Bob

  • skellam
    skellam Member
    edited December 2021
    As I only use the Flex 6400 for CW, it's frustrating to have this problem without any fix coming out or any fix on the horizon. I'm buying a winkeyer to help solve the problem, but I shouldn't have to.I don't to have to power cycle to fix a problem with the core functioning of the radio.
  • W7NGA
    W7NGA Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 2021

    I'm buying a winkeyer to help solve the problem

    This will not solve the problem. You will simply have to wait for Flex to identify and fix the problem or routinely reboot your 6400.

  • WØYVA
    WØYVA Member ✭✭

    This issue should be at the top of the Flex list of items to 'fix!' It's a big deal when a transceiver can't be used on one of our major modes! Flex should also tell us if this timing issue is being actively worked. "We're working on it" may not be the same as it's getting current attention.

  • Steve W6SDM
    Steve W6SDM Member ✭✭

    I have been using mostly FT8 for the last few weeks as I have been experimenting with some software. So, I have been away from CW for a while and was unaware of the timing issue. Today, I went to make a CW QSO and my keying using my Begali paddle seemed like I was six beers into a twelve-pack. I went to CWX and used the buttons and had the same result. It wasn't until I got here that I realized it was a known issue and rebooted the rig to fix it.

    This reminds me of the early Flex3000/PowerSDR days when there were all sorts of issues with CW. They got it fixed then and I am sure they will now.

    Steve, W6SDM

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