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6600M: Integrating the Q5 5BVUX - band data connection

Hi All,

Yet another question on integrating my station with the Flex 6600M...

I have a Q5 5BVUX that works very well with the 6600M. It has separate RX/TX and I am using XVTR and RX ports B for the rf connection between the radio and transverter. No issues here. TX and RX settings all fell into place and preforms extremely well - so **** just testing on 144 and 432. At the moment I am switching the 5BVUX manually. I know band data is available from the 6600M that is compatible with the Q5 by using the correct BCD encoding setting - HF+VHF.

Now the questions:

1) What is the most elegant way of getting the band data from the 6600M to the 5BVUX while preserving the independent PTT lines for each of the 5BVUX bands? Think amps for each band feeding separate antenna systems.

2) Do I use a Flex FTDI parallel cable wired to the band data pins on the 5BVUX accessory connector? Do I use a Q5 FTDI cable that is USB to their interface, but doesn't appear to breakout the independent PTT lines. Both cables appear to be a bit short. I would like something of order 6ft between the 6600M and 5BVUX. I suppose I could just extend the Flex cable.

3) Is there a breakout board available using the FTDI chip set that would make bit line available. Same as the Flex cable but just a board. This would allow a standard USB cable and then a bit level cable from the board to the 5BVUX.


Chuck de NJ6D / N7KU


Best Answer

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

    Q1: The interface cabe

    Q2: Yes, that is the cable I am talking about. Are you using the interface cable that, I think, comes with the Transverter? It is almost a plug and play connection for band tracking. This eliminates manual switching.

    If you need it longer, you can just use a USB extension cable. RCA is a separate cable simple cable.

    As for PTT, you build the Transverter Bands and then go into the TX Band settings and assign the same TX1-3 RCA connector to each of the 5 bands it supports.

    I would also create one Transmit Profile as they are tied to the Antenna Port (XVTR). A TX Profile will remember the following settings:

    That should get you going


  • cfclaver
    cfclaver Member ✭✭

    Thanks Mike!

    I understand now. I will get the cable and work on the interfacing.



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