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Microham digikeyer II CAT conflict with Flex CAT?

Carl N8VZ
Carl N8VZ Member ✭✭
Would using a Microham Digikeyer II to control an OMNI VII conflict with the Flex CAT ports if the Flex 6X00 and the Digikeyer II were connected to the same computer?  The issue is that they both can create virtual serial ports. Will those ports or the setup of those ports necessarily conflict if care is taken to not create the same pair on the two different systems?   I know that this probably sounds crazy, but I still like to switch between the two rigs for digital modes depending on various circumstances.  73 de Carl, N8VZ

Answers

  • DH2ID
    DH2ID Dr.med. Member ✭✭
    edited March 2017
    Hello Carl, no problems there. I have both running side-by-side here on my
    VAIO notebook.

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    You must be very careful not to assign the same port number twice.
    Windows is shamefully lacking in this way. I use a batch file to
    show all COM ports, even those not used:

    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
    set devmgr_show_details=1
    start DEVMGMT.MSC
  • Carl N8VZ
    Carl N8VZ Member ✭✭
    edited June 2018
    Thanks, Alex. This is very helpful information!
  • DH2ID
    DH2ID Dr.med. Member ✭✭
    edited March 2017
    Carl, after starting the batch file, you should open
    View in the device manager and then Show Hidden Devices.

    These are all my ports:

    image



    This is what happens if a crazy guy like me is using one notebook to
    steer a multi-digital station ;-) The greyed out ports are not in use and
    therefore harmless, if assigned twice. This happens sometimes,
    because some USB devices get assigned a new port when changing the
    hardware USB port on the notebook. Some USB devices don't.

    I occasionally - and after installing an new USB device - look at the port
    list and change port numbers, if necessary. Be careful to do that before
    shutting down Windows, because you can get a crash and a BSOD
    otherwise at the next startup!

    You can easily delete a port or reassign new numbers, if free for the
    non-virtual ports. The virtual ports have to be managed by SmartSDR CAT
    or the microHAM device router.

    If you have further questions or problems you can post here or mail
    me. You'll find my email address on QRZ.com.

    73, Alex DH2ID
  • Carl N8VZ
    Carl N8VZ Member ✭✭
    edited June 2018
    Thanks, again, Alex.  I will be setting this up over the weekend, and I'll email you if I run into a problem, but you've explained things very well. 73 de Carl, N8VZ
  • DH2ID
    DH2ID Dr.med. Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016
    My pleasure, Carl.

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