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HRD not properly keying Flex 6600M to Transmit
This is my first post after receiving my new Flex 6600M about one month ago. I have started integration of third-party software (e.g. HRD and WSJT-X). Decided on HRD first since I have many years’ experience with it running on old Win 7 laptop, Navigator Interface and TS-590 Xcvr.
Downloaded latest SmartSDR v2.4.9 which runs the Flex just fine using a newer Windows 10 HP Spectre x360 laptop (connected to Wifi since no Ethernet socket). Successfully downloaded the latest HRD v188.8.131.525. Purposely have not yet downloaded any other third-party apps like SliceMaster, DDUtil or MiniDeluxe since I’m not sure which one would be best. As such, I am doing the integration “brute force”. I followed as much as possible, Tim Ellison’s online “SmartSDR – Ham Radio Deluxe – DM780 How To Setup Guide dated 9/15/18.
DAX set to Ch 1. Opened DAX Control Panel and clicked the “1” RX Streams Slice “A” button which turned blue then saw red volume bar moving with receiver audio. Switching to SmartSDR CAT I saw that COM Port 5 was selected for CAT. Per the instructions I added another COM Port (6) for PTT and ensured RTS & DTR were both selected Blue.
On HRD I selected FlexRadio and Smart SDR and verified COM Port 5 was selected. Oddly, DTR and RTS were both unchecked and grayed out at the bottom same as shown in the Guide. On the HRD Soundcard settings box, I selected Input (Rx) to “DAX Audio Rx 1” and Output (Tx) to “DAX Audio Tx”. On the HRD PTT setting box I verified COM Port 6 was showing and checked “Set DTR” and “Set RTS” boxes.
On my PC’s Control Panel I selected “Audio” and checked the Soundcard settings to ensure they were also set to match the HRD settings (they initially were not).
On DM780 screen, I was able to decode some PSK-31 QSOs without issue. I selected my test, test, test… PSK Macro and clicked it. Saw those words being stricken through and my signal in the DM780 waterfall as is normal when sending but the Flex was not transmitting (it was still receiving). Clicking the Smart SDR Control Panel’s MONitor button allowed me to hear the familiar “diddles” but still no RF output. Pushing the HDR Rig Control TX button forced the Flex to key and started outputting the selected 50 watts with my output power meter jiggling as it should.
I closed all the apps then restarted SmartSDR, followed by HRD. Surprisingly, the Flex keyed itself as the Logbook app was loading and went into a “pseudo Tx mode”. The power supply current jumped from the 3 amps (Rx) to about 6 amps but with no RF output and the Flex Power on/off button was Red. I saw a little “****” on the panadapter at the Tx frequency but I didn’t trying modulating for RF output. Clicking the HRD TX button again quickly restored (unkeyed) the Flex back to receive and 3 amps with waterfall decoding signals.
Any help from this fine user community would be helpful before I contact Flex.
Best 73. Mike Peron WB6UTW
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