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N4PY Pegasus Plus Recommendation

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  • Tom W3FRGTom W3FRG Member
    edited July 2019
    This was the procedure 5 yrs ago, what is todays procedure to use the P+ pgm with the 6600M?

    Tnx  Tom W3FRG
  • Carl MoreschiCarl Moreschi Member
    edited July 2019
    Here's a new overview of the functions for the Flex 6000 for Pegasus Plus.  Also note the RFKit amp is now fully supported byt the LAN UDP interface.


      "Flex 6000"

          This selection is for using the Flex 6000 series radios.
          The program connects directly to the Flex 6000 radio and operates
          as a control extension for SmartSDR.  Both the Flex 6000 and
          SmartSDR must be running when the N4PY program is started.  Also
          slice A should be already created before starting Pegasus Plus.
          Please note SmartSDR CAT is no longer required or used at all.

          You must be using SmartSDR version 1.3.0 or later.

          This will allow simple control for frequency, mode and filter.
          Also if you want the FlexKnob to be controlled by Pegasus Plus
          (highly desirable), turn off the FlexKnob setting in SmartSDR.
          To activate the FlexKnob in Pegasus Plus, go to the "Aux Single"
          menu in Settings and select "Using FlexControl Knob".

          In the Interface settings window, the setting "Direct IP Address Connect"
          is used when the program has difficulty finding the radio. When you
          turn on this setting, it will give you an edit box to enter the IP address
          of the radio directly.  You will also have to select the correct model.

          Also in the Interface settings window, if you have multiple Flex radios,
          turn on "Multiple Flex Radios".  This will allow you to enter the serial
          number of the radio you want to connect to.  This is very valuable with
          multiple Flex radios and you want to run multiple copies of Pegasus Plus
          with each copy dedicated to one of the Flex radios.

          Pegasus Plus now will set the Flex radio receive ant to RX A
          and set the transmit ant to XVTR for transverter use.  When you leave
          the transverter band, these antenna settings will be restored to
          ANT 1.  There is also a selection on each transverter setting for
          which TX OUT connection to use for transmit control for each
          transverter.

          In the transmitter settings windows, HF TxOut is used to select
          TX1, TX2, or TX3 for HF operation.  For SO2R, when you need a different
          TxOut setting for slice B, use the HF TxOut B selection.  If you want
          the TxOut selection to always be the same for slice A or slice B, set
          HF TxOut B to "Use A".

          There are two new buttons on the Pegasus Plus radio panel for the
          Flex 6000.  They are as follows:

          VFOA=A
            Clicking this button will give you a list of all possible slices
            in the 6000.  You can reassign the Pegasus Plus VFO A to any
            availble slice shown on SmartSDR.  In order to reassign a slice
            to VFO A, the slice must exist and not be assigned to VFO B.
            Also, "split" must be off when this assignment is done.

          VFOB=B
            Clicking this button will give you a list of all possible slices
            in the 6000.  You can reassign the Pegasus Plus VFO B to any
            availble slice shown on SmartSDR.  In order to reassign a slice
            to VFO B, the slice must exist and not be assigned to VFO A.
            Also, "split" must be off when this assignment is done.

            When you click "Split", if the VFO B slice does not exist,
            it will be create automatically.

            The "RF" slider actually controls the AGC threshold for the slice
            associated with VFO A.

            The "rf" slider actually controls the AGC threshold for the slice
            associated with VFO B.

            The "NB" slider controls the noise blanker for the slice
            associated with VFO A.

            The "WN" slider controls the wide noise blanker.

            The "VA" slider controls the volume for the slice associated with
            VFO A and the "VB" slider controls the volume for the slice
            associated with VFO B.

          Swap AB Asn
            This button will swap the vfo assignment between Slice A and Slice B.
            Both slice A and slice B must exist when it is clicked.

          PreAm0
            This button will send the preamp value to the Flex 6000.  It will
            remember this setting by band.  Left clicking this button will reduce
            the preamp value and right clicking will increase the value.  For
            the 6300, the values are 0 and 20 db.  For the 6500, the values are
            -10, 0, 10, and 20 db.  The 6700 has all the 6500 values plus a 30 db
            value.  For the 6700, the preamp value is only changed for the receiver
            assigned to slice A.

          MPreA0
            This button will send the preamp value for the monitor panadapters to
            the Flex 6000. Left clicking this button will reduce the preamp value
            and right clicking will increase the value.  For the 6300, the values
            are 0 and 20 db.  For the 6500, the values are -10, 0, 10, and 20 db.
            The 6700 has all the 6500 values plus a 30 db value.  For the 6700,
            the preamp value is only changed for the receiver assigned to slice A.

          Fix Pans
            This button is used when the panadpaters start out with their settings
            all changed from normal at SmartSDR startup.  This button will send
            the following 4 settings to all panadapters according to what you
            have set in the pegasus.ini configuration settings file.

            Here are the settings with their defaults:
              F6K PAN AVERAGE=50
              F6K PAN FPS=24
              F6K PAN GAIN=24
              F6K PAN RATE=80
            You can chnage these settings with the pegasus plus not running.

          F6K PERSISTENCE
             If you are plagued with filters and preamps changing values for no
             apparent reason on band changes, this option is in the pegasus.ini
             file and is called "F6K PERSISTENCE".  The default for this is 1
             but if you want Pegasus Plus to set everything with no surprises,
             set this to 0.  However, if you are using Flex Version 3, leave
             this setting at 1.

          Clear Spots
            This button will remove all spots sent to the radio from any source.

          QSK (Qsk or Semi button)

          There is a Qsk/Semi button.  Left clicking this button will change
          the CW QSK delay value.  It will alternate between a QSK value and
          a semi-breakin value each time you click this button.  If you want
          to change the values used by this button for semi and QSK delays
          then proceed as follows:

          To change the QSK button delay value for Qsk
           1) Set the button so it says "Qsk".
           2) Set the CW Qsk slider in the CW settings window to the desired
              value.
           3) Right click on the Qsk button.
              The button will change to highlighted indicating the Qsk value
              has been changed.  It will stay highlighted until the button
              is left clicked again.

          To change the QSK button delay value for semi-breakin
           1) Set the button so it says "Semi".
           2) Set the CW Qsk slider in the CW settings window to the desired
              value.
           3) Right click on the Semi button.
              The button will change to highlighted indicating the semi-breakin
              value has been changed.  It will stay highlighted until the button
              is left clicked again.

       The TxLoop button at the top of the program can be used to control the
       setting of TX1, TX2, or TX3 for amplifier keying.  First you decide
       which TX connection you want to use.  Then, in the "Transmitter" settings
       window, select None, TX1, TX2, or TX3.
       Now, when you turn on TxLoop (indicated by a little TxL in the black frequency
       area), the corresponding TX PTT output will get enabled.  This line will only
       be enabled when the operating frequency is below 144 mhz.  In this way you can
       easily control whether or not to key your amplifier.

       OTRSP commands are now supported for the Flex 6600, 6600M, and 6700 since these
       radios allow real SO2R with a single radio.  To enable OTRSP

        1) Create a virtual comport pair with MicroHam or VSPManager. Let's assume you
           create COM10 and COM11.

        2) If you do not have a comport assigned in Usr5 TranV, turn on
           "Tokyo HP Comport" and "Use THP Comport for EXT Logging Program".
           If you already have assigned a comport to the Tokyo HP Comport,
           then find the line THPx COMPORT=NONE where x is 2 to 5 in the pegasus.ini
           file and set this to THPx COMPORT=COM10 again where x is 2 to 5.

        3) In the pegasus.ini file, set OTRSP THP=x where x is 1 to 5 depending
           on which THP comport you have used for this.

        4) In your logging program, select OTRSP for audio usage and for this example
           use COM11.

       Fixed Panadapter Ranges

       There is a file called "f6kpan.txt".  This file is used to define fixed
       ranges for the panadapter display.  When any panadapter frequency is within
       any range defined in this file, the panadapter frequency limits are set to
       how you have this defined.  The file is an ASCII text file and the format
       is shown in the default settings.  You can add as many entries to this file
       as you need with a limit of 50 entries.  This feature is turned on and off
       by the setting "Pan Ranges" found in the "Preferences3" settings window.

       You can also set the ranges for panadapters that are mainly used for band
       monitoring.  In the "f6kpan.txt" file, if you add a panadapter number to
       the name of a line entry, that panadapter will have its range set to the
       range of the line.  For example, in you had a line

         PAN,21.0,21.100

       and wanted this line to go to panadapter 2, you would change it to

         PAN2,21.0,21.100

       The number defines the panadapter number from 1 to 8,  This is only set
       at program start and the monitor panadapters must exist before you start
       the program.  There is also a "Res PAN" button that will rerun the panadapter
       initial setting again if you want to reset your panadapters to the initial
       setup.                                                    

  • Tom W3FRGTom W3FRG Member
    edited July 2019
    Carl, Thank you for the quick and complete response for P+ and the 6K. Lot to digest.
    I do have it working, now to do the fine touch ups.

    73 Tom W3FRG
  • Andrew ThallAndrew Thall Member ✭✭
    edited July 2019
    Does N4PY function as a substitute for SmartSDR or does it run as an enhancement to SmartSDR?  If it is a substitute, will it work on a Linux computer to control a 6500?
    Andy, k2oo
    
  • Mark ErbaughMark Erbaugh Member
    edited July 2019
    The N4PY requires SmartSDR to be running.
  • Carl MoreschiCarl Moreschi Member
    edited July 2019
    That's actually not true.  In Version 3 flex software, Pegasus Plus will run with a maestro of "M" model as the main GUI.
  • Carl MoreschiCarl Moreschi Member
    edited July 2019
    Pegasus Plus is not a substitute for SmartSDR or Maestro.  But it will run on Linux under the "WINE" emulator.

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