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N3FJP and CW Keying on Flex-6400M

Tim N9PUZTim N9PUZ Member ✭✭
I'm getting ready for the IL QSO Party and want to setup my N3FJP contest program so it will operate the Flex 6400M in CW mode. Must I use a separate keying interface rather than just a virtual serial port? When I use one of the virtual serial ports (COM7) the MOX transmit light flashes and the receiver is muted but the radio does not actual transmit.

Any N3FJP/Flex experts been down this road before?

Tim N9PUZ

Answers

  • N4QMN4QM Hello radio Member ✭✭
    edited October 2019
    I went ahead and bought the keying interface from N3FJP.  It really sends quality Morse and it works with any radio.  You can also build your own interface, I think the details are on their page.
  • Ken WellsKen Wells Community Manager admin
    edited March 4
    Set up a Win Keyer emulator port in Smart CAT. In ACLog, select the Winkeyer emulator option and use that port number. N3FJP has help files that describe how to do it. I have done it this way for several years.
  • Tim N9PUZTim N9PUZ Member ✭✭
    edited October 2019
    Ken --

    Do you do this without actually having a physical Winkeyer? I looked on the N3FJP site and also contacted Scott. He pointed my to some information but indicated I needed an actual Winkeyer or other keying device.

    If you have done this without a Winkeyer I would appreciate it if you could elaborate.

    Tim N9PUZ

  • N8SDRN8SDR Member
    edited October 2019
    You can do it virtually with the flex  go into cat setup a winkeyer port

    and point N3FJP to that point and setup as winkeyer

    also works in N1MM , FLDIGI and anything else with the WinKeyer option like HRD DM780

  • Tim N9PUZTim N9PUZ Member ✭✭
    edited October 2019
    Thank you! I will work it out this evening.

    Tim N9PUZ
  • Tim N9PUZTim N9PUZ Member ✭✭
    edited October 2019
    Based on the suggestions given I did some further research and in deed you can do this without adding any additional keying hardware. It works like a charm.

    To recap:
    1. Create a new virtual serial port with the CAT control and set it to be configured as a Winkeyer. Remember the COM port.
    2. Configure whichever N3FJP logging program you're using to connect to a Winkeyer for CW Transmit and tell it to use the COM port from Step #1.
    That's it. You are done and the N3FJP function keys work as advertised to send CW. This should work with any program that can use a Winkeyer.

    Tim N9PUZ
  • N8SDRN8SDR Member
    edited October 2019
    Yes anything with a winkey app- I haven't come across anything with that option it hasn't worked with. No hardware needed
  • N4QMN4QM Hello radio Member ✭✭
    edited October 2019
    Based upon your results, I set mine up to work the same way.  I am getting the same flawless CW set up this way that I got using the serial port interface.  What I didn't understand at first is that there is literally a Winkeyer option when you're creating the new VSP, and I initially set up the port as a CAT port.  Once I figured out that there was a Winkeyer option in the port protocol dropdown menu in SmartCAT, it worked perfectly.  Flex really makes everything simple.

    73, de N4QM

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