Ameritron ALS-1300 band switching

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Success with getting the Flex 6300 to auto-switch bands to the Ameritron ALS-1300 Amp
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Keith Flint

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I have info that will help you get the ALS-1300 to bandswitch with the ARI-500 auto bandswitch interface. Contact me using qrz.com information if you need help. I have an article I wrote using wordpad in msdos format I can attach to an email. I can't see to be able to paste it in this post.
Keith   W7ZAC

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Bill Reeves

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can you send it to me  wreeves@suddenlink.net  thanks I cant get mine to switch bands

bill ke5pny
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Bob Craig, K8RC

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Here's Keith's article:

Auto Bandswitch with the Ameritron ALS-1300 FET Amplifier and the ARI-500 Interface

   by W7ZAC 09/26/2018.

Equipment needed: 
     1. ALS=1300 Ameritron Amplifier
     2. Ameritron ARI-500 Bandswitch Interface
     3. Ameritron RJ-DB9KY Cable
     4. Flex ACC-USBSERIAL USB to Serial Adapter cable
     5. Flex-6300 or 6500 or 6700 with Version 2.4.9 SmartSDR software

Assembly instructions:

Turn off all equipment. 

Place the output of the Amplifier on a dummy load.

Plug the Flex USB to Serial cable into the top USB port.

Remove the DB9 connector shell of the RJ-DB9KY cable and unsolder and reverse the wires at the connector's pins 2 and 3 to change the polarity to a null modem connection. Re-assemble the shell. Plug this cable into the db9 connection of the USb to serial cable, then plug the free end into the Radio jack on the ARI-500.

If your amp is equipped for 12/10 meter operation remove the cover from the ARI-500 and change the jumper JMP3 to the ON position (2 to 3) to enable 12/10 meter operation. See the ARI-500 Instructions.

Install the two CAT5 cables as instructed in the installation manual of the ARI-500 from the Remote jacks to the A and B jacks on the Amplifier.

Place the Band switch of the Amplifier in the REMOTE position.

Place the OPR/STBY switch of the ARI-500 in the STBY position.

Turn on the Flex 6xxx radio and start SmartSDR.

Program the USB connection in the Settings/USB cables drop down as follows:

     Click on the installed cable and click on edit and edit the name of the cable to your liking.
     I named mine "Flex CAT cable". 

     Click on Advanced and set:

          Source to Active Slice

          Auto Report to Enabled

          Speed 9600. Data Bits 8, Parity none, stop bits 1, flow control none

Connect a RCA cable fro the transmit plug on the Flex-6xxx to the Relay jack on the ALS-1300

Select the band you use most on the Flex radio.

Turn on the ALS-1300 after setting the operate/standby switch in standby.

The ARI-500 should be in the STBY position.

The power and link leds should be on and steady, showing a link to the radio.

Change the band and check to see that the proper led lights up on the Amp.  Check all bands.

Note: the 30 meter band switches the Amp to 20M. (Max. power on 30m is 200 watts).
The 17m band switches the amp to 15 meters (error in programming?)
The 12 meter band switches the amp to 10m (error in programming?)

I also shortened the Ameritron RJ-DB9KY cable.

I am presently working with Ameritron and Flex support to get the 17 and 12 meter band selections to switch the amp properly.

If you have any changes or additions to these instructions, please let me know

Keith
W7ZAC
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Keith Flint

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I have changed one setting in the usb cable info. I changed from active slice selection to TX slice.
Keith
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Keith Flint

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I have received a reply from Ameritron and MFJ. There is a new USB cable now available for the Flex 6000 series. It is Ameritron part number DB-USB6000 available on Ameritron's Secure order Desk for $39.95 plus shipping and your choice of shippers.
Keith
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Bill Reeves

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that cable just interfaces with als 1306/606 not the 1300
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Keith Flint

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Have you tried it?
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Bill Reeves

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the als 1300 does not have the port that the 1306 and 606 have.  they have the ari built in