band decoder for 6400 ??

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Besides a $380 box from Array Solutions, any other way to get band data from a 6400 for my SixPak??Thanks
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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You can use a USB bit cble plugged into the back of the radio.

http://www.flexradio.com/downloads/us...

Dave wo2x
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Frank

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Thanks Dave, didn't know there was Band Data directly on the USB port.
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Craig - KØCF

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Or you can use DDUtil and a $30 Denkovi or SainSmart Relay board. Works very nicely!

73,
Craig, KØCF
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Or you can just plug the same denkovi board into the radio and not have to use DDUtil.
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Craig - KØCF

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Have you actually made this work, Ria? I couldn't find any tech specs on the Denkovi board to know what protocol might work with it, so I just stayed with DDUtil. Actually a moot point for me now, as I have an Antenna Genius installed and working, but the direct connect to the Denkovi board is an interesting option.

73,
Craig, KØCF
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Craig - KØCF

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Or, you can do the $500 solution: the 4O3A Antenna Genius 8x1 Ethernet antenna switch. Very elegant... I have one coming Monday to replace the DDUtil/SainSmart that I am now using. My RATpak will be going up for sale soon.

73,
Craig, KØCF
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In for a penny, in for a pound!  I'd have to go the 2 x 8 to also accommodate the 1000MP!!  Thanks!
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Or you can use the $24 device: http://www.unifiedmicro.com/decoder.html . Just feed it with a USB to BCD cable from the USB port on the rear of the radio. Details are in the Flex USB guide. A separate computer is not needed.

Mack
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Thanks Mack.  Appreciate the help. I actually have one inside the SixPak switch box for my FT1000MP...
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Steven Linley

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What are you using to automate the switching from the ft-1000mp to the flex?
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Frank

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Hi Steven,  Nothing.  Each rig feeds an Array Solutions SixPak antenna switch, which is a 6x2 (6 antenna/2 radio) antenna switch.  I can operate both radios at the same time as long as they are on different antennas/bands
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Thanks to all for the suggestions!  Appreciate the support here.  Frank, W2YK
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Rich McCabe

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It was my understanding that the array solutions antenna switches using bandmaster could not be switched with a relay setup like the 4O3A can? 

So basically I thought you have to use their ShackLan setup. Am I wrong?

I am feeding my 6600 into an indoor 8 pack so I can switch any multitude of antennas to either SCU. I am just using their switchbox as they software they offer is too cumbersome to use for my application.
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Craig - KØCF

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The new BandMaster V will accept a USB cable directly from a flex-6000 series radio, and connects directly to a RATpak or, I assume a SixPak. It is programmable in a manner similar to the Antenna Genius. That is the $380 solution!

73,
Craig, KØCF
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Frank

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If you have the switch box, here's a $40 solution...
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Rich McCabe

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Frank, what have you done there?

I am running what I think is the older box.

Rich


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Frank

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It's the BCD14 and the HSD stuffed into what I guess is the 'newer' box.  Just on "Radio A".  I will probably disconnect "Radio B" and stuff another set of  BCD14 and the HSD into a single radio switch box, which I just bought recently.
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I ordered the USB to BCD cable from flex and it came with my 6600. I'm planning to somehow switch My ameritron RCS 10 which controls the quad loops.
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Frank

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If the control box for the RCS grounds out a cable to switch a relay you will just need a BCD-14 board from unifiedmicro.com.  If the relays need voltage to switch, you will need to add a HSD-9 board to the BCD board, as I've done above.  GL!
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Frank, I think I might be wrong on what is newer. I just remember Jay telling me he would make me a deal on an old style box.   I finally got around to taking the cover off and it does not look like I have the same options that you have.

I almost bought a 4o3a 2x6 but ended up with the 8 pack instead.  I am regretting it at this point as their proprietary ShackLan really limits you.  I would consider running my SteppIR, Acom 600s and 8 pack off of DDUTIL if I could, but for now with my basic use the SteppIR and Acom are going to stay connected direct to Flex.

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