Connect Flex 6600 to SBE expert 1.3k amp with 6600

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Flex 6600 upgraded to latest SDR version without problems.  Trying to interface with my SBE Expert 1.3K  amplifier.  Connected FTDI USB Serial adaptor to cable made by Dan Tassel to USB  port on 6600. Installed Term 232 amplifier control program.  Generated CAT com port in SDR CAT and set  up amp.   My problem is that I do not get any data showing on the control screen (Using computer on LAN not at at radio)  The amplifier appears to be connected to the radio and changes bands when I change bands with the radio   No control from the Term232 screen.  How  do I get control of the amplifier on the remote computer?

Chuck, W6ASO
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YV5WZ

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Make the cable sugested by Expert.... i had 6300 and cable is totally functional with my 6600. I use DDutil

Happy Independence Day!!!

George, YV5WZ / PY3ZZZ
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I use my 1.3K with the 6600. I do not use the amplifier control program but it needs to be connected to the computer via a serial cable. See Section 20 of the SPE Manual.
73, Paul W5PF
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You can have partial control of the amp using FR Stacks. I have my SPE hooked directly to my 6400 instead of the PC too, and that’s what I’m using.
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Chuck,

You have a number of options.

First, it sounds like your Flex USB cable is correct since the amp is changing bands.

You mention running TERM232.  This is serial version of the SPE console app.  Unless you plan to use FRSTACKS or have some other need to use the serial version I would highly suggest you run a USB cable from the USB port on the amp to your computer.  Then run the USB version of the SPE control program.

The USB SPE Term program functions much faster.  It was so much better for me than TERM232 that I use it even when remote.  I have purchased these VirtualHere USB server/client software that allow USB to used over the internet.   When remote I can run TERM USB and it works very well.

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Paul is correct.  For this to work you are going from SPE amp (in my case through a Raspberry Pi), to the LAN, to a remote PC running the USB software.

The Flex radio cannot transfer this information.
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Mark, I knew there must be some way to run the 232 over the lan but since my amp, radi and computer are all side by side I never looked into it. The Raspberry sounds neat.

Paul
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Hi Paul,

There are ways for sure.  None probably as cheap as reliable as the Pi/VirtualHere.

There is a company called "Moxa" that sells very high quality serial device servers.  I have 4 of them.  You give them a static IP, put your serial device into it and remote computers can access the serial data.

There are two ways the data presents itself:

1) Serial data that comes over a TCP/IP socket.  This is fine if you have a program or are writing one that can open a socket to get the data.  Most pre-written programs like the SPE 232 program cannot.

2) You install Moxa device suite which allows you to map from the remote ports on the serial device server to be a true COM port.  With this you can open that com port in programs like the SPE 232 program.  There some times can be rate/speed problems you have to work through.

But for a quality serial device server you are talking $300+ and more if you want more ports.   This is worth about 3 rasperry pi/Virtual here setups and the USB method tends to completely take care of speed issues.

There are software serial servers but I've never found them to be as robust as a box and you would require a PC on the far end for the software to run on.  The serial device servers need nothing but power and a connection to the LAN.
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Thanks Mark, I will file this in case I ever go remote.

73
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Thanks to all that put in suggestions.   Looks like its going to be much more complicated than indicated in the Flex USB cable setup.   For now I guess I will continue accessing the Radio computer that the SBE amp is connected  and use TeamViewer to control the amp.   I can run either SBE control programs just fine.   Wanted to eliminate the local radio computer.    Thanks to all who responded I will keep the information and see about setting it up later.

73 Chuck W6ASO