Control cable for controlling my cirro MAZZONI loop

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I need to make a controller cable to use my 6500 with latest fully automatic cirro MAZZONI baby loop,the loop controller has a 9pin d-sub male conecter ,but the 6500 has a 15pin female connector,iv got a standard 9pin female d-sub connector,I have purchased a 15pin male connector to replace the one plug on the end of cable,could someone help me out as to the pin for this 15pin plug,hope this makes sense to everyone.thanks tony
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Tony Hateley

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Tony Hateley

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P.s.im assuming that this can be done,I have heard that someone has had success by picking the kenwood option for the drop down menu when first setting up the loop.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Tony - this is much more a question for the Mazzoni people than FRS.

Add-ons to any system benefit from the published FRS API and documentation. 

But how they implement their use of the FRS interface is going to be a mystery that one would need the Mazzoni information to unravel.

73

Steve K9ZW

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There as much use as a chocolate tea lol
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That bad?!  Hopefully you can track down the amateur that reported some success and get enough information to homebrew your own lash-up (if it is even possible.)

If you are aiming to trigger a TX-protection in the loop there may be other ways to do it.  If you're looking to pull band or other information you may be as quick to do a RaspberryPi controller for the loop, and that would also let you use Ethernet (even wireless) for the data.

But if you don't have the Loop information it all may be a non-starter.

GL and 73

Steve K9ZW


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If you're talking about CAT control, you'll need an external FTDI USB to Serial adapter, available from FlexRadio, DigiKey or Mouser. That will give you a 9 pin serial output with the Kenwood protocol.
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Tony,

I was told the same thing by Cirro Mazzoni. I have a 6300 and baby loop antenna. I purchased an FTDI USB to Serial adapter. It required a gender change at the 9 pin D-sub.  No luck using the Kenwood protocol. Next I am going to try the FTDI USB to parallel adapter.  Let me know if you are successful.

73's Bill AF5MR 
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Would you have any pictures of this lead bill you could email me.thanks tony my email is tonyhateley75@gmail.co.uk
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So you are saying,rather than use the 15 pin conexter on the rear of flex use the USB port instead,is that correct
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Just in case anyone has any problems with this, the recent firmware upgrade from Mazzoni (v3.20) adds support for Flex transceivers. You do need the (optional) RS232 board in the Loop ATU by the way!
I have today hooked up a StarTech FTDI USB to RS232 Null Modem Adapter (this has a female RS232 connector and doesn't need a gender bender). I bought it from Amazon UK.

A quick reconfiguration of the loop controller and adding of the cable to my Flex configuration and I now have automatic frequency changing for my baby loop.  This will greatly facilitate remote operation when I get onto that!

David G4NRT / Z21NRT
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David - It would be interesting to get an update from you after you've had some success and how seamless it really is from the user experience?  I've got a flex on order and have been considering one of the Ciro Mazzoni antenna.  I'm curious how the design of loop antenna with a high Q and narrow focus works with the panadapter looking over a broad bandwidth.  The Ciro Mazzoni need to retune within the band, so how well could the panadapter look beyond the immediate tune frequency?  Can anybody speak to that experience or share a video?    Also curious if folks are using an antenna rotator as well? Thanks.
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David - Any updates on how the Flex and Baby loop integration and antenna tuner are working out?