could I have killed my Flex Control?

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I have one of the 'original' Flex control Knobs. It has the "by K6TD/K6TU" label down in the bottom right corner.

A couple weeks ago, neatening cables and such, I unplugged a working 'Knob'. I've tried a number of USB ports on the F6500, or other devices on this ham radio only computer.

All these other ports result in a momentary brightening of the Knob light which immeadately goes out and I have no vfo, or any operation from any of the Buttons. I hadn't used it that much as I had vfo control via mouse but I do wish to again use it for other adjustments.

Anybody know if I 'killed' it...can't see how plugging it into a different USB port would cause that.

And of course I can not find the original disk that came with this Knob way way way back when.

Open to suggestions. Feel free to email be direct bill@w9ol.com

pse et tu from beautiful downtown harwood heights, IL

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well gentleman thanks for all your help.

I just happened to look at the FlexControl....and duh...noticed that the ON/OFF center indicator was dimly lit. Turned the know and it changed the frequency.

Haven't hit any other buttons but it is now working again.

And since my last message, the only thing I did was: I had the cable run across the desk as I had been trying different ports on the computer. I neatly ran the cable through the cable raceway under the shelf above my radio and other large accessories such as the wattmeter and AT-Auto.

Didn't even look at the Flex Control after that until just know (next morning) when I noticed the dimly lit center ON/OFF above the AUX2 button was lit.

I don't know how you did that...maybe mind control. But your suggestions and instructions apparently took effect after rerouting the cable and replugging the connector into the (same) USB port as it had been in.

Thanks for your help, your time and your successful instructions.

I owe you guys a couple of beers when we next meet at Dayton.

Now back to DXing...73