Flex 6500 and N1MM - Can they work together?

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Running Flex 6500 v1.9.13.  Trying to get this to work with the most recent N1MM program.  I know my Flex 5000 could work this complicated arrangement, but the 6 series seems immune.
I've looked through the Community filings and see many comments on using Flex and N1MM, but everyone seems to be SO2R, have a WinKeyer, and CW Skimmer.  I don't plan to work SO2R.
I don't have a WinKey, nor do I plan to use CW Skimmer.

I've told N1MM, on the Config page, to look at Com4, which is what I have set up on CAT.  I've tried clicking "CW/Other" or not clicking it.  Regardless, I get "No CW port is set in Config."

For the 160 contest this weekend used my key and logged using my computer logging program to work a couple of Q's.  Not the best way to really run and enter a contest.

Do I have to use SO2R?
Do I have to have WinKey?
Do I need CW Skimmer?

Do I need to find a contesting program that works with Flex.  If so, any ideas?

TNX for your help.

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Ok the gang has answered most of the questions,

but lets drill down to a simple 1 slice contest setup. 

in SmartSDR CAT you will need to set up 2 types of virtual ports.
1. a cat port
2. a winkeyer port.

Do this first,

In smart cat, click ADD down in the lower left corner
The add port box will display
Port protocol: CAT
Port Type: SERIAL
Serial Port: FlexVSP

You can leave the Autoswitch TX slice alone.  Split mode you may want to select the SO2V pulldown since this would effectively emulate a traditional 2 vfo CAT port.  but for a single slice instance its not really needed for you.  just a suggestion.

Click SAVE.
You will now see the cat port listed with a blue square icon with a C in it.  all good.  remember what com port was created.

Now we can setup a Winkeyer emulator port so N1MM can key CW

Click ADD
under port protocol

take note of that com port

Click SAVE.

You should now have a dark blue/purplish square icon with a W in it. 

That takes care of the port setups.

Now lets get N1MM talking to your flex.

So lets assume your virtual CAT port is COM2
And your WInkeyer is COM4

In N1MM logger Plus
Open Config > Configure ports, mode control,audio, other

First setup your cat telemetry.  on the top row
Configure the PORT pull down for COM2 (using the above ports as an example)
Configure the RADIO pull down as FLEX-6000 Series
do NOT check the CW/other box
click the SET button.
Optimized flex defaults should be populated, but for the record
38400,N,8,1 DTR/RTS Always off.
for cw contests ensure PTT via Radio Command are UNCHECKED for all modes.
click OK

Now in the Second row.. lets setup the keyer 
Configure the second row port as COM4
leave the radio pull down blank

put a check in the CW/other box

Click the SET button for That row
You can leave the defaults for now, but put a check in the Winkey box.
DTR always ON RTS always OFF
click OK. to close that window, and OK again to close the configure tab

That should apply those settings and N1MM should be aware of the radio, its single slice and should show and track frequency.  you can also test by hitting the F1 button on your keyboard.. and it should trigger the cw macro.

And that should do it.  I will do this on a clean PC with a fresh SSDR install and grab some screenshots of all this and post a bit later.

CU on the air and GL in the contest :-).
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Thank you Thank you.  N1MM now finally works.