Flex 6600 connection with Microham SM

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I did a little search here and it is not clear to me how to connect 6600 and Microham Statio Master.
I use Microham microkeyer II and station master for a long time with Yaesu FT5000 and it works great.
I am planning to retire microkeyer II but use SM for antenna switching.
Besides USB connection to PC and choosing COM port, do I need any other connections to SM?
Thanks
Sergey, KN7K
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Sergey Abrikosov

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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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Sergey this support probably should be directed to Microham.  I notice they have a specific cat cable CAT RS232-YX that they advertise for use with the flex 6000 series.  this may be a cable that you interface using the USB cat option of the flex. I would guess that the band data for the MH would come directly from the CAT USB interface of the flex.
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Thank you Chris,
I saw this cable mentioned here on community but I still do not understand how it can be used.
It seems like one side of this cable is 3.5mm CAT could be connected to a Station Master, but where another end of the cable DB9 is going?
Should I use DB9 to USB converter?
Thanks
Sergey, KN7K
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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You likely will need a genuine FTDI USB to Rs-232 converter to plug into the USB port in the back of your flex 6000 radio. You can find a guide for the usb cable interface in the documents section of flexradio.com, and the usb to ra232 can be purchased from flexradio store or if you know exactly what you are looking for you can get them at mouser
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Thanks Chris, it worked.
One cable connected to 6600 with FTDI chip recognized by radio and I renamed it to Station Master. Second cable connected to 3.5mm CAT port of Station Master and to FTDI cable.
Works as a charm.
Sergey, KN7K
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Great news Sergey, glad to hear it worked out OK.  enjoy your fully integrated Flex 6600!