FlexControl - A mind of its own

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Lately, my FlexControl has been working and not working sporadically. I have changed the COM port number a few times without any change to check for conflicts so reset it to the original COM 3. I have tried plugging it in and unplugging it and tried different USB ports without having any real effect. When it is not working, the FlexControl tab in SSDR is blank.

Is there a troubleshooting guide anywhere?

TIA
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Please describe "mind of its own".

Two things to do first in trouble shooting this...

Open Device Manager and locate the COM port associated with the FlexControl.  Select it and  then open Properties via the right click menu.

One of the tabs will have an Advanced button - click it...
1. Change the COM port number to something like 50 - way up out of the way
2. Slide the FIFO sliders to zero

Click Apply/OK enough times until everything is closed and you are back to the device manager.  Now reboot the machine and try again.

Stu K6TU

PS: It still sounds like you have a conflict hence my comments above - but PLEASE describe "mind of its own" - what is it doing?
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I am using a HP with a core I5 processor. I was told by Tim that it is the adaptive tuning feature. When you get to the edge of the spectrum it will start and continue till it decides to stop. I was told to change the tuning step rate.
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It also does it on my new surface pro 3. When I had my 3000 when the knob stopped the tuning stopped.
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Well, Tim's the definitive answer.

I could believe that if you were at the edge of the pan and rapidly turned the FlexControl, it may take a while before the tuning stopped.  Is that what you are seeing?

Stu K6TU
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Yes it is what I am seeing.
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Ok - this isn't the same thing the folks were describing above.  When you tune at the edge of the panadator, the pan itself has to be repositioned to provide the scroll - so there is a sequence of events where a step is tuned, the pan is scrolled, the slice is moved.

This has a series of commands that get sent under the covers to the radio - hence in this manner, it is possible for a queue to build up of tuning steps.

Like I said, Tim is definitive in these matters!

:-)

Thanks for the clarification.

Stu K6TU
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Plus you really should be using DDUTIL to control,ur FlexControl....many more options and better control
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One step at a time... softly... softly!
Stu K6TU
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I am no stranger to computers - ask my XYL. The steepest part of the leaning curve is learning the software, making all the software behave and do what it is told. I have at least 5 programs to get to grips with to operate efficiently (I won't mention how many pages the manuals run to) as well as to learn their quirks. Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying myself learning, but it is very frustrating. The last time I was on the air, it was an analogue rig and a paper logbook hi, hi.
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Another possible USB issue is power. I have had fits with hubs, even those with their own power supply. Is the control plugged directly into the computer ? If not try that. Large USB set ups are very tricky, especially those with several high current drain items, like powered speaker that get power via USB, cameras, FlexControl,.... Good luck. Ric KV1W
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I actually prefer the way the standard SSDR FlexKnob control works for RIT, AGCT and XIT, rather than the way DDUtil does it. But I wish I had more functions. I may need to do like NN4ZZ and get a second one. My XYL will think I'm crazy.

I really wish someone would write an API interface for my Hercules DJ controller. Now THAT would be sweet.

If I had any knowledge of programming in C++ or C#, etc., perhaps I could write one myself. As it is, I haven't done any serious programming since the days of GW-basic! I wrote a programmer for our club's S-Com 7K repeater controller. (That is really dating myself!).
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I have seen another similar product on sale in the UK which looks as if it will have more functions but is more expensive than the FlexControl by a long way. They are working on an SSDR version now the API has been released.