FlexLogger - KPA amp owners

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Hi All,

If you are using FlexLogger and you have a KPA amp either 500 or 1500 I am aware that certain control features do not work.

Please email me directly with your amp model and what works and doesn't for you.

I am sorry to ask this but I've received a number of reports and some conflict.  I want to focus on getting the amp working correctly so I need to pull those reports together and sort them out.

Thanks Mark!
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Mark - WS7M

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Zack Schindler - N8FNR

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Mark is there any possibility that one day that Flexlogger would be able to control a KPA amp via the rig's CAT with the same functions that it can do now over a COM port?

BTW thanks for writing this great software!

Zack N8FNR
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Zack,

Thanks!

I'm not sure I totally understand what you mean?

If you enable the band send checkbox then in effect the amp will get band into and change for you.  This is sort of like CAT.

But please elaborate on this and let me know your thoughts!
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Zack Schindler - N8FNR

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Flexlogger uses a COM port to talk to a KPA map. However a Flex-6000 has USB ports on them that are for SmartSDR specific functions only. I have a USB-Serial FDTI cable hooked up to one of the ports and it is communicating from the rig to the amp. When I change bands in SSDR the amp follows. But other than just having the rig change the band on the amp when I tune around this function is fairly useless.  

If I want to use the amp and rig remotely I would need to have Flexlogger installed on a PC and hooked up to my Flex in my shack. Then I would have to remote into that desktop from my laptop that I am using remotely.

Is there some way that Flexlogger could be made modified to use that USB port on the rig to give more control over the amp rather than having to use two PC's to operate remotely?
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Zack,

No need to have TWO pcs.   One option is to get a RS-232 to TCP network server.  Put that on your amp, then expose the TCP port.

FlexLogger can connect to that and send band data and control the amp through that.

I have at least one user using the USR-N540 which is available from Amazon.

I do this with my SPE amp from anywhere.  I regularly run it from work.

Mark
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Zack Schindler - N8FNR

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Thanks for that tip. I am going to order one of these http://www.usconverters.com/serial-rs232-device-server
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Hi Zack

I have been down your path many times.  I finally decided that having a PC local the the radio was 100% the way to go.

Here are some of my reasons:

  • You only have 1 PC to setup up
  • It is easy to share your station
  • Digital operation is easier  and more reliable.
  • You can easily log in from any other PC or MAC to use your remote 
  • It is easy to configure all your serial devices
  • You can then use the remote KPA500 software back to remote computer
  • You'll need a remote PC to update the software on the Flex
  • It offloads data upload on the internet 
I have been at it for 15 years and I have done the tunnel all the serial ports back to operating location, but it limited my operating to 1 remote location.  This is how I control my KPA500.

My remote station is 100 miles away and I don't see it for over 4 months at a time running Win10 Pro without issue.

My 2 cents.

Mike