frstack ver3 and SPE amp

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just discovered the latest version of FRStack, works great for allowing my Maestro to tune the radio and still display the SSDR software/scope/etc.....but having a hard time to configure FRStack to control my SPE amp.....looks like FRStack wants a comport for the amp control, and mine is connected via USB...is there a way to set FRstack with a USB to the amp? 
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Just saw this question. You may have already figured this out. FRStack works with SPE 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0 models. The SPE Command USB port needs to be connected to the PC to allow FRStack to control the SPE functions. The SPE serial port should be connected to the Flex Radio USB port via a FTDI cable to send band info to AMP and allow AMP to set drive power level of radio.
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Mark and all,
Finally ready to set up FRStack, got past a few major hurdles recently now with ALL softwares working excellent, rebuilt ground busses now all RF issues taken care of working well.

So now time to address the SPE 2K for use with FRStack.
I currently have the 2K working with DDUtil.
I made the cables myself from the DDUtil PDF.
Both the PORT and CAT cables are wired to REAL com ports per the pdf as well.

My problem is that FRStack doesn't recognize either com port.
Mark I saw in your comment that one must connect to the Flex Radio and one to the PC.
Would someone give me greater details of what I need to make this happen?

On a positive note:. I LOVE what you have done to make the Stream Deck work with FRSTack.
REALLY NICE! Well done...

Clay N9IO
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FRStack uses the USB Command port. You need to connect a USB cable from the AMP USB connection to the PC then configure FRStack to use the COM port created by Windows by plugging in the USB cable.
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OK so won't work with the hard wired com port?
Only with the USB cable's created com port.
Thank you, that covers control of the amp vis the Stream Deck.
Not FRStack related but I am going to use an FTDI USB to RS-232 com port cable from the Flex 6600 to the SPE CAT 15 pin for frequency data after I make a short 15 pin to 9 pin cable.

Mark the Stream Deck addition to Stack is GENIUS!
The more I use it the more I realize how crazy great it is!

Now I just need to figure out how to play .wav files as a voice keyer. Anyone?

Clay N9IO
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http://k9dur.info/voice_keyer.php   Might K9DUR Voice keyer work for you?

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Clay N9IO

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Johan,
Since I use N1MM+ thinking that will be the vehicle so I am more questioning how to get that to work with the Stream Deck. Now that's cool and very useful at the same time
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Remember if you are having the 1KF-a as I do, that it will not work very well, regardless which software you use.   I have tried with SPE's own software, DDUtil, FRStack .. none works well.

Tried with a friends 1.3KF-a that has a much better software for remote and it works as a charm. No problem what so ever.  I don't think it has anything to do with the Flexradio. My IC-7300 had the same problem with 1KF-a and worked great with the newer 1.3KF-a.

Just my experience FWIW.


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Tnx Larry, I'll try that. I'm an old Dos and Solaris/Unix person .. Did the registering through the CMD. Might not work. Will be out for a couple of hours, I'll try to use powershell tomorow. Gets a message that registry refuse to take the update of the .dll? This has started being a challenge and I don't like very much to lose and give up :)
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Larry - W8LLL

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Using powershell with admin allowed me to register the DLL and OCX file.





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Don't really know what I did .. But MiniConsole app finally installed and seems to start as it should. I discovered that my USB/Serial converter was not with the FTDI chip. Ordered and waiting for it. I will wait trying Mini until I have the new cable installed.

But it looks promising. Tnx again Larry for your support. I'll let you know as soon as I have it working.
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Excellent, it should work good for you.
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@ Larry - W8LLL   Larry, long delay in updating this discussion. Been away from home a lot. Finally today took the time to try to get Mini Console working. Yes! it works perfect with my 1K-Fa now. 

Changed out my USB/RS232 adapter, still not working. I did have a short USB extension cord to reach my PC. Brand new, out of the box, but I decided to change it for another one. Voilá, working like a charm .. Just again proves that little might give you large headache .. lol

Thanks for your earlier support! I'm really happy with the outcome. Next step to be able to fully remote my Flex is to install a RS-232 card in my Yaese rotator. See if I mange to do that a bit quicker than having Mini Console up and running?
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