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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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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Have you ever tried the Mini Console app for your 1K-FA, it works well for me to control the amp for remote operation.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=17185xv9wOs68rNe5gcjaEl2Oae5VPg26


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Tnx! Didn't know of it. I'll try it tomorrow when having the time. I'm not getting rid of my 1KF-a, more likelly to add a 1.3KF-a. So high priority to fine some working software to use with the 1K.
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I have never been able to get the SPE software to work with my 1K-FA but this mini console works, you just can't access the setup or change drive power settings with it other than hign/low power.
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Hi Larry, I downloaded the RAR file, extracted it, got 3 files, and tried to install as admin. No success. It says I need to install the included DLL file. I thought that would be done during the installation? I'm good on making computers "talk to each other" but I'm stuck with this. Anything you have had similar problem with? 

Any help appreciated, probably very simple to solve. But I'm stuck ..


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Hi Johan!
It depends on the os...but try with right click on the .dll and then REGISTER:

https://winaero.com/blog/add-register-dll-context-menu-commands-for-dll-files-in-windows-10/

Eventually:

http://www.dll-found.com/how-to-install-dll.php

ciaoo


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Great Tnx Marco

I'll on my way out to a customer call but will try when back home.  By the way, I'm on Win 10 Pro, with the latest updates.
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Done my worst .. tried so many different ways and places on the harddrive to register this DLL. Only error messages saying it's not compatibel with my version of Windows. Can't think of more to do?  Good thing though, it brought back a lot of old memories in using the command window and some old Dos commands ;)
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I am using it with windows 10 home 64 bit.

I just installed it on another pc to remember what I had to do to make it work.

place MSSTDFMT.DLL IN C:\WINDOWS\WOWSYS64\ and register it using windows power shell with admin privledges.

get MSCOMM32.OCX from https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BCybglDbyYM_DfCaudQIkYAG19B7x9wX

place in C:\WINDOWS\WOWSYS64\  and register it using windows power shell with admin privledges.

this worked for me just now.
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RR, Tnx Larry. I'll try that tomorrow, just shut down for the evening. Will let you know when it works ;)
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Curious what result you had Johan?
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Been working to much .. Sri for not coming back. Not had the time, hopefully during this weekend ;)
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Boy I can identify with that Johan.
Have a new 2K-FA picked up 3 days ago and no time to put it in service yet still in the box, (also want to do major rearrange on the shack.)
Working getting in the way with many things these days, can't keep up the pace.
Come in exhausted most of the time, so close to retirement I can taste it.

Maybe once I retire I will finally acquire the title "King of DX!" since I will have all of this extra time on my hands.
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Tried and tried, read the links provided by Marco. Googled at everything I could think of .. But no luck. I'll given up for the time being. Spent to much time already 

Have to stick with either the lousy SPE software or what can be done within DDUTIL 

It's a shame the SPE software is so bad. I really like my amp, but this will likelly result in a future swap to a 1.3 KF-a.
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I just noticed my instructions had one error.
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this was wrong

"place MSSTDFMT.DLL IN C:\WINDOWS\WOWSYS64\ and register it using windows power shell with admin privledges."
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do this

Place MSSTDFMT.DLL in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\  and register it using windows power shell with admin privledges.
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Tnx Larry

but I tried that just by chanse because the DLL is a Win32 one. No difference .. But I will give it another try. Just in case I did something else wrong when trying to register it. Seems like my W10 Pro don't recognize my command for registering it.
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I had to start power shell with admin privledges.
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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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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.