Getting K9DUR's Voice Keyer Program to Work Properly With DAX and Flex-6500

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I have been unsuccessful in getting K9DUR's Voice Keyer program to operate correctly using DAX on my Flex-6500. In the Software Hardware setup panel, I am using DAX Audio TX 1 to send messages to my radio and DAX Audio RX 1 to monitor messages. I am using COM 6 for PTT. When I click a message box in the Voice Keyer program, it will key up my Flex-6500 but there is no message being sent. i.e., no modulation. Has anyone had success in getting the Voice Keyer program to operate correctly. I did get Fldigi to work just fine.
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Ray Andrews, K9DUR, Elmer

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Gary,

E-mail me directly at k9dur@arrl.net & I will help you. When I first got the alpha version of SmartSDR with DAX, I set up VoiceKeyer just to see if it would work but have not had a chance to do any extensive testing. It worked fine for me.

The first thing I see is that you are trying to use DAX Audio RX1 to monitor messages. That will not work. The monitor messages function is used to route the TX audio to your computer sound card so you can hear the messages as VoiceKeyer is sending them. DAX Audio RX1 is for hearing off the air signals during receive. But VoiceKeyer only sends messages during transmit.

73, Ray, K9DUR
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I tried briefly the other day and was able to get audio from Ray's voice keyer to go to the transmitter, but haven't found a way to have the voice keyer work and have the mike available also without flipping back and forth between mike inputs. Is there a way to get the 6500 to do this automatically? I would like to be able to have the voice keyer key the rig and send via DAX and have the BAL mike muted, and then when I hit the footswitch, the mike overrides anything the voice keyer is sending.

Is this implemented yet?
I can't wait to start using Ray's nice voice keyer program again.
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Ken,

The way it was supposed to work was that when you pressed the microphone PTT button or asserted PTT through the rear panel connector, then DAX was supposed to be muted & the TX audio was to revert back to the previously-selected source (e.g. - MIC or BAL).. However, this does not appear to be working correctly. DAX is muted, but there is no audio from the microphone.

73, Ray, K9DUR
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Thanks, Ray.
Sounds like a simple fix to me. Perhaps they will fix it before the January release. As you describe it, that should work great! I couldn't even get that going on PowerSDR on my 1500. Does "previous source" include eq and compressions? I should assume so.

BTW... I noticed a tiny amount of audio on the display when ptt asserted. But not enough to do anything.

I hope they get this fixed soon. It will be a great addition.

Now if they can just get CW send via the com port along with ptt........
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Ken,

Yep, I do hope they get it fixed soon. Yes, previous source would include eq & compression.

Not sure why you could not get that working in PowerSDR. All you need to do is select the Audio|VAC1 tab on the Setup form & make certain that the "Allow PTT to override/bypass VAC for phone" checkbox is checked.

73, Ray, K9DUR
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I could get working, but the TX profile always stayed the same. So if I was doing sstv, and hit the mike, then my audio was flat, as determined by my Digital TX profile.

It worked fine with voice keyer.....I guess I was mixing issues that are similar but different.

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