Maybe this is more of a DDUTIL v3 question, ...
I wish to use DDUTIL to control an OMPOWER amp with a 6700.
-Windows 8.1: So far everything works fine.
-Flex 6700: correctly recognized by DDUTIL v3)
-OMPOWER: Connected with serial cable from Amp ́s transceiver RS232 to PC COM1
I have set the amp ́s auto mode to "Kenwood 9800N1" mode and played with DDUTIL Setup options with no luck so far.
What should I do or try?
Thanks in advance.
Have used DDUTIL . Have used VSPE (Got them to work However occasional drop outs)
NOW use Commander 10.4.8 (No Drop Outs)
Setup. Config General SDR 6500
Flex CAT 220.127.116.11 Program running . Whatever port it says I use as CAT communications. In my case it is COM 4
COMMANDER CONFIG. PORTS
Primary CAT Serial port COM 4 (Set your baud rate as needed.
Secondary CAT Serial port COM 5 (This is the port I have the OM attached to my computer.
CAT protocol Kenwood.
It works great . No drop outs . OM follows it everywhere.
Additional benefit is frequency / Band memories. So I can go everywhere and the Flex responds. Both in frequency and mode.
Hope this helps .
You should also get an e mail on VSPE hookup . from fellow ham shortly .
Try one of the repeater ports in DDUtil set to the native COM1 port where your amp is connected. I use a repeater port to push freq info to my StationMaster for antenna and Quadra control and it works fine. I think the repeater ports are on the OTHER tab.
73 and GL
Problem solved, and I feel a bit stupid.
The issue was with my serial cable. For some reason it worked ok with my Kenwood 480/OM amp but not with this new set up. Maybe my "old" cable lacks some pin conections. Really the last thing I could figure out.
So, cable changed: all OK.
-Serial cable from OM amp TCVR serial connector to PC serial connector (or USB-to-serial adaptor).
- Option "1": DXLabs Commander "Secondary Cat Serial port" set to Kenwood mode and appropiate COM port number of PC, and baud/stopbits as set in the amp. Perfect. OM amp follows Commander. No problem.
- Opción "2": DDUtil (tryied with v3) "Repeater" (1 or 2) enabled with appropiate Port number and Data speed and in "Normal" mode. OM amp recognizes a "Kenwood" and follows DDUtil. Perfect. OM amp follows DDUtil. No problem.
Sorry for bothering the group. I really was convinced I was missing something with DDUtil. When I tried Commander with no luck (Thanks David and Ed !) I realized something else should be wrong.
I had helped Santos and Ed with his issue back several months ago. I had one of two 2500A's in the country before Array was the dealer.
Should be a null modem DB-9 female to female cable from the computer serial port to Transceiver connector on OM Power amp. Null modem has pins 2 & 3 crossed. Pin 2 to 3, 3 to 2 and 5 to 5. Only three wires needed.
Set the OM to Kenwood and 19200 baud rate.
Use repeater 2 in DDUtil v3 and set it to normal, 19200, and select the com port on the PC the amp is connected to. Once you have DDUtil talking to SmartSDR it should show the radio frequency in the title bar of DDUtil. Put the amp in auto mode and the amp should follow the radio when you band change.
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Hmm. Double check Device Manager for correct com ports.
You might also be suffering from phantom com ports. Uninstall SmartSDR Cat and DDUtil then do the following procedure located here http://theitbros.com/how-to-delete-com-ports-in-use/
One note, when you open the command prompt window, right click the icon and select run as administrator. Then follow the procedure to delete unused com ports. Once deleted, reboot and reinstall SmartSDR Cat and DDUtil.
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