Hercules MIDI with 6300

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All,

I wrote a program in "processing" that allows me to control my 6300 over CAT with the Hercules DJ Instinct.

Currently working;
VFOA Freq w/variable speed
VFOB Freq w/variable speed
XIT offset
RIT offset
PTT

Planned;
ACGT
Main Volume
vfoA volume
vfoB volume
Step size
mode
bandwidth
etc.

I am somewhat limited with CAT.  DDUTIL adds in additional CAT commands (DD6) that will do most of what else I want.  However I cant seem to get the DDUTIL commands to work.  So if anyone has experience using DDUTIL commands.  Please help me out!

Anyway here is a short video, sorry about the shaking! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oidCZVeAKbo&list=UUXPBbnOEFQ_MN6UM...

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William Hemmingsen

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Ok my second attempt.  I like this this layout better.



William
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Ken - NM9P

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Very nice layout. I like it.
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It seems like a good choice as the Hercules is hard to mount vertically like a radio front panel.  This looks like it would be good for that and for a laptop.

Any thought for adding band buttons up and down?

Thanks for the software....

Bob, W7KWS
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William Hemmingsen

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On a side note.  I'm not sure if something changed in radio firmware, but I can now manipulate pan-adapter bandwidth via external program.  Who would like panadapter zoom +/- option that can be swapped with the NR/NB buttons.

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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Pressing a button long/short wouldn't be an option, I guess.
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Not really, it could be done, but it would be hard
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Ken - NM9P

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William, I wonder about using a slider to do the zoom?  You could program a couple of reasonable limits of pan width and correlate them to the control value.  Or is the access you have one that is a simple +/- like the buttons on the SSDR interface?

BTW:  I have thought about using a timing loop to create a short/long press control button on my Hercules, but haven't had time to get to it. Almost anything is possible, if you want to spend the time to program it!
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Ken, your idea is much better than mine! An option to use the balance (or any other) slider should be possible.
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All,

I considered this, but you need to start from current bandwidth.  Using a slider would cause the screen to jump.  It's best to query the radio for current bandwidth and just add or subtract to that value.

My current test code I just uploaded works real good, and I think y'all will like it.

What would be best to use is a encoder dial.  But there is only one available on the micro.  And I think swapping out the mode button is not a good idea.  Most people will set NB/NR and leave it.  But they may change mode and bandwidth often.

If I had one more button I would do a shift function.  Maybe in a future release I will remove CWX3 and make it a shift button.  With shift pressed CWX 1-2 becomes 3-4, and NB/NB becomes bandwidth.  This is a bigger change and may add it at some point.

William