How to add remote CW contest capability to Flex-6000 without a remote PC

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Flex-6000 series is a great contest radio. However, when running contests from a remote location (without a remote PC) present SDR software cannot produce local CW sidetone unless you use the built in CWX keyer and NOT use a logger program to automate it all. Flex will eventually come up with a solution soon but till then we need a solution. The solution is the Remote Rig concept and allows you to get sidetone without the need for a remote PC. After more than 5 years of serious DX-ing and contesting I believe that being without a remote PC at radio site greatly improves durability and robustness of the remote contest set up. For sure in a 48 h contest is my experience.  

I here provide a link from my blog to show how to set up the boxes for this: 
http://remotedxandcontestblog.sm0hrp.se/2018/02/04/how-to-add-remote-contest-capability-to-flex-6000...
The set up can also be used for FT8 and no DAX-usage if you do not have the available data bandwidth at the remote location (as I have). 
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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Kari I send you a direct email with some additional comments and potential additions.
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I have a Flex 6300 which I operate remotely from my garage over a wired network connection. Next to the Flex 6300 is my first HF Radio, an IC-7100 controlled remotely as well over the same wired network and a pair of Remote Rig boxes to put the control head inside the house. (I did this to add remote VHF/UHF operation to my remote Flex HF station.)

I can attest to the rock-solid performance of the Remote Rig boxes.
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Here is my set up as a schematic to those who have asked.




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John - AF3K

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Kari - Thank you for documenting this and for the schematic ! Awesome set up.  I'm glad I didn't sell my RRC-1258 MkII.  I used them with remotehamradio.com and was very impressed with the low latency - even on CW.
73, John AF3K
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Thanks John. Yes the remote rig boxes are very good. You may also use them to compress DAX remote chanleling e g when working remote FT8. I plan to do that next. SmartLink or SmartSDR can yet not compress DAX over remote.  
73 Kari SM0HRP
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John - AF3K

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Kari. Wow! Hadn't thought of that. It will be very interesting to see the test results. Please keep us all informed!!
73, John
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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A more updated schematic with USB COM ports for RRC is found on version 2 of the schematic. 
http://remotedxandcontestblog.sm0hrp.se/wp-admin/post.php?post=234&action=edit
73s Kari 
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John - WA7UAR

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Kari, this brings up a Wordpress admin login window for me. Is there another link to the schematic image? Thank you.
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Hello,

is there a way to know how Maestro keys the rig? For me this is the missing piece to have a perfect remote cw keyer. It seems .Net Apis don't offer this feature.

73' Enzo
iw7dmh
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Thank you Eric,

I missed that thread and I wasn't aware of the Api's improvements.
I am developing a remote cw keyer and I am at the point I can digitally mix audio from flex and local generated tone.
I hope to be able to develop the host application and key the rig without additional hardware.

Best regards
Enzo, iw7dmh

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Great Enzo! Look forward to seeing the results. 73 Kari