How to setup SainSmart/Devorik relay board USB BIT driver in SSDR for antenna that does muntipul bands on ONE feedline?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 5 months ago
I have a SteppIR, with one feedline, that works for 20m-6m...  I'm currently using DDUtil to control my homebrew remote antenna switch, which handles multi-bands on one feedline, much like a trapped antenna would.  

I would like to replace my homebrew controller with the SainSmart or Devorik 8-relay board and would like to control from my 6500.  But seems using the BIT driver software in SSDR I cannot have more that one relay on a band selection?  is this true or is there some workaround you smart guys out there have found?  otherwise, I would have to go back to using DDUtil with the store bought board. Any ideas besides continuing to use DDUtil?.
Photo of k0eoo

k0eoo

  • 594 Posts
  • 81 Reply Likes

Posted 5 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Jim K4JAF

Jim K4JAF

  • 334 Posts
  • 83 Reply Likes
On the bit cable menu, program the relay your using for the 20-6 meter antenna as "Frequency Range" instead of "Band".  Use 14 as Lo and 54 as Hi.  
You can also program multiple antennas per band using this method..  
Photo of k0eoo

k0eoo

  • 594 Posts
  • 81 Reply Likes
Thank you Jim!  very good information!! I'll do that....

Well I did that and it works Slick!!  Thanks again!!

(I went back to the USB manual and found NO reference to the BAND/Frequency range selection you mentioned.  It would help if Flex could edit the next rev of that manual to include that point.)
(Edited)
Photo of Jim K4JAF

Jim K4JAF

  • 334 Posts
  • 83 Reply Likes
Flex  has another dowloadable manual that gives all the info on usb cables.
I think the name is Flex USB Interface guide.pdf.  Tell how to program the bit cables, rs232 cables, etc.
Photo of k0eoo

k0eoo

  • 594 Posts
  • 81 Reply Likes
I finally see the reference to band and frequency range mentioned in the first paragraph.  I now see it under the Trigger bullet.....  My bad, guess I didn't take the time to carefully read what was there and properly acquaint myself with the USB software panel. Thanks again for you help Jim!
(Edited)
Photo of Jim K4JAF

Jim K4JAF

  • 334 Posts
  • 83 Reply Likes
Glad you found the information and all working ok.  Very neat and useful application to add a low cost antenna switch to the shack. 
Thanks Tim for the link to the cable interface guide..