How to use RigExpert Plus with 6000 Radio

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Here is the step-by-step procedure how to link RigExpert Plus with 6000 radio.

What you will need - RigExpert Plus and USB patch wire, DB25 Mle connector, High Density DB15 Male connector, appx, 3 meters of shielded cable, soldering iron and soldering stuff, Flex-6000 radio and a bit of a patience.

1. Starting with cable.

RigExpert Plus (REP) allows you to use it's internal K1EL keyer amd USB Sound devices. REP generates HW CW manipulation signal, PTT and deals with input/output analog sound. More information here:

So we need to make a cable. Cut your 3 meter cable into 4 even pieces and strip them. We will use:
Cable 1 - Radio Input audio (TX)
Cable 2 - Radio Output audio (RX)
Cable 3 - PTT signal to Radio
Cable 4 - CW manipulation to Radio

Solder the cables to connectors in the following way.

Cable 1 central conductor. DB15 pin 1 - DB25 pin 25
Cable 1 shield DB15 pin 6 - DB25 pin 13
Cable 2 central conductor DB15 pin 2 - DB25 pin 12
Cable 2 shield DB15 pin 7 - DB25 pin 13
Cable 3 central conductor DB15 pin 14 - DB25 pin 17
Cable 3 shield DB15 pin 5 - DB25 pins 11,24
Cable 4 central conductor DB15 pin 4 - DB25 pin 4
Cable 4 shield DB15 pin 5 - DB25 pins 11,24

Your cable is ready. Now you may safely connect it to both radio (DB15) and REP (DB25)

2. Installing RigExpert Plus.

- Download the drivers for REP from here:

Drivers work OK with just about any version of Windows. (I have recently upgraded me to Windows 8 64bit - al works with flying colors).
- Run the setup, and reboot (I ALWAYS reboot - just in case..)
- Run "Show Serial Ports" routine from REP folder.You will see something similar to this.

(Sorry, some parts are in Russian, but most of the picture is pretty much self-explainable). You can see 4 Virtual Serial Ports, created by REP installer - CAT (you don't need it), PTT/CW (you will need PTT part), WINKEW (needed) and FSK (don't need it either).
- Important!!! Please note that REP assigns it's VSPs without any concern to other ports already in the system. What you need to do now, is to find new ports in Device Manager and MANUALLY re-assign port numbers. In my example I assigned COM3 to CAT (for other purposes, you don't need it for Flex-6000), COM7 to PTT and COM8 to WINKEY. I moved FSK to COM40, way above any other ports I have in the system.
Here is the image.

- Please also note, that REP installer has added new sound device - USB Audio Codec. This is the one which will be used for Digital modes.

3. Comfiguring the Radio.

All you need to do is to select the Mode (CW or DIGU/DIGL) and select ACC in Audio source selection on TX panel. (For Digital operation only). COMP and VOX buttons will be disabled in DIGU/DIGL modes.

4. Configuring your Application. (Winwarbler as an example).

- Start DXLab WinWarbler and go to Config.
- Select CW tab and choose WinKey for Keying. Select your WinKey COM port (8 in my example).
- You may leave everything else by Default.

- Select PTT tab and choose PTT Mode (RTS in my case) and Port (Com 7)

- Select SoundCard tab and choose USB Audio CODEC for both RX and TX devices.

You are done,

If you use other Applications, simply make sure that you select the right Com ports and Audio devices in the settings,
CW paddles remain to be connected to KEY jack on the front panel of the Radio. You can vary CW speed with either SPEED pot on REP or Speed slider on the TX pane in SSDR. These do not conflict with each other,
Make sure that you have your audio levels correct - you can use Windows Sound devices pane, SSDR, REP pots, or a combination of all. Once your levels are set, you will seldomly need to adjust anything. Windows by default may mute USB Audio Codec output - make sure you turn it on.
I use this setup with WinWarbler, WSJT, N1MM, MixW and some other Apps - all works well. You will really like Flex-6000 quality of RX in Digital modes, simply superb!.

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Thanks for this detailed set of instructions!
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Hi Paul, RN3A, thanks for the setup. It was very helpful.
After soldering the cable and trying some adjustments with ACC and DIGu it seams to me that all is fine.
After connecting my old RigExpert Standard I had run MiXW 3.1 and also HRD 6..
With HRD I have still problems /Crashs when the Logbook is started. But tomorrow is another day.
With my external K1EL keyer CW is ok too, also with N1MM.
Waiting for the DAX to use CW Skimmer with the IQ signals.
Vy 73 Norbert, DJ7JC