I’m a long time happy HRD user last using v126.96.36.1990 (Aug 2017) with my Kenwood TS-590 and Navigator interface on an old Windows 7 based Laptop. Finishing the migration to my new Flex Radio Systems 6600M with latest HRD v188.8.131.525 Beta release (Nov 2018) loaded on a newer Windows 10 laptop. PC is connected to LAN using Wi-fi since the small HP x360 Spectra has no Ethernet receptacle. Loaded Flex’s SmartSDR v 2.4.9 on the new PC and it is successfully controlling radio on the PC. I am also posing these questions to the HRD Forum as soon as I can find their "New Post" button (hi, hi)
All seems to be working (CAT and PTT) but have noticed the following anomalies that have me stumped
With SmartSDR running on the PC, I manually launch HRD and all three programs load (Rig Control, DM780 and Logbook). At the end of this startup sequence my Flex radio gets keyed by HRD with the Radio power button turning red. This is a “pseudo Tx” mode since there is no RF output and the Radio is still outputting Rx audio. Input current jumps from ~3 amps on Rx to ~6 amps on Tx. Clicking on Rig Control’s “Tx” button modes it back to Rx. I can successfully decode PSK-31 QSOs with the yellow “M” bandwidth automatically set around the customary 31 Hz. I can also send Macro test messages with RF output so I know the soundcard settings and PTT is correct. What could be causing this initial un-commanded “pseudo” Tx mode? Even when starting the software suite using the Flex-recommended SliceMaster 6000 application, only DM780 is launched automatically but the Tx is still triggered. I then must manually open HRD's Rig Control to turn the yellow Tx button off.
On CW the yellow “M” bandwidth bar is stuck at 2000Hz wide. If I slide it over a CW-filtered (400 Hz) signal, the decoding works fine. With my former Kenwood setup, the width of the CW “M” bar would automatically be set to a very narrow bandwidth (~30-35 Hz). Why is this happening and how can I get the M bandwidth to narrow when selecting CW? When selecting RTTY (AFSK), the bandwidth is properly set and it transmits fine.
When sending a CW test Macro there is a huge 1-2 second time lag (latency) from the time I click on the Macro to the time the RF initiates. My Internet connectivity is a reliable 100+ MBPS down and 10+ MBS up with a ping of ~30-40 ms. I have not yet tested the speed of the LAN it self through my router only since I have never had to do this before.
I have loaded CWSkimmer and just getting to know it. I probably should be using other apps as well but I like the seamless integration of HRD's Logbook function and decoding/coding of DM780. Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance