JT65 setup

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Hi,

I have a new computer and a new 6300 – not that I wanted to get them, but it’s a long story. I am trying to get JT 65 up and running. When I am trying to set up CAT with version 1.4.0 r 5189 of JT 65 I get an error message that reads “WSJT-X Rig failure” and investigating further shows a Hamlib error that reads ”IO error while opening connection to rig.” The computer running Windows 8.1 shows that it recognizes ports 4 and 14 as belonging to the Flex radio. The Flex CAT Port Map shows COM 4 as UNKNOWN and COM 14 as CAT. Going back to the new version of the JT 65 program, I have selected the rig as “Flex 6xxx” the COM port as 4. I selected the CAT button as well.

I suspect whatever I am doing wrong revolves around the JT 65 program. Can anyone offer any help?

“VC” KC0EM

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David Altekruse

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What version of WSJT are you using?  I have the 6300 and am running WSJT-X v1.4.0-rc4 which was suppose to fix a problem with the Flex 6000 CAT option.  I couldn't get CAT control to work either and got the same error you did.  However, I didn't try very hard nor did I try other transceiver models.  WSJT-X does just about everything I need using VOX and no CAT control.
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KC0EM

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That is an option.
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KC0EM

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I am using  1.4.3.132.
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DrTeeth

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Set up a dedicated COM port for JT65 - SmartCAT is misleading in that it says one should use a particular COM port (4 in my case).

You will have to use either the TS 2000 rig or the TS 480 rig. I am using a dev version of 1.5 ATM.



Above is a config screen of how I got things working. IIRC it is from v1.4.

Good luck.
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KC0EM

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That is interesting as the rig I had been using was  a TS 480. I will give it a try. Thanks.

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Larry Loen WO7R

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I did what Guy does.  This prevents conflicts between WSJT-X and other programs (in my case, MixW2).  It works fine.  MixW2 uses CAT for PTT and the two coexist nicely as long as I bring up MixW2 first.
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KC0EM

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Thank you!
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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The Flex 6xxx support is not finished in WSJT-X, so it won't work. It's a HamLib issue, I believe.
You can (and should) use TS-2000 for your CAT control protocol. Works like a champ. Including PTT.
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KC0EM

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I am glad there is an easy solution. Thanks!
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Andrew O'Brien

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Or configure your Flex to use Commander and then select Commander in WSJTX
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KC0EM

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I knew there had to be answers out there.
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KC0EM

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I want to thank everyone for all their help. JT65 is now up and running. 73!
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KC0EM:

Congratulations on getting JT65 up and running.  I still can't get WSJT-X (v1.4.0-rc4) to pass the CAT Test. I always get Rig Failure.  If you have a chance, could you summarize your WSJT-X settings and specifically what you did in SmartSDR CAT?  (My current settings are Kenwood TS-2000, COM6, 9600 Baud, Eight Data bits, Two Stop bits, No handshake, Mode: None, Split: None.)

73, David
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David, that version should be updated to either the final 1.4 or 1.5 rc1. Should fix you up right away.
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Thanks, George.  I updated to 1.5-rc1 per your suggestion.  First I tried FlexRadio 6xxx.  I left CAT Control Network Server blank (which it said I should do for a "sensible default").  That did not pass the CAT Test.  I don't know what else to put in the Network Server field.  

Then I tried the Kenwood TS-2000 Rig but I couldn't get that to work either.  Perhaps I'm not setting up CAT correctly.  I probably should understand CAT better.  
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David

The FlexRadio 6xxx option in WSJT-X has never worked yet.

Kenwood TS-2000 should work with with 1.5-rc1 though.

Can you post a screenshot of this panel?
It would also be nice to know if your using, or planning to use DDUtil.

No need to use my settings, I just need to know what your settings are first.
73 Jay - NO5J
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KC0EM

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David,


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David Altekruse

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Thanks.  I sent mine up exactly like what you have above but still no luck.  I suspect I'm not setting up CAT correctly.
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David Altekruse

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It appears it works now.  Apparently after I set up SmartCat I shut it down.  Very stupid of me.   I can now XMIT via PTT and set radio Frequency from WSJT-X.   Does anybody use split operation with WSJT?  Is there any advantage doing that with FlexRadio?

Thank you for your help!
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David
No Advantage I've found so far, you can widen your passband out as far as you want/need to for WSJTX so you don't need it. Split is more for rigs that cant change their passband width.
73 Jay - NO5J
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It's mainly used to keep your TX locked between AF 1500Hz - 2000Hz. to avoid harmonics on your transmit signal. I'm not sure if that's even an issue with SmartSDR.
73 Jay - NO5J
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