Kessler/Palstar AT-AUTO and Flex 6XXX Cable Question

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I ordered two cables in a set for my Kessler/Palstar AT-AUTO back when I had my Icom. One cable was RS-232 on both ends and is for firmware upgrades. The other cable had Icom's tuner connection and a CI-V connection on one end and a 5 pin DIN connection on the other, this was for tuner control by the radio.

For use with my Flex 6500 and the new SmartSDR USB features do I connect to the tuner at the RS-232 connection or the 5 pin DIN connection?

73 Chris AK4SK
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Chris,

I use two of the tuners directly from the Flex radio USB port. I am using this cable https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01... into the 9 pin serial port. Let me know if you need the Flex configuration settings but they are very standard. These have worked successfully for about two months on v1.10.

73,

Mack
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Thank you Mack. I'll get some cables (I have an Acom 600S to connect also) and see if I can figure out the configuration myself first. I will certainly let you know if I need help setting it up.

73 Chris AK4SK
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Mack - Are you using Win10, and did you have to download a driver from Tera Grand's website that is referenced in the Amazon listing?  TU.
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David,

Win 10 includes FTDI drivers natively. No driver download was required.

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Mack,
My cables came yesterday. I hooked it up, changed the settings on the AT-AUTO and it worked right away!

73 Chris AK4SK
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James Kennedy-WU5E

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it what way do they control the Palstar HF-Auto?


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Jerry - W2TXB

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Here is another (direct "plug & play") option for a very reliable USB to RS-232 adapter cable:

http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/FTDI/UC232R-10/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMsvnOgGvSjZeKxPcLxkoiI0Y55yW71ZNSU%3d

I bought one of these many years ago, and it was the only such adapter I have owned that literally worked every time I used it, and with various radios (and other stuff). For the 6700 and AT-Auto, just connect it, configure the USB setup on the Flex, configure the tuner, and Bob's your uncle. :)
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As an aside, don't confuse the special FDTI cable with the USB to RS232 cables you would use with DDutil. These cables work from drivers on a PC and the FDTI cables have built-in chips that directly convert between USB and RS232.


Jim, k6QE

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Could you amplify on this? I bought some USB/Serial cables that had FDTI chips in them and they use the FDTI drivers on my PC (or Mac).
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Jerry,

I too bought the cables from Mouser that are referenced in the USB Guide. I am using three of the FTDI bit capable cables to fire individual bits. My configuration, which is largely featured in the USB Guide, is my system. I have seven cables in use. Full automation of everything for SO2R.

Mack