Hi Jamie. Thanks for the contacts in the contest!
I had a similar experience lately but not during a contest. I ran the RTTY Roundup contest in January without any problems. I left everything setup just like it was at the end of the contest (6600 SO2R 40-80 HP). A week later I powered everything back up and tried to work some DX station on 80 CW. First time I hit the key the radio froze and SSDR disappeared from my screen. The red light came on and the amplifier stayed keyed (no RF out from the radio at that point). The red light stayed on for a few seconds (while I was having a heart attack!!) then the green light started to flash. After a bit the radio reset. After reloading SSDR I tried again with the same results. After some trouble shooting I discovered I could crash the radio even at low power. I unhooked everything from the radio except the power supply (Astron 50A linear), the LAN, and one RF output into a dummy load and still had the problem. I walked way from the radio for about a week. When I went back (everything just like I left it) I could not duplicate the problem. I hooked everything back up and ran for a few hours in the WPX contest without any problems.
In short, I don't know what caused the problem - only that it went away. I have had the problem again right after the contest when I transmitted into my tuner with it set for the wrong band. I attempted to transmit at about 70 watts into a high SWR. This leads me to believe that my problem is RF related. I've got chokes on everything and everything is grounded. Guess I'll wait and see if it happens again.
Hope you find a solution. Please let me know if you do!
73, Mark K5XH
When I received my first Flex I had a number of RFI issues. They have all been resolved and I would commend you to look at Al's (NN4ZZ) web page for some ideas. I followed most of them (I found running fiber from my router made the biggest difference) and have not had an issue for almost 2 years.
Took off Maestro and ran only on main PC and still reset. Ran ARRL RTTY without one reset month ago. What changed?
I am not at the remote site now so cant do the push power button and wait for white light.
Any way to do it remotely?? I can power down and can do push to talk remotely but I can not hold power button down??
Thanks to all who sent in help here. Will keep testing for now.
73, Russ K5OA
I have 45 pager hardware but see nothing on flashing power light decoder. I did not count the flashes over the weekend but since I am remote now I can't even see the radio.
For the 6600 ...
Jay / NO5J