New FlexControl Knob

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I just got my FlexControl knob and I think I like it. The knob was loose but no damage I can see. Overall it feels pretty sturdy. I think I'm going to add a felt washer under the knob to give it a little more control. Just a user preference.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to use it. I have been trying it with both SSDR and DDUtils (which I don't use normally). I can easily set it up to tune slice A and B but I'm kinda looking for other ideas. Maybe some cool tricks you've found or macros you use.

Does the words "Mode", "On/Off", and "Toggle" in the lighted area have any meaning? I thought I'd press the AUX1 button under the Mode light and it would cycle through modes. I kind of even thought On/Off might actually turn the radio on and off. Neither was the case.

I'm done playing with it for the evening. The QRP Fox Hunt starts shortly. This is what I have in DDUtils so far...

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Kevin

Be sure and explore both methods of programming the FlexControl buttons. you can program them with DDUtil, and SmartSDR. Not both at the same time, But either will work.

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By programming you mean assigning macros to the buttons? Or is there something deeper I've not seen yet?
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Kevin

By programming, I'm just referring to selecting the intended function from the drop down menu's. DDUtil, might offer more programmabilty, But I usually just use SmartSDR to select the functions.

My Genovation keypad gets used with DDUtil's macros to execute anything fancier.

Both gadgets now have a permanent home on the shack desk. Nice gadgets tend to stick around the shack.

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You'll love the flex control. Jay. It's the one thing from legacy radios that I missed, and once I got one, it was heaven in the shack. I did have a duplicate com port issue once, but that was minor. I use aux 1 for slice volume, aux 2 for changing the active slice, and I forget what on aux 3. SSDR is FB to set it up.
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I understand DDutil doesn`t drive Flex Control

Greetings & 73

George

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Seems to be working OK with DDutil so far. It acts a little differently than SSDR and not all the functions work.
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George

It did. ...

http://k5fr.com/DDUtilV3wiki/index.php?title=TKnob

I haven't been using DDUtil that way for quite a while though I did use it to setup the FlexControl for quite a while in the past. I'll give it another try.

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Good to know Jay!!!

Happy Black Friday!!


George
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I switched to using DDUtil to setup my FlexControl today, and it does still work with the FlexControl. Switching the knob from mode A to B requires a rethink on how I use the FlexControl. It's nice to have the second mode options for the main knob, it will just require learning a new habit I suppose. New habits are hard to implement. Luckily you can figure out which mode is selected by watching the DDUtil TKnob display.

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One other thing, If you're intending to setup your FlexControl using DDUtil, remember to disable the FlexControl on the Radio Setup/Radio Tab. This will stop SmartSDR from grabbing the Serial port the FlexControl is using. I start DDUtil after SmartSDR, and that was preventing DDUtil from being able to connect to the FlexControl.

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73, Jay - NO5J

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I use SDR-Bridge as my fex control interface

73 W9OY
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Lee W9OY ,

I am exploring which way to control The Flex Knob along with Maestro.

Mine works FB with SSDR and am now looking at DDUtil but have never used it.

I am curious, are you using your flex knob with Maestro or SSRD with SDR-Bridge?

Thanks,  Clay N9IO

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Hi Clay

I'm using SSDR and SDR-Bridge with 2 Flex Controls.  My interest is mostly CW DXing and this set up gives me maximum flexibility to control 2 slices in one panadapter or one slice in 2 panadapters.  SDR-Bridge allows up to 4 Flex controls.  There is a way SDR-Bridge to use one control knob across a couple slices.  DDUTIL has a much more extensive set of button commands, but I developed a large collection of specific and custom macro commands so I don't really use the buttons on the knob much and I like the way SDR-Bridge works best of all three interfaces.  I do't have a Maestro 

73 OM  W9OY
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Thanks Lee,

Still exploring the possibilities.


Clay N9IO

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Tell me more about the felt washer. 
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I will stop by my local Lowes and see what they have. https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=felt+washer shows some possibilities. Besides fitting the shaft diameter, it would need to be easily compressible so the dial can be pressed. Kind of a trial and error fitting.

I think adding felt washers is a pretty common trick to tame free-spinning rotary controls. Googling "felt washer for vfo knob" brings up a number of articles. I've added them to a number of my old rigs (830S for example).


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Kevin

Not sure What thickness you're going to need, these are all 1/16" thick, several diameters, 1/4" shaft holes, in 5 packs. You might need to browse around for other goodies to make any shipping charges worth it.

https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/washer-025-inside-diameter-felt

Not really Amateur Radio parts, but parts none the less.

If Lowe's or Home Depot don't stock what you need.

I've been using these guy's for over a decade, never a problem.

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Nice find Jay. Not just for felt washers but all sorts of cool stuff. Like an online junkbox.

Kev
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I have also been buying from them, mostly for parts to restore my trans oceanic shortwave radios. Tons of NOS parts.
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A junk box full of shiny brand new junk! The selection changes. They used to sell 12 packs of white nylon dogbone insulators, until I bought the last 3 bags. 
 
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You can use a utility such as Acronis True Image or Windows has the facility built in. Search for "system image" in the control panel.