No SSB audio from N1MM+ function keys

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I have setup everything as described in the "Quick record with N1MM" post.  I can record to a .wav file okay.  When I hit the function key to play back, the TX is keyed, I can see the audio in the DAX TX Stream, but no audio comes out of the transmitter.  I've tried restarting the computer.  What could be the problem?
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Do you have the DAX button enabled in the tx panel?
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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that was my first thought as well
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My DAX button in the P/CW window is activated.  I've recycled power on the 6700.  I've restarted the computer.  Using v1.9.13.  The N1MM+ Config/Logger+ Audio Setup is per "Quick record with N1MM" post.  Seems like it should be working since I can see audio in the DAX TX stream.  I can also play the .wav file in the Windows Media player.

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Is VOX on?
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Go into n1mm config ports for radio and make all the ptt ports are enabled
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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AH0U that's not on point... I just switched to ssb to properly show the dax in the tx panel.   
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Didn't mean to rattle your cage.. just trying to help... I won't try agn
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No worries dude. cage not rattled.  I just dont want to complicate this while we go down the rabbit hole trying to help Conrad out.
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Ok thanks for checking these things. Not sure exactly what is going on with this offhand.  radio in PTT, you see the dax streaming but no output.  what is your power level set to?  do you see a waveform on the panafall?  have you listened to one of the created wave files to see if it actually recorded anything?
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1. Power level set to 1 as I'm not on a dummy load.  Raising power level does nothing.  I'm in SSB band at 28.500 MHz.

2. I can listen to wave files in Windows Media player.  Files sound good.

3. Normally use PPT footswitch, especially during a contest.  Can't record a new wave file unless footswitch is pressed.

4. Function key enables PTT during playback. Pressing footswitch during playback makes no difference.

5. I can see DAX Control Panel TX Stream level indicator follow audio level of recording during playback.

6. No indication of output in display or wattmeter during playback.

7. VOX on/off makes no difference.

8. Using SmartSDR v1.9.13, and Windows 7 with all current updates.

9. My 6700 is an early "Limited Edition" model.  Could that make a difference?

10. Any other ideas?

At this point I'm thinking of doing a complete uninstall and reinstall, even though that's supposedly not necessary any more.



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Here is a list of the only things I can think of to check...most of which you have probably already checked...

*Is there a CAT OTRSP mismatch in the N1MM+ setup?

*Do you have the TX antenna selected correctly?  (I once wasted 20 minutes at the beginning of a contest calling everyone with the TX Antenna set to XVTR because I had done a quick audio check using FDX & XVTR and forgot to chance it back!)

*Is the TX Power being limited by something in the "Settings" tabs on the rig?

*Have you tried closing DAX and reopening it?

*Do you have transmit power from the live Mic with PTT or VOX?

*Try transmitting with only the Mic (with the DAX button turned off).  
THEN turn DAX button back ON and try again from the Mic.  
Then try with the voice keyer...(Or try in the reverse order.)
It may have some sort of glitch in the on/off toggling.

*Yes, you may need to do a complete uninstall/reinstall, and check for "phantom/hidden" ports/audio devices...

Good luck.

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Also...

*How are you keying the rig from N1MM?  Using CAT commands or a dedicated CAT PTT port RTL/CTS?  You might try the other method.

*You have the "DAX Audio TX" selected as your output device in N1MM config?
(NOT the "DAX RESERVED Audio TX" Stream RESERVED)

I am grabbing at straws.  Since you said that audio shows on the DAX Control panel in the DAX TX Stream meter it doesn't make sense that it wouldn't be getting to the transmitter........It seems that there either must be a corruption in you SSDR or DAX installation (more likely), or something embarrassingly simple has been checked/missed in the setup tabs (less likely).
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I found it. I'm using Com3 for footswitch PTT and Com5 for radio control.  When I checked the box "PTT via Radio Command SSB Mode" in Com5 setup, it started working.

This is confusing because I didn't have the "PTT via Radio Command CW Mode" selected either, but the N1MM+ function keys have been working just fine on CW.

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Congratulations on the find!

RE: The difference with your CW setup....It may be that the N1MM Memory Keyer was simply keying the CW key line without using the COM port PTT at all and you didn't notice it.

I am not a big enough CW contester to see any appreciable difference when using COM PTT along with the Memory Keyer function.  I guess some operators like the rig to stay quiet between characters or letters sent by the Memory Keyer, but like Full Break-in for faster fills when sending with their paddles.  Thus the different PTT Delay in the N1MM PTT setup.

(Can one of the big guns fill me in on the differences/advantages?)
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Awesome.  this sounds like a slightly unusual config can you send me a screenshot of your config page in N1MM? In particular the com3 for footswitch ptt..
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Chris,
I just had a thought as I looked at Conrad's picture.

I do not have anything configured in N1MM for Footswitch since my footswitch is direct to the rig.  This means that I do not have any auto-stop of the CQ loop, or ability to pause and insert comments into a Voice Keyer Macro by using the footswitch.  But it may explain why I can record without it because N1MM isn't expecting any footswitch status input.

Could that explain anything?  
Just thinking....which is often dangerous...

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Chris,  Here is a strange thing...I was doing some testing this afternoon, and I CAN Record the RUN CQ voice Keyer without pressing the footswitch.  But I COULD NOT record anything else without it.  I looked at the DAX Mic Stream, and it is indeed not showing any voice without PTT/Footswitch.  I remember in some previous versions being able to do it, and having DAX Mic Stream live without PTT.  

This may be a running change in a version or two back made to try to reduce the noise burst upon initial transmit problem.

What I did this afternoon to set up recordings for the CQWWSSB was either:
1) to put transmit to XVTR and use VOX, and then Shift+Ctrl and Function Key; or
2) hit footswitch, then Shift+Ctrl and Function Key

Either way worked and I got good recordings without needing to transmit a signal.  I also used the FDX and listened to my signal on slice B to get an idea how it was sounding.

UPDATE....
One thing I noticed...When I set things up for SO2R, using the OTRSP on one of the serial ports, and did NOT press the DAX button, but let the OTRSP do the auto switching for me, then I could watch the DAX MIC Stream ant it WAS showing mic output even without the PTT/Footswitch pressed....

This is strange, and may be another instance where toggling a button makes it work again.  In this case, the DAX button on the TX Panel.  in any case, I can NOW record without PTT/Footswitch pressed.....The trick it seems, is to make sure that DAX Mic Stream is showing output ......

Ken - NM9P

BTW, I am using Logger+ Audio in the setup...Here are a couple config pics...

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Do you think I should record this as a defect?  Its kind of sounding like it.
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I'm not sure.  I haven't been able to get it to stop showing audio in DAX Mic Stream again. Let me recycle the rig and start over and see if I can get it to stop again.  At present, I am able to get audio out to the program WITHOUT pressing PTT/Footswitch.  I want to see if it is a "requires toggle" situation upon reboot/startup....

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I closed SSDR, CAT, DAX, Powered the 6500 Down (Voltage removed), closed N1MM+ and then started them all back up.

This time, with N1MM+ open with two pans (SO2R mode) I have No problem recording (or getting audio to show on DAC Mic Stream) WITHOUT Pressing PTT/Footswitch.

IF I manually press the DAX Button, then there is NO audio on DAX MIC Stream until I press PTT/Footswitch.

I don't know what caused the anomaly earlier....unless it was that I started with N1MM+ with the last contest (VHF Contest) setup configs and then loaded a new contest - CQWWSSB and started making the configurations.  This may have messed up the auto-switching of the DAX?  

I have NOT tried this with the N1MM+ Configs set up to NOT use Logger+ Audio.

Theories?
1) the anomaly may have been because I changed contest and SO2R setup without closing N1MM+ and reopening it...

2) It may be because I changed the Logger+ Audio Configuration from Dual Sound Card to Single Sound Card without restarting N1MM+

3) It may be because I changed the DAX button Setting and forgot I had done it?

4)  It is close to Halloween and my computer is haunted!

Any one of 1, 2, or 3 may be the culprit.

In any case, I am puzzled as to why I can record without pressing PTT/Footswitch and YOU cannot..... Could this be another one of the 6500 vs. 6300 variations?

My Mike is connected to the 6500 Rear panel BAL port.

ANyway, I have an hour to grab a bite and stretch my legs before the contest begins.....
I'll look for you on 20/40.  I think 10 & 15 may be gone before we start this evening and I will NOT be staying up all night......

Ken - NM9P
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Here's my Com3 setup.  My N1MM+ function keys won't work on CW without Com3.  Am I doing something wrong?


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No I dont think you are doing anything wrong at all.. just something new so I was curious.  I have never used a footswitch via N1MM I have always plugged them direct to the rig. 
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My footswitch is plugged direct to my rig too, but apparently N1MM doesn't know about it without Com3.
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What I meant to say is that N1MM+ uses COM3 to send function key CW.  The annoying thing is that the CW speed control in N1MM, and the speed control in the 6700 don't track each other, i.e. when I change speed, I have to change both so my hand key and N1MM send at the same speed.
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Ok Conrad got it.  So thats not a footswitch but a ptt via com port.  yes thats a bit annoying but if you use a winkeyer port you can control both. 

Ken thats not it.  we will need to dive a bit deeper I am sure its a setting and I want to document it.  The flex voice keying workflow needs to be documented and added to the logger setup docs.