Power Genius XL Configuration Question

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I completed the setup and configuration of my new PG XL (connected
to my Flex 6500M/Laptop SmartSDR 2.3.7) as described in the user manual.   

- Installed and ran the PG XL Utility

- Updated PG XL firmware to version emailed to me by Flex

- Opened  the PG XL Configuration control/Flexradio Tab  – it showed my 6500M serial #.  Selected ANT1 and LAN PTT Source.

- In SmartSDR, I opened the Radio/Settings/TX tab and set delay to 20ms.

- Everything seemed to run fine, and the remote amplifier status screen shows up on the laptop and shows Temp and other PG XL parameters.  Everything except band data.  It does not follow band/frequency changes for ANT1 in SmartSDR as I tune in receive.  The PG XL screen and the remote screen on the laptop both show “NO BAND DATA”. 

Again, I’m running SmartSDR 2.3.7 on the laptop, not from the 6500M console.

Did I miss a step?

Thanks,

Howard
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NX6D Dave

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I don't think you missed a step.  Try power cycling the amp while the radio is running.  This will make the amp go through its reboot process.
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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Thanks Dave.  I turned the amp off, removed power cord for 1 minute, then reinserted the cord and turned it on again.  Still no band data.  Voltages and temp are displayed.

Howard
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Bill W2PKY

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Do you have the TX button active on a slice??
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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Yup, there is one slice open and the red TX button is enabled.

Both the A and B Channels in the amp display show the following:

PTT  N/A  AB  NO BAND DATA

Howard
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Hi Howard,

I ran into this myself. 

To pair a PGXL with a FlexRadio, you must do all three of these things in the PGXL Windows App.

Select the S/N of the FlexRadio
Select an Antenna
Select a PTT method (LAN)

You will know it is paired correctly when you see band data on the amp and an AMP icon in the SmartSDR.  I've entered a bug against the PGXL Windows App to provide additional feedback on the success or failure of pairing. 

Let me know if that helps. 

73,
Dan, N7HQ
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Dan -

The PG XL Configuration / Flexradio Tab in the PG XL Window:

Port A Configuration:

Serial No.: 5017-7826-6601-2243

TX Antenna: ANT1

PTT Source: LAN
But no band data shows on the PG XL display or Windows app.  I should have known the setup process was going too smoothly.  That's never a good sign!  (-:

Thanks,Howard
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OK, I found the problem.  You were on the right track Dan.  I checked the Flex radio serial # that showed up by default in the PG XL display and PG Windows app against the serial # on the back of the radio.  They were completely different.  When I changed the default to the actual serial # the band data showed.  Wonder where the default (wrong) serial # came from??

Thanks much to all who responded!
Howard
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I'm guessing that wrong serial number was probably the transceiver being used to test the amp before it shipped to you.
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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Yes, that could well have been how it was entered.  As Reagan once said, trust but verify!  (-:
Howard
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Yes, my amp was returned from upgrades with a different IP and the serial # of the lab test radio. Would be nice if FLEX returned the amp to the original parameter values when the testing was completed.
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HCampbell WB4IVF

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Agree.  That should be one of the last steps before returning the amp.
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I strongly suggest you open a HelpDesk ticket on this serial number issue.  I know from experience that the Flex people will want to know about this.
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I submitted a ticket of the problem and solution. 

Thanks again,

Howard
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Nice!!  When this happened to me Graham insisted that this was a "newbie" mistake... pointing a finger my direction. I was just absolutely sure I checked all the right boxes but skulked away, my self-confidence in tatters, but newly restored thanks to you. I would not have double checked that the S/N was the "right" one because I only have one radio on my network and I have never seen the S/N except on the invoice. 

Still, it's a bug, a 4o3a bug in fact, but It's a really nice bug to find.  Nice catch Howard!

73,
Dan
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Yea, when I opened the configuration window and saw that the serial # was already there, I first assumed it was detected automatically and therefore must be correct.   Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.  I was beginning to fear I’d have to repack the amp and lug it down to the UPS store! 

Howard