Will it be possible to use the traditional PTT via the RCA jack along with the ethernet control connection?
I want the PTT to be interupted when the Palstar's motors are churning towards their predetermined position.
Thanks in advance.
Rich - N5ZC
This problem about keying the transmitter, amplifier, and folding in the additional complexities and issues (potential collisions!) around the tuner are a perfect example of what I mean. I plan to use the Flex 6700, PG XL, and the PG Tuner. This way, everything will be guaranteed to work, including full remote capability. Once another vendor (3rd party, such as Palstar) is introduced into the equation, who knows what may transpire. Sure, they are saying other vendors or legacy equipment will also have available interfaces, but my experience has nevertheless always been that using a single vendor results in the most success, with the fewest number of headaches.
The Palstar is a very nice device. But, to put things into proper perspective, keep in mind the fully integrated approach entailing all Flex gear will likely approach $20k, all told, for the entire HF integrated radio system (not including the all important antenna system, of course). This would include a fully optioned-out 6700, the PG XL amp, and the PG Tuner. I assume pricing will continue to be be roughly $8k for the fully equipped 6700 (on sale) + about $8k for the PG XL amp, + roughly $4k for the PG Tuner = $20k, give or take grand or two. With any luck, my $20k kitty will not have to be fully raided, but I'd rather set the bar high now, and not be challenged when the gear all becomes available, juxtaposed to being short on $'s when we see actual pricing. I believe this is a reasonable ballpark guesstimate for all 3 pieces of equipment. Therefore, I would not want to throw a monkey wrench into the entire works over trying to re-use and salvage the $1500 Palstar.
Perhaps putting the Palstar on eBay to recover what you can would make the most sense. This way, you will be guaranteed by one single vendor, Flex, to have a fully integrated solution that will surely work seamlessly, from all aspects.
IMHO, JM2C, and YMMV
I am planning on running the 6700 with the PG-XL amp into the PalStar HF Auto, not the AT Auto. Using the W1TR software and DDUtil the HF Auto follows the radio frequency and can pre-tune, select the proper antenna (up to three antennas), and put the tuner inline or bypass depending on band segment, not just band.
This means putting the tuner into bypass for 10,12,15, 17, 20 & 40 and inline for 30 & 80 meters. Also selecting the 5 band Yagi or G5RV. The tuner can pre-tune without even keying the radio.
This setup will work great for my remote operating. I currently run remote with the Acom 2000A which I have the capability to power on & off and control via the Internet.
If/when the PG tuner comes to market I will consider getting it to replace the HF Auto but right now there is no definite on a timeframe for release or pricing.
73 Dave wo2x
I vividly recall the outstanding video made by Steve Hicks, about 4 years ago, on this exact subject.
He talked about the existing typical Ham radio station paradigm entailing a rat's nest of wires, cables, and multiple vendors' software control systems, particularly when remote control was involved, spread all over the Ham shack operator's desk.This was the nature of trying to tie a lot of desperate ham radio gear together in an attempt to make everything sing in unison, let alone allow it to work remotely.
Steve said Flex's mission was to create a fully integrated station that would be entirely remotely controllable, from anywhere in the world, without the need for all this rat's nest of cables and multiple vendor 3rd party software systems. He envisioned that this way, he could work DX, whilst merrily tooling down the isles at his local grocery store, using his iPad balanced on his shopping cart handle, to remotely control everything. I'm paraphrasing here, but that was the gist of it.
I believe this vision continues to be where Flex still wants to go, using WAN, and through the use of their various hardware (e.g., SDR transceiver, amplifier, and tuner).
The same goes for a SteppIR or anything that potentially is adjusting and needs to have RF held up until it is finished tuning. This is also how amplifiers can hold off RF if they need a longer time to key after receiving PTT.