Remote QTH Band Decoder MARK II with flex 1500

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Hi i have this band decoder https://remoteqth.com/wiki/index.php?page=Band+decoder+MK2 and i would like to use it with my Flex 1500 but i dont know how to get needed data from flex to band decoder.
Any ideas please ?
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Miquel

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Charlie Rubenstein KB8CR

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Just a guess, but if you use its Kenwood mode, using ddUtil, you should be able to connect to the 1500 via CAT to get the frequency/band info.

Charlie KB8CR
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Hi, even simpler to use a USB to RS232 cable. Hook USB cable to Flex and the RS232 to the decoder. Choose then Kenwood setting in Banddecoder. There is a video (on their web page) showing a guy using it to steer a Marconi PA. Takes 5 min at most
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John - K3MA

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Kari, I think you might be confusing the Flex 6xxx series with the Flex 1500.  Very different rigs.
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Oh yes you are right. Missed that. Sorry.
After a rapid glance on Flex-1500 specs with Power SDR one way is following. With e g VSPE you set up virtual com ports that you tie to Com port of a physical PC RS232 card on the PC. The. You configure Power SDR for Kenwood CAT controll (TS-2000). Connect this RS-232 port to the corresponding port of the Banddecoder for a Kenwood. This will certainly work as Flex-1500 easily integrates with N1MM with VSPE. Another is to use a USB to RS-232 cable connected directly to the PC. The RS-232 goes to the banddecoder. You may use VSPE/Fabulatec to tie the com ports together.
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