Smartlink, N1MM+ and CW

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I have several setup questions about using SmartLink with N1MM+ and CW in a contest. 

Assume a Flex 6500 at a remote site with big antennas.  The remote site also has a computer.

Assume two remote operators at different locations contesting tag-team style.  Each connects when it is their turn to the transmitting Flex with SmartLink and SmartSDR.

Should N1MM+ be running on the computer at the transmit site?
Should N1MM+ key the Flex 6500 directly or through a port created with SmartSDR CAT?
Do the operators log contacts using N1MM+  and TeamViewer at the transmit site or on their own computers?
Must all CW send by the operators be via keyboard or is there a way to use a paddle? 
What have I for gotten to ask?

Thanks in advance,
John K1ESE
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Stan - VA7NF

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I am surprised there hasn't been another response before this.

For openers:  There can be only one operator on a radio (Multi-op a future feature); also N1MM+ only supports one operator; so the following will be for a single op station.

N1MM is at your operating location(remote or local) and runs through SmartCAT (Using several port setting)
N1MM function keys work  e.g. F1=RUN CQ
A paddle may be used but (currently) only plugged into a Maestro or locally into the 6000
Logging is on the operating station (local or remote) N1MM

BUT: You will not hear the function key CW send (unless local and plugged into the 6000 itself),
been that way since Beta_V1.0.24 which messes up CW contesting with a rack mounted 6700.
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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I have been doing remote Contesting for three years now with a 6700 and no PC located att a small island.
Att my city QTH I have a PC wit N1MM or Writelog and a Maestro. When I work cw contest I can hear CW sidetone through the Remote Rig rig 1258 boxes which also have a built in Winkeyer. One box doing the cw keying through a keying Line to the 6700 and another box at city PC and Contest logger program.
This is the only way to do it in a simple way. No remote PC or team viewer sessions that would not be feasible with a 4G mobile network that gets overloaded at weekends with all "Netflix" users logging in.
My set up have worked flawlessly last 8 years after having got broadband Dsl and then 4G mobile service. The key is : "KISS...keep it simple...". 73 Kari SM0HRP
See more att http://remotedxandcontestblog.sm0hrp.se.
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We have a set of local and remote Remote Rig boxes.  They are for a K3.  I assumed that they were radio specific.  If they can be used with the Flex, that would be an easier solution.  For the second operator and a different location, we would need one more Remote Rig box I would guess.

Do you still use SmartSDR and Smartlink?  Do the Remote Rig boxes just do the I/O?  Do the Remote Rig boxes replace SmartLink?

Thanks in advance,
John K1ESE 
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Hi John, well I made it simple and only use the Remote Rig boxes for the CW keying. So I still use SmartLink CAT for connecting home PC VSP to the RRC1258 controll box. And I use the Maestro for SO2R with either N1MM or WriteLog. See configuration here (I used the Kenwood rig mode but it does not matter for only CW keying): http://remotedxandcontestblog.sm0hrp.se/2018/02/04/how-to-add-remote-contest-capability-to-flex-6000...
I plan to use the RRC boxes to compress the DAX channel when I work FT8 as it consumes so much bandwidth from my 4G mobile data plan (ca 1 GB per hour). I saw someone who had done this already on the RRC forum. 
I think we worked in some of the recent contests (CQ WW 160?) ..:) 73s  
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In my log I see we worked during ARRL DX CW 2016 and 2017, as well as IARU 2016.  I may also have worked you as W1HIS or W1OO, contest calls.

I will study the information on the web page.  

Many thanks,
John K1ESE
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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Oh how nice. Your call in CW is easy to remember and requires some extra copying to get it right during QSB and QRM :) . GL with the implementation and see you in the contests. 
73s
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I think there is no sidetone because they want to sell Maestro, maybe have latency sidetone is more important than nothing.We can accept sidetone whit latency.
It should be easy to implement this function because SmartSDR own pc sound.
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If you follow Kari's suggestions above and use RemoteRig boxes, you get both local and N1MM+ sidetones without a Maestro.  That is the only reliable system we have found and have successfully used it in several contests.  With a Maestro you get local sidetone, but not the sidetone from N1MM+ CW messages.
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