SmartSDR 2.0 question

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Will I be able to turn my 6300 on and off when operating remotely or will I need to leave it on the entire time I'm away from home?
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Andrew Thall

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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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You can use the remote on feature (RCA jack) with a remote control relay. DC power will need to be applied at all times, though.
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W3EX -- Tom

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I picked up one of these little jewels and it works well to control the power of my 6500 remotely.

http://www.ip-sens.com/ips2222.html

It also monitors temp and other parameters with sensors. 

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Andrew Thall

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I just ordered one.  Which connectors did you use on the IPS2222 to connect to the Flex?  I am guessing the digital inputs since they're listed as "dry" contacts. (I think the relay outputs have too much voltage.) Please contact me at thall@thall.net.  Your assistance is much appreciated.
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W3EX -- Tom

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I use one of the relay outputs to directly control the flex on/off. Works fine.


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W3EX -- Tom

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I also use the analog inputs to monitor my power supply voltages. And I ordered a temp probe which sits on top of the 6500.


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Pat

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Tom, the Flex hardware manual states that the max voltage input for the remote power connector is 3.3VDC but the IPS2222 specs for the relay outputs say they are  "3A /24V DC/30V DC"

How is it working out?
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The Flex remote power on jack is designed to have a relay short it to activate the function. The spec means that an external device should not put an external voltage higher than 3.3VDC into the connector. (A relay shouldn't put ANY voltage on it at all, unless it is wired incorrectly.)

The spec for the IPS2222 means that the relay' contacts are capable of handling a load of 3 Amps at up to 24 or 30 volts, depending upon which model you got.

The actual current supplied by the 6000 from the remote port is extremely small and would be handled by the relay with no problem.

Ken - NM9P
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Andrew Thall

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Tom, that looks perfect.  Where can I get one???
Andy, k2oo
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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You can also use this combo....


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...


It is a NEO wifi controlled AC switch and an AC actuated relay.

Just plug the switch into the wall, plug the cord of the relay into the switch, and have a cord with an RCA plug running from the relay to the rig.


Under $30 total.


You can get additional NEO units to control rig power supply, computer power supply, etc. the iPhone one android app will control multiple units.


If you don't like the NEO brand, you can get WiMo brand. They are good, but more expensive.
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Larry - W8LLL

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Another device that works well is the Global Cache IP2CC has 3 no voltage contacts.

I use the  Roomie (Simple Home) phone app.


https://www.amazon.com/Global-Cache-Contact-Closure-IP2CC/dp/B005J7MPMK/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_421_bs_t_2?_...


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Bernie W7DMC

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Will I be able to control the Power Genius on/off through my 6xxx with Ver 2.0
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Yes. When in Standby mode, all power supplies are switched off, except display and aux power supply.  So it will take a network command to take the amp out of Standby mode.
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A much cleaner and smart method, not needing any 3rd party external weed would be for Flex to implement the wake-on-lan feature (WOL). Almost all I.T. kit connected via Ethernet has this capability and every decent server is shipped that way as standard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake-on-LAN

I support hundreds of remote access sites and my life would be hellish and very time wasteful without WOL.  Not a complicated bit of software, no hardware or cable spaghetti needed.

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Please keep in mind that this discussion is only addressing powering on/off the Flex via the RCA plug on the back of the radio.  At times the Flex locks up and is unresponsive to the on/off trigger via the RCA plug so you will also need the ability to turn on/off the DC power going to the radio.
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this is easily accomplished by using an IP remote power strip attached to your power supply to allow you to bounce power to it.  Most remote users have both the remote on toggle and a remote power strip for this purpose.