1) Open SmartSDR and connect to your radio. Tune Slice A to 14.070. Set the mode to DIGIU, Filter to 3K. Click the DAX tab in the slice and set the channel to 1. Make sure the DAX button is clicked in the P/CW tab on the right.
2) Switch to SmartCAT and add another COM port for PTT trigger. I find that DM780 responds faster using a direct PTT connection to the radio rather than sending PTT via HRD. In this example, COM 4 is for CAT, and COM5 is for PTT. Click "Add a Port", change the Port Type to PTT, and check "RTS" and "DTR" on the "Pin Change" selection. Click "Accept".
Verify a new COM pair was created. It should increment to COM5.
3) Open DAX Control Panel and click the "1" button and verify it turns blue in color. Make sure the "TX" is also clicked and red. You should see the red volume bar move due to incoming audio from SmartSDR.
4) Open Ham Radio Deluxe and setup SmartSDR as the radio type. Select COM4. The baud rate does not matter. Click Connect. HRD should launch. Minimize this application, as we are only using it as a connection path from DM780 to SmartSDR.
5) Launch DM780 and go to Program Options -> SoundCard. Select "DAX Audio RX 1" for Input, and "DAX Audio TX 1" for Output.
6) Go to Program Options -> PTT. Select COM5 and make sure "Set DTR / Set RTS" is checked as well. Close the options.
7) Digital Master 780 should be configured to work with SmartSDR at this time. You should see a waterfall moving in DM780. Tune up, set your TX power to an appropriate level. In DM780, set your mode to PSK31. I enabled "Show TX in Waterfall" under SmartSDR options because I love the way it looks. This is a personal preference.
Click on an unused area on the waterfall, type in some text, and click "Auto F2". You should see output similar to below. You will not hear your own audio. DAX Monitor is a feature coming soon.
Digital modes couldn't be any easier!
Enjoy working digital on your Flex 6xxx series radio.
You did kind of skim over the concept of "Set TX power to an appropriate level". Made me kinda wonder if I'm doing it right.
I keep RF Power in SSDR at full, then adjust TX Gain in the DAX Control Panel to ~30 watts on the SSDR meter (which happens to be about 0 on the TX Gain meter).
Is that right, or is there a better way?
With the problems with 6.2 betas, I started using Minideluxe. With the exception of not tracking mode properly, it seems to work great. I have downloaded but not yet installed the final 6.2, so I'll try HRD Rig Control again.
Jim - how do you track frequency in DM-780 if you're not using HRD or minideluxe?
Should I be able to get the radio audio out of my computer speakers? When I mess with the computer sound playback options is see the DAX stuff but I can't seem to get anything out of my computer speakers.
Guys, I've been following this thread and I'm having an issue with HRD I can't seem to crack. Has anyone seen anything like this or any thoughts on what I can look at? I've been using HRD for over a year starting with 5.24, now I have the latest release and can't get past this problem.
In DM-780 when a station's call is displayed in the receive frame and I right click on the station's call sign and then select "callsign lookup" from the dropdown, DM-780 hangs with the waterfall frozen. If I replace HRD rig control with either Minideluxe or DDUtility, DM-780 crashes with the following text:
"Digital Master 780 has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available."
I mentioned trying all three rig control programs. DDUtil and minideluxe crash DM-780 the same way as stated above, i.e. error msg and closing of DM-780. HRD rig control is a little different. When performing a "callsign lookup" by right clicking on the callsign in the receive window and selecting "callsign lookup" from the drop down, the DM-780 waterfall freezes for 60s to 180 sec. The lookup completes after that and the waterfall continues. DM-780 works normally after that until the next "callsign lookup" is requested.
Setup: PSK31 mode, HRD rig control, Logbook and DM-780 running (all 18.104.22.1681)
Radio: FLEX 6500 with SmartSRD, SSRD CAT and DAX ( all 22.214.171.124)
PC: Two monitors with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 adapter. Four core Asus 64bit with Win 8.1
Using the same PC and same software setup with my Icom-7200 radio, this problem does not occur. The 7200 works perfectly with the HRD software.
The error log of the PC is as follows:
Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 7/15/2014 7:42:07 AM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Faulting application name: Digital Master.exe, version: 126.96.36.1991, time stamp: 0x5372e534
Faulting module name: HRDLogbookInterface.dll, version: 188.8.131.521, time stamp: 0x5372e491
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000d7c5
Faulting process id: 0x1db4
Faulting application start time: 0x01cfa021109eee7b
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\HRD Software LLC\Ham Radio Deluxe\Digital Master.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\HRD Software LLC\Ham Radio Deluxe\HRDLogbookInterface.dll
Report Id: 0bd9b947-0c15-11e4-bec9-ac220b89f8ca
a) Also, if there is no rig control program running for the FLEX-6500 (no HRD, DDUtil or minideluxe), only Logbook and DM-780 running, this callsign lookup function works normally and completes quickly without interruption to the waterfall.
b) To check that it is not the PC itself causing the problem, I swapped PCs with another older pc running WIN 7, but also a 64 bit system. Using a fresh installation of HRD and SmartSDR. I get the same exact results. That would indicate it is probably not a PC config problem.
Any ideas? I must be doing something wrong, HRD people say this should work ok...
I used to have these same issues and I found a newer version of mini deluxe on the website and it has worked fine. As I recall you need to set the HRD server port to 7809 and have a com port available and set up. then close and restart everything and it works. I do believe you must restart the program.
I never have freeze ups and works like a charm. If you need help email me and we can set up a time to talk and I can help you. I use a nearly identical set up.
I'm not making it too far into the setup process.
When I try to add a new port, after selecting PTT, RTS and DTR, choosing 'accept' causes an error to be generated:
- Unable to crate a new pair; please restart CAT.
Running SmartSDR Cat as administrator results in same, also.
Any ideas as to what that might be about?
As Mike has stated, make sure you are using the latest version of MiniDeluxe or DDUtil. Current DDUtil is 03.08.00.
Another thing, you might have phantom com ports causing some grief. I've helped several people get HRD Logbook and DM780 working. You can try these steps:
First, in SMartSDR CAT delete any cable pairs you created. Uninstall SmartSDR CAT.
Next, follow this procedure to show hidden com ports and delete them. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/how-do-i-delete-the-unused-com-ports-in-windows-7/4bb72733-1be0-4168-9ba5-68dcb72d31d9
Install SmartSDR CAT
Install latest DDUtil.
In DDUtil setup on feature tab click on Signature for radio type. Also in HRD App section click on 6.2 and enable.
In SmartSDR CAT Create a new PTT cable pair and check RTS. Make note of the COM ports.
Start DM780 and in DM780 program options Click on PTT. Choose PTT via serial Com port and put in the lower of the two Com port numbers created for the PTT pair in SmartSDR. Click set RTS and DTR.
You should be good to go.
One note - if you use HRD logbook, launch the logbook first, then DM780. No need to launch the main HRD program.
Feel free to contact me direct if you need further assistance!
So I think I will try DDutil.
Here my transmit works well in PSK (I spend some time to understand which port to address for PTT, I am familiar with Macintosh!), but when I switch to CW in DM780 nothing happening in SDR. Thanks Jean-Luc F5JRC
At this point, cannot get it to key. Any ideas?
Here are the steps to take in Windows 7 before upgrading to 10.
- In SmartSDR Cat serial ports tab delete all virtual serial ports
- Uninstall FlexRadioSystems FlexVSP
- Uninstall FlexRadioSystems SmartSDR. When prompted if you want to keep DAX, select No.
- Uninstall any other virtual serial port programs you may have had installed in the past.
- Open command prompt with administrator rights (programs/accessories/Command prompt and right click and Run As Administrator)
- Type (without quotes) "set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1" and hit enter
- Type (without quotes) "start devmgmt.msc" and hit enter
- When Device Manager opens select View/Show hidden devices
- Expand Ports tab and delete any greyed out ports.
- Expand Audio Inputs & Outputs and delete any DAX devices
- Also uninstall any antivirus software and firewall software if you are upgrading to Windows 10
At this point you can either upgrade to Windows 10 or reinstall SmartSDR if you are staying on Windows 7.