There are several Alexa aware power strips but in this case I chose to use this one: Web Power Switch Pro Model https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765NCB2L/...
Here is the example Alexa routine that I use. Now with a simple voice routine I can turn two different Flex radios and associated hardware on and off.
Basically when I say good morning to my cell phone, it tells me the WX, news, appointments, etc., as well as turning on all the equipment in the shack. From there various software programs are started automatically. In short, when I come in to the shack I just need to find a station to work.
The above is also useful if I have early morning appointments away from home. As I get close to the QTH, the above routine is ran so that amateur radio operation is ready before I walk in the door.
A reverse procedure is done when I am finished operating for the day. In stead of coming back in to the shack to turn things off, I run a routine that does it automatically.
Santiago, To power cycle my Flex 6700 I use a relay I found in my junk box(I have 100's of odd ones) which is controlled(powered) by a wall wart.
N1VE made a very nice and simple drawing of a relay and wall wart which can be seen below.
To turn on a Digital Loggers AC relay to turn the flex off and on
Which then controls the rest of the shack hardware with a couple of West Mountain Radio power strips (there’s probably a more efficient way to do this but I had two left over from a different project)
The switch is controllable with Apple HomeKit, Siri, etc.
Just another way to skin the cat...
I also use Alexa to turn my radio, power supply and shack lights on and off. This is done through Home Assistant home automation hub. It can be controlled locally or remotely without using the vendor’s cloud service.
I have created a two-stage remote power system, stage 1 will switch on or off the mains power to your PSU, and stage 2 performs the graceful power on/off of the 6000 series radio.
You can stay at stage 1; the only downside is that you are effectively shutting off the power to the radio rather than a graceful shutdown via remote control.
Stage 1 consists of a Google Assistant / Alexa controlled mains socket, such as the TP Link Kasa or Jomarto smart sockets which I use: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07LBNPPTF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1. Insert your smart plug into your mains socket and follow the instructions to set it up with your Google or Alexa, you can then plug your 13.8v power supply into it. This is often a two stage process in itself as many IOT devices use their own software to setup, and then link into the Google Home or Alexa controls.
2. Your 6000 series radio and accessories would be connected to the 13.8v supply3. In SmartSDR enable Remote on.
4. Make up a phono lead and plug this into the Remote socket at the back of the radio, to stay at Stage 1 just short out the cable. By shorting the cable, when power is applied to the radio it will automatically switch on.
Stage 2 consists on adding a relay to control the remote socket of the radio
1. Obtain a low voltage smart relay such as this from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V739ZRD?tag=amz-mkt-chr-uk-21&ascsubtag=1ba00-01000-org00-win10-other-nomod-uk000-pcomp-feature-scomp-wm-5&ref=aa_scomp_srdg2&th=1
2. I suggest you encase it in a suitable project box.
3. Connect the 7-32v power input to your 13.8v power supply
4. Set it up with its app downloaded (eWeLink) and check it operates on command, add it to your Google Home or Alexa.
5. Connect the Remote cable you made earlier to the Normally Open connections of the relay
This way you power on the 13.8v supply via the mains smart socket, which also powers the relay board, by connecting the remote cable to the normally open connections the 6000 series radio will stay switched off, once the relay board is powered on (give it a few seconds to power up) command the relay to close, and your 6000 series radio will switch on, you should normally turn the radio off with the relay first before optionally switching off the mains. Ensure you select the latched mode rather than inch mode on the relay board.
You can create a Google Home Routine to combine the commands, but I find it better to have the two independent. You can add more smart power plugs to control more devices, and there is a multi relay board available as well.
I also have my Auto ATU powered by my 13.8v supply and my transverter, so these are always ready when power is switched on.
Full remote power control for less than £25.
This solution does need a 2.4Ghz Wifi and Internet access to work, most IOT devices do not support Mesh WiFi but my TPLink Deco Mesh WiFi has a guest mode and I leave that on 2.4Ghz only and it works fine, properly password protected of course.
How does this work over the Internet??? Well I am unsure of Alexa as I moved over to Google Home a while ago, but with Google Home, as long as you use the same account on your mobile Google Home app as on the Google Home Mini or whatever hub device you have, you can switch devices on and off over the internet just using the Google Home app.
NB: I quickly glossed over the setup procedures for the plug and relay, but they all follow a similar process, should you use the devices here I can help if required. In effect you need to register your username (email) and password with the recommended application for the device, connect to the 2.4Ghz WiFi and connect to the device, you can then use the app to check the device control works. In Google Home, you need to press + to setup a device and choose the ‘Works with Google Option’ and then scroll down the long list to the application name you have just setup, you will have to enter the same username and password you setup earlier and then any devices controlled by that app will be added to Google Home. You can move them to the right room i.e. Shack, and change the name of the control if necessary, mine are called ShackPower and FlexRadio.
I can control easily by voice when I am home, but remotely I need to use the Google Home app and click the controls.This all looks a chore, but if you have ever played with voice controlled lighting or power, its very simple, takes longer to read than to do.
I ́m using an enclosed ac/dc relay and rca cable to power on/off my Flex 6300, along with Gosund Smart Sockets for the radio, power supply, rotor control box and shack pc (including my 3 monitors). I will be incorporating an Acom 600S and some led lights to the equation in next couple of weeks.
I added a couple of Scenarios on Gosund Iphone App to turn on/off the Flex only, the Flex and Power Supply, the whole shack environment, etc. and in turn I ́ve created routines on my Alex app to execute the Gosund scenarios.
I ́m really thankful for the help in the Flex Community. One more goal achieved on my Flex system journey.
Now, on to my next project: installing and setting up my Green Heron Select8 with Wireless Base antena switch.
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