v1.4 PTT Remote (USB?) Switch

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Is there any word on how to operate via remote LAN using v1.4 SmartSDR software and a physical PTT switch? (the keyboard or VOX isn't the answer in my case)

The features in v1.4 remote LAN operation will be a game changer for me, enabling me to use my 6300 much more (and more easily) than I can now.

I am very close to having the perfect set-up (for me) planned for v1.4 when it arrives.  The outstanding issue in my case is how to key up TX without having to toggle or hold a key on the keyboard. 

The hand switch with my Heil headset is great, but any ideas/plans for how we would interface something like that simple switch to, for example, USB?  My electronics skillset doesn't extend to building those interfaces.

I'm guessing a similar switch interface must have been considered for CW operation, so the answer is probably apparent (just not to me <grin>).

Thanks!

Mark K9BOO


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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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SmartSDR v1.4 will not have a hardware method for keying the radio via the remote PC.  You will have to use VOX or click MOX on the GUI.  This capability may be included in a future version of SmartSDR.
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Great! I didn't have 1.4.3 installed long enough to find the feature!

I guess I'll add a 2nd FlexControl to my Dayton list in hopes they'll have this horrible hanging issue fixed by then.
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I had not looked at the new list of options and you are right the mox is in the list and I tried it out. Works still not the most user friendly way to do it. Seems if we can do this we should be able to do a USB device with a ptt button. How about it?
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I do not see PTT as an option with my Flex Control??  I honestly have stopped using my control knob because o the lack of features.
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Rich it is mox
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Tim,

I use an Asus T100TAM Windows 8.1 tablet with 1.4.11.  It works very well except that the internal Mic isn't very good. Therefore, I've settled on an external Mic/earphone that I picked up at Amazon for $13

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ONTEKK?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpag...

The audio reports are quite good with this Mic. On the microphone is a button which is normally used for answering calls on a phone. If SmartSDR could detect this contact closure as a PTT, I believe it would be a great way for any similarly wired Mic to key the radio without having to carry any extra stuff around while using a Flex in remote mode.

Thanks
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Mark I accomplished this with an arduino, see my post https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/v1-4-remote-ptt-switch 

I used an Arduino to interface my current hand switch to the Remote PC to send CAT MOX commands.  This is working great with v1.4.

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Not to mention the PTT is part of the MIDI controller interface programs that William has pioneered.....oops.... I mentioned it!
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Just starting operating from the deck last night :)  Works great of course.

But PLEASE add keystroke short cut for PTT !

For me a mic selection for "PC" and "PC with Spacebar PTT" would be great.

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SSDR remembers your last action witch a mouse and let's you repeat it with a space bar.


So click on MOX to talk. Then next time Space bar will activate MOX as PTT
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Good info. Did not know that !
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Actually SmartSDR cannot take credit for that.  It is a Windows feature.  It has been around for a looooong time.
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Yea I have actually used it before but never thought about trying it on the Surface Pro tablet remote.  Cool !
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I purchase a wireless remote switch over eBay consist of a reciever with the momentary on attached to the ptt on the back of 6500. And a fob to activate which looks like a auto key lock remote. Mine works all over the house. You can get them with longer range. I use this with headset when I do not want to use vox. Would not be of use on remote over wan.
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I made a USB PTT button a while back.  This was using a micro adruino and using DDUTIL.  But I could easily make an app that uses TCP instead of CAT, so DDUtil is no longer required.  But there was no interest, so I never continued the project.  https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/v1-4-remote-ptt-switch 

William
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I removed the circuit board from a USB numeric keypad & put it into a tiny plastic project box with a button mounted on the end.  I connected the button to the contacts for the space bar & now I have a small, handheld USB PTT.

Only problem now is that I've switched to a tablet & the only micro USB is often in use by the charge cord.