Winlink/Winmor RMS Express and Flex6600-Fails to connect

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I have tried to install the latest RMS express on a Dell Desktop also running SmartSDR, I followed the steps provided by Tim of FlexRadio. Under device manager I see COM105 and Com5 as the Virtual Serial ports. I assigned Com105 to the Radio Control Port/ serial port and PTT Port/Serial Port to Com 5. In the SmartCat the Serial Com 5 is RMS Express and there is no Com 105. When I open the session in Winlink/Winmor and hit start it tries to connect and SendID and the Winmor Sound card displays the receive levels but no transmit. After calling out a station it fails to connect. Can someone please tell me what is wrong, when I hit the test transmit tone, there is no transmit tone like I saw in the video. The SmartSDR 2.9 version also takes a while to bootup on my Dell PC and show the connect bar to my Flex6600 radio. The PC is directly connected via Ethernet to the radio and sometimes I have to reboot the computer, it seems to show the Radio connect option intermittently.  

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Hi Arvind,

Here is a screen shot of my set up for ARDOP. Winmor & Pactor would be similar. Once the ARDOP TNC window launches, you can test Tx using one of several available methods, including CWID.

I use a 6600M with an I7 Win10 Dell laptop, and have no latency, slow-load, or other issues. The PC-CPU runs at about 25%. If I can help with anything specific just give a shout. Good luck!
73
Jim, WQ2H




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Craig, The bottom directly under the “ACC” button. It turns blue when enabled.
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Yep, that's selected. When I do a TX test in RMS I can see the audio TX data in DAX as it sends the test tones but my FLEX will not go in the TX mode. Have tried several PTT settings in the RMS Radio Setup but no go.
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GOT IT! Had to make a VSP for PTT. Now I see what the "P" is in the SMART CAT examples. Thanks.
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Craig, same here I see the same in DAX control panel go red and change up and down but don't see any thing in the Winmor Transmit Ack window. The receive looks fine and waterfall is active. I can also hear tge click of the switch in the Flex Rado change the frequency.
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Craig, same here I see the same in DAX control panel go red and change up and down but don't see any thing in the Winmor Transmit Ack window. The receive looks fine and waterfall is active. I can also hear tge click of the switch in the Flex Rado change the frequency.
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Dudley, can you post a photo of what you mean by "Then you still have not enabled it in SmartSDR console window, the “TX Stack” , to the right of “Mic Gain” slider"  In the SDR Console window up top I think currently it is RED is that in Transmit mode.  Is that what you mean.
  



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Your DAX is recognized in your second photo (Process = RMS Express) - which is good. I can't see you're entire CAT screen - do you have a P-com (PTT) to key the radio?

Two additional suggestions I would make: 1) adjust slice A Rx gain higher until it is 25-50% across the TNC receive level (make sure you're computer sound devise is at 100%) and, 2) do not enable DTR on either port - I've found that enabling this will halt all coms (on my set-up anyway).

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Jim, WQ2H

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Jim, Thanks, I'm linking a video on the entire start to stop process and when it goes to connect failure at the far end station, I will post the SDRCAT screen next. I do have a PTT on the radio does that need to be removed/disabled? I think I tried to move that receiver gain on the DAXCat window will try again and will check the Winmor TNC window and will make sure the computer sound is 100%.  Where do you disable DTR?
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Jim, I did change the port to Com5 and 6 photo shows the incorrect ports.
 
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Jim and Dudley, short video showing the steps and then fail to connect  https://s.amsu.ng/n9dyTYusHPBN
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Not sure why the link above fails, here is the same on YouTube https://youtu.be/Xw_DDsJPoKA
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Not sure but you may be over-driving your Tx - mine hits about 50% max on each call. You may need to "season to taste". Give that a try.

Also, your Tx button is yellow? Mine is blue.

I assume this is a station you have connected to before. I noticed the "quality" is zero (0). I usually don't attempt stations that are less then 50.
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I will drop the Tx drive, not sure why the color is yellow, maybe someone from Flex Radio can tell me why that is so, is that got to do with my color choice in the settings.  Hmmmm I will have to go and check the Quality, I thought the path was good but I see the quality should be what I need to verify.
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Hi,

I think you have to set your PTT port in
CAT so it is the PTT port. Look at my CAT
setup and you can see the CAT protocol for
COM 5 is set to P for push to talk.


73, Jim N9VC




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That's great Arvind. The 6600 is a great radio and there is clearly plenty to learn! Glad to hear it's coming together - best of luck to you !
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Jim, WQ2H
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Jim Poulette, yes thanks on to FT8.....should be easy now. Ivalso use a Intel NUC which is SSD and has nice graphics perfect for the Flex
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I'm back to having no luck connecting to a station even the ones which are really close by. I connected to one but it did not complete the email transfer. I have used the steps Tim suggested and tried a few variations. The latency is 300ms or higher and I'm unable to reduce it with filter size or file transfer bandwidth. Anyone have a suggestion.
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Curiosity, what changed to increase the latency?  Is this V3 vs V2?
I am noticing on high speed CW contesting that the other station's first characters are lost, although high latency should delay/preserve those characters; may be a similar problem with WinLink missing the exchange start.
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Not sure what has changed, I tried all the settings to see if I could reduce the latency. I tried the same with a Pactor modem and that takes a few tries to get going. I don't have the same problem with a old Yaesu 817. Sorry V3 and V2 as in Winlink software?
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