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Understood. In case you care to know, this is the only Windows program I have had trouble with under VMware Fusion on the Mac. Writelog, N1MM+, Elecraft Utilities, Elecraft Remotes, DX4WIN, Microsoft Office, Chrome, PstRotatorAz, Ham Radio Deluxe, TRX Manager, LoTW tools and more all work normally, without special effort. Streaming audio and video work fine in various browsers, so the problem is not inherent in this type of application.

It would be nice to hear from anyone out there who has successfully run RRC-Micro in this type of environment. If no one can do it, then my dongle is for sale.

73,

/Rick N6XI

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Additional information on my request:

RRC-Micro 1.10.1.0
Dongle 1274B 3.0.1.0 Firmware 2
RTP 1.3.0

I got the same result using the VMware internal audio channel which drives the sound card in the Macbook Pro and using an external iMic sound card dedicated to the Windows virtual machine.

/Rick N6XI

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I am having trouble running RRC-Micro on Win 7 under VMware Fusion. It connects to the remote RRC, turns on the radio, the audio buffer fills, and the audio stream begins. Within a few seconds, the top green buffer bar  (under the label Default) drains down to empty, audio stops, and it takes a second or two for the buffer to refill and audio to start again. It cycles like this continuously.

RRC-Micro receives correctly on the same client-side network on a borrowed Lenovo machine running Win 7. But I don't own that computer and would really like to get RRC-Micro running on this Macbook Pro with Fusion.

I am attaching a Debug log of a session that lasted less than a minute and had several of these dropouts.

Thanks for any ideas you can offer.

73,

/Rick N6XI

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Here's a useful little box. There are many such products out there but this one has worked for me and it's inexpensive:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320742114676&ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:US:1120
(Note: price is artificially low (US$4) and shipping is several times greater than purchase price but the combination is still reasonable. If you buy two or more, you save a lot of the ridiculous "shipping" price.)

At my remote site I often operate locally. One of these switches lets me switch the K3 RS232 port from the RRC to the P3 without touching the rats' nest of cables behind the rig. It also switches a DIN5 that I plan to use to disable the P3 when I'm not there to see it and disable the Radio RRC when I am there. (That's because the RRC seems to play badly with the K3 KEY line when not fully connected.)

At my control site I sometimes operate locally and use another of these switches at that end.

/Rick N6XI

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General discussion forum / Router Crash upon Band Change (!)
« on: 2013-10-15, 19:47:15 »
This weekend I began noticing frequent but intermittent Internet access crashes on my SBC/Yahoo/AT&T 2wire DSL modem/router at my Remote site. At first I was at the Remote site and I attributed the failures to RFI as I had made some cabling changes. I had to leave before tracking it down but left the station in a remotely accessible configuration. Now, operating from the Control site, I have confirmed that the Remote site modem/router is crashing reliably each time I attempt a band change! There may be other stimuli that cause this crash but I haven't characterized them. Band change definitely does it. In time, my auto-ping power switch power cycles the modem/router and things eventually recover so I can try again. The failure is repeatable. Has anyone seen anything like this? Seems pretty weird.

K3 Pair with RRC-1258 MkII boxes at each site was working well until this started happening, coincident with some antenna switching changes that "shouldn't" be a factor in the failures.

Thanks for any ideas you folks can offer.

/Rick N6XI

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Good thought. I tried it but had the same result. I don't even have to use the RRC. So long as it is powered up and connected to the PC for a while, PC shutdown triggers in this crash.

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Since I got computer logging working by connecting the control site PC to the USB port of the Control RRC, my Windows 7 Home Premium O/S has been crashing on most shutdowns with the infamous "Blue Screen of Death." I forcibly power it off and back on and do a "Normal" Windows reboot and all is well. If I unplug the serial cable from the RRC to the PC, the problem does not occur.

I have also noticed that the virtual serial port that I use to access the remote radio from the local site PC logging program tends to fail after a period of disuse even though it stayed alive throughout a four hour Sprint contest. I have a feeling, not proven, that these two behaviors are related. However, it is not necessary that I run the logger (Writelog) to provoke the crash upon PC shutdown.

Has anyone experienced this? I suspect some rare combination of O/S version and other system tray stuff.

/Rick N6XI

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Running a K3 Twin setup with thanks to SM2O and DJ0QN for a lot of help. It's working well now but I'm curious why I have to Restart the Control RRC manually each time I power off the rigs. Without that Restart, the units fail to connect ("busy signal").

I have noticed that when the RRCs are connected, the Control RRC Status page reports unusual port numbers for SIP Out, Audio Out and Cmd Out. After power off, the funny numbers persist but after the RRC Restart they are restored to the nominal values and reconnect works fine on the next power on. Is this normal or somehow related to why I have to do the manual Restart?

/Rick N6XI

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Mike, the DNS status page for the Remote RRC reports "OK, remoterig.com = 193.202.110.185"

Mitch, http://ddns.remoterig.com/status/ reports only "xxxxxxxx not found!"

/Rick

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Thanks, Mike. Unfortunate. I think it would be very helpful to add in a future release.

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RemoteRig newcomer here: In normal operation, I only use my K3 sub-rx occasionally, mainly in split pileups. It would be nice to use it this way remotely but I don't want to consume the extra bandwidth when listening only to the main rx. So far, it seems that I have to disconnect the RRCs, change the setting in Remote RRC Radio Settings, Submit, Apply, manually Restart at least the Control RRC and then restart the connection to change the Audio dual-rx setting. Is there some way to do this dynamically, while operating the remote radio?

Thanks & 73,
Rick N6XI

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I followed the instructions on pages 58-59 of Rev. A32 of the manual "Remoterig dynamic dns service" to set up the Dynamic DNS settings page of my Remote RRC." I got an Own host name string of xxxxxxxx.ddns.remoterig.com and a Username and Password. When I attempt to use this string as the SIP contact string on the Control RRC, it fails to connect. If I use the actual external IP address, the RRCs connect and function properly. Using the Web site ddns status tester, I get "xxxxxxxx not found!" Is the xxxxxxxx... string formed locally? If so, how do I get it into the database? What might I be doing wrong?

Thanks & 73,
Rick N6XI

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OK, thanks Mitch and Mike. I've now gone back to a null modem cable and I've made some progress. I clipped D10 in the Remote RRC. That radio now powers up with the Control K3, the RRCs connect to each other and the Remote K3 delivers audio to the Control RRC. Hurray! The Remote K3 panel operates normally and it powers down with its own POWER switch. However, the Control K3 panel now goes catatonic whenever it is in TERM mode. The only controls that do anything are Long Hold MENU and POWER. Long Hold MENU toggles TERM/NORM mode. In NORM mode, the Control K3 operates normally but of course does not control the Remote K3. When I power down the Control K3, the Remote K3 stays on. Also, CW keying through the Control RRC does not work yet.

All this suggests to me that the connection is one way - with the exception of POWER on, nothing is flowing from the Control K3 to the Remote K3 although I do get audio from Remote to Control. I suspect the port assignments. They are identical on both RRCs but I have had trouble with the 2wire modem/router port forwarding assignments. The Admin pages are rather obscure. In particular, they don't associate a separate IP address with each application name. You associate a name with a port range and then assign it to an IP address but you can't then assign the same name to another IP address. So my port forwarding is set up for one but not both RRCs. This situation will go away when I move the Control RRC to the other QTH. Until then, is there something special I need to do to make both RRCs work on the same network?

Thanks,

/Rick

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The Elecraft K3 Remote documentation calls for a null modem cable from the "local" (control) K3 to its RemoteRig RRC. The microbit documentation calls for a standard RS232 cable in this position. Which is correct?

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Thanks, Jan. The reason Setup Manager failed appears to have been a conflict with Elecraft's KPA500 COMport number assignment. One more reboot of the PC resolved the conflict and SM is now working. (And so is KPA500 Utility which was crashing with what I thought originally was an unrelated problem!)

After that, seeing your comment about factory reset to get around the old password, I located the reset button and did the reset. Now SM shows the default IP address as expected. I was unable to connect my browser to 192.168.0.228 but I used SM to change back to 192.168.1.84:9080 and now I can talk to the device using either SM or the Web page.

Lots more to do but I seem to be back into the documented script.

Thanks for the help, folks.

73,

/Rick N6XI

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