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General discussion forum / RR Troubleshooting
« on: 2018-12-06, 20:24:20 »
I have a friend's Control RRC here.  He uses it with a TS480 remote head.  It currently is not working.
When checking it out, voltage measurements show there is no +8V to the wire jumper pins- either the one going to the RJ11 connector, or the one supplying the voltage.  Without voltage, the TS480 remote head won't come on, so of course it won't connect. 

If I plug the TS480 remote head into the TS480 body, the TS480 lights and works, so that isn't the problem.

Question: is that +8V supply problem fixable by a user, or must it go back to Remote Rig?  Or could a jumper be missing?  I read thru the manual, and didn't see an applicable jumper.

Dennis W1UE

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I've looked through the documentation for the RR units, and am not quite sure of the best way to do this.  I want to use an outboard Winkey (not the RR Winkey unit) to key CW.  Is there any "easy" way to do this, such as just turning off the RR keyer?  How about keying through a cable for the Aux/Mike input?

Dennis W1UE

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I got an upgraded internet service from Verizon that included a new router.  Since then, I've been having problems connecting.  The new router is on the Control side.  I have it set for DMZ (no port forwarding); I've also tried it with Port Forwarding (but yes, not both at the same time).  No joy.
I use 12000, 11000, and 5080 as my ports.  When I try to connect by turning on the radio, I see that my SIP port out is 41042. On the status, I get a SIP ERROR "?".  When I play with the different settings in the router and Control RRC, every once in a while I get it to connect, but after a minute or so I either lose ability to key the radio using the key or I lose the audio.  Sometimes it will come back for a short time, but usually once its gone I have to turn off the Control radio and try again.

Any suggestions on where to look?  I've used the DJ0QN set up sheet, but I think the problem is not setup.

Dennis W1UE

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General discussion forum / Firmware upgrades
« on: 2015-11-12, 20:11:16 »
I noticed this on the firmware upgrade page:
Important! If you are upgrading a radio RRC from firmware version 2.85 or older then all control RRCs used to connect to it also must be upgraded!

So that I understand this:

If I have a Control RRC with firmware version 2.85,  I CAN NOT connect to a Radio RRC that is using firmware version 2.86 or 2.87?

If I have a Control RRC with firmware version 2.86 or 2.87,  I CAN connect to a Radio RRC with firmware version 2.85?

Dennis W1UE

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General discussion forum / No SSB Audio
« on: 2015-01-22, 19:11:14 »
Up until recently, I could transmit SSB using my RR setup.  Now, I can't transmit SSB; a different Control unit at a different location also can't transmit SSB.  I've checked that the correct cables from the RR remote unit was plugged into the correct jack on the remote K3, and they were.  I connected a different microphone to the remote K3, and it transmitted SSB no problem. 

Is there any method of applying audio to the Remote unit on site, to test out the Remote unit?  Any particular ports to check on the remote router?  Any other guidance in what may have changed?  As I said, it did work, but now it doesn't.

Dennis W1UE

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Hardware, Cabling, Installations / K3 RTS/DTR CW
« on: 2014-08-05, 03:09:48 »
I'm going to the Remote site tomorrow.  I've been looking at what's available in firmware at the RR Box there, and I don't see any clear way to do this.

My desire is to key the K3 via the rear panel KEY jack connected to the Remote Rig box when I want to use the Remote Station, and to key the K3 via the RTS/DTR lines via N1MM when I am using it locally.  In this manner, I don't have to switch any cables when going from Remote to Local usage.

How can I set up the Remote Rig box to do so?  I think I see how to do it at the Control end, but I want to do it at the Remote end and I don't see the firmware options that will allow me to do so.

Dennis W1UE

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My Remote rig was working fine as late as 3 months ago.  With the summer here, and other contests, I disconnected my K3 to use it elsewhere.  Finally got around to hooking it up this weekend, and find I can no longer access the remote station.

I have verified that the Remote Station works; 2 others have been able to access it with the settings that it has.  However, I
can't access it from my control unit.  I have checked the setups in Control and Remote units, and they match. 

When I turn my K3 on, it comes up in the NORM mode.  When I put it into the TERM mode, it just stays there with TERM on the LCD display.  It doesn't connect, the Remote unit radio doesn't say its on, and it just hangs there.

The only hardware changed since I know it worked was the replacement of the FIOS interface box.  Mine, and my neighbor's box, both got taken out apparently by a voltage surge.  The FIOS interface box was hard wired to the wireless modem, and the Remote Rig Control Unit was hardwired through a switch to the wireless router, but none of the other 10 or so items in the house that were hardwired to the FIOS box got zapped.

At this point, I'm getting frustrated and am out of ideas.  Any help?  Thanks.

Dennis W1UE

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General discussion forum / No Rx control from Remote RRC
« on: 2013-04-22, 16:47:18 »
Before I make the trip down there, I thought I'd see if there was something I could do from here to fix this.

The Remote RRC has stopped taking Rx commands from the Control RRC.  We can connect, get Rx audio, and the yellow light shines on the Control RRC, but we don't get the remote K3 Rx info on the control K3, i.e. no radio data is being received.  The control K3 display just gets frozen, and no button pushing or knob turning makes a difference, nor changes the audio received.

I have gone in through the VPN and restarted the Remote RRC, but that didn't fix it.  I made sure the Control K3 is in TERM mode, so that isn't it.  Any one else have any suggestions?

Dennis W1UE

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Configuration, RRC 1258 / SSB Mode Monitoring/PTT Delay
« on: 2013-03-10, 01:51:43 »
What setting controls the ability to hear yourself when you're transmitting SSB?  Seems to me at one time I was able to hear myself talking, but now its not there.  Not sure what I did to make it go away, if I did anything.  Using 2.61.

Another question: when I changeover from Xmit to Rx, I hear a "blip" or a snippet of the last thing that I said.  When I tweak
the "PTT OFF Mute Delay" above 10, then the footswitch now longer puts the radio into transmit.  I would like to lengthen the delay before I start hearing the Rx audio again, but I find I either have to hear it or it won't go into transmit with the footswitch.  Any guidance on what number works there?

Thanks.

Dennis W1UE

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A word of advice before you start to configure any two systems together, is to make sure that each is working successfully by itself.  If it doesn't work successfully by itself, chances are great that the two won't work together! 

When doing the Microbit setup, 4 Virtual Com Ports were created (Com0-3) for Remote Rig to use, and were tied in to specific hardware ports in the computer.  You should go into Device Manager and write down the 4 comport pairs- you will need this info.  If your comport numbers for the 1st 3 comports are less than 8, you're all set, otherwise you need to make all but the FSK comport to be 8 or less.

Radio CAT for RR Control Unit
1. Connect DB9 cable direct from computer to radio.  Choose a comport that is NOT in use as a virtual comport.  For my K3, I use Com1 (a real hardware comport) and 38400N81-Off-Off; make sure the radio control works.
2. Unplug RS232 Cable from computer to K3, and plug it into RRControl Com1.
3. Plug in RS232 Cable from RRControl Com2 to K3.
4. Radio Control through the Computer should now work- verify.

CW Keying
1. Connect the USB cable from a USB port on the computer to the RRControl.
2. Using one of the virtual comports you identified, config N1MM using the computer Com port number; in my case, Com 3 was the comport I used, and it was tied to RR Com0.  In N1MM, I configured Com3 for "CW/Other", and set "DTR to CW".
3. Open a browser and go to the IP for the RRControl box.  Under IO settings, make "USB DTR as CW" to be "COM0", submit and update.
4. The remote rig should now be keyed via N1MM messages.

SSB
1. The supplied microphone cable was of no use to me, as I don't have a mike with an 8-pin DIN plug, so I made my own cable using a CAT5 end from a damaged piece of cable, a 3.5mm stereo jack, and a phono jack.  If you make your own cable, Mike Hot is the Green/White striped wire, Mike Ground is the Blue wire, PTT Hot is the Blue/White striped wire, and PTT Gnd is the green wire.  This was from a standard CAT5 cable piece.
2. I could not figure out a way to use VOX on the unit without an outboard carrier operated relay type setup. 

RTTY
1. The manual shows the correct way to setup MMTTY.  If you use MMTTY version 1.68A, it will support comports up to 15.  I went back to Device Manager, and made my virtual FSK Comport to be Com15.
2. There is nothing to setup in N1MM; just put Comport 15 into MMTTY.
3. The audio from the RRControl unit to the Sound card was too high a level, so I had to reduce the Radio Settings- Codec Out Gain to 220.
4. A tip- hook up the decoding audio chain before you try and transmit.  I didn't hook up the audio  decoding and transmitted, and MMTTY doesn't drop back into Rx unless the audio decoding is hooked up.  Now I can use N1MM to send RTTY messages via Remote Rig.

Radio Control- Remote Unit
1. My remote unit is housed at a contest station, and we wanted to minimize recabling when going from Remote to normal station use.  Just follow the setup for the RR Control Unit above and it works just fine.

One more tip:
I'm using the K3 Twin concept with the Remote Rig.  When I turned on the Control Radio and it was already in TERM mode, the audio was not muted and didn't mute unless I went to NORM mode and then back to TERM mode.  To avoid this problem, I reduce AF Gain to minimum and THEN turn on the Control K3.  When it connects, there is no audio from the Control K3.

Please feel free to contact me if there are questions concerning the above.  WinTest and Writelog should be able to be configured to Remote Rig just as easily.

Dennis W1UE

 

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Configuration, RRC 1258 / N1MM CAT Control and Keying
« on: 2012-09-05, 01:11:29 »
I spent about an hour working on this today and couldn't find settings that worked, so I thought I'd ask to see if someone had already invented this wheel.

I have the Remote Rig setup using Program Mode 14, K3 Twin.  I have Two K3s linked together; they change frequency, key, basically do everything that I want to do.  Now, I want to tie the Remote Rig setup into the N1MM Logger Program to retrieve frequency/mode/send CW/send RTTY.  I have the following ports available in the Control RRC:
Com1 (real serial port)
Com2 (real serial port)
RRC1258 Com0 (com3)
RRC1258 Com1 (com4)
RRC1258 Com2 (com5)
RRC1258 Comfsk (com6)
In N1MM, I can reference and connect to any of those ports.  I also have the USB cable that could provide another path into
the Control RRC.

I have gone over the documentation several times, but apparently don't understand the connections between the virtual ports and the real ports.  My understanding is that the Com0, Com1, and Com2 are the Control RRC ports, and the Com1,2,3,4,5,6 are computer ports separate and distinct from the Control RRC ports, and are the port numbers that I would reference in N1MM.  I am using MMTTY, but haven't gotten as far as configuring it yet, so I don't know if I can find the info I need in the setups that are already in the documentation,  but if someone has a setup that works for all 3 areas I would appreciate a copy of it.

BTW, the basic Remote Rig setup works great.  So far, I only have it on my home network; I think the part in the documentation about getting it all working before you install the remote setup was great advice.  Once I have this all working, I know I have a working setup and only have to add in the Internet path between the rigs.

Thanks in advance.

Dennis W1UE



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Configuration, RRC 1258 / Adding Winkey/Computer Keying
« on: 2012-09-04, 14:38:15 »
Going over the documentation, I see that I can add computer keying to the Control unit by making up a jumper to the I/O port.
The computer keying would be through N1MM Logger to a Winkey, and would take Pin 4 of the I/O port to ground at Pin 8 when the rig was being keyed.

Is there anyway to change the configuration to use the paddle jack to do the same?  Is there anyway to do computer keying without adding the additional cable?

Dennis W1UE

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