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For the info of the group.

I was able to finally get FSK TX to operate properly by removing any reference of COMExtra in the Hardware tab of N1MM+ Configurer. I had the same port set for CW operation and thought that N1MM+ would ignore it if I chose to use RTTY as the mode. Apparently not.

Glad I got it working.

73

Serge
VA3SB

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General discussion forum / N1MM+ / MMTTY FSK TX Issue
« on: 2017-10-31, 21:24:56 »
Good day to the group.

I am attempting to get my remote setup to work on RTTY (FSK).
I am using a K3s / K3s/0 mini setup. I have the latest version of software installed in both the RRC Control and Radio units.

My setup works just fine on SSB and CW with N1MM+. I am able to receive RTTY no problem.

My issue is that while I am able to get MMTTY to key the radio and transmit on a stand alone basis, when I attempt to use N1MM+ in conjunction with MMTTY I am not keying the radio at all (I have the same PTT/FSK COM Port selected in MMTTY). I do however have CAT control of the radio via N1MM+.

I am using the USB mini connector on the RRC Control unit to connect to my computer. I also get the error message (see attached screen shot) when I attempt to use N1MM+for RTTY.

Please let me know if I need to provide any additional information on my setup to help resolve my issue.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

73

Serge
VA3SB



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General discussion forum / RRC Control Unit COM Ports
« on: 2017-08-14, 20:29:21 »
Hello to the group.

I am wrestling with COM Port related issues for a few days now. It seemed to work fine on Friday but when I reconnected on Saturday morning I could not connect to my contesting (and logging) software. I did not change any settings.

I have tried to get the Control unit to work with my logging and contesting software (DXLAB and N1MM+) without success. I have tried 4 computers. Three  running W10 and one running W7.
I just received a new Surface W10 laptop and thought that I would try to use it as there should be no conflicts with COM ports as it is brand new.

I downloaded the latest version of Microbit Setup manager and loaded it. I am able to find the control unit using the Setup manager.
When I connect the USB mini cable from the Control unit to the Surface and check Device Manager, I do NOT  see the usual RRC COM Ports such as:
RRC1258 COM0 (COMx)
RRC1258 COM1 (COMx)
RRC1258 COM2 (COMx)
RRC1258 COMExtra (COMx)

What I see is 4 COM ports but the naming convention is (see attached screenshot) not correct:

USB Serial Device X
USB Serial Device X
USB Serial Device X
USB Serial Device X

I have the latest version of Setup Manager and have the latest updates for the Surface installed.

Not quite sure what to make of this?

Assistance/guidance would be greatly appreciated.

73

Serge
VA3SB


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Thank you for your response Mike.
Based on your comments, I will just order a new control unit then.

Thanks to all for your comments/feedback.

73

Serge
VA3SB

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Hello Nizar / Mike
 
I took the RRC apart and re-soldered the USB connections to the circuit board. With the same result. I tried the unit on three computers with two different cables (just to be sure :-)) I still get the USB device not recognized message. It was an excellent suggestion though. Thank you.

Mike, as I am not sure what else to try, I will see if I can get the unit to you via a friend of mine who travels to Sweden on a regular basis (works for Ericsson here in Canada).
Would that be okay? Could you please let me have your mailing address as I am not sure where you are located in Sweden and the unit may have to be mailed to you from Stockholm. 

Thank you in advance.

73

Serge
VA3SB

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Thank you Nizar. That thought did cross my mind. 
The unit has been working properly and I have been using the USB port quite a bit.
I hope to get some time later on this afternoon or this evening to open up the RRC and resolder the USB connector. Will keep you updated.
Thank you very much for your response and suggestion Nizar.

73

Serge
VA3SB

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Hello again Mike.

I replaced both the ethernet and USB cables to be sure that neither one was causing my USB issue. Connected the RRC Control unit to use my desktop computer computer instead of my two laptops.
I am able to find the IP address of the Control unit  using Setup Manager. I am also able to bring up the settings in web browser. So it is connected to the network and working properly.
Now, when I plug in the USB cable from the front of the RRC Control Unit to the desktop computer I get the following message that pops up:

    USB device  not recognized

    The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned and Windows does not recognize it.

I am able to connect the K3/0 Mini using the RRC Control unit to the remote K3s (all located within my LAN).  As I also mentioned, the USB connector on the front of the RRC unit look fine as well. 

Thanks again for your time and effort.

73

Serge
VA3SB

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Thanks Mike.
Will try to see if there is a problem with my router/ethernet connection.

Serge
VA3SB

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Thanks Mike for your response. Please bear with me as I am trying to understand what is going on.

I am in fact able to see the IP addresses of both the RRC Control and Radio units with Setup Manager (btw both units are within my LAN). I am able to use the browse button within Setup Manger to browse to the RRC Radio IP address. I am not however able to browse to the RRC Control unit IP address.

As both  Laptops that I tried are  connected to the LAN (via Ethernet) as is the RRC Control unit Setup Manager does see both units and provides me with their respective IP address. However, even though the RRC Control unit is connected to the network (Solid Green LED above the USB connector) I am nevertheless unable to access the unit via the web.

 I do not have the USB connector connected at this point. Could this problem/behaviour also be related to the loading of the USB virtual com ports? Should I try a factory reset to see if that has any impact? 

Thanks

Serge
VA3SB

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Further update.

I am not able to communicate with the RRC Control unit by attempting to use its IP address in the web browser.  I am however, able to communicate with the Radio RRC unit via the web browser.


Serge
VA3SB

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Mike, when I use the Setup Manager although I do see both the control and radio unit IP address, if I click on the Serial Port Tab, I get an error. See attached screen shot.

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Hi again Mike.
If I use Setup Manger, I am in fact able to see the ip addresses for both the RRC Control and Radio units.

Serge
VA3SB

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Thank you again Mike.

Tried another cable and the error message I receive is that the USB device that I connected is not recognized. The device malfunctioned and Windows does not recognize it. No Virtual Com ports are created. As mentioned, this is the same issue on two laptops.

Serge
VA3SB

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Hello Mike. Thank you for your response.
I thought that it may have been the cable so I have tried three different cables with the same result. I also tried two laptops.
I opened up the RRC and the connector does not look broken/damaged. I will try again later on this morning. Will let you know how I make out. Thanks.

73

Serge
VA3SB

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Hello to the group.

My remote system is working very well. However, since yesterday morning, I have been unable to connect any logging software (N1MM+ and DXLab). What I noticed was that after I connect to the remote, I plug the USB cable to the RRC control unit and it does not create the Microbit Virtual COM ports.

I have uninstalled  Microbit Setup Manger and then reinstalled it (v1.31) hoping that it was a driver issue but obtained the same result - no virtual com ports are created when I plug in the USB cable. I have tried three different cables along with two laptops.

I am using software version 2.91 with a Windows 7 and 10 laptop as well as with a K3s and K3/0 Mini.
Not quite sure what happened. The connector on the RRC does not appear to be damaged in any way.

Any assistance as to what I can try next would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks

Serge
VA3SB

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