[TenTec] Omni VI Plus Cat control update

Karl Heimbach kheimbach at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jan 3 17:38:52 EST 2021


As I suspected, a reboot of the PC resulted in the same problem I had 
with flrig initially (very sluggish T/R sequencing and sometimes a 
program hang leaving the Omni in transmit).  Perhaps if I were 
interfacing the Omni with a standard serial port and only had the 
Winkeyer FTDI dongle, this would be a non-issue.

However, I am able to use two FTDI adapters, one for the Omni VI Plus 
interface and the other for a Winkeyer, with the following applications:

  * WSJT-X utilizing hamlib
  * Fldigi utilizing hamlib
  * DX Commander
  * N3JFP Amateur Contact Log

I'll use as is for a week or so before trying anything else.

Again, thank you all for the help.

W5QJ - Karl

On 1/3/2021 12:09 PM, Karl Heimbach wrote:
> First, thank you all for your help.
> I had to use a FTDI cable as the PC the Omni VI is connected to has 
> three serial ports in the expansion slots and doesn't have room for a 
> fourth.
> I played with this radio until 1:20 AM last night and started on it 
> again this morning.
> I now have flrig working properly and have saved the configuration 
> just as I have for my Pegasus, Argonaut V, and Xiegu G90.  From what I 
> can tell, Windows and Linux sometimes confuse the two FTDI adapters I 
> have plugged in (the second is for a Winkeyer).
> Several reboots were needed to get everything sorted out and working 
> properly. I suspect that even though the FTDI adapters are identified 
> correctly, the operating system is sending instructions to the wrong 
> one.  I will  probably have the same issue once I shut the PC down and 
> restart it.  I've seen the same problem using a FTDI adapters with the 
> Xiegu and Winkeyer.
> I did download DXLab Suite and it works fine for now.  I will change 
> settings in WSJT-X to allow CAT control via flrig instead of hamlib 
> and suspect there will not be an issue until a reboot. N3FJP Amateur 
> Contact Log, using the Winkeyer, will not transmit although it sees 
> the Omni VI and returns proper data during the polls.
> Karl - W5QJ
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