Re: [stationpro] Optional Firmware (ver. 2.2M) Available
- You're right, Jim - harder to explain than demonstrate. I use two independent (not networked, yet) Station Pros. I have 3 transceivers (IC-7800, K3, and FT5000) with 6 amps; 3 of the amps are solid state (PW-1, HL-1,5, and KPA500), and the other 3 are Alphas (9500, 8406, and 77Sx). I love ver. 2.2M for my 3 solid state (instant on) amps. The non-M version of SPII had the amp in "bypass" when first turned on, somewhat of a pain for me since I would have another switch to remember to throw. My solid sate amps amps are not powered on until I need them, so there is no issue about safety here. My other SPII controls my 3 tube amps using the same transceiver as for the first SPII, but using the "Ant 2" output of each transceiver. For the tube amps, I use ver. 2.2. I utilize the "anti-blinking" routine for both and lockout foe one on my solid state amps (KPA500). Haven't used the SPII with any of my vintage rigs as I have the proper mic and speaker for each, but maybe someday.Mike, W4UM---------------------- Original Message -----From: Jim GarlandSent: Friday, November 11, 2011 9:33 AMSubject: RE: [stationpro] Optional Firmware (ver. 2.2M) Available
Hi Mike, Yes, you can still program lockouts in version 2.2M. All the features of version 2.2 are retained. However, in version 2.2M, if the operator had selected a locked out amplifier at the previous turnoff (I dont know why anybody would deliberately try to select a locked-out amplifier!), then at power-up that amp will initially show as being live (e.g., not locked out). After the initial turn-on, however, the lockout and amp bypass features are automatically restored for all amplifiers. This is harder to explain than to demonstrate! Best thing is to give it a try. 73,
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Michael Raskin
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 6:39 AM
Subject: Re: [stationpro] Optional Firmware (ver. 2.2M) Available
Jim - Will 2.2M still allow me to program lockouts?
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Garland
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:13 PM
Subject: [stationpro] Optional Firmware (ver. 2.2M) Available
Ive uploaded to the StationPro download site (click on Download Files at http://www.w8zr.net/stationpro/index.htm) a modified version of firmware ver 2.2, which is labeled 2.2M. Upon request of some of you, this version now stores the last selected amplifier at poweroff and recalls it when the SP-II is powered up. The SWAP feature is also active at powerup, because both the prior amplifier selection and the one before that are stored. Note that the previously selected amplifier is now live at powerup, even if it was previously bypassed or locked out when the StationPro was powered down, so be observant if you decide to use this firmware version.
In version 2.2, the LCD reads No Amp at powerup, thus requiring the operator to select an amplifier. With the recall feature of version 2.2M this feature is deactivated in version 2.2M. There are no other changes in the firmware.
Glad ver. 2.2M works for you, Mike. Maybe someday when I get solid state amps, I’ll use it! BTW, the SP-II works great with vintage rigs, even if you use dedicated vintage mics and speakers with each rig. It’s really convenient to have all the RF switching, key, and amp switching handled automatically. I use an SP-II on my Collins desk, and use it with an S-Line, KWM-380, and KWM-1. I also use with that desk a 30L-1, 30S-1, and a (non-Collins L4-B).