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we assume a basic HF installation and do not delve into all the FLEX-1500's and PowerSDR's many possibilities. FlexRadio Systems is a registered trademark. For that. • Review the Owner's Manual. Step 2: Install PowerSDR™ Install the PowerSDR software. • Powered (computer type) speakers. And especially through PowerSDR™. Step 4: Configure PowerSDR™ Select the correct audio input and output ports using PowerSDR's Mixer and select the correct antenna ports with the Antenna Form. • A stabilized 13. FLEX-1500. Excitement to go! is a trademark of FlexRadio Systems. capable of 1. . 2A peak duty. F1. The Quick Start Guide is designed to get you on the air with minimum effort. FLEX5000 and PowerSDR are trademarks of FlexRadio Systems.5A continuous. • A microphone/PTT and/or CW paddles/keyer/straight key. Step 3: Power-Up the FLEX-1500™ Power-up your FLEX-1500 to complete the driver installation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.5K-Q2. • A Windows® PC.com/ for our many available support options. it continues to (rapidly) evolve. the “brains” of your transceiver.flex-radio.0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems If you run into any trouble during the set-up process. designed to meet many if not all of your Amateur Radio needs. To do this. ultra-compact transceiver. or headphones.Introduction Thank you for choosing the FlexRadio Systems® FLEX-1500™ transceiver. please: • Recheck your steps.0 port. Although setting up the FLEX-1500 is possibly a little different than you may have experienced with a traditional transceiver. FLEX-3000.8V DC power supply. • A good RF ground. • An HF-Antenna or dummy load. To get your FLEX-1500 on the air you will need: • The two cables and CD-ROM that came with your FLEX1500. The FLEX-1500 is a highly versatile. it is not necessarily more difficult. Follow these 4 steps to get on the air. • Check our website http://www. Step 1: Hook Up the FLEX-1500™ Make the physical connections to your FLEX-1500. with a USB 2. as this Quick Start Guide will hopefully demonstrate. we urge you to review the FLEX-1500 Owner's Manual.
The PowerSDR Keyer is configured for iambic paddles by default.Step 1: Hook Up the FLEX-1500™ In Step 1 you will make all the physical connections required for basic HF operation of the FLEX-1500. 2 N. The power cable is unterminated at one end to allow you to attach your own connector(s) if needed. For a straight key.5K-Q2. E: Microphone/PTT Connect your microphone/PTT to the RJ-45 MIC jack. Do not connect the Ring.8 VDC . F1. Make sure the black wire with white stripe goes to the positive and the black wire to the negative terminal of your power supply.C. The power supply must be rated for 1.8V DC power supply to the jack marked 13. Paddles. connect Tip to key and Sleeve to common. 1 5 MIC (+) 6 PTT 7 Chassis Ground 8 N. Keyer or Straight Key B: Ground Connect the terminal marked GND to your central station ground Ground For paddles or a keyer. HF Antenna 50 Ω DO NOT POWER UP THE TRANSCEIVER AT THIS TIME. Microphone/PTT C: Power Supply Use the power supply cable that came with your FLEX-1500 to hook up a stabilized 13. Ring to dash and Sleeve to common.8V.C. Pow er Supply 13. connect the Tip to dot.5A continuous duty. 1.5A Pow er Cable (included) The pin-out of the microphone jack is as follows: MIC (-) 4 +5VDC 3 N.C. Back Panel A: Antenna Connect an HF antenna with a 50 Ohm impedance or a dummy load to the BNC antenna port marked ANTENNA.0/9 © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems . Front Panel D: Paddles/Keyer/Key Connect your CW paddles. keyer or straight key to the jack marked KEY using a 1/8” stereo (TRS) plug. To change this. 2A max. please see the FLEX-1500 Owner's Manual.
Computer USB Port USB Cable (included) Proceed to Step 2: Install PowerSDR on the next page. e.Step 1: Hook Up the FLEX-1500™ F: Phones Connect either headphones or powered speakers. The plugs should insert easily with no extra force. Connect the other end to the USB 2. F1.g. Headphones Amplified Speakers 1/8” Stereo Audio Plug Co n tin u e d G: USB Locate the USB cable that came with your transceiver. Connect the end with the ferrite core to the jack marked USB.5K-Q2. a pair of computer speakers. to the jack marked Phones using a 1/8” stereo plug.0/9 © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems .0 jack on your computer.
flex-radio.com/ If you see a User Account Control screen (Windows Vista or Windows 7).5K-Q2. Click Next and then click I accept twice for the two license agreements. Insert the CD-ROM that came with your FLEX-1500 and PowerSDR Setup will automatically run. PowerSDR Setup can be downloaded from the FlexRadio website: http://www. Alternatively.0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems .Step 2: Install PowerSDR™ In Step 2 you will run the PowerSDR Setup application to install the software. click Yes. Enter your information and click Next: The FlexRadio Systems InstallShield Wizard will start with a welcome screen: F1.
0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems . If any security dialog boxes appear (Windows Vista or Windows 7).5K-Q2. Finally click Finish to complete the installation: Select FLEX-1500 as your radio type and click Next: Proceed to Step 3: Power-Up the FLEX-1500 on the next page.Step 2: Install PowerSDR™ Select a Complete install and click Next again: Co n tin u e d The InstallShield Wizard will now indicate that it is ready to install. F1. Click Install and the InstallShield Wizard will proceed to install all the software. click Install to proceed.
not at this time and click Next.5K-Q2. When completed. What happens next depends on your operating system. Select No.Step 3: Power-Up the FLEX-1500™ In Step 3 you will power-up your FLEX-1500 to complete driver installation. a notification will appear on the task bar indicating successful installation: Windows® XP®: Your computer will detect the FLEX-1500 and display the Found New Hardware Wizard Welcome screen: Proceed to Step 4: Configure PowerSDR on the next page.0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems . [continued on next page] F1. Power up your FLEX-1500: press and latch the Power button (the LED will light up). Windows® Vista® & Windows® 7®: Windows will indicate that it recognizes the FLEX-1500 and load the drivers in the background.
5K-Q2. Proceed to Step 4: Configure PowerSDR on the next page.Step 3: Power-Up the FLEX-1500™ Co n tin u e d Select Install the software automatically (Recommended) and click Next. after which it will display an installation complete screen: Click Finish to complete the installation. The Wizard will now find and install the FLEX1500 driver.0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems . F1.
The Audio Mixer is used to select the ones you are using and set their audio levels (just like with a sound card). Click Mixer in the menu bar of PowerSDR. FlexRadio Systems Software and select the PowerSDR version you just installed (if this is not the first time you have installed PowerSDR. you may have multiple versions on your computer). F1. Check Phones to select the front Phones jack. either by double-clicking on the desktop icon you created during installation. Check Mic as the Input to select the front Mic jack. FlexRadio Systems. Click Continue. then All Programs. B: Configure the FLEX-1500 Audio Mixer Your FLEX-1500 has two inputs (MIC. Click the red X at the top right to close.0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems .5K-Q2. Click OK and let the routine run. Set the Receive and Transmit Antenna both to PA. FlexWire Out).Step 4: Configure PowerSDR™ A: Run the PowerSDR Setup Wizard Make sure your FLEX-1500 is powered up and run PowerSDR. Next the PowerSDR Setup Wizard will start and a Mobile Warning screen will open. or clicking on Start. The first time PowerSDR starts up it will run an optimization routine. FlexWire In) and two outputs (Phones. C: Configure the Antenna Selection Click Antenna in the menu bar of PowerSDR to open the Antenna Selection window. Click the red X at the top right to close.
click the Start button at the top left to operate your FLEX-1500.0/9 ` © 2010 Flex-Radio Systems .5K-Q2. In PowerSDR. which can be found in the Docs folder on the CD-ROM that came with your transceiver. Co n tin u e d F1. you are referred to the FLEX-1500 Owner's Manual.Step 4: Configure PowerSDR D: Click Start Congratulations! You've now completed all the steps required to set up your FLEX-1500. For more information. This Quick Start Guide provides only the basic steps to set up your FLEX-1500.
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