I note that there were almost 3,000
messages on this email list in December and we are currently at
2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the
month!). If you are not following the traffic, or come to the
party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is
not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the
files section aren't helpful. They are fantastic in fact for
emergent discussion! But a mail group is not the best way for
anybody to source tried and true information about anything. A
website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent
endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie
question over and over again.
I figured I should do something about this, so check out
The website is at an early stage of development. It will contain
two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the
more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented
as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and
You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.
News items from the last 3 days include:
- a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
- removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary
- a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
- a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several
I figured that these news items should reference the actual
iogroups list items. I will update some of the news stories
that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have
been summarised and/or edited lightly.
The other type of information on the website is intended to be
a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and
modding the uBitx. Static pages will summarise everything that
a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.
Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for
which ones are popular/proven. Currently, I have begun pages
covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished
There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started
section. For example:
- Reverse voltage and over-current protection
- Microphone options
- Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
Wiring up a paddle and straight key
Getting support when things go wrong
I look forward to:
- comments about the website's purpose, layout and example
- ways to improve and extend the website further
- offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@...
This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation
where bum advice is shared with others that makes life a
This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating
blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!
I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about
1/2 hour from me). I look forward to reading the mail later
today! Brickbats, bouquets and all!