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Re: BITX QSO Afternoon/Night, Sunday, January 21, 3PM/7PM Local Time, 7277 kHz in North America, 7177 kHz elsewhere

 

Worked NX2U Mike in TN !
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Re: BITX QSO Afternoon/Night, Sunday, January 21, 3PM/7PM Local Time, 7277 kHz in North America, 7177 kHz elsewhere

John P
 

I hear N8DAH!
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Re: Power Supply Option

David Lacey
 

Dirty DC made for striplights (led`s) noisy as hell I would guess !
Dave

On 21/01/2018 18:10, Rob Snow wrote:
I'm looking at this 12v 30a/360w power supply that was suggested by someone recently.  It has adustable output and runs a whopping $21.49 delivered from Amazon.  If it doesn't suck, it'll be handy to have around.


Re: BITX QSO Afternoon/Night, Sunday, January 21, 3PM/7PM Local Time, 7277 kHz in North America, 7177 kHz elsewhere

John P
 

Calling CQ on 7277. Not hearing anything except a little splatter from 7275.
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Re: Speaker query #ubitx

Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...>
 

The issue with small speakers for communications use is that you want something quite different from HiFi speakers in several aspects.

While I use headphones exclusively for operating, I do like to “read the mail” (listen) while working in the shop. 

The key is proper frequency response, good absorption of sound off the back of the diaphragm to limit distortion caused be the reflections hitting the diaphragm, and proper strength magnet to control the voice coil movement.

For our communications headphones we build a metal frame, Mylar cone driver with Neodymium magnet that provides high sensitivity but huge dynamic range, 200-6000Hz response to cut off noise that is of no value and quite fatiguing to listen to and the Mylar cone (diaphragm) is not disturbed by moisture and temperature changes to give excellent control over the voice coil positioning.

I could make available to the community a kit with a 50mm, 32 Ohm driver, foam dampening and mounting hardware (3mm standoff’s, Screws, lock washers and nuts) 2 mounting points, if enough people are interested. I can make one and show how it could be installed.

 Output can be attenuated even as these are easy to drive and the uBITX has tons of output.

Dave WI6R
Google “radiosport headsets” 


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On Jan 21, 2018, at 10:51 AM, philip yates <phil@...> wrote:

Mine is a 2watt rated ex-Yaesu VR5000 speaker.
8Ω 2w 3inch.

Think you have to take into the baffle effect of the panel that its mounted behind, mine sounds
good, saying that I did plug it into my Yaesu SP-8, decided that the 3inch speaker was far better.

Phil - G7BZD

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 6:47 PM, ohwenzelph via Groups.Io <Ohwenzelph@...> wrote:
On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 09:25 am, <tommason56@...> wrote:
Gents. Many thanks for your responses, very much appreciated. 
73.
Tom
M3TEG.
Best speaker:
Impression/suspicion from following this thread for a while is that with the Bitx40v3, which uses a LM386, that people have been happiest when the speaker is not tiny, so maybe 4 to 8 inches would be good, and it seems like 16 ohms might be better than 8.


Nobody mentions how many watts the speaker is rated for so maybe that’s not an issue.


If you do some comparisons and think you have found a definitive solution to the question then please post it. I have tried a bunch of smaller 8 ohm speakers and some are a bit nicer than others but so far have no conclusion as to which direction is best. There is a lot of high pitched sound that I do not need, above 3 kilo hertz, that comes out of my bitx40v3, I have attenuated it some but don’t know where it’s coming from, and I would like to get rid of it at the source.

Good luck!
 
jerry aa1of/6


Re: Power Supply Option

Joe Puma
 

Make sure the brand is mega watt and not the cheap Chinese knockoff. The cheap ones don’t have proper RF filtering and they use cheap fans. 

The fan on my mega watt 26amp was noticeable too and I complained. They sent me a fan that was quieter, less cfm’s but it did the trick. And I’ve been using it with a 100W radio doing digital modes and it hardly works up a sweat. 

Joe
KD2NFC 


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On Jan 21, 2018, at 1:10 PM, Rob Snow <rsnow@...> wrote:

I'm looking at this 12v 30a/360w power supply that was suggested by someone recently.  It has adustable output and runs a whopping $21.49 delivered from Amazon.  If it doesn't suck, it'll be handy to have around.

Re: Verifying errors with version 1.27.7

Arv Evans
 

KC9SGV

"I wish I had some prior Arduino expertise...."

Arduino expertise can easily be had by purchasing a cheap Ebay sourced Arduino NANO and
doing some of your own software for that device.  It is easy to use the "examples" code as basis
for your own digital voltmeters, period counters, frequency counters, audio generators, and
so on. 

Arv  K7HKL
_._


On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM, KC9SGV <kc9sgv@...> wrote:
The sketch now compiles after getting some more libraries.
I still get an upload error.

With the BitX40 off, the IDE does not see the com port.
With the BitX40, on, the serial monitor shows the *Si5350 ON, but the IDE returns an upload error after compiling the Sketch successfully.

I wish I had some prior Arduino expertise....
KC9SGV


On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:04 PM, Vic WA4THR via Groups.Io <vhklein@...> wrote:
You do need to include some libraries or it will return errors. Once that was done in my case, every sketch has compiled and loaded to the Raduino without a hitch.

=Vic=



Re: uBITX woes, feeling disheartened. #ubitx

Chris Herd <zl2tch@...>
 

Hi All

I have a suggestion, note I dont have a uBITX yet, I have one ordered so I cannot test this.

 If you disconnect the PA power at the DC input socket the transmitter wont produce RF.

The path from the antenna to the PA output transformer is DC when the PTT is activated, note the PA transformer end it at earth.

Use a multimeter set to ohms and measure the resistance between ground on the radio board and the antenna output while activating the PTT, it should be very low.

You also need to check the bands that activate the other LOW pass filters.

Hopefully this can help steer the thinking in others.

Best regards

Chris
ZL2TCH 

Re: Verifying errors with version 1.27.7

Jack, W8TEE
 

I'm running Win 7 most of the time and I have this happen, too. Sometimes, unplugging/plugging the USB connectors fixes it. Other times, I have to close the Arduino IDE completely, and reload it. Sometimes I unload the IDE and also unplug the USB connector. Usually, I get an audible sound from the computer when the system finds the port. Other times when it doesn't see it, I get a rapid beep-beep-beep tone telling me it doesn't see it, but knows the connector is connected. If that happens, I go to the Drivers directory of the IDE and run the installer. If it still doesn't work, I do a total reboot of the system. If none of these work, I take a nap.

Jack, W8TEE




From: KC9SGV <kc9sgv@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:54 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Verifying errors with version 1.27.7

The sketch now compiles after getting some more libraries.
I still get an upload error.

With the BitX40 off, the IDE does not see the com port.
With the BitX40, on, the serial monitor shows the *Si5350 ON, but the IDE returns an upload error after compiling the Sketch successfully.

I wish I had some prior Arduino expertise....
KC9SGV


On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:04 PM, Vic WA4THR via Groups.Io <vhklein@...> wrote:
You do need to include some libraries or it will return errors. Once that was done in my case, every sketch has compiled and loaded to the Raduino without a hitch.

=Vic=



Re: Speaker query #ubitx

philip yates
 

Mine is a 2watt rated ex-Yaesu VR5000 speaker.
8Ω 2w 3inch.

Think you have to take into the baffle effect of the panel that its mounted behind, mine sounds
good, saying that I did plug it into my Yaesu SP-8, decided that the 3inch speaker was far better.

Phil - G7BZD

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 6:47 PM, ohwenzelph via Groups.Io <Ohwenzelph@...> wrote:
On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 09:25 am, <tommason56@...> wrote:
Gents. Many thanks for your responses, very much appreciated. 
73.
Tom
M3TEG.
Best speaker:
Impression/suspicion from following this thread for a while is that with the Bitx40v3, which uses a LM386, that people have been happiest when the speaker is not tiny, so maybe 4 to 8 inches would be good, and it seems like 16 ohms might be better than 8.


Nobody mentions how many watts the speaker is rated for so maybe that’s not an issue.


If you do some comparisons and think you have found a definitive solution to the question then please post it. I have tried a bunch of smaller 8 ohm speakers and some are a bit nicer than others but so far have no conclusion as to which direction is best. There is a lot of high pitched sound that I do not need, above 3 kilo hertz, that comes out of my bitx40v3, I have attenuated it some but don’t know where it’s coming from, and I would like to get rid of it at the source.

Good luck!
 
jerry aa1of/6


Re: Power Supply Option

Thomas Noel <tnoel@...>
 

There is a company MegaWatt in Santa Clarita California that markets a very similar looking line of power supplies, but they are heavily filtered and regulated. They are twice the price as what you link, but I can personally attest to their quality. There are many knock-off clones marketed from China that are junk from a radio use standpoint.

Thomas Noel
KF7RSF

Re: Speaker query #ubitx

ohwenzelph
 

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 09:25 am, <tommason56@...> wrote:
Gents. Many thanks for your responses, very much appreciated. 
73.
Tom
M3TEG.
Best speaker:
Impression/suspicion from following this thread for a while is that with the Bitx40v3, which uses a LM386, that people have been happiest when the speaker is not tiny, so maybe 4 to 8 inches would be good, and it seems like 16 ohms might be better than 8.


Nobody mentions how many watts the speaker is rated for so maybe that’s not an issue.


If you do some comparisons and think you have found a definitive solution to the question then please post it. I have tried a bunch of smaller 8 ohm speakers and some are a bit nicer than others but so far have no conclusion as to which direction is best. There is a lot of high pitched sound that I do not need, above 3 kilo hertz, that comes out of my bitx40v3, I have attenuated it some but don’t know where it’s coming from, and I would like to get rid of it at the source.

Good luck!
 
jerry aa1of/6

Re: Speaker query #ubitx

Tim Gorman
 

Some speakers require a specific damping factor to sound the best. A
small speaker in a small case, e.g. a microphone, has a high damping
factor, it keeps the speaker cone travel from moving too far. Your
fingers may be doing the same thing. Volume depends on the amount of
air the speaker moves. With no damping it may be moving out to the
maximum point of travel and just vibrating at that point instead of
using the full travel possible from the speaker.

tim ab0wr

On Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:58:06 -1000
"Steve Thatcher" <stevep2p@...> wrote:

While Tom's got your attention on speakers, I've got a interesting
problem: I have a 1.5", 8 Ohm speaker I liberated from an old FRS
radio. As you can imagine, the sound quality from this speaker on the
BTX40 is not very good. However, when I encircle the speaker with my
thumb and forefinger, the volume and clarity improve dramatically.
I've tried putting it in a piece of PVC, or surrounding it with a
metallic "ring", and no change. What gives? Do I have magic
fingers? BTW the MFJ 281 accessory speaker is working pretty good
for my '40. My first (of many, I suppose....) post to the group.
Hope I did this right....Aloha, Steve WH6ST

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Re: Power Supply Option

Steve
 

I bought something that looks pretty much exactly the same.  Be advised, as soon as you put any load on it, the fan will come on.  I just moments ago put a load on mine (a CB radio under TX), and the fan noise increased substantially.  I used the CB to test it as I recall previously using the PS and having it go to 16-18V under load (hence the CB- didn't want to risk my good stuff....).  This time it stayed at 12.8 or so.  YMMV.  Aloha, Steve WH6ST

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Re: #ubitx and 6 meters #ubitx

Tom Christian
 

Thank you for testing that, Marco!  I really appreciate it!  Thanks also for the comments, Bill.  When my ubitx finally arrives, I'll do some follow up.
Tom
AB7WT

Re: Power Supply Option

Rob Snow
 

I'm looking at this 12v 30a/360w power supply that was suggested by someone recently.  It has adustable output and runs a whopping $21.49 delivered from Amazon.  If it doesn't suck, it'll be handy to have around.

Re: Speaker query #ubitx

Steve
 

While Tom's got your attention on speakers, I've got a interesting problem:  I have a 1.5", 8 Ohm speaker I liberated from an old FRS radio.  As you can imagine, the sound quality from this speaker on the BTX40 is not very good.  However, when I encircle the speaker with my thumb and forefinger, the volume and clarity improve dramatically.  I've tried putting it in a piece of PVC, or surrounding it with a metallic "ring", and no change.  What gives?  Do I have magic fingers?  BTW the MFJ 281 accessory speaker is working pretty good for my '40.  My first (of many, I suppose....) post to the group.  Hope I did this right....Aloha, Steve WH6ST

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Re: Verifying errors with version 1.27.7

KC9SGV <kc9sgv@...>
 

The sketch now compiles after getting some more libraries.
I still get an upload error.

With the BitX40 off, the IDE does not see the com port.
With the BitX40, on, the serial monitor shows the *Si5350 ON, but the IDE returns an upload error after compiling the Sketch successfully.

I wish I had some prior Arduino expertise....
KC9SGV


On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:04 PM, Vic WA4THR via Groups.Io <vhklein@...> wrote:
You do need to include some libraries or it will return errors. Once that was done in my case, every sketch has compiled and loaded to the Raduino without a hitch.

=Vic=


Speaker query #ubitx

tommason56@...
 

Gents. Many thanks for your responses, very much appreciated. 
73.
Tom
M3TEG.

Re: Speaker query #ubitx

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

I only ever used headphones much better when portable chris G0WFH

On 21 Jan 2018 16:26, "philip yates" <phil@...> wrote:
Using an 8Ω 2 watt 3 inch speaker with my Bitx40, sounds really nice.
Now looking for the same for my µBitx.

Phil - G7BZD

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 3:54 PM, Tim Gorman <tgorman2@...> wrote:
Tom,

I don't know the impedance but I have always used commercial
communications speakers like this:
www.ebay.com/itm/GE-Mobile-Dash-Mount-Speaker-Black-Vintage-Classic-w-Wire-Harness-4389/311026638213?hash=item486aa1dd85:g:MWoAAOSwxH1T1DiK

They just seem to work better with every radio I have owned, from Icom
to Kenwood to Yaesu. I suspect even with a bitx/ubitx.

I even used to have an old outdoor movie speaker that was terrific but
it got lost in my various moves in the past. Shame.

tim ab0wr

On Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:23:21 -0800
tommason56@... wrote:

> Hi. I'm new to these kits but before I get too involved with the
> building is there a specific value of speaker (3.2/8 ohm) that
> performs better. Any help greatly appreciated.
>
> 73.
> Tom.
> M3TEG