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Re: uBITx.net website

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

As here 

On 28 Jan 2018 09:25, "chris gress" <chrisg0wfh@...> wrote:
I got them box's at my local shop used them for my bitx sets nice cases chris G0WFH

On 28 Jan 2018 07:09, "G1WDF" <wobblyandflo@...> wrote:
A handy reference source is a great idea, thank you.

In the enclosure tag the New Zealand sourced box is available in the UK.

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/two-part-large-abs-plastic-box-bz77j

Hopefully of use to UK builders.

Cheers, Richard.


Re: uBITx.net website

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

I got them box's at my local shop used them for my bitx sets nice cases chris G0WFH

On 28 Jan 2018 07:09, "G1WDF" <wobblyandflo@...> wrote:
A handy reference source is a great idea, thank you.

In the enclosure tag the New Zealand sourced box is available in the UK.

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/two-part-large-abs-plastic-box-bz77j

Hopefully of use to UK builders.

Cheers, Richard.


uBITx.net news summary

Mike Woods
 

Today the following items were added to http://uBitx.net/

Alternative software for your uBITx

Tuning up

Another audio pop mod

Relay datasheet

The following news story from the day before also had significant additions as a result of a new email posting on the BITX20 group:

The first TFT display for uBITx

Thanks for all the positive feedback to the launch.  I am pleased that people find the site is heading in the right direction. I have been busy taking on comments and making some changes to the website.  I have fixed the issue with the news categories and tag cloud not working properly.  The website will no doubt evolve further over the next week or two!   But, I didn't do much on the mods summaries today ... too much other stuff to do.

I have had a number of suggestions for content come in, many of which were actioned immediately.  If you want to feature a product that enhances the uBITx just write to me. I will find some way to do this.

I have had one offer of help, which I will be taking up!  If a few people are willing to add newsworthy items on a roster basis, the burden of keeping the website up to date will be eased. The "FAQ content" will change more slowly than the news content.  Good writers are needed, but there is not a lot of work as content is sourced directly from email list postings.   Summarising postings (or elaborating if they are too cryptic) and improving readability, correcting spelling or grammar is all that is required.   I am linking each to the BITX20 email reference to make it easy for people to browse the relevant thread.

A typical day will probably have around 2 news items.  Today was a bit atypical, as list activity was way up, and there were several interesting developments today!

I will respond separately to the email from the list moderators.

73 Mike ZL1AXG

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Re: uBITx.net website

G1WDF
 

A handy reference source is a great idea, thank you.

In the enclosure tag the New Zealand sourced box is available in the UK.

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/two-part-large-abs-plastic-box-bz77j

Hopefully of use to UK builders.

Cheers, Richard.


Re: FS: Bitx AGC Kits

 

I should have posted this before. 

To any and all outside the lower 48, if you want a board send me your mailing address and I will check with the post to see about cost. 
It may or may not be worth it in some cases but I will do my best to accommodate everyone I can.
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 N8DAH
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PiZeroW Controlling a uBitx

Diver Martin <diver.martin@...>
 

Anyone thought about using a PiZeroW (or even a regular RPi) for controlling a uBitx?

I thought to myself, while pondering my design decisions, "Hey, a PiZeroW is $10.  A Teensy3.2 is $20..."  Looking quickly at the pinout, it has spi and i2c, and a few GPIO's.  I don't have any experience programming the raspberry pis, but adding an i2s audio dac (or two) could easily do DSP audio, spectrum display, etc... I have my RpiZeroW hooked up to a 3.5" TFT touchscreen display I got off amazon... (https://www.amazon.com/UCTRONICS-Display-Touch-Screen-Raspberry/dp/B073QGW2M6/)

Mostly just curious.  Doubt I'll change directions with my top mod PCB, but it certainly could be an interesting option (The RpiZeroW consumes ~250mA @ 5V as I recall)

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Re: FS: Bitx AGC Kits

AA7GW Gary
 

I definitely want (1) kit

Gary
Sent from my iPhone
AA7GW

On Jan 27, 2018, at 10:58 PM, N8DAH <Dherron@...> wrote:

I have 10 kits ready to go with another 10 for kits or pre-built.

This was posted on DuWayne KV4QB's site found here 

Thank you DuWayne for the use of the board layout and files!

All kits will come with:

PCB x 1

Parts placement layout x 1

2N3904 x 1

2N7000 x 1

47uf x 2

1N4148 x 1

100R x 3

100k x 3

10k x 1 this is extra for the user to play with attack or input values.

2k2 x 1

.1uf x 2 unmarked tan

If you lose anything let me know I will send you a replacement.

This is the 3rd run of the boards, many users here have this AGC already in use myself included. It was setup for the Bitx40 but I have not tested it with the Ubitx yet (should work).

 

Cost and options:

#1 - Kits 13$ shipped

#2 - Pre-built OT service 15$ shipped and tested

Please contact me before you send any money the last two times I have offered just the boards they sold out in under 24 hours.

As before I am not yet a store so please have patience and 1st come 1st serve. If all goes well I have plans to roll the income from this run into purchasing Eagle and making a new adjustable AGC with all surface mount, surface mount led zero beat and more!

Contact me directly for more information or orders: dherron at live dot com

I will send you a confirmation and direct you to my paypal for payment.

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FS: Bitx AGC Kits

 

I have 10 kits ready to go with another 10 for kits or pre-built.

This was posted on DuWayne KV4QB's site found here 

Thank you DuWayne for the use of the board layout and files!

All kits will come with:

PCB x 1

Parts placement layout x 1

2N3904 x 1

2N7000 x 1

47uf x 2

1N4148 x 1

100R x 3

100k x 3

10k x 1 this is extra for the user to play with attack or input values.

2k2 x 1

.1uf x 2 unmarked tan

If you lose anything let me know I will send you a replacement.

This is the 3rd run of the boards, many users here have this AGC already in use myself included. It was setup for the Bitx40 but I have not tested it with the Ubitx yet (should work).

 

Cost and options:

#1 - Kits 13$ shipped

#2 - Pre-built OT service 15$ shipped and tested

Please contact me before you send any money the last two times I have offered just the boards they sold out in under 24 hours.

As before I am not yet a store so please have patience and 1st come 1st serve. If all goes well I have plans to roll the income from this run into purchasing Eagle and making a new adjustable AGC with all surface mount, surface mount led zero beat and more!

Contact me directly for more information or orders: dherron at live dot com

I will send you a confirmation and direct you to my paypal for payment.


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David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com


Re: uBITX woes, feeling disheartened. #ubitx

 

The band change relays operate only when the PTT is pressed in the uBitx. I have made
mods to keep the relays operating in RX and you can hear the band change then only.

Disadvantage is that the RX current consumption increases when relays are always on.

Raj

At 28/01/2018, you wrote:
I feel like my relays are not working
the only click i make is on ptt but the relays make no noise when going on through the bands...
i think that signal is not making it to the antenna...


Re: uBITX Firmware (CEC) 0.30 released (Test version). #ubitx

Ian Lee
 

Dave

Thanks for your information.

My modified code (Ron's cw keying) does not use A7 for factory shipping users.
Until now, the firmware concept was applied without modification of the hardware.
I am going to end this project because I do not have any further improvements without hardware modifications.

When additional uBITX order arrives, I try to do a variety of fun H / W hacks.At that time, I will use A7 as Paddle and connect to S.Meter.

Ian KD8CEC

2018-01-28 6:14 GMT+09:00 Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...>:

Ian 

The v.30 with Ron’s CW Keying code does include adding the 4.7k pull-up at A7, as a modification to hardware.

I’m planning on adding both 4.7K chip resistors directly on the pads of the Raduino so there are no loose resistors to mount at the key jack(s).

Dave WI6R

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 27, 2018, at 2:39 AM, Ian Lee <kd8cec@...> wrote:

I have not posted it on my blog separately since it is a test version. When the test is complete,  write a usage and post it.
I am writing for someone who is interested and test.  If I get an error report or a fix, I'll fix it and make it into github's 0.31 branch.

Here is a brief description of the change from 0.30.
improved CW Keying, Frequency Tune and CW performance according to users' requirements.
In particular, CW Keying applied ron's logic for use with original hardware. also made it possible to set the CW Key ADC range to reduce errors in CW.
ADC monitoring function is added to know the exact resistance and key contact status.
I thought that if you set your own ADC range using the measured values here, you would get an error. I need to test these things, so I leave this post.

removed all existing sources related to frequency tune. And i applied threshold, weight about speed, and steps. The problem of changing the frequency at the moment of catching the knob has probably disappeared. when the threshold has been exceeded, start frequency changing, i added some logic to prevent the thresholds from becoming unnatural.
If you want to fine-tune, slowly turn it and the threshold will be applied continuously and change very slowly.
The tune steps you can select now are 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, but you can change them in uBITX Manager 0.31 (now working)
You can change the step by pressing the function key for a long time. If you keep pressing it, Diallock will work.

The ham band movement applied at 0.28 was set to 0.30, so that region1 was set as the default.
Of course, you can change to the previous operation state by pressing the function key in the band select menu for a long time.
And like the 0.28 version, you can set up to 10 frequency bands in uBITX Manager to suit your country or your liking.

Please refer to below for the improvements and how to upload firmware and more detail.
The source and compiled firmware can be found in the release below link.
https://github.com/phdlee/ubitx

How to upload firmware and use version up to version 0.27
http://www.hamskey.com

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KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
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KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)


Re: First Microbitx QSO

Rob Snow
 

That's awesome!  I'm jelly! (jealous)

Rob


Re: First Microbitx QSO

alphaindia4oscartango
 

72/73 de Chas ai4ot


First Microbitx QSO

Charles D. Smith
 

Using a hamstick hanging out of my apartment window, I just made my first qso (ve3rb) with my microbitx!  On 75meters no less!!!  Often I listen on this band with my mkars80, but I never transmit.  (Winter field day is active!)
I also just received an Arduino and recently got W8TEE’s “projects” book. Slowly, I’m going to teach myself how to “code.”  
I’m going to play with this radio as-is for a while and learn a lot more before changing the code or doing hardware mods. I actually find the tuning easy to use and the tx/rx pop doesn’t freak me out because I listen mostly.
I put the radio in an test instrument case I got at a hamfest many years ago. I only had to buy the little 10cm cables to connect separate the lcd from the raduino (but it took three weeks because the amazon vendor sent the wrong cables -m/m- the first time. Ugg!  They said keep them and they offered a partial refund. The correct ones came today!)
These photos show part of the assembly process.
image1.jpeg

image2.jpeg


Re: Tuning clicks on bitx40 #bitx40help

radioant@...
 

Thanks for the reply Jerry. And thanks for the advice. I tried putting a 1000uF and a .1uF cap across the input of the regulator and it made no difference. I even ran the raduano with a separate power supply and the clicks were just as loud.  When I observed the tuning clicks on the scope at the output of the vfo it looks like the RF signal stop's then the tuning pulse then the RF continues. I hear this can be a. problem. The version of software is I think 1.01 when the unit is turned on. Thank you Bob WB2TFG.


Re: uBITX woes, feeling disheartened. #ubitx

César EA3IAV
 

I feel like my relays are not working
the only click i make is on ptt but the relays make no noise when going on through the bands...
i think that signal is not making it to the antenna...


Re: UBITX Touch Control TFT Display

Joe
 

The device the review refers to, was for an UNO and not the atmega2560, huge difference in number pins and performance.
We only suggest an Atmega 2560.  Low cost,and tons of Spare I/O a
The UNO is not recommended.

Joe
VE1BWV


On Jan 27, 2018 at 4:57 PM, <Joe> wrote:

All valid inputs.
But with the atmega2560 the user has more inputs and output pins then one could ever use.  With the radio all wired I would estimate more than 25 spare pins

Joe
VE1BWV


On Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 11:40 AM Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io <jgaffke=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I had never heard of elegoo.com, that looks like a good steer.
They have some nice Arduino starter kits.
However, their 2.8" TFT display is not well documented, and burns an awful lot of pins.

Here's a reply to a question up on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/asin/B01EUVJYME/4/ref=ask_ql_psf_ql_hza?isAnswered=true
      I just went through all of the pins marked on the board and the code for the support libraries.
      It appears that the display hogs all of the pins with the exception of the A5 and the serial I/O pins 0 and 1.
      This pretty much precludes the use of any other peripheral devices using Wire, SPI, or I2C.
      The SD card uses digital pins 10 through 13, so if you don't need the SD card, you can snip those pins off
      (and don't include the SD library in your project). Otherwise the options are limited.

Not what I'm looking for.  
I'd prefer a display with just a 4 wire SPI interface, and power and ground.
Recommendations solicited.

Regarding the si5351 PLL chip breakout board, in addition to adafruit.com, there is also etherkit.com and qrp-labs.com
Hans of qrp-labs is active on this forum, a kit for his board is $7.75
    https://qrp-labs.com/synth.html
The others come fully soldered up, which some may prefer.

Jerry, KE7ER




On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 06:42 pm, Joe wrote:
Brein,
 
I use the following: HARDWARE
 
DISPLAY - Optimum size - 2.8inch TFT - I have tried several types and sizes from various companies - hit and miss. some work but poor clarity etc.
 
Having used the elegoo 2.8 inch  TFT Display with pen - from "amazon" has resulted in 100 percent working, clear, clean, crisp displays.
I have ordered 4 over time and quality is persistent. Price  around $15.00 shipped.  Best choice
 
 
Arduino Module : Atmega 2560 - Ebay is cheapest source at less then $10.00...  Any Atmega 2560 will work..
I have many different company modules and have found they all work great...
 
DDS module -  SI5351  module (not just the chip)- available from Ebay or Adafruit direct or amazon around $11.00
 


Re: Inkits India QRP kits

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

Thanks I just got the last one from his eBay page sorted chris

On 27 Jan 2018 22:10, "Doug W" <dougwilner@...> wrote:
I think Inkits is Sunil's new site.  Try the old one...

https://amateurradiokits.in/product/jbot-qrp-amp/


Re: Inkits India QRP kits

Doug W
 

I think Inkits is Sunil's new site.  Try the old one...

https://amateurradiokits.in/product/jbot-qrp-amp/


Re: UBITX Touch Control TFT Display

Glenn
 

Have a look at the Digole range of displays. They can be driven via UART, I2C or SPI. Jumper selectable on the back.

Various sizes available. They have an on board PIC which simplifies the usage of them and reduces code space required in Arduino.

They are not the cheapest displays around but having bought serval and with no problems of poor quality, can reccommend them.

http://www.digole.com/index.php?categoryID=153

glenn

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Re: No TX #ubitx

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

OK and good rf from the drivers I am in the dark with the ubix hope you get it sorted soon chris

On 27 Jan 2018 21:58, "César EA3IAV" <Cesarleon@...> wrote:
Yes. 13,5v