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Re: uBitx 321/3 is starting to come together #ubitx

Daniel Conklin
 

Brien,
I'm interested in your design.  Have you made some progress since you posted this?  Any new photos?
Dan, W2DLC

Re: Placed order #ubitx

Steve
 

Well, to assuage one's delivery anxiety, one could purchase a $1.59 electronic gizmo from Aliexpress or Banggood, and have it delivered in 4 days, free delivery.  Do that once a week and bask in the amazement of modern commerce, sans tarrifs...Aloha, Steve

Re: Placed order #ubitx

Richard Spohn
 

These would be valid points for the run-of-the-mill commercial
company, but be aware: the uBitx is a unique product, an excellent
radio offered at a crazy-reasonable cost, as the vision of one man who
is now coping with the herculean effort of realizing his dream with
what amounts to a skeleton crew. He has proven that he can be trusted
to deliver. We can do him - and the ham radio community as a whole -
a huge favor by being patient while he loses sleep and jeopardizes his
health in order to fulfill our orders. - Rich WB2GXM

On 3/29/18, yachtdesign@... <yachtdesign@...> wrote:
ok, I`m also still waiting.
I can understand that if parts are missing there would be a delay, what I
can not understand is the way of "communication". It should not be any
problem to inform buyer about the delay with an e-mail, if someone think
that this is too much work, simply with an announcement in this forum or on
the web page.
 No information, but collecting money, makes buyers not happy and the risk
that they will escalate this behaviour to pay-pal will increase with the
risk that the easy possibility to order and pay will be stopped.

Re: #bitx40 #ubitx #bitx40 #ubitx

RCBoatGuy
 

I, for one, am very interested in building it. 

If I am honest, I  am probably drawn to the uBitx more for the learning and experimental aspect than the out-of-the-box functionality of it.  Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful radio out of the box, but the open source nature of it really appeals to me.  I have so  much to learn yet, and I can't think of a better way than constantly trying to tinker with a known good design. 

73,

Carl, K0MWC

Tuning Display Problem #bitx40help

AGØH
 

I recently completed putting together my BitX40 kit.  The only modification I made to it was substituting a 10K-10 turn potentiometer for the original pot.  I obtained the kit last December and the original sketch has NOT been replaced in the Raduino.

The time arrived to supply power to the kit.  As I did so, the kit came alive with a few squeals, howls and ticking noises and then settled down.  I had no indication on the display screen. 

So, I powered down and remembered that I had read in the forum to check out the Raduino by removing it from the kit and powering it up with the Arduino IDE program.  To make a long story short, I did that and the display immediately came alive with a display.  I checked my wiring in the kit and that was as it should be, i.e. the correct wires were hooked up to the correct pins and all grounds were in place. 

I put back the Raduino into the case and hooked up the two connectors and again applied power.  This time, the display lit up and the display ticked up to 7.100 and remained there. There was no change in the display frequency as I moved the tuning shaft. I powered down the unit and unplugged the tuning control from the Raduino.  I checked the 10K pot for resistance  and could see that it was operating correctly although it seemed that I needed to reverse the outer wires, leaving the violet wire connected to the wiper. (I changed the wire positions because the 1 turn pot outside connections were reversed comparing it to the 10 turn pot.

When I powered it up, this time the display ticked DOWN to 6.999. Turning the tuning shaft again resulted in no change to the displayed frequency.

In searching the forum for ‘BitX40 tuning problems, I came up with a posting written by Allard (for version 1.04) concerning the optional use of a 10 turn tuning pot.  He writes that two lines of code in the sketch need to be changed to allow smooth operation across the entire band. 

Is my failure to change those two lines of code the reason why I can’t change the frequency on my display or are there are there other problems that would cause this?

BTW, I do have adequate audio and a change in RF noise is very prominent when I attach an antenna.

Thanks for any and all suggestions….Keith -   AGØH

BITX QSO Afternoon/Evening, Sunday, April 1, 3PM & 7PM Local Time, 7277 kHz in North America, 7177 kHz elsewhere.

John P
 

BITX QSO Afternoon/Evening, Sunday, April 1, 3PM & 7PM Local Time, 7277 kHz in North America, 7177 kHz elsewhere.

Join us as we make contacts from BITX40 to BITX40 on 7.277 MHz in 40 meters!

This is a worldwide event for BITX40 stations starting at 7pm in each time zone. To participate, call CQ BITX on Sunday, starting at 3PM and/or 7PM your local time. The BITX QSO Night continues through the evening and conditions usually improve after sunset, so it is worthwhile to participate later in the evening.

Suggested Best Operating Practices:

Work at QRP power levels unless conditions require more power.
Call and listen for CQ BITX on the hour and every quarter hour.
It is helpful if you call CQ BITX with your callsign, name and location. 
Repeat your callsign a number of times during your CQ BITX and during QSO's.
Start a QSO by confirming the callsign, location, name and signal report of the other operator.
Say the callsign, name and location of the other operator so others can hear.
If the frequency is busy, avoid long conversations.
After your initial QSO is complete, ask if there are any other stations who would like to contact.

Report your QSO's, discuss propagation, noise, signal reports, audio reports, antenna type, etc. in this thread.

This is an undirected, scheduled event.  The BITX QSO Night relies on you to call CQ BITX to initiate contacts with other stations, so warm up that final and transmit a few calls on Sunday evening.  Talk to you then!
--
John - WA2FZW

Re: Placed order #ubitx

a.vision
 

Well said thankfully I am sure that you speak for the majority of purchaser's 

Regards Graham


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-------- Original message --------
From: Richard Spohn <wb2gxm@...>
Date: 29/03/2018 20:01 (GMT+00:00)
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Placed order #ubitx

These would be valid points for the run-of-the-mill commercial
company, but be aware:  the uBitx is a unique product, an excellent
radio offered at a crazy-reasonable cost, as the vision of one man who
is now coping with the herculean effort of realizing his dream with
what amounts to a skeleton crew.  He has proven that he can be trusted
to deliver.  We can do him - and the ham radio community as a whole -
a huge favor by being patient while he loses sleep and jeopardizes his
health in order to fulfill our orders. - Rich WB2GXM

On 3/29/18, yachtdesign@... <yachtdesign@...> wrote:
> ok, I`m also still waiting.
> I can understand that if parts are missing there would be a delay, what I
> can not understand is the way of "communication". It should not be any
> problem to inform buyer about the delay with an e-mail, if someone think
> that this is too much work, simply with an announcement in this forum or on
> the web page.
>  No information, but collecting money, makes buyers not happy and the risk
> that they will escalate this behaviour to pay-pal will increase with the
> risk that the easy possibility to order and pay will be stopped.
>



Re: uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

K9HZ <bill@...>
 

Arduino Nano….

 

 

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From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of w7hd.rh
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:27 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

 

What device are you compiling for?  What are your settings in Sketch?  Can you guess at what I'm doing wrong?

I haven't had a problem before on previous builds.

Ron W7HD

 

On 03/29/2018 11:00 AM, K9HZ wrote:

Complied fine for me…  Just turning the display into I2C device

 

 

Dr. William J. Schmidt - K9HZ J68HZ 8P6HK ZF2HZ PJ4/K9HZ VP5/K9HZ PJ2/K9HZ

 

Owner - Operator

Big Signal Ranch – K9ZC

Staunton, Illinois

 

Owner – Operator

Villa Grand Piton – J68HZ

Soufriere, St. Lucia W.I.

Rent it: www.VillaGrandPiton.com

Like us on Facebook! facebook icon

 

Moderator – North American QRO Yahoo Group.

 

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From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of w7hd.rh
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:53 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

 

Note the missing aruino.h in /tmp/arduino_build_180892/sketchubitx_wspr.cpp.
1.0.6.1 Just copied from Sourceforge!

Ron W7HD

On 03/29/2018 06:34 AM, Ian Lee wrote:

Howard

 

Below is a link to Version 1.061.

 

You can download Hex files and sources in the release section of github.

 

And github now has the latest version (it is correct to have Version 1.061)

I have not yet reflected in the README.md document.

I will fix the document now because you told me. Thank.

 

I am currently experimenting with various applications with uBITX.

 

Ian KD8CEC

 

2018-03-29 20:58 GMT+09:00 DrZ <zehrhj2@...>:

Ian
I may be missing something, but I don't see the link to 1.061 in the announcement on your website.  I can find it on Github, but I always find it hard to be sure I'm getting the latest version since the Github listing is always the same.  In the version history I found associated with the latest file, 1.04 is the last one documented.  
Thanks
Howard K4LXY

 


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Re: Tuning Display Problem #bitx40help

Allard PE1NWL
 

Keith,

this picture shows how the 10-turn pot should be wired up:

https://github.com/amunters/bitx40/blob/master/Vishay%20100K%2C%2010-turn%20pot%20wire%20up.jpg

Measure the voltage across the violet wire (slider) and the yellow wire
(ground). It should be ranging between 0 and +5V depending on the pot
position.

73 Allard PE1NWL

On Thu, March 29, 2018 21:32, AGØH wrote:
I recently completed putting together my BitX40 kit. The only
modification I made to it was substituting a 10K-10 turn potentiometer for
the original pot. I obtained the kit last December and the original
sketch has NOT been replaced in the Raduino.

The time arrived to supply power to the kit. As I did so, the kit came
alive with a few squeals, howls and ticking noises and then settled
down. I had no indication on the display screen. 

So, I powered down and remembered that I had read in the forum to check
out the Raduino by removing it from the kit and powering it up with the
Arduino IDE program. To make a long story short, I did that and the
display immediately came alive with a display. I checked my wiring in the
kit and that was as it should be, i.e. the correct wires were hooked up to
the correct pins and all grounds were in place. 

I put back the Raduino into the case and hooked up the two connectors and
again applied power. This time, the display lit up and the display ticked
up to 7.100 and remained there. There was no change in the display
frequency as I moved the tuning shaft. I powered down the unit and
unplugged the tuning control from the Raduino. I checked the 10K pot for
resistance and could see that it was operating correctly although it
seemed that I needed to reverse the outer wires, leaving the violet wire
connected to the wiper. (I changed the wire positions because the 1 turn
pot outside connections were reversed comparing it to the 10 turn pot.

When I powered it up, this time the display ticked DOWN to 6.999. Turning
the tuning shaft again resulted in no change to the displayed frequency.

In searching the forum for ‘BitX40 tuning problems, I came up with a
posting written by Allard (for version 1.04) concerning the optional use
of a 10 turn tuning pot. He writes that two lines of code in the sketch
need to be changed to allow smooth operation across the entire band. 

Is my failure to change those two lines of code the reason why I can’t
change the frequency on my display or are there are there other problems
that would cause this?

BTW, I do have adequate audio and a change in RF noise is very prominent
when I attach an antenna.

Thanks for any and all suggestions….Keith -  AGØH

Re: Tuning Display Problem #bitx40help

Jerry Gaffke
 

If you happen to wire the pot up such that the wiper is either 5v or ground,
then smoke will ensue when you turn the knob to one of the extremes
That shorts 5v to ground through the extreme end of the pot element.
Might well ruin the pot.


On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm, Allard PE1NWL wrote:
Keith,

this picture shows how the 10-turn pot should be wired up:

https://github.com/amunters/bitx40/blob/master/Vishay%20100K%2C%2010-turn%20pot%20wire%20up.jpg

Measure the voltage across the violet wire (slider) and the yellow wire
(ground). It should be ranging between 0 and +5V depending on the pot
position.

Re: WSPR built-in software plans? #ubitx

Nigel G4ZAL
 

@Steve P
How are things moving along?
I believe I found your work here https://github.com/mosteveo/ubitx

Nigel.

Special uBITx deployed!

K9HZ <bill@...>
 

Thanks to my friend Frans J69DS, freshly built uBITx radios were given to two well deserving young ladies on the island of St. Lucia yesterday.  They are part of the Youth On The Air (YOTA) movement on J6 and now you can listen for them on their own radios.  Getting the radios to them had its challenges but they are very happy to have them!  See attached pictures!  We have more radios to give away too!

 

 

 

 

Dr. William J. Schmidt - K9HZ J68HZ 8P6HK ZF2HZ PJ4/K9HZ VP5/K9HZ PJ2/K9HZ

 

Owner - Operator

Big Signal Ranch – K9ZC

Staunton, Illinois

 

Owner – Operator

Villa Grand Piton – J68HZ

Soufriere, St. Lucia W.I.

Rent it: www.VillaGrandPiton.com

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Re: Special uBITx deployed!

Jerry Gaffke
 

Very cool to have done that, congrats!
Perhaps once officialdom there sees how these first few units play out,
any future rigs will have clear sailing.
Considering the impact of the 2017 hurricane season on some of the other islands, 
they would do well to encourage ham radio in any way they can. 

Jerry, KE7ER


On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 01:47 pm, K9HZ wrote:

Thanks to my friend Frans J69DS, freshly built uBITx radios were given to two well deserving young ladies on the island of St. Lucia yesterday.  They are part of the Youth On The Air (YOTA) movement on J6 and now you can listen for them on their own radios.  Getting the radios to them had its challenges but they are very happy to have them!  See attached pictures!  We have more radios to give away too!

 

Re: Special uBITx deployed!

Doug W
 

Just out of curiosity, what are they going to do for antennas?  Do you modify the software so they can only transmit on frequencies legal in their license class and/or location?  I'm not trying to play hall monitor I am genuinely curious.

Re: Special uBITx deployed!

Randy
 

You guys are great! HAM radio operators are the best.

Randy

Re: uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

 

Change your board setting to Nano and your programmer setting to AVR ISP and it should compile, mine did.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: Special uBITx deployed!

Tim Gorman
 

Nice!



On Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:47:05 -0500
"K9HZ" <@Doc_Bill> wrote:

Thanks to my friend Frans J69DS, freshly built uBITx radios were
given to two well deserving young ladies on the island of St. Lucia
yesterday. They are part of the Youth On The Air (YOTA) movement on
J6 and now you can listen for them on their own radios. Getting the
radios to them had its challenges but they are very happy to have
them! See attached pictures! We have more radios to give away too!









Dr. William J. Schmidt - K9HZ J68HZ 8P6HK ZF2HZ PJ4/K9HZ VP5/K9HZ
PJ2/K9HZ



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Big Signal Ranch - K9ZC

Staunton, Illinois



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Soufriere, St. Lucia W.I.

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Re: Placed order #ubitx

Christopher Miller
 

But but I spent money! Why don't I get everything I want! 

Re: Ubitx sticks on transmit

 

I had this exact same problem and found that I had high SWR on my 20 meter antenna and the RF was getting back into the uBitx, when I solved my antenna issues the stuck TX problem went away.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

w7hd.rh <w7hd.rh@...>
 

That works okay under 1.04 but not 1.06.1.    I will try re-downloading 1.06.1.

Ron W7HD


On 03/29/2018 12:49 PM, K9HZ wrote:

Arduino Nano….

 

 

Dr. William J. Schmidt - K9HZ J68HZ 8P6HK ZF2HZ PJ4/K9HZ VP5/K9HZ PJ2/K9HZ

 

Owner - Operator

Big Signal Ranch – K9ZC

Staunton, Illinois

 

Owner – Operator

Villa Grand Piton – J68HZ

Soufriere, St. Lucia W.I.

Rent it: www.VillaGrandPiton.com

Like us on Facebook! facebook icon

 

Moderator – North American QRO Yahoo Group.

 

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From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of w7hd.rh
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:27 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

 

What device are you compiling for?  What are your settings in Sketch?  Can you guess at what I'm doing wrong?

I haven't had a problem before on previous builds.

Ron W7HD

 

On 03/29/2018 11:00 AM, K9HZ wrote:

Complied fine for me…  Just turning the display into I2C device

 

 

Dr. William J. Schmidt - K9HZ J68HZ 8P6HK ZF2HZ PJ4/K9HZ VP5/K9HZ PJ2/K9HZ

 

Owner - Operator

Big Signal Ranch – K9ZC

Staunton, Illinois

 

Owner – Operator

Villa Grand Piton – J68HZ

Soufriere, St. Lucia W.I.

Rent it: www.VillaGrandPiton.com

Like us on Facebook! facebook icon

 

Moderator – North American QRO Yahoo Group.

 

email:  bill@...

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of w7hd.rh
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:53 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX Firmware CEC Version 1.06 Release (Added WSPR) #ubitx

 

Note the missing aruino.h in /tmp/arduino_build_180892/sketchubitx_wspr.cpp.
1.0.6.1 Just copied from Sourceforge!

Ron W7HD

On 03/29/2018 06:34 AM, Ian Lee wrote:

Howard

 

Below is a link to Version 1.061.

 

You can download Hex files and sources in the release section of github.

 

And github now has the latest version (it is correct to have Version 1.061)

I have not yet reflected in the README.md document.

I will fix the document now because you told me. Thank.

 

I am currently experimenting with various applications with uBITX.

 

Ian KD8CEC

 

2018-03-29 20:58 GMT+09:00 DrZ <zehrhj2@...>:

Ian
I may be missing something, but I don't see the link to 1.061 in the announcement on your website.  I can find it on Github, but I always find it hard to be sure I'm getting the latest version since the Github listing is always the same.  In the version history I found associated with the latest file, 1.04 is the last one documented.  
Thanks
Howard K4LXY

 


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