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Re: Should we adopt the KD8CEC firmware?

Daniel Conklin <danconklin2@...>
 

I like features of both.  I have found it to be a simple process to load either one when I want.  One possibility someone may be able to implement is an on-board micro SD card reader and the ability to load settings to and from that.


Re: UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

MAX <max@...>
 

That’s the best one yet.

 

Regards.

 

Max K 4 O D S.

 

I've Never Lost the Wonder.

 

Antique Electronics Site: http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/funwithtubes/

 

 

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Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:39 PM
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Subject: Re: [BITX20] UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

 

There is a really trivial solution to this reversing diode-fuse thing.  My drawing is awful but you get the idea…  You just need a 50 cent 10A 12V relay. 

 

 

 

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From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:08 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

 

A search for 'reverse polarity" in this forum shows dozens of hits since the uBitx was released in early Dec.
Here's a few of mine:
  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/35353
  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/39877

  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/44499

I've given up trying to right that particular absurdity.

Unfortunately, we have hundreds of new hams with no fuse (or too big of one)
assuming they are protected when they are not.  
And some of them are bound to be a bit too careless as a result.
 
Jerry


On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 07:23 pm, ajparent1/KB1GMX wrote:

One small point. 

If your using diode for reverse polarity protection it is better to place the
fuses BEFORE the diode as then the fuse blows and the diode is less
likely to be fried and also down stream circuits.


Allison

 

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Re: Bitx40 turning clicks #bitx40

fvinnerlid@...
 

Hi Marco
I just upgraded and Yes that solved most of my problems.
Very little clicking and overall better performance.Thank for pointing me inthe right direction
Frank


Re: UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

W7PEA
 

Thanks David, but I'm looking for pics of the Microphone or the Key jack.

This is a vanilla install kids. I'll add a note about adding a fuse in the power line. Or yo know it is a wiki... hint hint. I run my power supply into a RIGrunner 4004U. 

West Mountain Radio RR/4004/USB - West Mountain Radio RIGrunner DC Outlet Panels

KJ6ETL... good suggestions! I'll see how we can make it easier on the eyes.

Thanks everyone.
W7PEA


Re: UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

kj6etl
 

THANKS!
Can you please upload a higher resolution version of the diagram?
Also the yellow wire is very hard to see against the white backgrond. Perhaps a darker yellow or a light grey background?


Re: uBitX PA @ 24V? #ubitx

kj6etl
 

I prepared my uBitx for it by wiring up a double throw switch.


Re: Should we adopt the KD8CEC firmware?

Konstantinos Konstas
 

Ashhar,

I am fully in favor of Dr. Lee's software and developments.
When I first got uBitx and fired it up, I was fully disappointed with the poorness of its firmware.
Just to mention the stock Split operation. I am sure more fellow users will agree with me.
Frankly speaking, it is thanks to CEC software that I decided to keep uBITx and play with it.
Memory Manager is a very useful tool, especially if you come to things like the S-meter calibration or the recovery of factory calibration that has been added in version 1.075
I do share some of the concerns of the published responses about the size and perhaps the too many features, but I am convinced about Dr. Lee's ingenuity and I am sure he can come up with a good start up version that can be helpful to beginners and  feature upgradeable.
Also if I may suggest, please consider using an I2C LCD that leaves a certain number of ports free for further experimentation and use. The cost of a I2C adapter for the LCD is minimal and I am sure you can purchase the I2C ready LCD cheaper.  A 20 by 4  LCD would make uBITx more attractive marketing-wise.

Konstantinos, SV1ONW


Re: PA breaking into oscillation? (uBitx)

Mike
 

Update:

Did more experimenting . . . problem goes away when bypassing output filters/relays. Connecting antenna directly to pin 5 of T11 works perfectly - gives me 10W key down at 7.050mhz, and about 15W PEP at 7.200mhz on SSB. Bobby dazzler!

The relays I'm using are branded "HUI KE" HK19F, physically and electrically identical to the VRS2H. They look kinda beat-up, but appear to be not used.
Best thing to do is just replace them . . . they're sealed anyway.

I still may need to re-route my RF out path . . . I'll post another update.

-Mike


Re: can I bypass the CP2102 chip on the NANO with an FTDI based serial adapter? #arduino #cp2102 #ftdi #nano

Clark Martin
 

You could try forcing the USB chip into the reset state by holding the reset\ line low (FT232RL - pin 19, CP2102 - pin 9).  Test it out by connecting a 100 ohm resistor from ground to the reset pin.  The resistor should pull down any pull up resistor but not short out the supply if Vcc is tied directly to the pin.  it shouldn’t hurt anything to try this but it might keep something from working.

Doing this MAY turn off the clock.  It should certainly reduce noise induced on the power supply lines.

If it does work you could add a jumper so you could still use the serial port when needed.

Clark Martin
KK6ISP

On May 13, 2018, at 6:38 PM, Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io <jgaffke@...> wrote:

Should work fine.
Note that the Nano has an FT232RL USB-to-serial chip that includes a 5v to 3.3v regulator. 
This currently powers the si5351 through the Nano's J2 pin 14.  On the clones, it's CH340 chip.
    https://www.arduino.cc/en/uploads/Main/Arduino_Nano-Rev3.2-SCH.pdf

You will need to replace that regulator with something else if you remove our CH340 chip.
This new 3.3v regulator could be mounted on the Raduino board.

Jerry


On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 06:21 pm, Nick VK4PLN wrote:
I was wondering something similar, to remove the USB section of the Arduino Nano to clean up any birdies caused by it.. thoughts?


Re: boosting the power on 28 MHz #ubitx

Paul k9mv
 

Is Ashar's mod (post 48199) compatible with Howard's transmitter mod (post 46616)?  Has anyone done both together?
-Paul  K9MV


Re: Asking for help solving a Hendricks kit BitX20 PA oscillation problem

ab2ts
 

I am struggling with the PA oscillation issue as well.   Did you ever solve it?

I did the Martiens mod, (the two resistors, but not the 150 pF capacitor).  I still get PA oscillation with both the drive level R83  and the driver bias R8 set to zero.   Both IRF510's set to 50ma idle current.   Everything is good when connected to a dummy load.  As soon as I connect to an antenna the PA oscillations start-up.

An interesting observation, with the transmitter un-keyed and no input signal and with the bias R8 turned all the way down to zero, the driver bias current is not zero.   I read around 35 mV across the 2.2 ohm source resistor, which calculates out to 16 mA.   I have set the bias to 44 mV to get 20 mA.    I observe that the drive to the IRF510' is not a symmetrical sine wave.  One half (positive going) has a small second peak.  The other half (negative going) looks like a normal sine wave.   I wonder if I have a bad BS170?


Re: UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

K9HZ <bill@...>
 

There is a really trivial solution to this reversing diode-fuse thing.  My drawing is awful but you get the idea…  You just need a 50 cent 10A 12V relay. 

 

 

 

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 Group at Groups.IO.

 

email:  bill@...

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:08 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

 

A search for 'reverse polarity" in this forum shows dozens of hits since the uBitx was released in early Dec.
Here's a few of mine:
  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/35353
  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/39877

  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/44499

I've given up trying to right that particular absurdity.

Unfortunately, we have hundreds of new hams with no fuse (or too big of one)
assuming they are protected when they are not.  
And some of them are bound to be a bit too careless as a result.
 
Jerry


On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 07:23 pm, ajparent1/KB1GMX wrote:

One small point. 

If your using diode for reverse polarity protection it is better to place the
fuses BEFORE the diode as then the fuse blows and the diode is less
likely to be fried and also down stream circuits.


Allison


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: PA breaking into oscillation? (uBitx)

PRAVEEN M K
 

Hello Mike, 

For any unstable Finals, you can make it stable in following ways:

1. Add a small value series resistor (approx 12ohm) at the input.
And/Or
2. Add Approx 6ohm resistor in parallel with inductor powering Drain of mosfet. 
And/Or
3. Tweek the feedback circuit. 

I guess for the problem which has begun only because of through hole layout,  The 1 and 2 as mentioned above may give 90% of solution.

Regards,
Praveen - VU3UJW

On Mon, 14 May 2018, 08:35 Mike, <msmith@...> wrote:
Thanks for the replies.

My layout is almost identical to the original, except I'm using all thru-hole components and the Adafruit SI5351. Filters/relays/IRF510's/transformers placement is identical. Don't have a suitable photo at the moment, not to mention it looks a mess! 

And as for Ashhar's comment, everything is very stable otherwise! I've made several FT8 QSO's with 1W output!

Actually I stand corrected, the issue doesn't seem to be related to the mixers/modulator.
The symptoms on SSB should clear up when I track down the problem on CW.

Some sort of ringing effect caused by RF feedback? Can't rule out either I may have some dodgy 510's.

For output transformer T11, I used the same trifilar format as all the others. The unused winding (4 and 3) is simply not connected to anything, as per schematic. An earlier post by Ashhar for his prototype stated "8T:10T" for T11. Not sure if this means conventional wound with 8 turns for one (primary/secondary) winding, 10 turns for the other. So maybe a clarification would help.

Thanks,
Mike


Re: uBitx Opto Coupler / VFO not working #ubitx-help #ubitx

kj6etl
 

Yep I am using the same manual, on closer inspecttion on the monitor rather then my printout the wire appears to be brown.


So I have everyting wired correctly, now what?


Re: PA breaking into oscillation? (uBitx)

Howard Fidel
 

Mike:
A layout in through hole, cannot be the same as surface mount, and will have increased capacitance and inductance due to the larger surface area and longer lead lengths that will occur.

Howard
Quoting Mike <msmith@...>:

Thanks for the replies.

My layout is *almost identical* to the original, except I'm using all thru-hole components and the Adafruit SI5351. Filters/relays/IRF510's/transformers placement is identical. Don't have a suitable photo at the moment, not to mention it looks a mess! 

And as for Ashhar's comment, everything is very stable otherwise! I've made several FT8 QSO's with 1W output!

Actually I stand corrected, the issue doesn't seem to be related to the mixers/modulator.
The symptoms on SSB should clear up when I track down the problem on CW.

Some sort of ringing effect caused by RF feedback? Can't rule out either I may have some dodgy 510's.

For output transformer T11, I used the same trifilar format as all the others. The unused winding (4 and 3) is simply not connected to anything, as per schematic. An earlier post by Ashhar for his prototype stated "8T:10T" for T11. Not sure if this means conventional wound with 8 turns for one (primary/secondary) winding, 10 turns for the other. So maybe a clarification would help.

Thanks,
Mike


Re: UBITX Assemly Wiki Page #ubitx

Jerry Gaffke
 

A search for 'reverse polarity" in this forum shows dozens of hits since the uBitx was released in early Dec.
Here's a few of mine:
  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/35353
  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/39877

  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/44499

I've given up trying to right that particular absurdity.

Unfortunately, we have hundreds of new hams with no fuse (or too big of one)
assuming they are protected when they are not.  
And some of them are bound to be a bit too careless as a result.
 
Jerry


On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 07:23 pm, ajparent1/KB1GMX wrote:
One small point. 

If your using diode for reverse polarity protection it is better to place the
fuses BEFORE the diode as then the fuse blows and the diode is less
likely to be fried and also down stream circuits.


Allison


Re: PA breaking into oscillation? (uBitx)

Mike
 

Thanks for the replies.

My layout is almost identical to the original, except I'm using all thru-hole components and the Adafruit SI5351. Filters/relays/IRF510's/transformers placement is identical. Don't have a suitable photo at the moment, not to mention it looks a mess! 

And as for Ashhar's comment, everything is very stable otherwise! I've made several FT8 QSO's with 1W output!

Actually I stand corrected, the issue doesn't seem to be related to the mixers/modulator.
The symptoms on SSB should clear up when I track down the problem on CW.

Some sort of ringing effect caused by RF feedback? Can't rule out either I may have some dodgy 510's.

For output transformer T11, I used the same trifilar format as all the others. The unused winding (4 and 3) is simply not connected to anything, as per schematic. An earlier post by Ashhar for his prototype stated "8T:10T" for T11. Not sure if this means conventional wound with 8 turns for one (primary/secondary) winding, 10 turns for the other. So maybe a clarification would help.

Thanks,
Mike


Re: VFO / Opto coupler not working #bitx20 #ubitx-help

Skip Davis
 

The written description is correct the black wire is pin8 of the Raduino to A on the encoder and the brown wire of pin7 is connected to B on the encoder. The purple wire from pin1 of the Raduino is not used, if you have connected it to the encoder swap it with the brown wire and you should be fine.

Skip Davis, NC9O 

On May 13, 2018, at 22:13, kj6etl <pa1zz@...> wrote:

Today I finally had some time to try my uBitx fort the first time. Turns out that no matter what I do with the opto coupler the VFO is stuck at "LSB A: 7150.000" on the display.

I tried the reset button on the small board behind the display to no avail.

Could it be that there is a discrepancy between the written text and the pictures in the manual?
The text in the manual tells that the brown wire has to be connected to the encoder tab B, while the picture shows a purple wire.


Re: uBitx Opto Coupler / VFO not working #ubitx-help #ubitx

Jerry Gaffke
 

What manual are you looking at?

Here's the wire-up instructions on the hfsignals website that should be used
if you still have the stock firmware that the uBitx is shipped with:
    http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-wire-up/

They show the black and brown wires of digital connector at the top of the raduino going to the 
two side pins of the mechanical rotary encoder, the middle pin is ground and so 
should get the yellow wire from that same connector.  
If you try it and it works backwords, just swap the black and brown wires at the encoder

There are also the two switch pins on the other side of the encoder,
one of these gets a ground from that yellow wire, the other is the red wire
from that same Raduino connector


On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 07:32 pm, kj6etl wrote:
oday I completed the build of my uBitx.
Unfortunately the Opto coupler / VFO is unresponstive. No matter what I do it stuck at LSB A : 7150.00
I tried to push the the reset button on the small board behind the display to no avail.

On closer inspection of the manual I noticed a discrepency between the text and the picture. The text tells that the brown wire has to be connected to the Pin B of the opto coupler while the picture shows a purple wire.

Earlier in the manual it states that the purple wire from the Raduino board is redundant so I removed it...

Looking forward to your input!


uBitx Opto Coupler / VFO not working #ubitx-help #ubitx

kj6etl
 

Today I completed the build of my uBitx.
Unfortunately the Opto coupler / VFO is unresponstive. No matter what I do it stuck at LSB A : 7150.00
I tried to push the the reset button on the small board behind the display to no avail.

On closer inspection of the manual I noticed a discrepency between the text and the picture. The text tells that the brown wire has to be connected to the Pin B of the opto coupler while the picture shows a purple wire.

Earlier in the manual it states that the purple wire from the Raduino board is redundant so I removed it...

Looking forward to your input!