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Re: uBitx sound

Daniel Conklin
 

You probably need to adjust the BFO to make it sound more natural.  The BFO calibration is in the Setup menu list.
Dan, W2DLC

Expert Advice Needed

hotrod541@...
 

I will be starting to assemble my uBITX after the case is delivered on 6/1.  I received the uBITX on 4/18 and have been waiting for the case to delivered from India. The board I received is marked N97014, 2/18, V3(c).  I need to know what upgrades wil be best to install now.  Please advise if there are any errors that need to be addressed at this time.  I would like to know if anyone is using the CCI EB63A amp.  Please let me know if the online assembly manual can be trusted to be correct.  I also need advice about installing the firmware, not real up to speed on this. This build will be a learning experience on the software side. Is there a good book that would be recommended as a learning tool for the Raduino firmware. I will be using this radio primarily on 40-80 meters at this time. Any and all advise will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, buddy3223
KJ4ZSI

Re: The new uBITX boards are here

ajparent1/KB1GMX <kb1gmx@...>
 

RE: slip sticks..

I have three.  A Pickett aluminum in the desk here.  Next to it is the bamboo K&E long triple log.
And a little 6" Pickett in a wood and glass shadow box on the wall with the sign and
small mallet below it:

  In case of battery failure, break glass.

Real story.  1981 taking pilots check ride the D%^* aviation calc croaked (battery).
Out come the circular slide rule calculator from the flight bag.  Reliable technology
batteries not required.  Primary calc for flying is time/speed/distance/fuel.
I still think of my truck fuel economy in terms of pounds per hour.

Allison

Re: looking for a ubitx board

ajparent1/KB1GMX <kb1gmx@...>
 

Why not fix it?

Allison

Re: Transmitter Mods

ajparent1/KB1GMX <kb1gmx@...>
 

Jerry,

Drop me an email I have a few questions off line.

Allison 

Re: Expert Advice Needed

Doug W
 

Do yourself a favor and get the stock radio working before you mod anything.  The stock firmware works well out of the box.  Once you are positive the stock rig functions normally you can go crazy.  If you have problems out of the gate it is going to be that much harder to troubleshoot if you have a non standard set up.
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Re: What does zero-beat sound like? #ubitx

Mike aka KC2WVB <rb5363@...>
 

OK, that makes sense. I am reading the comments between shopping stops.

I really had not looked at it, initially, beyond superficially and was kind of just spitting out an intuitive thought. 

I find the algebraic combination of distinct signals to be rather interesting. I remember doing a lot of similar work, long ago, while a grad student and partaking in a class related to partial differential equations although it was less about application and more about showing the validity of the tools. Incidentally if you should ever want to watch a Fourier Series take the shape of the function it constructs across a specified interval find a copy of the software called "Maple." Maple will allow you to take a finite summation from the infinite series and plot it in such a way that the result looks like a movie or animation of the birth of the targeted function. Besides being neat to witness it is rather instructive too.


On Thu, May 31, 2018, 1:23 PM Clark Martin <kk6isp@...> wrote:
You can’t discriminate down to zero Hz unless you tap off at the right point with a DC amplifier.  The AC coupling provides a high pass filter that will block the signal above some frequency.

I built a number of digital clocks, back when LSI chips came out to support it.  Most of the clocks I but used the AC line for the timing reference but I built one that was battery powered.  Initially I used an NE555 timer for the timing.  I zero beat it with the AC line using an analog VOM connected between an transformer and the NE555.  As I adjust the frequency the meter needle would start swinging back and forth at the beat frequency (once the beat frequency dropped low enough).  Then I could adjust it till the meter slowed and eventually stopped.  

The 555 provide to be a reasonably stable clock.  Later I switched to a crystal derived clock.



Clark Martin
KK6ISP

On May 31, 2018, at 9:02 AM, Mike aka KC2WVB <rb5363@...> wrote:

Interesting, I will have to look at this at a level that is more than casual. I was thinking that one would be discriminating to the limit of zero Hz.

I do like the idea of the Nano or Uno or... serving as the measuring instrument because I am tone death too.

Re: ubitx assembly confusion, help needed

David
 

Thank you.

Re: Expert Advice Needed

Daniel Conklin
 

The archived assembly instructions are here:  http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-r3-archived/
They were updated and should be accurate.  The only issue you may have that you should take care of is the audio amp chip.  If it has the WX on it then I recommend replacing it with a socket, or just solder a 6-8 volt regulator in the +12v line on the bottom of the board.  The instructions for that are here: https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/44125?p=,,,20,0,0,0::Created,,regulator+WX,20,2,0,14340543
That worked well for me.  Don't worry about any firmware changes or calibration changes until you have assembled it and used it a bit.  Also, check out ubitx.net for news and information.
Daniel, W2DLC

Re: Expert Advice Needed

Jerry Gaffke
 

Most of the talk here about mods has been with regard to getting more power out on the upper bands,
Works, but only a watt or so on 10m.
If your interest is 80m and 40m,  you can ignore all that fuss.

Get it going with no mods initially.
Should do fine on the air as is.

Jerry


On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 11:19 am, Daniel Conklin wrote:
The archived assembly instructions are here:  http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-r3-archived/
They were updated and should be accurate.  The only issue you may have that you should take care of is the audio amp chip.  If it has the WX on it then I recommend replacing it with a socket, or just solder a 6-8 volt regulator in the +12v line on the bottom of the board.  The instructions for that are here: https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/44125?p=,,,20,0,0,0::Created,,regulator+WX,20,2,0,14340543
That worked well for me.  Don't worry about any firmware changes or calibration changes until you have assembled it and used it a bit.  Also, check out ubitx.net for news and information.
Daniel, W2DLC

Re: Expert Advice Needed

Kevin Timm
 

The archived assembly instructions are here:  http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-r3-archived/

I can't find any assembly instructions there

K5KDT
Kevin

Re: Expert Advice Needed

Ralph Mowery
 

To learn about the software you may want to get one of the nano processors and a display, and maybe one of the rotary encoders.  They are not very expensive, only about 2 or 3 dollars shipped from China.  You can hook them together and play with the software and see how to load and modify it without things being hooked to the uBITX.  

Lots of things on youtube about the nano and uno processors.They use the same processor, just different board layouts for the most part.


de ku4pt


On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 1:50 PM, <hotrod541@...> wrote:
I will be starting to assemble my uBITX after the case is delivered on 6/1.  I received the uBITX on 4/18 and have been waiting for the case to delivered from India. The board I received is marked N97014, 2/18, V3(c).  I need to know what upgrades wil be best to install now.  Please advise if there are any errors that need to be addressed at this time.  I would like to know if anyone is using the CCI EB63A amp.  Please let me know if the online assembly manual can be trusted to be correct.  I also need advice about installing the firmware, not real up to speed on this. This build will be a learning experience on the software side. Is there a good book that would be recommended as a learning tool for the Raduino firmware. I will be using this radio primarily on 40-80 meters at this time. Any and all advise will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, buddy3223
KJ4ZSI


Re: uBitx sound

iz oos
 

I like as mine came from the factory. Indeed it has no basses. Also the tx audio sounds the same. In my unit frequencies below 700hz are cut down. Above 2.8khz are also cut. The filter seems to me quite effective. I could adjust the bfo to have more basses and less high. But I prefer like it is now also because the opposite sideband is really suppressed and the carrier attenuated. I see this as I always monitor my tx audio with an external sdr receiver. We can have a sked on the bands if you like if this would help.


Il 31/mag/2018 19:19, <aronax37@...> ha scritto:
The sound from my uBitx has no bass. It sounds like an ancient mini-transistor radio receiver. Is the speaker from the Inkits case so bad?  My Youkits HB-1B on the same frequency and small external speaker sounds much better. Inkits case is relatively big, sound should by far better I think.
Ivo,OK2SHI

Re: boosting the power on 28 MHz #ubitx

Richard Spohn
 

It's all due to marketing! 10 meters is called the "Magic Band". And
everybody loves magic. - Rich WB2GXM

On 5/30/18, Bo Barry <@BoBarry> wrote:
I'm constantly surprised at the interest in 10 meters. I always check 15. If
its dead I go to 20. If it has anything on it I check 10 and hear nothing
here in NC with a simple EFHW..

But 10 was a blast back in 1954!!   :)

73, Bo W4GHV since '54

Re: What does zero-beat sound like? #ubitx

Dexter N Muir
 

I'm wondering if a multimeter on the (non-decoupled) audio might show it better. Measure AC, then DC. AC will register level down to say 10, maybe 5Hz, and DC (particularly analog-needle) will show variation by swing down to 0.1Hz  (10 seconds per swing).
Disclaimer: untried, but 'worth a crack, Nigel'? Purely theoretical, where would that be best measured?
73
Dex, ZL2DEX

Re: Nextion Display

Joe
 

This looks great to see progress for ubitx and nextion integration.

I am looking at purchasing:

Nextion Enhanced 3.2" HMI Touch display

Product Code : RB-Ite-174

Would this work ok for working with your development?

Thanks
Joe
VE1BWV

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 1:33 PM, Ian Lee <kd8cec@...> wrote:
Nextion LCD User and all

I released the version (V1.080) and experimented with various things.
from the beginning of uBITX firmware development, there was a request support for Nextion LCD.
Since version V1.073, various LCD was supported (Except Nextion LCD)
Some users have sent related materials to Nextion LCD and I have purchased Nextion LCD.
I do not know how to use Nextion LCD well.

I have seen DMR Hotspot use Nextion LCD. I was surprised to see that users could easily implement their own UI programs on the Nextion LCD.
I can not use the Nextion LCD well but the interface with uBITX is implemented.
You do not need any hardware modifications to use the Nextion LCD.
Just remove the existing LCD and connect the Nextion LCD in place using 5 Lines. It looks like an I2C LCD.
Like the DMR Hot Spot, I think users will be able to pick and use the UI.

If you want UI programming on Nextion LCD, please send me mail (with your mail address)
also Please email me if you can beta test my protocol or 2.4 "LCD.
I will send you a code to test Nextion LCD with uBITX and template code for Nextion LCD UI Designer.
I am making a UI suitable for 2.4 "LCD based on Template. It's a $ 17 LCD that I bought from Aliexpress, but it's still good.

Ian KD8CEC




2018-05-22 23:00 GMT+09:00 Allen Merrell via Groups.Io <kn4ud@...>:
I am interested in this too. I have not received  my ubitx yet but have been playing around with the Arduino and stm. I've  not had much luck with stm  f303k8  nucleo , mostly because like it has been mentioned library  issues  I have not tried  the  blue pill or the f4 boards I have.
--
73's  kn4ud
Allen  Merrell



--
Best 73
KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)


Re: What does zero-beat sound like? #ubitx

Mike aka KC2WVB <rb5363@...>
 

OK, I thought about this can of worms I opened on the ride home. Given the stores are 60 miles from the mountain top home I am staying at this summer I had roughly 45 minutes to sort through the various responses.

First, we should agree that the metric that establishes the accuracy one is aiming for is wave  lenght. Wave length of course is the distance propagated in one complete cycle. So Jerry is correct in that if your aim is to set an oscillator at a set frequency then being off by as much as 300 hz when using  a 30 MHz signal as a reference is equivalent to being off by 10 hz when using a 1 Mhz signal as a  reference. This is due to 10 cycles at 1Mhz and 300 cycles at 30 Mhz, when viewed as occupying distance, are equal in lenght.

If I have bad hearing it is normally at the low or high end of the spectrum and what Jerry pointed out shows that I can still obtain the accuracy of someone with better hearing by using a higher frequency for a reference signal and if our hearing is equivalent then I simply obtain higher accuracy by using the higher frequency reference signal.

As the other gentleman pointed out being able to have accuracy that resolves to perfection is most likely not even possible because of capacitor issues that end up blocking or at least attenuating the lowest of the lows in terms of audio signals.

However, I do disagree with defining theoretical so as to indicate other than actual conditions for while the theoretical and actual may not coincide there are times that they do.

Thank you all for chipping in to this discussion brought on by my thinking out loud. Its been interesting.

On Thu, May 31, 2018, 4:55 PM Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

I'm wondering if a multimeter on the (non-decoupled) audio might show it better. Measure AC, then DC. AC will register level down to say 10, maybe 5Hz, and DC (particularly analog-needle) will show variation by swing down to 0.1Hz  (10 seconds per swing).
Disclaimer: untried, but 'worth a crack, Nigel'? Purely theoretical, where would that be best measured?
73
Dex, ZL2DEX

Re: uBitx sound

Tom Cooper
 

I put a 10 mF cap across C51, which is 1 mF.  To me, it sounds better on SSB.

Re: Nextion Display

W2CTX
 

Ian, correct me if I am wrong, is saying use the serial port to send FT-817 commands to control the uBITX.


rOn

On May 31, 2018 at 5:09 PM Joe <joeman2116@...> wrote:

This looks great to see progress for ubitx and nextion integration.

I am looking at purchasing:

Nextion Enhanced 3.2" HMI Touch display

Product Code : RB-Ite-174

Would this work ok for working with your development?

Thanks
Joe
VE1BWV

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 1:33 PM, Ian Lee <kd8cec@...> wrote:
Nextion LCD User and all

I released the version (V1.080) and experimented with various things.
from the beginning of uBITX firmware development, there was a request support for Nextion LCD.
Since version V1.073, various LCD was supported (Except Nextion LCD)
Some users have sent related materials to Nextion LCD and I have purchased Nextion LCD.
I do not know how to use Nextion LCD well.

I have seen DMR Hotspot use Nextion LCD. I was surprised to see that users could easily implement their own UI programs on the Nextion LCD.
I can not use the Nextion LCD well but the interface with uBITX is implemented.
You do not need any hardware modifications to use the Nextion LCD.
Just remove the existing LCD and connect the Nextion LCD in place using 5 Lines. It looks like an I2C LCD.
Like the DMR Hot Spot, I think users will be able to pick and use the UI.

If you want UI programming on Nextion LCD, please send me mail (with your mail address)
also Please email me if you can beta test my protocol or 2.4 "LCD.
I will send you a code to test Nextion LCD with uBITX and template code for Nextion LCD UI Designer.
I am making a UI suitable for 2.4 "LCD based on Template. It's a $ 17 LCD that I bought from Aliexpress, but it's still good.

Ian KD8CEC




2018-05-22 23:00 GMT+09:00 Allen Merrell via Groups.Io <kn4ud@...>:
I am interested in this too. I have not received  my ubitx yet but have been playing around with the Arduino and stm. I've  not had much luck with stm  f303k8  nucleo , mostly because like it has been mentioned library  issues  I have not tried  the  blue pill or the f4 boards I have.
--
73's  kn4ud
Allen  Merrell

 

 


--
Best 73
KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)

 

 


Re: Expert Advice Needed

w7hd.rh <w7hd.rh@...>
 

My archived copy is here.   ubitx wiring

Ron W7HD

On 05/31/2018 12:50 PM, Kevin Timm wrote:
The archived assembly instructions are here:  http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-r3-archived/

I can't find any assembly instructions there

K5KDT
Kevin

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