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Re: Keyer

Adam Goler
 

Hi Bill,

Apologies for the delayed response. It has been a busy week. With regard to your photos, I think your breadboard set up is OK. The white wire and red wires go to the sides of the paddle (I’m guessing) and the black wire to ground.

Regardless of firmware, when you key the different sides of the paddle you should measure a different voltage drop across the 2.2k or 10k resistor. Matthias’ suggestion about the 10k pot would be interesting to try.

Swap the jack see if it helps! Other than that maybe there’s a goof on the board? What does the bottom of that PCB look like? Maybe something weird is going on w/ the ground trace on the PCB.

I saw another post recently about some keyer issues with the latest firmware. Might be worth looking into. 


On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 03:02 Matthias Zwoch <zwoch@...> wrote:
Am 30.08.2018 um 02:37 schrieb escalantea@...:
> I tried the suggestion someone mentioned (changing 10K for 8.2K) with same result (no change).
> Then I found this diagram, as you can see, the Key  and Paddle have separate plugs and wiring, I will try this next...
>   
>
> I will let you know if it works.
> 73's
> A
>
You may connect a 10k lin potentiometer directly to the 4k7 resistor and
the other end to GND. If you move slowly from 0k to 10k you should hear
dits, dit-dahs and then dah.
(original VU2ESE software). You can measure (between GND and blue wire)
at which voltage betweeen 4k7 and 10k  the dits and dahs will occur and
you may calculate the needed resistors. I did so and found 8k2 working
for me.
A continuous tone for the straight key will not occur in VU2ESE 4.3
software. There is a menu point "Straight key" which must be activated
before. (despite that a straight key could be recognized without any
menu change at the analog port A6). If the 10k pot wont bring out dahs
try a higher value.

73 Matthias, DD7NT





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Re: VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

MadRadioModder
 

I suppose that does depend on a person’s skill at executing the myriad of expert opinions opined on this group.  I myself do this for a living so I’ve redesigned the entire radio.  That’s one end of the spectrum.  However there is the other end of the spectrum… the guy who may have just received his license and bought a uBITx thinking it was a nice cheap way to enter the world of HF that now has to deal with this (like some friends of mine).  They can either rely on the experts (self-proclaimed or otherwise) to bail them out of this mess or be given a very simple solution that is possible for them to execute.  “Hellish crude” in your own words for you… the only option for someone else.

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of Timothy Fidler
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2018 1:17 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

 

All understood but it hellish crude for a radio which allegedly has push button RF operation selection.

 

Well it had it ....

 

Just too many design compromises made. If they had gone for 80 40/30 20 and Ten  mtrs   with four filters and a diode OR ..(given the limits ofthe Arduino ) all standard stuff ...the whole thing would never have happened. 

 

so it goes.

Timothy E. Fidler : Engineer BE Mech(1) Auckland , NDT specialist AINDT UT /RT3 , MT2 
Telephone Whangarei   022  691 8405
e: Engstr@...

 


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Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

I just soldered female BCN connectors to the 4-pin DuPont connectors and plugged the DuPont connectors onto the filter(s).  I then use a double barrel male to connect the filter to the back of the radio.  It’s very simple.  I’m not currently at home or I could post a picture but I think you get the idea.  I suppose you could put this onto a small proto-board easily…or even use Kees board if you wanted to do something more official.  This approach takes this whole spur removal well within the capabilities of even the person that barely knows which end of the soldering iron to hold.

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of mark bodlovich
Sent: Saturday, September 1, 2018 11:04 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

 

Mad Radio Modder;
I'm interested in how you put the qrp labs filter board into the ubitx. I built one and have not put it in yet. Looking for good ideas. 
Thanks, Mark N7HWR

 

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Re: Keyer

W2CTX
 

A small point but not all firmware uses the different voltage across resistors.


rOn

On September 2, 2018 at 9:05 AM Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:

Hi Bill,

Apologies for the delayed response. It has been a busy week. With regard to your photos, I think your breadboard set up is OK. The white wire and red wires go to the sides of the paddle (I’m guessing) and the black wire to ground.

Regardless of firmware, when you key the different sides of the paddle you should measure a different voltage drop across the 2.2k or 10k resistor. Matthias’ suggestion about the 10k pot would be interesting to try.

Swap the jack see if it helps! Other than that maybe there’s a goof on the board? What does the bottom of that PCB look like? Maybe something weird is going on w/ the ground trace on the PCB.

I saw another post recently about some keyer issues with the latest firmware. Might be worth looking into. 


On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 03:02 Matthias Zwoch < zwoch@...> wrote:
Am 30.08.2018 um 02:37 schrieb escalantea@...:
> I tried the suggestion someone mentioned (changing 10K for 8.2K) with same result (no change).
> Then I found this diagram, as you can see, the Key  and Paddle have separate plugs and wiring, I will try this next...
>   
>
> I will let you know if it works.
> 73's
> A
>
You may connect a 10k lin potentiometer directly to the 4k7 resistor and
the other end to GND. If you move slowly from 0k to 10k you should hear
dits, dit-dahs and then dah.
(original VU2ESE software). You can measure (between GND and blue wire)
at which voltage betweeen 4k7 and 10k  the dits and dahs will occur and
you may calculate the needed resistors. I did so and found 8k2 working
for me.
A continuous tone for the straight key will not occur in VU2ESE 4.3
software. There is a menu point "Straight key" which must be activated
before. (despite that a straight key could be recognized without any
menu change at the analog port A6). If the 10k pot wont bring out dahs
try a higher value.

73 Matthias, DD7NT





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Cell: (425) 985-8700


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Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Dennis Zabawa
 

The plastic sheets used for campaign signs (in plentiful supply the day after an election) are great for prototyping many things.  A little duct tape to hold it all together and you are in business,

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Adam Goler
 

That is a wonderful idea! Thanks. 

73

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 10:20 Dennis Zabawa <kg4rul@...> wrote:
The plastic sheets used for campaign signs (in plentiful supply the day after an election) are great for prototyping many things.  A little duct tape to hold it all together and you are in business,

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Reversed Sidebands

Bill Robbins
 

After finally getting around to spending some time with the new ubitx20 I discover that the ssb indications are reversed on the display and the stations are tuned from the wrong direction. Both side band signals sound very good but it drives me crazy that they are reversed.  The wiring seems correct.  Software v1.8.

Bill

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Vince Vielhaber
 

On 09/02/2018 02:13 AM, jim via Groups.Io wrote:

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 9:50:34 PM PDT, Dexter N Muir
<dexy@...> wrote:


jim, your submissions here have no text, only a small graphic of what
looks like a LSB filter passband. Is that your 'Like' emoji?



Let me try above the silly line anyway what I wrote was " sometimes you
just have to go with what works ...
Jim
_._,_._,_
If it's any consolation, Jim, I saw your text in the post Dex is referring to. I guess he doesn't realize that you don't post at the top of the message, rather the bottom, old school style.

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Re: uBitx Unfiltered

Jerry Gaffke
 

Here are the changes to file ubitx_si5351bx.ino of Farhan's stock code  that are needed to hit 115mhz.
With this change, the three available clocks can be set to any frequency between 514.5khz and 115.5mhz.
Not tried, but should work.  Must recalibrate after making the change:
 
< #define SI5351BX_MSA  35                // VCOA is at 25mhz*35 = 875mhz
> #define SI5351BX_MSA  37                // VCOA is at 25mhz*37 = 925mhz
 
< if ((fout < 500000) || (fout > 109000000))    // If clock freq out of range
> if ((fout < 514500) || (fout > 115500000))    // Range of 25mhz*37/1800 to 25mhz*37/8, minus 1000ppm calibration margin:


The maximum recommended VCO frequency in the si5351 datasheet is 900mhz, we're operating it at 925mhz.
Hans has found that it seems to work up to frequencies of around 1168mhz, though I suspect phase noise 
becomes an issue if you press it too far.

The min and max available frequencies of 514.5khz and 115.5mhz are determined primarily by the si5351's
fractional output divider range of 1800.0 to 8.0.  The si5351 is also capable of integer output divide values
of 4 and 6, but the code does not support this.   

When calculating those output divider values, we use the actual vco frequency as determined by
the calibration procedure, not the nominal vco frequency of 25mhz*37=925.000mhz.
The suggested min and max values in the code above assume the 25mhz reference oscillator might be off by as
much as 1000ppm, due largely to a too-small crystal loading capacitance for the crystal used.

The code also assumes that the vco operates at integer multiple of 25mhz, so the next step up 
from 900mhz is 925mhz.  Arbitrary values such as 920mhz are possible using a fractional vco feedback divider,
but the code does not currently support this.

With significant modifications to the code, we could allow one of the three clocks to hit any frequency 
up to 200mhz (according to the datasheet, Hans found it more or less worked up to 1168/4=292mhz).
This would be accomplished by using the second si5351 vco in fractional feedback mode to 
hit any desired frequency between the datasheet limits of 600mhz and 900mhz, then use an
arbitrary output divide value (use an even integer to get minimum phase noise) to take the vco
down to the desired operating frequency.  A major rewrite of the code, would require double the
flash space.  The other two clocks would still use the original si5351bx code, dividing the
first vco (kept at a fixed frequency of perhaps 875mhz) down by the fractional output dividers.

Jerry, KE7ER



On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 06:48 PM, Jerry Gaffke wrote:
Easy enough to get the si5351 to hit 115mhz.

One possibility, just run the vco at 920mhz instead of 900 mhz,
a wee bit out of spec but will work fine.
No changes to the code other than some constants in the si5351bx code,
must the recalibrate of course.

Alternately, use the second PLL inside the si5351 to 85 to 115mhz out to clk2,
si5351 output divider for clk2 fixed at 6.
Might be possible to do this using the etherkit si5351 library,
or a major hack to the si5351bx routines.
The G0UPL library might also do it, though I believe it is restricted to two outputs.

Jerry, KE7ER
toggle quoted message. . .

 


On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 03:59 PM, ajparent1/KB1GMX wrote:
Also the HFO (osc-3) has to go from 85mhz to 115 mhz and that meas you
exceed the SI5351 code by 6mhz.

// the output msynth dividers are used to generate 3 independent clocks
// with 1hz resolution to any frequency between 4khz and 109mhz.

Re: uBitx Unfiltered

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Jim,

And  where is the comment or question?

Re: uBitx Unfiltered

Vince Vielhaber
 

If you're using the web interface, click on the three dots ... that will expose his post. For some reason groups.io isn't showing it, but I'm seeing his posts fine - I use email for this.

Vince - K8ZW.

On 09/02/2018 12:15 PM, ajparent1/KB1GMX wrote:
Jim,

And where is the comment or question?

Re: VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

Mark M
 

On 9/2/18 6:07 AM, MadRadioModder wrote:
... the guy who may have just received his license and bought a uBITx thinking it was a nice cheap way to enter the world of HF that now has to deal with this (like some friends of mine).  They can either rely on the experts (self-proclaimed or otherwise) to bail them out of this mess or be given a very simple solution that is possible for them to execute.  ...
Or they can ignore it all and just use the damned thing. I suspect that's what most users will do. I'd guess that the vast majority of uBitX buyers aren't even aware of the issues and those who are don't care. And, realistically, it probably isn't that big of a deal anyway (which I realize is heresy to many on this forum but is nonetheless the reality of the situation).

My $0.02 worth...as always, YMMV...

Mark AA7TA

Re: VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

Jerry Gaffke
 

It becomes a big deal when they hook up a uBitx to their KW linear.
Especially if they goose up the mike gain to get enough drive.

My primary concern is that any future version of the uBitx meet regs for most jurisdictions. 
Worth keeping these issues visible in the forum till that happens.

Jerry


On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 09:34 AM, Mark M wrote:
On 9/2/18 6:07 AM, MadRadioModder wrote:
... the guy who may have just received his license and bought a uBITx thinking it was a nice cheap way to enter the world of HF that now has to deal with this (like some friends of mine).  They can either rely on the experts (self-proclaimed or otherwise) to bail them out of this mess or be given a very simple solution that is possible for them to execute.  ...
Or they can ignore it all and just use the damned thing. I suspect that's what most users will do. I'd guess that the vast majority of uBitX buyers aren't even aware of the issues and those who are don't care. And, realistically, it probably isn't that big of a deal anyway (which I realize is heresy to many on this forum but is nonetheless the reality of the situation).

My $0.02 worth...as always, YMMV...

Mark AA7TA

Using radino from ubitx on bitx 40?

Tech Guy
 

Has anyone used a ubitx radino with a bitx 40? I ordered a bitx 40 before it came with a dds. Changing the IF setup in software? Thanks
-John

Re: uBitx Unfiltered

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 08:49 PM, jim wrote:

consider ..Ft of 2n3904 is about 250 Mhz ...If beta rolls off at 6db/octave, then =at 250 Mhz, beta = 1..125 Mhz beta 6db better  (3db doubles =beta 2, 3db doubles beta 4)..60 Mhz 12 db better (4 doubles  2,4,8,16)...30 Mhz 18 db better .(6 doubles 2,4,8,16,32,64)..
I finally found your text. You are writing inside the quoted section and the web version only shows a blue rectangle with three dots...  on an other wise blank page.  Be careful of the Emailer as its likely burying your answer as a the other guys quote.

Your supposition is however wrong.  For common emitter resistive feedback that is untrue.  The gain falloff is 6db octave
starting at some low frequency so by time you at 30mhz you have gone through a few octaves (3+ for 3-30 or -20db)
you are well down. Add feedback and you are way down as it does not decrease with frequency (in the ubitx case).
It is possible to have a feedback that decreases with frequency but you still run out down the gain.  Where does the
bend in the curve start?  Usually less that 3mhz and its downhill from there.  Also with wideband amsp the C-B feed
back capacitance and other parameters are not in that and they tend to be input and output impedance sensitive
as well as operating current influenced.

The usual calc for resisitive feedback the first parameter is FT/F=  for 3904 its about 300mhz/30 or a beta of 10.  With
that try to make a power amp stages of 18db, voltage gain maybe but not power.  Assume 50 ohm input and output,
but it doesn't happen even with 200 ohm output.  

That and the HFE as I've written many times before falls with increasing current over 10mA, its in the datasheet.  When
you combine that performance at even milliwatt power is a fail.  At 20Ma is on the down side and at 50mA its down
from the peak by 40%. That or unbounded optimism or a hot batch.  With no margin and a lot of luck how many out
of a thousand will perform well.

Reality is that the 3904s in enough units to be a valid confirm are not performing.  Dial in RF1 for 11W at 80M
the driver output is easily a half watt.  By 30mhz you are down 11db to maybe 45mw.  Where'd the gain go?

Same for the 45mhz amp.  In isolation at 10mhz its 18.9 db, at 45mhz its 13db for 50 ohm in and out as that is
what the filter matching network expects and the mixers.  Also around 15mhz the IF amp is showing noticeable
and increasing phase shift when that hits a high enough number instability is seen save for the projected path
is not enough gain at that point..  Now we add the darlington pair effects sine they are running at .99999 (alpha)
their voltage gain is essentailly one but power gain is the result of high input impedance (limited to the prior stage)
and output impedance or about 4 (6db) so the IF amp has an apparent gain even with the poor showing of the 
3904 of some gain just due to the output power gain of the compounded emitter follower.

Yes you can get 3904 to oscillate at 450mhz too.  Doesn't mean anything as not all do.  But then I got a uV201
to oscillate at UHF once.
 
Allison

Re: Reversed Sidebands

Ashhar Farhan
 

You have set the BFO on the wrong side of the filter. Re-align the BFO please.

- f

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:02 PM, Bill Robbins <wa8cdu@...> wrote:
After finally getting around to spending some time with the new ubitx20 I discover that the ssb indications are reversed on the display and the stations are tuned from the wrong direction. Both side band signals sound very good but it drives me crazy that they are reversed.  The wiring seems correct.  Software v1.8.

Bill




SolderSmoke #206 -- Special GQRP Convention Edition

Bill Meara
 

Re: Reversed Sidebands

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Swap the sideband frequency settings or go into the code and swap the messages.

Allison

Re: Using radino from ubitx on bitx 40?

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Tech Guy,
>>>>Has anyone used a ubitx radino with a bitx 40? I ordered a bitx 40 before it came with a dds. Changing the IF setup in software? <<<<

I'm using mine for something different that Bitx40 though same idea, an Atlas210.

You have to alter the code, I'm sure you know that.

If you make OSC-0 and OSC1 both zero (0L) that shuts them off as you
only need osc 3 to replace the VFO unless you replacing the crystal osc
and really why do that if it works.

The code has OSC2 as the tunable osc so change the 45mhz offset to match the
IF your using.   So its likely to tune around 5mhz (for the VFO version). IF you go 
IF+VFO then you at 17mhz and likely reverse sideband (handy if you want that ability).

Handling of CW and cal functions are kinda spacey as it was all assuming dual
conversion.   It this point I'd suggest seeing if there is a raduino code base
for Bix40 as the assumptions are closer to the needs and less effort.

IF done right you can do things with the raduino that were difficult with the VFO.
Things like split, RIT, A&B vfo, Reverse sideband (normal is lower) are some
of the tricks that can be added over an analog VFO.

Allison

Re: Ubitx V3 Please Help, ANTENNA Pins on PCB have SHORTED no Receive #ubitx #ubitx-help

sdr freak
 

On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 04:41 AM, Bill Cromwell wrote:
Hello Fabian,If you trace the circuit from the antenna it will lead you through several relay contacts to an inductor to ground. That is a piece of wire that wraps around and around with or without a core. Your meter uses direct current to measure resistance and continuity. Direct current sees any inductor as a plain old piece of wire - a short. So it sees that inductor to ground as a dead short. At RF frequencies however, it is NOT a short. Most - maybe all - radios will have this:)
Ok thank you, too now i am know this and i'm verry happy to know everything new from HAM and Radio technics.

So you should continue looking elsewhere for the problem.Have you completed the "alignment" steps? If the oscillators are far off frequency the radio will not work very well if at all.
I tried to set the BFO in the menu by display and the IRF510 (RVF2 + RFV3) current to measure and adjust with a screwdriver, but I still needed help. And I would have to adjust the Raduino on the knob (P2) but I would also need some tips for that.

Do you have a more experienced ham there who can help you?
Not really.. But today, later he say, a Ham would help me to test a few transmissions from him to me and i should say when receive..

Fabian, we all have or had different 'starting' places. It is not reasonable to assert that a kit is not for a beginner! At one time if hams did not make their own radios from scratch (not even a kit) they had no radio at all. The uBitx is not really so much of a kit. Building your own gear from scratch or from a kit is 'learning by total immersion'. Sometimes that method can seem frustrating but eventually we all get where we want to be. Just relax and enjoy the 'journey'. After you have finally sorted out the trouble and corrected it you will find it more satisfying than that Kenwood or Yaesu:) Those have their own rewards and can be an appropriate starting place for somebody else.I started out building radios from a pile of old junk harvested from dead radios. At times it was discouraging but in the end it doesn't seem to have hurt me:)
Sorry i unterstand and this is real you say. I didn't mean to say it was bad. I even collect a lot of bulky waste myself, such as radios and other electrical appliances and then solder them together and really like to make things. And doesn't want to be a "plug socket - amateur". So I have something to apologize for with the wrong wording.

And now about your English. Your English is very usable for a non native English user. I know only a few German words and not very much about the grammar or syntax. If I was suddenly transplanted to Germany I would experience 'total immersion' and would soon be speaking, reading, and writing German. It would sometimes seem frustrating but eventually I would fit right in :) For now your English is substantially better than my German.73,Bill KU8H
ok Thank you!


This was the text i have wrote for you..

Now are the question are:

-what i can do for better receive?
-what i should adjust at the points on the board: RVF2 + RVF3 and the other varable resistor near there?
-what software you think is the best for good receive, i would think of installing now the cec1.08?

ok this are my question at the momment..


thank you for helping me !

hope for answer, thanks

best regards Fabian, DO6FAB

Re: Using radino from ubitx on bitx 40?

Jerry Gaffke
 

You need to load the Bitx40 firmware, as Allison mentioned.
Only other issue is the uBitx has pins soldered in place so the Raduino can plug into the main board,
the Bitx40 uses a 5 pin wire harness at that connector.
See this thread:  https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/58169


On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 10:11 AM, Tech Guy wrote:
Has anyone used a ubitx radino with a bitx 40? I ordered a bitx 40 before it came with a dds. Changing the IF setup in software? Thanks
-John