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Re: cannot trust any version or any mod.

Laurence Oberman
 

Hi Michael.

Please share your test results when you can.

I have this issue on 20m only in cw on the v4, where I have close
harmonic spurs about 10b down only.
I already mentioned it on list
The rest seem fine all tests into a dummy load witha coupler and
attenuator to the Spec an
I am using a Nextion with Ian Lee's code.

I did swap the V5 this morning and so far all bands look OK to me on
CW into the dummy load and checking on the Spec an.

73
Laurence Oberman
KB1HKO


On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM Michael Mitchell
<mitchellmichaelh@...> wrote:

I am almost finished with my uBitx version 4. It has the following:
Nextion 2.8
SDR receiver/panadapter (switch selectable with input grounding relay when transmitting.)
Built in antenna switch for selecting 1 of 3 antennas.
UHF antenna connector for SDR
VHF antenna connector for SDR both switch selectable.
Built in auto tuner.
built in power supply Plus a 5 volt and 9 volt buck supply.
Fuses for everything
Nice case and labeled front and rear panel.

BUT It seems to me there is nothing that make these radios U.S. reliably legal.
I think its time for the company to solve all the problems before selling any more units . Unless I can be convinced that I am wrong I will be selling my radio as soon as I test it.
I think the advertising for the radio is very misleading. It seems that the longer the radio has been produced the more problems appear. NOT what the initial advertising said. If it were possible I would ask for a refund but even a full refund doesnt come close to what I have invested.

Re: ubitx ver 4 for sale

Peter Russell <peter.russell@...>
 

OK Ian, you were first in the queue.

I'll email you direct with details etc.

Peter.

On 06/03/2019 14:49, Ian Reeve wrote:
Hello Peter, I would appreciate some pictures please. I am interested. Thankyou
73
Ian
M0IDR
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*Sent:* Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:51:51 PM
*To:* BITX20@groups.io
*Subject:* [BITX20] ubitx ver 4 for sale
After serious deliberation, I have decided to sell my ubitx transceiver.
I have done Raj's mods - the 45 Mhz filter inductors replaced by smd's,
the new filter in front of the second mixer and the 2 resistors have
been changed to increase the gain.
I have also added the N6DT agc mod and a TDA2030 audio amp.
It was changing the smd's that did it!
I'm getting a bit too long in the tooth to be able to handle these
little beggars, Apart from that, since I retired I don't have access to
a spectrum analyser or any other form of sophisticated equipment.
I have enjoyed putting this together - it's rekindled my interest in ham
radio, but I do know my limitations.
It comes in a pretty blue (Chinese) box complete with a Nextion 2.8 display.
The receiver works very well and as far as I'm aware, the transmitter is
ok, although I've never had the confidence to put it on the air.
I'm asking £80 for it and that will include UK shipping.
Photos available on request.
Peter, G8FWY
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What to do with ubitx ver<5 boards? V-U operation?

iz oos
 

Some seem to replace the older ubitx boards with ver 5. I too am thinking about that. But then what to do with the older boards? One idea that comes to mind is to use the ubitx up to the PA and drive the cheap V-U (50-144-432mhz) transverters one may find on ebay. Has anyone done this?

Re: New V5 with poor carrier suppression.

Evan Hand
 

The carrier suppression is related to the BFO adjustment.  There is just one filter section for SSB that does double duty for both transmit and receive.  There is also only one BFO that provides the signal to mix with the audio to then be applied to the crystal filter.  What I found is this limitation is a trade-off of sound "tone" on receive with carrier suppression on transmit.  The radio will sound a little "tinny", or have a higher speaking tone, when adjusted to reduce the carrier, at least that was the case for the v4 board that I have.  I used a makeshift signal analyzer to find that out (SDRPlay with SA software).  I believe it was Raj (if that is incorrect, I apologize) that suggested using another rig receiving while transmitting into a dummy load to make the BFO adjustments. You would adjust the BFO on the uBitx for minimum tone signal on the other rig.  Based on my SDRPlay SA, it would mean not hearing anything with a quiet mic, even when adjusting the received frequency slightly to verify not side tone is generated.

After doing the adjustment, The carrier was down to more than 30 DB, and could be adjusted to almost 40 db.  Since it is within a normal AM width, there is nothing in the FCC requirements for the close in carrier reduction. It is transmitter efficiency and the side tone that could be generated on the receiving side.  30db should be enough.

Above are my experiences and opinions, yours may vary.

73
Evan
AC9TU

Re: New V5 with poor carrier suppression.

Mike
 

I guess I should have stated this but the carrier is zero beat on my SSB signal. So there is no tone on my transmit that I know of.

Thanks

Mike WA3O

Re: ubitx ver 4 for sale

Ian Reeve
 

Thank-you Peter,I look forward to hearing from you. 73. Ian M0IDR


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Peter Russell <peter.russell@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:10:22 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] ubitx ver 4 for sale
 
OK Ian, you were first in the queue.

I'll email you direct with details etc.

Peter.



On 06/03/2019 14:49, Ian Reeve wrote:
> Hello Peter, I would appreciate some pictures please. I am interested.
> Thankyou
>
> 73
>
> Ian
>
> M0IDR
>
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> Windows 10
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> *From:* BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Peter Russell
> <peter.russell@...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:51:51 PM
> *To:* BITX20@groups.io
> *Subject:* [BITX20] ubitx ver 4 for sale
> After serious deliberation, I have decided to sell my ubitx transceiver.
> I have done Raj's mods - the 45 Mhz filter inductors replaced by smd's,
> the new filter in front of the second mixer and the 2 resistors have
> been changed to increase the gain.
> I have also added the N6DT agc mod and a TDA2030 audio amp.
> It was changing the smd's that did it!
> I'm getting a bit too long in the tooth to be able to handle these
> little beggars, Apart from that, since I retired I don't have access to
> a spectrum analyser or any other form of sophisticated equipment.
> I have enjoyed putting this together - it's rekindled my interest in ham
> radio, but I do know my limitations.
> It comes in a pretty blue (Chinese) box complete with a Nextion 2.8 display.
> The receiver works very well and as far as I'm aware, the transmitter is
> ok, although I've never had the confidence to put it on the air.
> I'm asking £80 for it and that will include UK shipping.
> Photos available on request.
>
> Peter, G8FWY
>
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Re: cannot trust any version or any mod.

Laurence Oberman
 

I should add that I have not calibrated the V5 at all and that is
using stock firmware, not Ian's beta v5.
I was focusing only on the spurs and so far from an FCC point of view
at first looks it looks OK to me.

I need to spend more time on it but this is what the configuration is right now.

V5 board put into the case I had my V4 in, cover is off
Antenna to a directional coupler input, output to the dummy load
Couple port to Siglent via a 20DB attenuator

Test each band using CW straight KEY and transmit
Check harmonic spurs and see if we have them are they with FCC specs
down from the Fundamental

Have not done any SSB tests yet

Thank
At work now so will test more tonight

Thanks
Laurence


On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 2:04 PM Laurence Oberman via Groups.Io
<oberman.l=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Michael.

Please share your test results when you can.

I have this issue on 20m only in cw on the v4, where I have close
harmonic spurs about 10b down only.
I already mentioned it on list
The rest seem fine all tests into a dummy load witha coupler and
attenuator to the Spec an
I am using a Nextion with Ian Lee's code.

I did swap the V5 this morning and so far all bands look OK to me on
CW into the dummy load and checking on the Spec an.

73
Laurence Oberman
KB1HKO


On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM Michael Mitchell
<mitchellmichaelh@...> wrote:

I am almost finished with my uBitx version 4. It has the following:
Nextion 2.8
SDR receiver/panadapter (switch selectable with input grounding relay when transmitting.)
Built in antenna switch for selecting 1 of 3 antennas.
UHF antenna connector for SDR
VHF antenna connector for SDR both switch selectable.
Built in auto tuner.
built in power supply Plus a 5 volt and 9 volt buck supply.
Fuses for everything
Nice case and labeled front and rear panel.

BUT It seems to me there is nothing that make these radios U.S. reliably legal.
I think its time for the company to solve all the problems before selling any more units . Unless I can be convinced that I am wrong I will be selling my radio as soon as I test it.
I think the advertising for the radio is very misleading. It seems that the longer the radio has been produced the more problems appear. NOT what the initial advertising said. If it were possible I would ask for a refund but even a full refund doesnt come close to what I have invested.

Re: TX vs received frequency tweak help... #calibration #ubitx-help

Don - KM4UDX
 

I don't actually do CW -- so I'm playing conceptual catchup. 

If the uBITX screen shows -780hz relative to the external receiver received freq, and if this is typical, normal, and std,then I'm happy.

Total newbie asks typical stupid question....lingering question....I hate to ask this actually....

but this means that if uBITX display freq is X and I send CW,  then someone will have to tune to X+780hz to hear me, right?   So if two of us were to try and match logs, for example, my TX freq and their Receive freq would always be off by .78K. Wouldn't this be a problem? Or is it close enough for logging  with QRZ or LOTW, etc?  

Thanks so much for the guidance and education.

Don

Re: AGC Pre-Oders are in and built!

 

ALL pre-orders have shipped wooh!.

Tracking can  be found via your paypal transaction, if for any reason can not get to it let us know and we will forward the info to you.

We should have more up on the site in the next 24 hours.

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Shop is open!

Re: ubitx ver 4 for sale

Carlos Fonseca - CT1GFQ
 

Hello.

Don’t forgot all.
 
I’m looking for a uBitx full mounted because I’m not good with DIY.....
Anyone more selling, in EU prefered?
 
73's de Carlos CT1GFQ
SKCC#466T www.skccgroup.com
REP#1406 www.rep.pt
https://www.youtube.com/user/carlosfonsecaalmada/videos
https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/CT1GFQ
http://carlosfonseca-ct1gfq.blogspot.com/
 

From: Ian Reeve
Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 8:07 PM
To: bitx20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] ubitx ver 4 for sale
 
Thank-you Peter,I look forward to hearing from you. 73. Ian M0IDR


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Peter Russell <peter.russell@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:10:22 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] ubitx ver 4 for sale
 
OK Ian, you were first in the queue.

I'll email you direct with details etc.

Peter.



On 06/03/2019 14:49, Ian Reeve wrote:
> Hello Peter, I would appreciate some pictures please. I am interested.
> Thankyou
>
> 73
>
> Ian
>
> M0IDR
>
> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
> Windows 10
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Peter Russell
> <peter.russell@...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:51:51 PM
> *To:* BITX20@groups.io
> *Subject:* [BITX20] ubitx ver 4 for sale
> After serious deliberation, I have decided to sell my ubitx transceiver.
> I have done Raj's mods - the 45 Mhz filter inductors replaced by smd's,
> the new filter in front of the second mixer and the 2 resistors have
> been changed to increase the gain.
> I have also added the N6DT agc mod and a TDA2030 audio amp.
> It was changing the smd's that did it!
> I'm getting a bit too long in the tooth to be able to handle these
> little beggars, Apart from that, since I retired I don't have access to
> a spectrum analyser or any other form of sophisticated equipment.
> I have enjoyed putting this together - it's rekindled my interest in ham
> radio, but I do know my limitations.
> It comes in a pretty blue (Chinese) box complete with a Nextion 2.8 display.
> The receiver works very well and as far as I'm aware, the transmitter is
> ok, although I've never had the confidence to put it on the air.
> I'm asking £80 for it and that will include UK shipping.
> Photos available on request.
>
> Peter, G8FWY
>
> ---
> This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
> https://www.avg.com
>
>
>
>
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Re: New V5 with poor carrier suppression.

Mike
 

Thanks Bill!

  I adjusted mine to 11.055.3 and The carrier is greatly diminished!

Thanks for all who responded

73's

Mike WA3O

Re: Firmware for Nextion 7 Enhanced Missing Crucial Menu Items

Joe
 

Just to help make things clearer, I did the screen for 7 inch. It is based on the features at that time. I built some enhanced graphics etc.
I have not updated the 7 inch to reflect the latest versions features.
Joe
VE1BWV.



On Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 6:40 PM Alex "B2" <alex@...> wrote:
Dr. Ian Lee,

Your firmware for the 7" Nextion displays is missing MANY of the configuration options available in the other display sizes. Please see photos for example. Forgive me if I am making a mistake.

The image on LEFT is the 7" firmware as supplied. The RIGHT is the firmware for a 4.3" display which does have all the options.

 

Re: What to do with ubitx ver<5 boards? V-U operation?

Ted
 

I'll pay $25 for your old board(s) plus $7 shipping.  There's plenty to do with them, transverters being among them :)


Ted
K3RTA

Re: TX vs received frequency tweak help... #calibration #ubitx-help

iz oos
 

It will be + or - depending on the bands, try on 14.050 and check with the websdr the exact frequency. About the logging mismatch, consider who uses vintage equipment without digital readout. I believe they consider the band as such, not the exact frequency as such. When I send logs for contests I send default frequencies, such as 7050 and had never a problem. I can't be sure abt lotw btw.


Il 06/mar/2019 21:45, "Don - KM4UDX" <dontAy155@...> ha scritto:
I don't actually do CW -- so I'm playing conceptual catchup. 

If the uBITX screen shows -780hz relative to the external receiver received freq, and if this is typical, normal, and std,then I'm happy.

Total newbie asks typical stupid question....lingering question....I hate to ask this actually....

but this means that if uBITX display freq is X and I send CW,  then someone will have to tune to X+780hz to hear me, right?   So if two of us were to try and match logs, for example, my TX freq and their Receive freq would always be off by .78K. Wouldn't this be a problem? Or is it close enough for logging  with QRZ or LOTW, etc?  

Thanks so much for the guidance and education.

Don

Re: What to do with ubitx ver<5 boards? V-U operation?

iz oos
 

I would pay $25 for your old board(s) plus $7 shipping too hihi


Il 06/mar/2019 22:54, "Ted via Groups.Io" <k3rta=yahoo.com@groups.io> ha scritto:
I'll pay $25 for your old board(s) plus $7 shipping.  There's plenty to do with them, transverters being among them :)


Ted
K3RTA

Re: TX vs received frequency tweak help... #calibration #ubitx-help

Vic WA4THR
 

If you use the CW offset option (which really should be the standard setup) mentioned above, then both you and the station you are working will be on the same indicated frequency. Offsetting the receiver allows you to hear the CW tone (otherwise you would be zero beat and hear nothing), so when that option is checked the uBitX acts just like most commercial radios and displays the transmitter frequency of both parties, while shifting by your preferred CW note so you can copy, and it will make no difference to the transmitter frequency if you are on UCW or LCW.

=Vic=

Re: TX vs received frequency tweak help... #calibration #ubitx-help

W2CTX
 

This is a post I made last year:

Found this video explaining CW Zero-beating. So based on this explanation the following is illustrated

for 7.040.000: Dial displays 07.040.000, you transmit on 07.040.000, and the receive is offset by the sidetone value.


Of course this is based on the video being correct.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrC7JmNw1eY

On March 6, 2019 at 3:45 PM Don - KM4UDX <@dontay155> wrote:


I don't actually do CW -- so I'm playing conceptual catchup. 

If the uBITX screen shows -780hz relative to the external receiver received freq, and if this is typical, normal, and std,then I'm happy.

Total newbie asks typical stupid question....lingering question....I hate to ask this actually....

but this means that if uBITX display freq is X and I send CW,  then someone will have to tune to X+780hz to hear me, right?   So if two of us were to try and match logs, for example, my TX freq and their Receive freq would always be off by .78K. Wouldn't this be a problem? Or is it close enough for logging  with QRZ or LOTW, etc?  

Thanks so much for the guidance and education.

Don


Re: TX vs received frequency tweak help... #calibration #ubitx-help

W2CTX
 

I agree with Vic that the standard selection should be the CW offset option. I can not see
why anyone would not use CW this way. But I am open to be convinced.

rOn

On March 6, 2019 at 6:39 PM "Vic WA4THR via Groups.Io" <vhklein=ptd.net@groups.io> wrote:


If you use the CW offset option (which really should be the standard setup) mentioned above, then both you and the station you are working will be on the same indicated frequency. Offsetting the receiver allows you to hear the CW tone (otherwise you would be zero beat and hear nothing), so when that option is checked the uBitX acts just like most commercial radios and displays the transmitter frequency of both parties, while shifting by your preferred CW note so you can copy, and it will make no difference to the transmitter frequency if you are on UCW or LCW.

=Vic=


Re: uBitx V4 Audio extremely quiet and other needed mods#ubitx

Wayne Leake
 

 The mention of not plugging or unplugging the headphone/speaker with the radio on reminded me of an incident years ago.
 I did radio repairs in my brothrs TV hop yers ago.
 Had a customer brought in a Bearcat IV scanner with no audio.
 seems he decided to install an RCA jack on the back to plug an external speaker in.
 However, he did so with the radio plugged in and "ON"
 Cost him a few $$ to replace the audio IC.
 A bit of a costly lesson for him.

 Always work on things with the radio off, and even unplugged, except for making tests when you know what you are doing.
 Wayne WA2YNE


Re: New V5 with poor carrier suppression.

 

Mine sounded ok and carrier suppressed enough at BFO set to 11.055.5

Raj


At 06-03-19, you wrote:
Adjusting the BFO did the trick. For my v5 the BFO is set at 11.055.3


On Mar 6, 2019, at 12:38 PM, bill richardson via Groups.Io < ng1p.bill@...> wrote:

I too had this problem and yes it’s all in the BFO adjustment. I was able to get mine down.


On Mar 6, 2019, at 12:25 PM, Mike via Groups.Io < mikeymustang2000@...> wrote:

I should also note that I have turned the power down on the Ubitx to make sure I am not driving the amp with more than .5 watts...


Thanks

Mike WA3O