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Re: Triumvirate Skonk Worx (TSW) updated Teensy 4.0 to NANO adapter #ubitx #v6

 

Jim,

Are the new Raduino replacement boards that fit the V6 cabinets ready yet?

Joel
N6ALT

Re: New to BITX,simple questions

Evan Hand
 

The short answer is no, unless the discone you have can work down to 28 MHz, as that is the hugest band  that the ubitx can operate on.

Note:  You do need an amateur radio license for this radio, and to use it on SSB (for a USA licensee) a general class or better is required on all bands below 28 MHz. A technician class could use it on the 10 meter segment that allows SSB, or for the CW Morse code portions of the bands. However, this transceiver is not the best for CW.  There are other rigs that are focused on CW that can be both cheaper and more functional for CW (The QRPLabs QCX series come to mind).

So the steps I would recommend depends on your preference.  all starts with studying for the exame for the type of operation that you want to do.
General for Phone/SSB
Technician for CW and VHF/UHF operation

Then picking a rig based on mode of operation
plan the antenna Including the needed room for an antenna
pass the examine
order the rig and parts/kits for the auxiliary equipment and antenna.
I would include a dummy load as on of the pieces of test gear, as well as a low power SWR/Power meter, and at least a digital multi meter.

The QRPLab sight as well as the QRP kits 
https://qrp-labs.com/
https://www.qrpkits.com/

Hope this helps.
73
Evan
AC9TU

Re: Good spot to insert audio preamp on V6 #v6

Evan Hand
 

I would agree with what you are saying based on the v5 that I have.  I did not need to add the outboard amp as I had plenty of sound from the speaker.  However I still run the volume almost maxed out.

I did need the amp on the v4 boards that I have.  This is why Sunil included it in the kits.

Since I do not have a v6, you will need to work out the best place on your own, or hopefully someone else has done it already.

Before you cut into your rig, you might want to run the calibration again.  If the master crystal is off there may be an impact on the 45 MHz roofing filter.  Just a guess on my part and I have not done the math.  As stated above, my v5 with basically the same audio circuits does not have the volume issue as you have stated.

FWIW
73 and good hunting for the solution.
Evan
AC9TU

Re: V6 Low volume on speaker

 

Russ,

You are finding out what a lot of us are finding, that the volume needs to wide open to hear anything. I am going to install a preamp to the audio section and will report back as to how it works. Another thing I have found is the speaker included with the Full V6 kit is very inefficient and sucks every milliwatt of audio from the LM386. I don't have any that fit the bolt pattern of the one provided in the case, but plugging a different speaker into the front earphone jack yields a lot more audio.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: Good spot to insert audio preamp on V6 #v6

 

Hi Evan,

I used a 5 watt amp, ( the one included in Sunils case), hooked directly to the output of my V4 and it works great, plenty of audio. I have used a lot of LM386's in my day and they are totally usable if driven properly, the one in the V6 is just coasting along and needs more drive. I just need to find a easy place to insert a preamp without having to modify the board too heavily. I will keep studying the schematic, maybe I will have to open a trace on the bottom of the board.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: Good spot to insert audio preamp on V6 #v6

 

Hi Raj,

I use a dipole on 40 meters and a EFHW on 20 meters.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: CW paddles Work, straight key does Not

Ora Smith
 

Richard, there is a menu setting to select straight key or keyer mode. 

Re: TX frequency is 1.2 kHz off #bfo #calibration #cw #v6

Juha Lindfors
 

Found Reeds code in github and uploaded it. It's ok,
but CW starts slowly and the offset stays :D

Well, made some qsos and learning to use this. Perhaps soon
in bushes ..

Juha OH8CW

Re: Good spot to insert audio preamp on V6 #v6

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi,

I have the NEScaf filter. I got it as an unbuilt kit from another ham who was cleaning out the desk drawers. The schematics and theory/explanation of operation are available. There is no reason we cannot buy the parts and build one dead-bug ugly style. I have come to prefer the sound card DSP for performance but that requires a @#*! computer! Not very convenient carrying all that up a mountain. It will force several trips to and from parking lot to county park picnic table, too. Computers are not nearly as lenient on batteries as 3 watt radios either.

73,

Bill KU8H

On 2/29/20 9:29 AM, Curt via Groups.Io wrote:
Not too surprising signals will be less robust on 20m than 80m in these solar conditions, but if you want more audio - go for it.
On my v4 I added a NESCAF audio filter at the output of the ubitx main board, so it feeds headphone jack and speaker.  I like this filter on both CW and SSB, but not being sold just now (maybe an alternative SCAF is out there)
If you go with Evan's solution - and use headphones - be careful and that's a lot of power into the ear (or just put this amplifier in the speaker path).
Plan B may be try different headphones if you have them, to see if they are more sensitive.  I do imagine the v6 has more audio than the v4.
73 curt
--
bark less - wag more

Triumvirate Skonk Worx (TSW) updated Teensy 4.0 to NANO adapter #ubitx #v6

Jim Sheldon
 

Since the latest TSW software (TSW_T4_V1.05) has a Real Time Clock feature, we revised the T4-NANO adapter to make it easier to connect a backup battery (included in the revised kit) so the RTC becomes almost set & forget.  You set it one time and even after removing rig power, the RTC continues to keep time due to the backup battery. 

Due to some extra parts now included with the kit plus the fact that USPS has recently increased postal rates, we have had to increase the price of the T4-NANO adapter kit from $10 to $12 USD post paid in the US and possessions.
NOTE: The adapter does NOT come with a Teensy 4.0 as that must be obtained from PJRC.com or one of their distributors.

The cost of international postage would run anywhere from $13.75 to $15 USD to ship this kit so it just isn't practical to ship it internationally unless the recipient would be willing to add that postage to the $12 price of the kit.  This can be done but we hate to charge more for shipping than the cost of the kit originally so we will handle international kit orders on a case by case basis.  It can be shipped but will be expensive due to the high cost of postage these days.

Information on the kit and our other kit (the V6 Raduino Clone) is available on TSW's website, www.w0eb.com and all pertinent documentation for the kits is also available for download in PDF format on the website.

For those wondering - the TSW software for the Teensy 4.0 enabled (with the adapter kit) operates properly on CW (transmit is on the indicated frequency and only the receive is offset by the sidetone as with ALL commercial transceivers), an on screen S meter is available if the N8DAH AGC is properly installed, and we have simplified the calibration routines to make them really easy to use.

Jim Sheldon, W0EB
TSW Project Coordinator

Photo shows a completed T4-NANO adapter with a Teensy 4 properly installed in the adapter and the (provided) backup battery also installed.

 

Bitx40 with Radiuno & Rotary help

Prathap Naidu
 

Hi all
I have upgraded to ubitx v5 & built many
But I have an old bitx40 with the POT tuning with the radiuno and I want to modify to Rotary encoder , hence I request details of wireup & sketch for the same.
( looking for the the farhans version )  
Spoke to Farhan and he asked me to lookup HFsigs page , I did not find the details with the rotary encoder / radiuno , maybe its removed as designs have been upgraded to Ubitx 
Thanks in advance
best 73
Pop
VU2POP
  

New to BITX,simple questions

Mike
 

When I buy direct ,,,,,will latest drivers,firmware be there? Like to heard from people that assembled,is it safe to try out TX on a discone??Ill be reading this group awhile before getting one, THanks,,,,,,,

Re: Anyone see my 40m Cq bitx?

Mick
 

If you do respond with tx5 = bitx 73
fyi this is FT-8

Anyone see my 40m Cq bitx?

Mick
 

Trying to send a uBitx Cq 

Re: Good spot to insert audio preamp on V6 #v6

Curt
 

Not too surprising signals will be less robust on 20m than 80m in these solar conditions, but if you want more audio - go for it.

On my v4 I added a NESCAF audio filter at the output of the ubitx main board, so it feeds headphone jack and speaker.  I like this filter on both CW and SSB, but not being sold just now (maybe an alternative SCAF is out there)

If you go with Evan's solution - and use headphones - be careful and that's a lot of power into the ear (or just put this amplifier in the speaker path). 

Plan B may be try different headphones if you have them, to see if they are more sensitive.  I do imagine the v6 has more audio than the v4.

73 curt

Re: TX frequency is 1.2 kHz off #bfo #calibration #cw #v6

Curt
 

Juha

Indeed your calibration is good, and rig is behaving in CW as expected with OEM code.

As mine is a v4, someone will have to point the way to Reed's code. Yes ubitx was conceived to encourage replacement code.

Curt wb8yyy

Re: TX frequency is 1.2 kHz off #bfo #calibration #cw #v6

Juha Lindfors
 

Located the lines in the code where cw is done. However, the code 6.3.1 in Github is
the same. Uploaded it couple of times but the thing does not change. Is there 6.3.1 in
github as the ino file is still v6.1?

Can't find the reference to the Reed's code.

Juha OH8CW

Re: TX frequency is 1.2 kHz off #bfo #calibration #cw #v6

Juha Lindfors
 

Thanks, I'll do that

Juha oh8cw

la 29. helmikuuta 2020 klo 12.55 Vic WA4THR via Groups.Io <vhklein=ptd.net@groups.io> kirjoitti:

That behavior seems to be the situation on the OEM code in the V6, where the transmit signal is shifted in CW rather than the receive. Look for Reed's code as mentioned in one of the links. He fixes that behavior so that in CW the signal is shifted by the amount of the CW offset, but you transmit on the displayed frequency as it should be. You can easily tell if it is set correctly by shifting in and out of CW while receiving and you'll hear the tone change as you do. That, frankly, is the way it should be so that you listen (with the desired offset note) and transmit on the same spot.

=Vic=

Re: TX frequency is 1.2 kHz off #bfo #calibration #cw #v6

Vic WA4THR
 

That behavior seems to be the situation on the OEM code in the V6, where the transmit signal is shifted in CW rather than the receive. Look for Reed's code as mentioned in one of the links. He fixes that behavior so that in CW the signal is shifted by the amount of the CW offset, but you transmit on the displayed frequency as it should be. You can easily tell if it is set correctly by shifting in and out of CW while receiving and you'll hear the tone change as you do. That, frankly, is the way it should be so that you listen (with the desired offset note) and transmit on the same spot.

=Vic=

Re: V6 Low volume on speaker

Evan Hand
 

One comment, the noise with no antenna is extremely low, so I would not be surprised that you have to turn the volume up full to hear anything.  If the volume is low with even a marginal antenna connected, then I would look into possible issues.  On all three of my ubitx, I get no signal at all until I touch the antenna connection to the center pole, then get a LOT of noise.

FWIW
73
Evan
AC9TU