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Re: UK Import Charges

Ian Reeve
 

Yes that sounds about right I guess,a few years ago I had to pay the post office fee,some import duty on items over £100 or so then VAT.That was from America though if that made a difference.Never had a problem with DHL although on two occasions the parcels were opened at customs and resealed and arrived damaged.


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of howard winwood G4GPF <winwoodh@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:56:25 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] UK Import Charges
 
I think the admin fee is £11, post office used to be £8, the rest is vat, I don' t think there is any import duty to pay.
DHL is a very fast delivery from anywhere in the world but it will cost you.
Very reliable service, you just have to work out all the costs to see if the item is worth it, would not hesitate to use DHL.


On Wed, 27 May 2020, 11:36 Ian Reeve, <ian.radioworkshop@...> wrote:
Yes and most of it will admin fees.


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Gordon Gibby <docvacuumtubes@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:52:47 AM
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Subject: Re: [BITX20] UK Import Charges
 
Oh my.   


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 4:46 AM Mark <mark@...> wrote:
I ordered a uBitx jlast Thursday, shipped with DHL, it travelled via Germany and it is currently sitting in Birmingham.

I've just paid the import charges invoice, and it came to £45 if anyone in interested, which is about what I was expecting.

Now I just need to wait for it to make it the last 10 miles or so.




Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

Don - KM4UDX
 

Yes.  Straight simple cables connecting mic to speak, and ditto for speak to mic.

And +1 for Dean's observations.  

Or you can use the creators approach, just put your laptop near the rig, and they will hear each other. Hahaha.

I used a EASYDigi interface.  It has transformers for audio isolation, caps to block any DC, even a optical PPT circuit ( think signal link on the cheap). 

I felt great about my interface. Digital operations were reliable  and a blast.  Just one little issue: It made no difference whatsoever compared to jumper cables.  

Moral?  Simple is better, most always.  

My buddies with rig blasters,  signallinks, custom builds, have gone to great expense and complexity to put in a volume pot in the signal pathway. I figured how to set volume levels in the application and OS.  So no worries on the lost  extra level set knobs...hahah.

Go digital and get your comms on!

Don


Re: UK Import Charges

howard winwood G4GPF
 

I think the admin fee is £11, post office used to be £8, the rest is vat, I don' t think there is any import duty to pay.
DHL is a very fast delivery from anywhere in the world but it will cost you.
Very reliable service, you just have to work out all the costs to see if the item is worth it, would not hesitate to use DHL.


On Wed, 27 May 2020, 11:36 Ian Reeve, <ian.radioworkshop@...> wrote:
Yes and most of it will admin fees.


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Gordon Gibby <docvacuumtubes@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:52:47 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] UK Import Charges
 
Oh my.   


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 4:46 AM Mark <mark@...> wrote:
I ordered a uBitx jlast Thursday, shipped with DHL, it travelled via Germany and it is currently sitting in Birmingham.

I've just paid the import charges invoice, and it came to £45 if anyone in interested, which is about what I was expecting.

Now I just need to wait for it to make it the last 10 miles or so.




Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

Evan Hand
 

The one thing that I would add to Dean's advice is to include snap-on ferrites for the lines in and out of the computer (audio and USB).   I found I had RF feedback issues that distorted the audio in both directions, and some intermittent cat issues.  The ferrites seemed to solve that.

Also, I did need to purchase an inexpensive USB audio dongle for it to work with my laptop.  For that dongle, I connected the mono audio into both of the stereo input lines for the best results.  BTW, I have 3 and all seem to work with the WSJT-X software, so do not have a specific version to suggest.  I am currently using a Plugable adapter that is no longer available on Amazon where I bought it. 
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NMXY2MO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you still have problems, then an  EasyDigi interface for the transformers will help in grounding issues.

Above are my experiences with both a v4 and v5 rig working FT8.
73
Evan
AC9TU


Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

Dean Souleles
 

Aaron,

Yes.

PC phone jack goes to uBitx Mic jack.
PC mic jack goes to uBitx phone jack..
Connect a USB cable.

Assuming you want to run FT8, in the WSJTX software, configure the rig as Yaesu FT-817. Select the COM port for the uBitx, baud 38400.  PTT method: CAT, everything else at default.  

Depending on your PC, you may have to go to the audio tab in WSJTX and select the input and output devices.  The only other thing you need to be concerned with is the volume settings to get the levels right.  I find that on my uBitx V5 I need to turn the volume pot almost all the way down to stop it from clipping  in the software.  

Good luck and 73,

Dean

KK4DAS


Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

Mick
 

Hi Evan,
You are correct, I stated the connection incorrectly, sorry for the confusion.
--
 

73
Mick VA3EPM 


Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

Evan Hand
 

Mick,
I do not have a v6, however, the v6 schematic from HF Signals shows the PTT signal on the RING of the cable, not the TIP.  The tip is the audio in for the mic.  Is there an error on the v6 schematic?

73
Evan
AC9TU


Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

W2CTX
 

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 10:31:28 PM EDT, Curt via groups.io <wb8yyy@...> wrote:


Aaron

While many of us have bought a signal link cable for our rig, I don't imagine they sell one for ubitx. Its audio and ptt can feed into your microphone connection.

As you have jumpers inside your signalink, it is like working a puzzle to trace the interface. Signalink website has complete documentation. 

Curt


Re: New uBITX v6 #ubitxv6 #signalink #ubitx

Mick
 

Aaron,
you can run them direct into the rig but I found it worked better if I used a small USB sound dongle (I’m using a laptop, desktop with sound card should work without the dongle). You will also have to disconnect (Cut) the ptt line (tip on the mic jack), if you don’t it can trigger your ptt when you least expect it.
--
 

73
Mick VA3EPM 


Re: UK Import Charges

Ian Reeve
 

Yes and most of it will admin fees.


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Gordon Gibby <docvacuumtubes@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:52:47 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] UK Import Charges
 
Oh my.   


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 4:46 AM Mark <mark@...> wrote:
I ordered a uBitx jlast Thursday, shipped with DHL, it travelled via Germany and it is currently sitting in Birmingham.

I've just paid the import charges invoice, and it came to £45 if anyone in interested, which is about what I was expecting.

Now I just need to wait for it to make it the last 10 miles or so.




Re: UK Import Charges

Gordon Gibby
 

Oh my.   


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 4:46 AM Mark <mark@...> wrote:
I ordered a uBitx jlast Thursday, shipped with DHL, it travelled via Germany and it is currently sitting in Birmingham.

I've just paid the import charges invoice, and it came to £45 if anyone in interested, which is about what I was expecting.

Now I just need to wait for it to make it the last 10 miles or so.




UK Import Charges

Mark
 

I ordered a uBitx jlast Thursday, shipped with DHL, it travelled via Germany and it is currently sitting in Birmingham.

I've just paid the import charges invoice, and it came to £45 if anyone in interested, which is about what I was expecting.

Now I just need to wait for it to make it the last 10 miles or so.


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

 

Absolutely correct Evan!

At 27/05/2020, you wrote:
Victor,
The stock program always resets to the default value when you enter into the BFO calibration. There is no way to see the current value. The only way to tell is if it sounds the same

If you upgrade to the KD8CEC software, there is a memory manager program that runs on a PC that can read the current values for the calibration parameters (as well as others) through the USB connection. I do not know of a way to get the values for the stock software.

73
Evan
AC9TU


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

Evan Hand
 

Victor,

If you have a microphone connected to your computer you could use the BFO tuning page to verify that the sound is the same. 
https://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/bfo-tuning-aid/

If you do decide to upgrade to the KD8CEC software, be sure to select the correct one for your display.  There are 2 and 4 line display versions as well as Nextion Basic and Enhanced versions.  I would recommend the upgrade.  The zip file has a description file with the decoder as to which file to use for each of the display options.  The stock display is UBITXV5_CEC_V1.200_16P.hex.  You also need the xloader software.
https://github.com/phdlee/ubitx/releases/tag/v1.20
https://github.com/xinabox/xLoader

The above assumes you are running Windows on your PC.  There is the software AvrDude for Linux, I do not know if there is the equivalent for Mac.  I have seen some discussions on AvrDude for Mac.

73
Evan
AC9TU


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

Evan Hand
 

Victor,
The stock program always resets to the default value when you enter into the BFO calibration.  There is no way to see the current value.  The only way to tell is if it sounds the same 

If you upgrade to the KD8CEC software, there is a memory manager program that runs on a PC that can read the current values for the calibration parameters (as well as others) through the USB connection.  I do not know of a way to get the values for the stock software.

73
Evan
AC9TU


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

 

Yes Victor, replace the Arduino Nano. The nano is not able to write into eeprom memory is my guess. This has happened to
my boards also.

At 27/05/2020, you wrote:
Thanks Raj.
Did try changing frequencies to no avail.
When you say NANO, are your referring to the Arduino? Was following the block diagram and all roads seem to lead to that. But seems other then the bfo store issue, it seems to be working (unit will transmit, cw works, it tunes nicely). I dunno... Probably a software glitch.


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

Viktors Miske
 

Thanks Raj.
Did try changing frequencies to no avail.
When you say NANO, are your referring to the Arduino?  Was following the block diagram and all roads seem to lead to that.  But seems other then the bfo store issue, it seems to be working (unit will transmit, cw works, it tunes nicely).  I dunno... Probably a software glitch. 


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

 

Victor,

Try moving the frequency up/down a little and see.

I would suspect the NANO, replace, load firmware and see. Should solve it.

Raj

At 27/05/2020, you wrote:
Ok... Been scratching my head here. Trying to save the BFO settings and no luck.
Get it tuned in nicely, tried PTT, click encoder, you name it, tried it. Did the 30 second wait before powering down then back up, and still nada. Always defaults back to 11.053. Ideas?

Thanks,
Victor
KC8CKZ


Re: V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

Viktors Miske
 

FYI, uBitx V5.1, stock firmware.


V5 BFO Save issue #bfo

Viktors Miske
 

Ok...  Been scratching my head here.  Trying to save the BFO settings and no luck.
Get it tuned in nicely, tried PTT, click encoder, you name it, tried it.  Did the 30 second wait before powering down then back up, and still nada.  Always defaults back to 11.053.  Ideas?

Thanks,
Victor
KC8CKZ