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Re: Highlighting band selected

Jeff Debes
 

Bill, Tony,

Thanks for the advice.
To be clear: I have a confirmed QSO where the op copied me on LSB and USB with out me changing any settings.
Is that still a possible symptom for misaligned BFO?
If so fine. I will try again at home with a PC.
I want to say that the kit is sold as a working board, & the buyer is trusting that it is working, that it was tested properly. What if it is not? That will happen.
Documentation clarity for engineers is one matter, and appears to be simple enough, for casual builders it may need to differ.
A support group such as this is fine for resolving many issues , but it should not be the only recourse.
Why do so many users come back here to ask questions? ( the documentation is not adequate?)
Personally, I’m used to building non-digital circuits/radios. There is operability simplicity , excellent ease of use, and clarity in analog radio circuits.
Anyway
Thanks everyone for the advice. I will try the suggestions.

Jeff

On May 28, 2020, at 9:25 AM, Bill Cromwell <wrcromwell@...> wrote:

Hi,

I have to agree with Tony and the others on this. A misaligned BFO will produce the same symptoms on *ANY* radio like this one (includeing those with four figure price tags). I have worked on a few for other hams and the BFO way way far off on the ones with these symptoms.

If you are unable to get it working you might find somebody on here to get it going for you. I think you should try to get it working yourself. I did not find any deficiencies in the instructions.

73,

Bill KU8H

On 5/28/20 8:27 AM, Tony Vandenborn wrote:
Jeff
When you study the uBITX block diagram, and understand it, you can clearly see it is rather impossible that your radio receives/transmits both sidebands same time. You really have to align the BFO and master oscillator frequencies, your kit is not defective!
Tony
Op do 28 mei 2020 om 14:18 schreef Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@... <mailto:jeff.debes@...>>:
Ok Stephen,
I will think about trying it.
I used to do a small bit or arduino programming but that is not
something i want to get back into.
Right now though I need to know why my radio only works as double
sideband. I don’t think its an alignment problem, I have doubts
that tuning will cure the issue.
I hope someone has ideas on what might be wrong else I might want to
return this unit to HD Sigs as defective.
Jeff
On May 28, 2020, at 7:28 AM, Stephen KO4CVU
<@KO4CVU <mailto:@KO4CVU>> wrote:

Jeff, I can vouch for Reed’s software. It makes a great
improvement in the operation and control of the touchscreen.
Downloading and installing It was my first experience working with
an Arduino Nano, (although I did have some experience with
programmable logic controllers years ago.) If I can do it, it must
not be too hard! :) I will be happy to share my notes about the
process with you, if you’d like them.
-- *jeff.debes@... <mailto:jeff.debes@...>*
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Re: uBitX assembled: bit of a challenge with alignment/bfo adj - Volume/switch knob fix

Dan D'Eon
 

Reed, thanks so much. this was very helpful.
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Dan D'Eon
AG7GM


Bitx V6 Modifications

Jhard356@...
 

Just ordered Bitx V6 and was wondering what modifications should be added? If someone could list them in order of most improvement it would be appreciated.


SI5351 without library #si5351

edoardo marchetti
 

Hi everibody,
I'm studing how to program the SI5351 without library, I learnt to produce a single frequency output but I still have problem when I want to create a sketch that makes me able to make a frequency coded by a rotary encoder.

Which register should I update?

Changing just from 42nd o 49th don't produce the desired output, I wonder if I have to resend all the registers seen in figure 12 of datasheet every time I want to change frequency output...
Can you help me?
73


Re: Highlighting band selected

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi,

I have to agree with Tony and the others on this. A misaligned BFO will produce the same symptoms on *ANY* radio like this one (includeing those with four figure price tags). I have worked on a few for other hams and the BFO way way far off on the ones with these symptoms.

If you are unable to get it working you might find somebody on here to get it going for you. I think you should try to get it working yourself. I did not find any deficiencies in the instructions.

73,

Bill KU8H

On 5/28/20 8:27 AM, Tony Vandenborn wrote:
Jeff
When you study the uBITX block diagram, and understand it, you can clearly see it is rather impossible that your radio receives/transmits both sidebands same time. You really have to align the BFO and master oscillator frequencies, your kit is not defective!
Tony
Op do 28 mei 2020 om 14:18 schreef Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@... <mailto:jeff.debes@...>>:
Ok Stephen,
I will think about trying it.
I used to do a small bit or arduino programming but that is not
something i want to get back into.
Right now though I need to know why my radio only works as double
sideband. I don’t think its an alignment problem,  I  have doubts
that tuning will cure the issue.
I hope someone has ideas on what might be wrong else I might want to
return this unit to HD Sigs as defective.
Jeff

On May 28, 2020, at 7:28 AM, Stephen KO4CVU
<@KO4CVU <mailto:@KO4CVU>> wrote:

Jeff, I can vouch for Reed’s software. It makes a great
improvement in the operation and control of the touchscreen.
Downloading and installing It was my first experience working with
an Arduino Nano, (although I did have some experience with
programmable logic controllers years ago.) If I can do it, it must
not be too hard! :) I will be happy to share my notes about the
process with you, if you’d like them.
--
*jeff.debes@... <mailto:jeff.debes@...>*
--
bark less - wag more


Re: Highlighting band selected

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi Jess,

I sometimes work on other hams' radios and I installed Reed's software in a V6 for one of them (mine is a V3). I have a low opinion of the stock software from HF Signals even though it does function. Reed's software instantly cured several problems. I can also vouch for the CEC software that I loaded onto my V3.

You put your money down and you take your choice. Those software packages are *free* so the 'money' is the time spent.

73,

Bill KU8H

On 5/28/20 8:18 AM, Jeff Debes wrote:
Ok Stephen,
I will think about trying it.
I used to do a small bit or arduino programming but that is not something i want to get back into.
Right now though I need to know why my radio only works as double sideband. I don’t think its an alignment problem,  I  have doubts that tuning will cure the issue.
I hope someone has ideas on what might be wrong else I might want to return this unit to HD Sigs as defective.
Jeff

On May 28, 2020, at 7:28 AM, Stephen KO4CVU <@KO4CVU> wrote:

Jeff, I can vouch for Reed’s software. It makes a great improvement in the operation and control of the touchscreen. Downloading and installing It was my first experience working with an Arduino Nano, (although I did have some experience with programmable logic controllers years ago.) If I can do it, it must not be too hard! :) I will be happy to share my notes about the process with you, if you’d like them.
--
*jeff.debes@...*
--
bark less - wag more


Re: uBitX V6 only transmits double sideband

W2CTX
 

The TSW software made the band buttons real band buttons.  Each band is checked for
band limits.  Can select from the IARU limits.  And the frequency for each band is remembered
for both VFO's.  We added a new button for general coverage (G/C) with no band limits.

rOn
Does require Teensy T4 upgrade.


On Thursday, May 28, 2020, 5:06:28 AM EDT, Ashhar Farhan <farhanbox@...> wrote:


jeff, the band buttons don't make sense for an essentially general coverage transceiver like the ubitx. 
let me illustrate: i start on 40 m, start tuning up, then i tune past 7.3 to 7.350 to listen to Radio Peking. What should the band switch read? What happens if i tune to 12 Mhz?
regard the band switches are 'jump to' short cuts to tuning to your favourite bands.
73, f 

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 2:32 PM Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@...> wrote:
Neils, Reed, 

Thank you! 
Well that info makes me feel better about it.

I’ll do a full tune up at my home QTH.
I’m ordering that microphone. ( thanks for the info)
Even with my crude initial adjustment of the radio i’ve manage five contacts in a few hours of use.
I have only a wire inverted V at this location.

So, what about highlighting the band buttons when they are actuated . Has anyone tried to implement that fix/improvement?

Jeff



On May 28, 2020, at 3:37 AM, Reed N <greenkid336600+groupsio@...> wrote:

That's an excellent point, Niels! Another issue I fixed in my build (and thus didn't think about), but the stock software does require the knob to be turned to force the sideband switch, and could easily explain Jeff's issue.


Reed

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jeff.debes@...


Re: Highlighting band selected

Tony Vandenborn
 

Jeff

When you study the uBITX block diagram, and understand it, you can clearly see it is rather impossible that your radio receives/transmits both sidebands same time. You really have to align the BFO and master oscillator frequencies, your kit is not defective!

Tony

Op do 28 mei 2020 om 14:18 schreef Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@...>:

Ok Stephen,
I will think about trying it.
I used to do a small bit or arduino programming but that is not something i want to get back into.
Right now though I need to know why my radio only works as double sideband. I don’t think its an alignment problem,  I  have doubts that tuning will cure the issue.  
I hope someone has ideas on what might be wrong else I might want to return this unit to HD Sigs as defective.
Jeff


On May 28, 2020, at 7:28 AM, Stephen KO4CVU <goinfishin1952@...> wrote:

Jeff, I can vouch for Reed’s software. It makes a great improvement in the operation and control of the touchscreen. Downloading and installing It was my first experience working with an Arduino Nano, (although I did have some experience with programmable logic controllers years ago.) If I can do it, it must not be too hard! :) I will be happy to share my notes about the process with you, if you’d like them.

--
jeff.debes@...


Re: Highlighting band selected

Jeff Debes
 

Ok Stephen,
I will think about trying it.
I used to do a small bit or arduino programming but that is not something i want to get back into.
Right now though I need to know why my radio only works as double sideband. I don’t think its an alignment problem,  I  have doubts that tuning will cure the issue.  
I hope someone has ideas on what might be wrong else I might want to return this unit to HD Sigs as defective.
Jeff


On May 28, 2020, at 7:28 AM, Stephen KO4CVU <goinfishin1952@...> wrote:

Jeff, I can vouch for Reed’s software. It makes a great improvement in the operation and control of the touchscreen. Downloading and installing It was my first experience working with an Arduino Nano, (although I did have some experience with programmable logic controllers years ago.) If I can do it, it must not be too hard! :) I will be happy to share my notes about the process with you, if you’d like them.

--
jeff.debes@...


Re: UK Import Charges

Leo
 

Wow! I ordered mine three weeks ago and all I’ve heard is COVID...blah...delay


Re: Highlighting band selected

Stephen KO4CVU
 

Jeff, I can vouch for Reed’s software. It makes a great improvement in the operation and control of the touchscreen. Downloading and installing It was my first experience working with an Arduino Nano, (although I did have some experience with programmable logic controllers years ago.) If I can do it, it must not be too hard! :) I will be happy to share my notes about the process with you, if you’d like them.


Re: uBitX V6 only transmits double sideband

Jeff Debes
 

Ok I found that pressing the dial set turns these off.


On May 28, 2020, at 6:58 AM, Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@...> wrote:

Ashhar, Thanks for the reply!
Yes , I see your point, it’s valid,  but it would be nice to at least to see the button highlight only when pushed to confirm that a touch event has occurred.

Other weird Issues puzzling to me :
the USB and LSB buttons don't do anything at all on my radio. 
TON button turns on tone and the only way to stop the tone is to   power off and on. Same with WPM

I hope  it is all a matter of setup/alignment  issue. My understanding of the radio is rudimentary.

Thanks again.
Jeff
  




On May 28, 2020, at 5:06 AM, Ashhar Farhan <farhanbox@...> wrote:


jeff, the band buttons don't make sense for an essentially general coverage transceiver like the ubitx. 
let me illustrate: i start on 40 m, start tuning up, then i tune past 7.3 to 7.350 to listen to Radio Peking. What should the band switch read? What happens if i tune to 12 Mhz?
regard the band switches are 'jump to' short cuts to tuning to your favourite bands.
73, f 

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 2:32 PM Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@...> wrote:
Neils, Reed, 

Thank you! 
Well that info makes me feel better about it.

I’ll do a full tune up at my home QTH.
I’m ordering that microphone. ( thanks for the info)
Even with my crude initial adjustment of the radio i’ve manage five contacts in a few hours of use.
I have only a wire inverted V at this location.

So, what about highlighting the band buttons when they are actuated . Has anyone tried to implement that fix/improvement?

Jeff



On May 28, 2020, at 3:37 AM, Reed N <greenkid336600+groupsio@...> wrote:

That's an excellent point, Niels! Another issue I fixed in my build (and thus didn't think about), but the stock software does require the knob to be turned to force the sideband switch, and could easily explain Jeff's issue.


Reed

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Both sidebands present on receive or transmit? V6

Jeff Debes
 

It really seems that this radio is working as double sideband transmit and receive.
Not sure that adjustments will
fix this.


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Turn of BFO mod

Jeff Debes
 

Is there a way/mod to turn off the bfo to listen to AM signals?


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Re: #ubitxcw #ubitxv6 More signal out on 10 meters than other bands? #ubitxcw #ubitxv6

Stephen KO4CVU
 

Jeff, I got tired of buying D cells and figured I’d take a chance. For a change, I got a pleasant surprise! I use full-cover earphones with my uBITX v6.1. Even when I wear my hearing aids and the earphones, I cannot tell a difference in hum or noise between the D cells and the little power supply. The supply is very quiet and the plug that came on it fit right into the jack on the uBITX! Stephen KO4CVU


Re: uBitX V6 only transmits double sideband

Jeff Debes
 

Ashhar, Thanks for the reply!
Yes , I see your point, it’s valid,  but it would be nice to at least to see the button highlight only when pushed to confirm that a touch event has occurred.

Other weird Issues puzzling to me :
the USB and LSB buttons don't do anything at all on my radio. 
TON button turns on tone and the only way to stop the tone is to   power off and on. Same with WPM

I hope  it is all a matter of setup/alignment  issue. My understanding of the radio is rudimentary.

Thanks again.
Jeff
  




On May 28, 2020, at 5:06 AM, Ashhar Farhan <farhanbox@...> wrote:


jeff, the band buttons don't make sense for an essentially general coverage transceiver like the ubitx. 
let me illustrate: i start on 40 m, start tuning up, then i tune past 7.3 to 7.350 to listen to Radio Peking. What should the band switch read? What happens if i tune to 12 Mhz?
regard the band switches are 'jump to' short cuts to tuning to your favourite bands.
73, f 

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 2:32 PM Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@...> wrote:
Neils, Reed, 

Thank you! 
Well that info makes me feel better about it.

I’ll do a full tune up at my home QTH.
I’m ordering that microphone. ( thanks for the info)
Even with my crude initial adjustment of the radio i’ve manage five contacts in a few hours of use.
I have only a wire inverted V at this location.

So, what about highlighting the band buttons when they are actuated . Has anyone tried to implement that fix/improvement?

Jeff



On May 28, 2020, at 3:37 AM, Reed N <greenkid336600+groupsio@...> wrote:

That's an excellent point, Niels! Another issue I fixed in my build (and thus didn't think about), but the stock software does require the knob to be turned to force the sideband switch, and could easily explain Jeff's issue.


Reed

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jeff.debes@...


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jeff.debes@...


Re: Highlighting band selected

Jeff Debes
 

Excellent Reed!
Is there any system / plan that some approved software fixes/ improvements get incorporated into the manufacturing release at HF Sigs ?
Everyone should not have to reinvent the wheel.
Jeff



On May 27, 2020, at 10:20 PM, Reed N <greenkid336600+groupsio@...> wrote:

My software does that (among other changes).
https://github.com/reedbn/ubitxv6


Reed

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Re: uBitX V6 only transmits double sideband

Ashhar Farhan
 

jeff, the band buttons don't make sense for an essentially general coverage transceiver like the ubitx. 
let me illustrate: i start on 40 m, start tuning up, then i tune past 7.3 to 7.350 to listen to Radio Peking. What should the band switch read? What happens if i tune to 12 Mhz?
regard the band switches are 'jump to' short cuts to tuning to your favourite bands.
73, f 

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 2:32 PM Jeff Debes <jeff.debes@...> wrote:
Neils, Reed, 

Thank you! 
Well that info makes me feel better about it.

I’ll do a full tune up at my home QTH.
I’m ordering that microphone. ( thanks for the info)
Even with my crude initial adjustment of the radio i’ve manage five contacts in a few hours of use.
I have only a wire inverted V at this location.

So, what about highlighting the band buttons when they are actuated . Has anyone tried to implement that fix/improvement?

Jeff



On May 28, 2020, at 3:37 AM, Reed N <greenkid336600+groupsio@...> wrote:

That's an excellent point, Niels! Another issue I fixed in my build (and thus didn't think about), but the stock software does require the knob to be turned to force the sideband switch, and could easily explain Jeff's issue.


Reed

--
jeff.debes@...


Re: uBitX V6 only transmits double sideband

Jeff Debes
 

Neils, Reed, 

Thank you! 
Well that info makes me feel better about it.

I’ll do a full tune up at my home QTH.
I’m ordering that microphone. ( thanks for the info)
Even with my crude initial adjustment of the radio i’ve manage five contacts in a few hours of use.
I have only a wire inverted V at this location.

So, what about highlighting the band buttons when they are actuated . Has anyone tried to implement that fix/improvement?

Jeff



On May 28, 2020, at 3:37 AM, Reed N <greenkid336600+groupsio@...> wrote:

That's an excellent point, Niels! Another issue I fixed in my build (and thus didn't think about), but the stock software does require the knob to be turned to force the sideband switch, and could easily explain Jeff's issue.


Reed

--
jeff.debes@...


Re: uBitX V6 only transmits double sideband

Reed N
 

That's an excellent point, Niels! Another issue I fixed in my build (and thus didn't think about), but the stock software does require the knob to be turned to force the sideband switch, and could easily explain Jeff's issue.


Reed