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Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Jonathan
 

Please put me down for 2 of each.  Thanks.   (I  already asked for one of the AGC, so I want 2 total of each).

Thanks

-Jonathan  KF6RTA

Re: Sunday

Skip Davis
 

Yes the inductor is 33uh and the capacitors are 220pf. I also added them to the first driver stage to. I measured before and after the mod and the drive levels just about doubled on all bands. 

Skip Davis, NC9O

On May 2, 2018, at 23:01, Don Meyerhoff <wa2swxdm@...> wrote:

Skip,

Do you have values on those caps and coil that you used by any chance?

73

Don Meyerhoff
WA2SWX

On Wed, May 2, 2018, 9:37 PM Skip Davis via Groups.Io <skipnc9o=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
You should look at Howard Fidel WB2VXW driver mod. It consists of adding a capacitor across both emitter resistors R87, R88 of Q911 & Q912 and an inductor in series with R86 the collector base resistor. This mod will increase the output on all bands, on 10 meters I’m seeing 4 watts out now. That is with my output on 40 meters set to about 14 watts out. 

Skip Davis, NC9O

On May 2, 2018, at 08:51, iz oos <and2oosiz2@...> wrote:

That's seems to me a lot of power on 80m. I have found about 12w on 80m, a little more than 10w on 40m, 5w on 20m, 2w on 15m and less than 1.5w on 10m. Using a transverter 144/28mhz I made 14 qsos in one hour, I was told that modulation per se was very good but not continuous. In fact my transverter needs about half watt to switch to tx, a level that is not reached at all times during a ssb qso. A compressor would be a nice addon. Any idea for one not terribly expensive?


Il 02/mag/2018 14:40, <davesters@...> ha scritto:
Using my simple power meter I am showing 25 watts on 80m, 10 watts on 40m.  I have had voice qsos up to 1500 miles. The power level seems to drop if the antenna is out of tune. 

Re: Calibration - my approach #ubitx

David Beal
 

Thank you Arv, 

I just happened to read your post at 43 minutes past the hour and it seems to have worked well.  I ended up adjusting my radio +17 from my initial setting.   

Immediately after calibrating against WWV with the radio menu, something odd with the BFO calibration setting did happen though; the BFO also changed (it was up around 11999 and I think it took effect when I pressed PTT to confirm the new calibration setting).

After realizing that the radio's BFO calibration menu would take me forever to wind back to 11997, I connected uBITX_Manager as I could just type in the number and then write to the radio.  However - as soon as uBITX_Manager connected, it seems to have reset the radio and the BFO value reverted to 11997.   


So I additionally suggest to immediately following your WWV frequency calibration with a radio power cycle before checking the BFO Calibration setting.  If anyone else can confirm this behavior, perhaps we can flag it for Ian. 

Finally, tonight there was some Olivia or other MFSK traffic that was very audible on LSB at 7074.  So for those doing the calibration using the "by ear digital signal" technique I summarized above, be sure that you're listening for the 15 second interval FT-8 transmissions and not the arbitrary length MFSK modes.  


--
Dave Beal
AE6RQ

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Ross Bell
 

Hi Kees:
Please add me to the list for 2 each of the AGC & Pop-fix kits. Thanks the great contribution!!
73 K7RSB Ross Bell

Re: Sunday

Don Meyerhoff
 

Skip,

Do you have values on those caps and coil that you used by any chance?

73

Don Meyerhoff
WA2SWX


On Wed, May 2, 2018, 9:37 PM Skip Davis via Groups.Io <skipnc9o=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
You should look at Howard Fidel WB2VXW driver mod. It consists of adding a capacitor across both emitter resistors R87, R88 of Q911 & Q912 and an inductor in series with R86 the collector base resistor. This mod will increase the output on all bands, on 10 meters I’m seeing 4 watts out now. That is with my output on 40 meters set to about 14 watts out. 

Skip Davis, NC9O

On May 2, 2018, at 08:51, iz oos <and2oosiz2@...> wrote:

That's seems to me a lot of power on 80m. I have found about 12w on 80m, a little more than 10w on 40m, 5w on 20m, 2w on 15m and less than 1.5w on 10m. Using a transverter 144/28mhz I made 14 qsos in one hour, I was told that modulation per se was very good but not continuous. In fact my transverter needs about half watt to switch to tx, a level that is not reached at all times during a ssb qso. A compressor would be a nice addon. Any idea for one not terribly expensive?


Il 02/mag/2018 14:40, <davesters@...> ha scritto:
Using my simple power meter I am showing 25 watts on 80m, 10 watts on 40m.  I have had voice qsos up to 1500 miles. The power level seems to drop if the antenna is out of tune. 

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Kees T
 

.....and like you said, poor service.

73 Kees K5BCQ

Re: Arduino Projects...

Terry Morris
 

I bought your book. I have been promoting it when people ask questions about arduino's. You went to the trouble of printing a book that most anyone should be able to understand and even given homework for the reader to become more proficient.Barry Kauler, the author of Puppy Linux, used to be a assembly language programmer and taught University level programming in assembly. Even though it was difficult to find I purchased one of his early programming books. I am still learning assembly. My only rush in learning the race between saneness and insanity.




Terry - KB8AMZ
Brimfield Twp, OH  USA
Linux User# 412308, Ubuntu User# 34905
OSs: LM18.2 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04, tahrPup64 64bit, Raspian
Orgs: PCL70-FOP, NTHS, ALUG, ARRL, PCARS#78, NAQCC#6668, NO-QRP-C, QRP-ARCI#8855, SKCC#14195, USN 1965-1969 AG3

I chair the PCARS CW/QRP SIG and Linux for Hams SIG, second and fifth Tuesday

my computer, my opinion

On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 1:41 PM, Jack Purdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:
Perfect.

I was making enough royalties every 6 months to let the XYL Supersize her meal. Now, even that's gone. No one has the right to give away free copies of my book, and this outfit is no exception.

Sadly, closing this site would have no impact as there are hundreds of similar sites that allow illegal downloading of my (and others') books. My solution is, I think, a fair one. If you download the book and find it useful, then buy the book. That removes the risk from your purchase, but rewards the writer, too. The real cost of pirating is probably not the revenues lost by the author and publisher, but the thwarting of future writing and publishing since there is no reward to those who expend the effort to write and publish the book.

Your call...

Jack Purdum, W8TEE



On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:05:18 PM EDT, Michael Yancey <mikeyancey@...> wrote:


... did y'all know that "Arduino Projects for Ham Radio" is posted on archive.org?

https://archive.org/details/ArduinoProjectsForAmateurRadio

PDF format, DJVU, etc.

Doesn't say 'who' uploaded it (other than:  'archiver849271'
..
Mike Yancey
Dallas, Texas
https://www.mikeyancey.com


Re: BITX20 at Dayton Hamvention?

Terry Morris
 

Having a dog really hampers my freedom. I can't afford a kennel. Spending power from pension seems to be getting smaller each year. I have probably exceeded the norm for retirement, 25 years. I spend my seed money for Dayton last month on a really great deal for a tower. I paid less than 1/3 what I paid for same tower 24 years ago. I really wanted to attend Thursday, first day of FDIM and maybe half a day Friday. I could've stayed at my Sister's house in Springfield. Would also like to be at Dayton on Sunday. My club, PCARS aka Portage County Amateur Radio Service, is being presented an award from DARA for the Best Club of 2018 and our club group picture. The DOG hampers most of my plans. I would go to Dayton (Xenia) just to talk with people face-to-face and have a stab at the main prize. I have never won anything at Dayton. Maybe I will be healthy enough to make the trip in 2019.


Terry - KB8AMZ
Brimfield Twp, OH  USA
Linux User# 412308, Ubuntu User# 34905
OSs: LM18.2 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04, tahrPup64 64bit, Raspian
Orgs: PCL70-FOP, NTHS, ALUG, ARRL, PCARS#78, NAQCC#6668, NO-QRP-C, QRP-ARCI#8855, SKCC#14195, USN 1965-1969 AG3

I chair the PCARS CW/QRP SIG and Linux for Hams SIG, second and fifth Tuesday

my computer, my opinion

On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 11:46 PM, Hans Summers <hans.summers@...> wrote:
Hi Jack, all

> Hans and Ashhar will both be at the FDIM conference just 
> before the Hamvention starts, in Fairborn, OH. I'm fairly certain 
> there will also be a fair number of µBITX users at that 
> conference, too.

QRP Labs has a table at vendor evening at FDIM (Thursday 17-May-2018) and also a booth at the Dayton hamvention, #6414. I hope to have a good selection of QRP Labs kits on show and for sale. 

73 Hans G0UPL


Re: Protoneer Nano-Arm #ubitx

Jack, W8TEE
 

Are they errors or warnings? There are so many people using the code that it seems unlikely that there are errors. I know there should be some warnings, especially if you have renamed most of the *.ino files to *.cpp files because of type checking. Still, the most likely cause is in the installation of the libraries. It would be helpful to see a list of the errors and the URL where you downloaded the source code files. Also, which version number and op system.

Jack, W8TEE




On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:55:57 PM EDT, <freefuel@...> wrote:


Jerry, 

perhaps use an I2C I/O expander chip and maybe an optional voltage level converter chip on the board with the Si5351a, this way only an I2C interface is needed from the microcontroller chip. so long as we're making boards might as well have solder pads for more I2C chips or SMT proto board pads. 

-Justin N2TOH 

P.S. where can I find a known good copy of the uBITX firmware? everything I'm tried so far has compile time errors that prevent me from proceeding. 

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Jack, W8TEE
 

My order.

Jack, W8TEE


On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:55:57 PM EDT, Kees T <windy10605@...> wrote:


.......... Advanced Circuits used to give me a bag of microwave popcorn with every board order, EasyEDA gives me a Chinese pen with every board order. What does Seeed give you ?

73 Kees K5BCQ 

Re: Protoneer Nano-Arm #ubitx

freefuel@...
 

Jerry, 

perhaps use an I2C I/O expander chip and maybe an optional voltage level converter chip on the board with the Si5351a, this way only an I2C interface is needed from the microcontroller chip. so long as we're making boards might as well have solder pads for more I2C chips or SMT proto board pads. 

-Justin N2TOH 

P.S. where can I find a known good copy of the uBITX firmware? everything I'm tried so far has compile time errors that prevent me from proceeding. 

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Kees T
 

.......... Advanced Circuits used to give me a bag of microwave popcorn with every board order, EasyEDA gives me a Chinese pen with every board order. What does Seeed give you ?

73 Kees K5BCQ 

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

ka9gpx
 

Hello Kees,
Please add me to the list for 2 each of the AGC & Pop-fix kits.
As others have already stated,...
THANK YOU for your efforts with this.

Carl

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Jack, W8TEE
 

Thanks!! We have the Gerbers sent to Seeed, but I think we're going to change because of poor service. Great boards, however.

Jack, W8TEE


On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:45:47 PM EDT, Kees T <windy10605@...> wrote:


I used EasyEDA for the designing. The are associated with LCSC for parts and JLCPCB for boards. I don't know who owns who but it's a booming business and they know what they (Dillon does anyway) are doing (in my opinion).

73 Kees K5BCQ  

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Kees T
 

I used EasyEDA for the designing. The are associated with LCSC for parts and JLCPCB for boards. I don't know who owns who but it's a booming business and they know what they (Dillon does anyway) are doing (in my opinion).

73 Kees K5BCQ  

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Jack, W8TEE
 

Which company did you end up using for the PCB? I've been using Seeed Studio, but they have really been slow lately.

Jack, W8TEE




On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 3:56:20 PM EDT, Kees T <windy10605@...> wrote:


OK, "the button has been pushed" and the Gerbers are sent. They still have to accept the Gerber files. Based on DHL shipping experience, the boards should be at my door in 10 working days. The average cost of the two boards plus DHL shipping works out to about $0.12 each. However, that means that they accept the Gerbers and that the boards are correct. I really don't need any more neat 100mm x 100mm coffee cup coasters.

The boards will still have to be cut (on my shear) or snapped apart before use. Now to see about getting some more bulk parts in here and see what the total price will be postpaid, getting some testing done, and figuring out inexpensive payment methods.  

Gary, KJ5VW, is still compiling a spreadsheet of those who expressed an interest and we'll probably post that in the files section soon.

We have plenty of boards coming for the first pass .....320 AGC boards and 280 Click filter boards. 

Looks like these guys WILL DO step and repeat at a reasonable cost so I don't have to do that manually again (bummer of an activity since the part ID's increment).

73 Kees K5BCQ

Re: Arduino Projects...

Jack, W8TEE
 

:>)

Jack, W8TEE


On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4:31:05 PM EDT, PE1GIJ <info@...> wrote:


At least i sponsored the superzize meal.
Using the book a lot

--
Ad, PE1GIJ

Re: Removing nano from radiuno #nano #radiuno #ubitx

John (vk2eta)
 

Hello Art,
I am in VK land so time difference may make this exchange a bit slow due to time differences, but I am happy to help you.

You are almost there, since you have the Arduino IDE installed and the software opened in the IDE.

You need to connect the Arduino to the computer via a mini-USB to standard USB cable.

Before plugging the cable in, you may need to install the driver for the CH40 chip doing the USB communication on the Arduino board. 


Here I assume you are running Windows.

My driver's file I downloaded is called ch341ser.zip and is 187,867bytes long. It should be easily found via Google.

When you plug in the Raduino it will give you a new comm port that is visible in the Arduino IDE in the tools/port section (they typically have high numbers like com12).

Select, it. Then ensure you have board "Arduino Nano" in the Tools/Board field, "ATmega328P old bootloader" in the Tools/Processor field, "AVR mkII" in the Tools/Programmer field.

Now you can compile and upload the program with a CTRL-U.

It should show you the progress in the bottom section of the screen.

All the best,

73, John (VK2ETA)

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Kees T
 

Rather than loose key information in a long list of messages.....135 ??, I'm going to list all the pertinent info.....schematics, spreadsheets, delivery status, how to order the mini kits, etc in the files section under my call  K5BCQ  That will probably be the easiest to handle. This is still just a hobby and the complete Development/Manufacturing "organization" is still 1 table in the back bedroom. 

73 Kees K5BCQ

Re: ND6T AGC implementation for uBIT-X

Richard Spohn
 

Welll.....ok, I will go to the cupboard and dig out my Full-Body
Magnifier, Cyber Tweezers and Ultra-Micro soldering iron. sigh. -
Rich WB2GXM

On 5/2/18, Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io <jgaffke=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Kees is kitting up with surface mount parts only.
He will post to the forum with instructions when he has determined pricing
and is ready to take orders.
Posting here just gives Kees an idea of how many he might be building,
ordering happens when you give Kees some money.
I doubt anything about this will be formal, a sport jacket and tie should be
sufficient when placing your order.  ;-)
    https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/47741
    https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/47851

If you really want to work with through hole parts, you should look at Ion's
AGC board.
May have to fab it yourself using his gerbers, and then order the parts.
Maybe order enough for a few dozen (could cost you an extra $20) and set up
your own kitting business?
    https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/47447

Jerry, KE7ER

On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 08:50 am, Bill Carpenter wrote:


I should have said I want one each of the through hole kits, not the SMT!