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dave
 

Hello men I have just returned to playing with my ubitx  after a break for my sanity .I managed to get the display back on  but it would appear that the firmware has not loaded properly as I can not get into the set up mode ( ash farhans original v5). I get a hiss from the speaker not very loud , signal seems to change when tuner is moved  . should I try to reload the software or do I have to remove the existing download In some way getting close to big hammer cure 🤨.

Re: New uBITX Ver. 6 Assembled Today

 

Hi Bert,

I have discovered on V6 that when you switch between LSB and USB nothing happens until you click the encoder knob one way or the other.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: NIB-uBITx Version 3, Un-Built

Kevin Gilot NZ1I
 

This rig is still available.

Any interest??

Thanks, Kevin NZ1I

New uBITX Ver. 6 Assembled Today

Bert N8NN
 

I assembled my V6 full kit today.  No nut for the BNC connector, no sticky on the feet and the feet are too large to work with screw positions, volume knob can be attached but just barely.  Those are no big deals.  Maybe you an help me with some electrical issues listed below.

My problems are electrical:

(1) When mic is plugged in for a minute or so, the radio will cycle to TX at the same rate as the CW speed.  Unplugging the mic stops the TX cycling, but it will start up again at unexpected times.  Can't make this happen when moving the mic/cord, so it is not a faulty cable or switch.

(2) My radio is on USB when it says LSB on 40 meters.  The radio is on USB when it says LSB on 20 meters.  Other bands not checked.  Confirmed this issue with on-air contacts.

(3) In CW mode USB and LSB are the same with no sideband suppression.  That's OK, but where do you tune to zero beat a station?

Bert N8NN

Did I break my V6? #ubitx

Mike W7SQL Ex KD7ZPC
 

My V6 arrived yesterday afternoon. I assembled it that evening, hooked up an antenna and power supply, and took it for a receive-only spin.

I ran the audio-out into my laptop and monitored FT8 with wsjt-x. Everything worked beautifully. Then I got the brilliant idea to try CAT control as well. I scanned some posts here, and connected a USB cable from the extender to my laptop. After some fiddling with the radio settings in wsjt-x, I was able to control the rig. Then I disconnected the USB cable, and that's when things went south.

The tft screen went blank, and would not come back up when the rig was turned off or on. I reconnected the USB cable and the raduino and tft power up again. Receive turns on and off with the power knob. Logic says something is disrupting the 5 volts from the main board to the raduino. It was getting late at this point so I decided to table it for the night and dig in this evening after work.

Am I an idiot, and did I break my new radio?

Mike
KD7ZPC

Re: uBITX V6 heat sink temperature

iz oos
 

60C degrees don't seem to me really too hot but actually I have no much experience with finals. The CPU temperature of my laptop is about 75C degrees.


Il 27/dic/2019 20:20, "Joel Caulkins/N6ALT" <caulktel@...> ha scritto:
It has the heat sink screwed on and is tight, the fact that the heat sink is so hot means it's working, it's transferring the heat. Maybe I'll change the regulator to a new one to and see if it runs any cooler.

Joel
N6ALT

Re: Several Quality Control issues with ubitx v6

KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...>
 

I agree.

EXCEPT I screwed the feet on, the screws were short, so I pushed.. and put the head of the screw all the way thru the foot.

Besides a larger nut for the BNC, I will get 4 stick on feet.

And I thought it was just me.

Kent
KQ4KK

-------- Original message --------
From: "ubitx via Groups.Io" <ubitx@...>
Date: 12/27/19 14:06 (GMT-05:00)
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: [BITX20] Several Quality Control issues with ubitx v6

To start off, this is not me complaining, it's me trying to help out and fix problems with the board for other people.

There are several problems with my ubitx v6 that I got yesterday. I don't think any of them are user error, but maybe they are, feel free to correct me if so.
I'm assuming that https://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-v6-assembling-the-full-kit/ is the official instructions because I don't see any instructions elsewhere.

First, the packing list doesn't match the instructions. The packing list says:
- 20 3x8 mm csk phillips
- 6 3x6mm collar screws
- 4 3x4mm csk phillips
- 4 hex nuts
Which is more or less what I got (22 3x8, 6 3x6, 5 3x4, 5 hex) (see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/packing-list.jpg), however the instructions on the site reference two 10mm screws for the usb cable, four 10mm screws for the top panel, and four flat head, 6mm screws for the display, none of which were included in the kit. I believe that the 3x4mm are for the display, and the 3x8mm work fine for the places it says 10mm.

Second, the main board doesn't line up with the screw holes on the chassis. At best, three of the four screws go in. I chose to omit M2 because the BNC connector would hold it in place (see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/m2.jpg for how far off it is, not a lot but enough that the screw doesn't fit)

Third, the front plate hinges on the 3.5mm inputs and it's very hard to screw in both the top and bottom.  https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/front-plate-top.jpg is how far off the top of the plate is if I screw in the bottom two screws.

Fourth, the volume/power control doesn't stick out far enough to properly put the knob on, see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/volume-knob.jpg. You can see the mark where the screw tightened and how it's just on the edge of the metal, however even when it's that far out, the plastic knob rubs against the front plate and is hard to turn.

Fifth, there's no mention of the feet anywhere in the instructions, and even if there was, it wouldn't matter because the screws aren't long enough to go through the feet into the bottom screws of the top and bottom plates.

Sixth, in the instructions it says to attach the antenna last, after the display. This makes the antenna connector incredibly hard to attach, it should be attached before the display (and probably even before the front panel goes on, it's much easier that way.

Seventh, it says to "tighten the large nut around the BNC connector", but there isn't one.

Again, not complaining, just trying to help out.

--
Em W8ENV

Re: Several Quality Control issues with ubitx v6

Ken Hansen
 

See comments below:

On Dec 27, 2019, at 13:06, ubitx via Groups.Io <ubitx@...> wrote:

To start off, this is not me complaining, it's me trying to help out and fix problems with the board for other people.

OK

There are several problems with my ubitx v6 that I got yesterday. I don't think any of them are user error, but maybe they are, feel free to correct me if so.

OK

I'm assuming that https://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-v6-assembling-the-full-kit/ is the official instructions because I don't see any instructions elsewhere.

That's AFAIK

First, the packing list doesn't match the instructions. The packing list says:
- 20 3x8 mm csk phillips
- 6 3x6mm collar screws
- 4 3x4mm csk phillips
- 4 hex nuts
Which is more or less what I got (22 3x8, 6 3x6, 5 3x4, 5 hex) (see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/packing-list.jpg), however the instructions on the site reference two 10mm screws for the usb cable, four 10mm screws for the top panel, and four flat head, 6mm screws for the display, none of which were included in the kit. I believe that the 3x4mm are for the display, and the 3x8mm work fine for the places it says 10mm.

Being a lazy American and ignorant of all things metric, I just used the screws that seemed appropriate -short ones for display, longer ones everywhere else... I had leftovers of everything included.

Second, the main board doesn't line up with the screw holes on the chassis. At best, three of the four screws go in. I chose to omit M2 because the BNC connector would hold it in place (see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/m2.jpg for how far off it is, not a lot but enough that the screw doesn't fit)

I had no problem securing the main board to the four points on the base.

Third, the front plate hinges on the 3.5mm inputs and it's very hard to screw in both the top and bottom.  https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/front-plate-top.jpg is how far off the top of the plate is if I screw in the bottom two screws.

The 3.5mm jacks protrude sufficiently (as shown in HFSIGNALS website photos), I expected the nuts from the jack to anchor jacks on faceplate, but there was not enough threads to attach the nuts.

Fourth, the volume/power control doesn't stick out far enough to properly put the knob on, see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/volume-knob.jpg. You can see the mark where the screw tightened and how it's just on the edge of the metal, however even when it's that far out, the plastic knob rubs against the front plate and is hard to turn.

Agreed. By knob is exceptionally close to case, seems secure, but I'm Probably babying it.

Fifth, there's no mention of the feet anywhere in the instructions, and even if there was, it wouldn't matter because the screws aren't long enough to go through the feet into the bottom screws of the top and bottom plates.

I assume the feet only attach with adhesive - all the available screw holes are too close to edge - I chose to leave them off.

Sixth, in the instructions it says to attach the antenna last, after the display. This makes the antenna connector incredibly hard to attach, it should be attached before the display (and probably even before the front panel goes on, it's much easier that way.

Do you mean the speaker connector? I had no issue attaching last, but it would be better to attach it earlier in construction.

Seventh, it says to "tighten the large nut around the BNC connector", but there isn't one.

Common issue, I had no BNC nut either.

Again, not complaining, just trying to help out.

Me Too.

Ken, N2VIP

Re: uBITX V6 heat sink temperature

 

It has the heat sink screwed on and is tight, the fact that the heat sink is so hot means it's working, it's transferring the heat. Maybe I'll change the regulator to a new one to and see if it runs any cooler.

Joel
N6ALT

Several Quality Control issues with ubitx v6

ubitx@...
 

To start off, this is not me complaining, it's me trying to help out and fix problems with the board for other people.

There are several problems with my ubitx v6 that I got yesterday. I don't think any of them are user error, but maybe they are, feel free to correct me if so.
I'm assuming that https://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx-v6-assembling-the-full-kit/ is the official instructions because I don't see any instructions elsewhere.

First, the packing list doesn't match the instructions. The packing list says:
- 20 3x8 mm csk phillips
- 6 3x6mm collar screws
- 4 3x4mm csk phillips
- 4 hex nuts
Which is more or less what I got (22 3x8, 6 3x6, 5 3x4, 5 hex) (see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/packing-list.jpg), however the instructions on the site reference two 10mm screws for the usb cable, four 10mm screws for the top panel, and four flat head, 6mm screws for the display, none of which were included in the kit. I believe that the 3x4mm are for the display, and the 3x8mm work fine for the places it says 10mm.

Second, the main board doesn't line up with the screw holes on the chassis. At best, three of the four screws go in. I chose to omit M2 because the BNC connector would hold it in place (see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/m2.jpg for how far off it is, not a lot but enough that the screw doesn't fit)

Third, the front plate hinges on the 3.5mm inputs and it's very hard to screw in both the top and bottom.  https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/front-plate-top.jpg is how far off the top of the plate is if I screw in the bottom two screws.

Fourth, the volume/power control doesn't stick out far enough to properly put the knob on, see https://files.emerson.zone/ubitxv6/volume-knob.jpg. You can see the mark where the screw tightened and how it's just on the edge of the metal, however even when it's that far out, the plastic knob rubs against the front plate and is hard to turn.

Fifth, there's no mention of the feet anywhere in the instructions, and even if there was, it wouldn't matter because the screws aren't long enough to go through the feet into the bottom screws of the top and bottom plates.

Sixth, in the instructions it says to attach the antenna last, after the display. This makes the antenna connector incredibly hard to attach, it should be attached before the display (and probably even before the front panel goes on, it's much easier that way.

Seventh, it says to "tighten the large nut around the BNC connector", but there isn't one.

Again, not complaining, just trying to help out.

--
Em W8ENV

V6 update, how to?

Leon Bishop
 

How would I updat the V6 and what do I need to do it.  Yes, I am a complete noob and old to boot!
de N5PU

V6 Cal instructions?

 

Any user instructions for the V6 firmware....No info anywhere about cal settings and so on......
--
David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Re: uBITX V6 heat sink temperature

 

Mine is at 114 F

Bit hot.
--
David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Re: uBITX v6 kit makes tones

Ken Hansen
 

+1 for missing BNC nut.

The 1/8" (3.5mm) jacks on the front included nuts, but the jacks don't extend far enough to secure the nuts on the front panel. Not a problem, but now I've got three tiny nuts extra.

Also, the only tools I needed were:

"regular" (neither large nor small) Phillips head screwdriver

"Small" (neither regular nor tiny) slit screwdriver

Pair of pliers/needle nose pliers 

The "small" screwdriver is needed to secure the supplied knobs on the control shafts. The "regular" screwdriver is for all other screws on the case, and the needle nose pliers are needed to hold nuts while you secure the speaker to the lid.

Ken, N2VIP

On Dec 27, 2019, at 11:27, KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...> wrote:

“Tighten the large nut around the BNC socket.”

 

I received two “large” nuts. Put one on the Encoder. Since both are the same size nuts, it would not fit on the BNC socket.

Re: uBITX V6 heat sink temperature

Ashhar Farhan
 

I hope the heatsink is clipped on. I have been running the radio continuously for a month now. No harm done.
In an earlier version, I was using a switching regulator. It was horribly noisy. I just took the lazy way out.

- f


On Fri 27 Dec, 2019, 10:41 PM Joel Caulkins/N6ALT, <caulktel@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I have my V6 all hooked up and calibrated and have checked into a few nets with my own home brew mic, the supplied one got bad reports, however I have noticed that the 5 volt regulator heat sink is running at 142 degrees F or 61.1 C. That seems hot to me. Anyone else?

Joel
N6ALT

Re: uBITX v6 kit makes tones

KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...>
 

“Tighten the large nut around the BNC socket.”

 

I received two “large” nuts. Put one on the Encoder. Since both are the same size nuts, it would not fit on the BNC socket.

 

The packing slip for the v6 kit lists #17 Encoder nut, but does not list a nut for the BNC.

 

Off to Ace Hardware..

 

Kent

 

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ken Hansen
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2019 11:57 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX v6 kit makes tones

 

There is a photo that shows correct placement in the assembly instructions, step 4, 5 and 8 show the connection to the display board, not the main board.

 

 

I put mine together last night, went together easy & quick. I don't have a decent HF antenna, so I was only able to do some SWLing.

 

Only comment I have is the audio seems quiet - could be due to weak signals from compromise any, but I had volume control at 3/4 full and audio was only OK.

 

I'll test on a proper antenna over the weekend, but otherwise very happy.

Ken, N2VIP



On Dec 27, 2019, at 10:48, AF7XT <kopcicle@...> wrote:



Recommend that one of you upload photos to the group.

This sounds like it could be a repeatable user fault :-)

 

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 4:11 PM KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...> wrote:

That was it!!  Thank you very much..

There is no instructions on how to plug and play... My mistake.

Kent
KQ4KK

-----Original Message-----
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hopkins
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2019 6:50 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX v6 kit makes tones

Make sure your 8 pin connector is in the digital connector behind the
display not on the main board. Did that myself switch them and it worked
fine. Hope this help!




--

one of these days I will have an internet connection faster than my computer

Re: uBITX v6 kit makes tones

KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...>
 

That’s great.  I went looking for V6 assembly instructions. I, for some reason never found these.

 

Thanks,

 

Kent

KQ4Kk

 

From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ken Hansen
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2019 11:57 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX v6 kit makes tones

 

There is a photo that shows correct placement in the assembly instructions, step 4, 5 and 8 show the connection to the display board, not the main board.

 

 

I put mine together last night, went together easy & quick. I don't have a decent HF antenna, so I was only able to do some SWLing.

 

Only comment I have is the audio seems quiet - could be due to weak signals from compromise any, but I had volume control at 3/4 full and audio was only OK.

 

I'll test on a proper antenna over the weekend, but otherwise very happy.

Ken, N2VIP



On Dec 27, 2019, at 10:48, AF7XT <kopcicle@...> wrote:



Recommend that one of you upload photos to the group.

This sounds like it could be a repeatable user fault :-)

 

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 4:11 PM KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...> wrote:

That was it!!  Thank you very much..

There is no instructions on how to plug and play... My mistake.

Kent
KQ4KK

-----Original Message-----
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hopkins
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2019 6:50 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX v6 kit makes tones

Make sure your 8 pin connector is in the digital connector behind the
display not on the main board. Did that myself switch them and it worked
fine. Hope this help!




--

one of these days I will have an internet connection faster than my computer

uBITX V6 heat sink temperature

 

Hi all,

I have my V6 all hooked up and calibrated and have checked into a few nets with my own home brew mic, the supplied one got bad reports, however I have noticed that the 5 volt regulator heat sink is running at 142 degrees F or 61.1 C. That seems hot to me. Anyone else?

Joel
N6ALT

Re: uBITX v6 kit makes tones

Ken Hansen
 

There is a photo that shows correct placement in the assembly instructions, step 4, 5 and 8 show the connection to the display board, not the main board.


I put mine together last night, went together easy & quick. I don't have a decent HF antenna, so I was only able to do some SWLing.

Only comment I have is the audio seems quiet - could be due to weak signals from compromise any, but I had volume control at 3/4 full and audio was only OK.

I'll test on a proper antenna over the weekend, but otherwise very happy.

Ken, N2VIP

On Dec 27, 2019, at 10:48, AF7XT <kopcicle@...> wrote:


Recommend that one of you upload photos to the group.
This sounds like it could be a repeatable user fault :-)

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 4:11 PM KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...> wrote:
That was it!!  Thank you very much..

There is no instructions on how to plug and play... My mistake.

Kent
KQ4KK

-----Original Message-----
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hopkins
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2019 6:50 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX v6 kit makes tones

Make sure your 8 pin connector is in the digital connector behind the
display not on the main board. Did that myself switch them and it worked
fine. Hope this help!





--
one of these days I will have an internet connection faster than my computer

Re: uBITX v6 kit makes tones

AF7XT
 

Recommend that one of you upload photos to the group.
This sounds like it could be a repeatable user fault :-)


On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 4:11 PM KENT HUFFORD <kq4kkham@...> wrote:
That was it!!  Thank you very much..

There is no instructions on how to plug and play... My mistake.

Kent
KQ4KK

-----Original Message-----
From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Hopkins
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2019 6:50 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX v6 kit makes tones

Make sure your 8 pin connector is in the digital connector behind the
display not on the main board. Did that myself switch them and it worked
fine. Hope this help!





--
one of these days I will have an internet connection faster than my computer