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Re: uBitX on CW #v6

Bob Bennett
 

Dave, 
   I’ll have to find out how to change that setting
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Bob
NZ2Z

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Jerry Gaffke
 

Legal risks are not something I would worry about, especially at QRP power levels.
Cease operating if you get a complaint, verify your equipment is not at fault before resuming.
If that's too much risk, you'd best stay in bed.

Most of us take far more risk everyday when we get behind the wheel.
Or make our way on foot using a crosswalk.

Jerry, KE7ER



On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 08:44 AM, Andy_501 wrote:

Likewise would repairing your own faulty ICOM or Yaesu gear not fall into the same category? Changing the PA's as an example could result in some nasty parasitics that could interfere with another EMER or ATC service etc and without have the work done in a certified repair shop or confirmed and certified by an advance amateur puts it in the homebrew category as well one would think.

In Canada the previous "pro-active cooperative resolution system" for RFI and other interference resolution has been removed from govt inspectors and thrown into the adversarial court  systems for settlements in worst case scenarios now; privatized to reduce inspector workloads that justified budget reductions. So it isn't the smooth process it once was. In the extreme it is possible a previously easily resolved issued could rapidly approach a D.A.R.F. on steriods situation. Something a noobie is not likely to welcome as experience in a new hobby they just want to enjoy.

Re: Ubitx V6 Nextion 2.8" Display Modification

Evan Hand
 

Bill,

Thank-you again.  i see that it is a "basic" 2.8" unit.  I know where to get the KD8CEC firmware for the Nano, are you saying that the source on Git hub had the tft file for the Nextion as well?  When I downloaded what was there I could not get it to work with my 2.8" Enhanced display.  I also could not get the source to compile, as it said that there was not enough memory.

I am new to the Nextion editor, so it may be something simple on the settings that I do not know about.  I have built 3 units, a 2.4", 3.2" and now a 3.5", however all have been from tft files.  I did not have the issues that are happening for me now.

73
Evan
AC9TU

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Andy_501 <andrew.webb.501.ve4per@...>
 

Likewise would repairing your own faulty ICOM or Yaesu gear not fall into the same category? Changing the PA's as an example could result in some nasty parasitics that could interfere with another EMER or ATC service etc and without have the work done in a certified repair shop or confirmed and certified by an advance amateur puts it in the homebrew category as well one would think.

In Canada the previous "pro-active cooperative resolution system" for RFI and other interference resolution has been removed from govt inspectors and thrown into the adversarial court  systems for settlements in worst case scenarios now; privatized to reduce inspector workloads that justified budget reductions. So it isn't the smooth process it once was. In the extreme it is possible a previously easily resolved issued could rapidly approach a D.A.R.F. on steriods situation. Something a noobie is not likely to welcome as experience in a new hobby they just want to enjoy.

On 2020-01-14 10:09 a.m., dwhacks wrote:

I wondered the same thing, but apparently the ubitx falls under the "With Basic Qualification only, transmitting equipment must be either a commercial pre-assembled product or a packaged kit designated for amateur use". Seems a little grey to me too.

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Andy_501 <andrew.webb.501.ve4per@...>
 

likewise I wondered about  remote amateur systems like echolink or teamspeak3 granting full transmit access to a basic or basic-plus qualified licensee from Canada


On 2020-01-14 10:09 a.m., dwhacks wrote:

I wondered the same thing, but apparently the ubitx falls under the "With Basic Qualification only, transmitting equipment must be either a commercial pre-assembled product or a packaged kit designated for amateur use". Seems a little grey to me too.

Re: Ubitx V6 Nextion 2.8" Display Modification

bill richardson
 

I used this one:

Nextion 2.8 inch Display... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q36RBV2?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

And then loaded the kd8cec code on it and updated the firmware on the v6 to the v5 CEC firmware 


On Jan 14, 2020, at 7:28 AM, Evan Hand <elhandjr@...> wrote:

Bill,

Looking Good!

Now a question and a request.
The question is which Nextion 2.8" display did you use?  The enhanced or basic?
The request is if you could point me to the Nextion HMI or tft file you used for this build?  I have been searching for a 2.8' enhanced source for a build I have in process.

Thank-you and again, good job!
73
Evan
AC9TU

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

dwhacks
 

also found this: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01008.html#s4.1

“Build” in the context of the Basic Certificate is limited to the assembly of commercially available transmitter kits of professional design.

I think the ubitx falls under that as I read it, but if I am wrong, please show me the way!

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

dwhacks
 

I tried to re adjust the two bias pots by following the ubitx guide. It says to first turn them clockwise and measure the current, when doing this my total current consumption in 1.2A (some searching says it should be 300-500mA depending on mods), which is quite high. So I put my meter on the brown power wire only (PA power) and the lowest setting I can get is ~900mA with the bias pots clockwise. Idle current is 0.

I am running the ubitx on 12v.

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

dwhacks
 

I wondered the same thing, but apparently the ubitx falls under the "With Basic Qualification only, transmitting equipment must be either a commercial pre-assembled product or a packaged kit designated for amateur use". Seems a little grey to me too.

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Andy_501 <andrew.webb.501.ve4per@...>
 

I was a volunteer examiner here in Canada for our rural locale and Basic Plus gives a successful candidate access to all bands including  HF bands below 30MHz with power limitations and using commercially built gear. Not until the candidate attains advanced amateur qualification are they allowed to own and sponsor repeaters or other remote access equipment, use homebrew gear, or run full authorized maximum power.

It is why I was putting forth the idea to a local club that runs advanced courses to see about including a lower priced QRP multi-mode all band transceiver kit as part of the practical lab component to the course. In such a case they would hopefully attain advanced privileges and attaining the OK to operate on home built gear as it were.

Should they not pass on the first try they would have gear that was checked by advanced amateurs conducting the course their first time through and certified it met specs and thus possibly considered in the same class as the required "commercial gear" rating until they could re-take the advanced test with success.

Don't mean to be a nit-picker; just didn't want to see any noobies get into troubles with the powers that be.

Cheers & 73

Andy

On 2020-01-14 1:14 a.m., Mark - N7EKU wrote:
Hi Dayne,

I would redo the bias setting in the finals. There should be instructions for that on ubitx.net or on the list here. 

Congrats on your new license!  I  wondering however if your current level allows you to operate a kit radio like the ubitx?  

73,


Mark

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Jerry Gaffke
 

Dayne,

Mark could well be correct.  If RV2 and RV3 got twiddled with, that fully explains this.
The fact that the problem does not move when you swap the IRF510's suggests the
IRF510's might still be ok.  If you can adjust each IRF510 for 100ma of quiescent current,
then you know that they are ok.  Be careful when doing this, RV2 and RV3 (also RV1) are 
backwards from normal pots, fully clockwise is minimum.  Adjusting RV2 and RV3 will
have no effect until somewhere around 4 volts at the IRF510 gates when suddenly
they are very sensitive.  Adjusting them a bit too far and the IRF510's will draw too much 
drain current and get hot very quickly.

Measure the voltage at each IRF510 drain, should be around 12v with no audio (no need to press PTT).
If not, then the choke (L8 or L9) or a copper board trace in the path between the drain and the
12v power supply has failed on the cool IRF510.

With PTT down, should see around 4 volts DC at the gate of each IRF510.
If not, then something in the path between the LM78L05 at U2 and that gate has failed,
perhaps RV2,R97 or RV3,R98.  Also possible that CV2 or CV3 has shorted on the cool one.


>  I got 1.3A without speaking into the MIC just on key down. Idle is around 370mA

That 1.3A seems high.  I assume most of the extra 1A is going into the hot IRF510 drain.
I'd find it less confusing to measure just the current into L8 and L9, should be 100ma each
with no audio when RV2 and RV3 are adjusted properly
To do this, you will have to unsolder L8 and L9 to separate them from the 12v supply.

At any rate, I think your rig is very close to fully functional.
Spare IRF510's are cheap, and worth having on hand.
Buy from a reputable dealer such as Mouser or Digikey (or a local ham),
some of the ebay IRF510's are random power NFET's with a fake IRF510 label.
Gate capacitance must be extremely low to work well at these frequencies.


> Unless the kit is built but certified by an advanced amateur as complying with ISED Eng specifications for operation????

With 5 or 10 watts out, these fine lines are not something I'd worry too much about.
Regardless of regs, not a bad idea to have an experienced ham have a look at it.
Should be able to find somebody willing to take a look by checking in with a local club.
Quite possible somebody local could loan you a working rig to get started with,
or have you as a guest operator at their station.
And if they are overly anal about this "certified" thing,
perhaps they can help you toward an advanced license.

Jerry, KE7ER


On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 11:14 PM, Mark - N7EKU wrote:
I would redo the bias setting in the finals. There should be instructions for that on ubitx.net or on the list here. 

Re: VK4PP Ultimate uBitx Daughter Board. #ubitx #filters #parts

Erwin - PE3ES - F4VTQ
 

Please do me 2 of these as well, very nice, thanks!
--
PE3ES - F4VTQ - Erwin
73

Re: commande

Anthony F4HUY
 

Bonjour

J'ai attendu quasiment 1mois. Il faut aussi compter une semaine entre le moment où vous payé et le moment où la commande part. Patience... 


On Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 02:26 AM, Coutil wrote:
Merci pout ta réponse Vic, mais je suis tellement impatient de le recevoir que quelques semaines va me sembler une éternité.
73 Daniel

Re: Ubitx V6 Nextion 2.8" Display Modification

Evan Hand
 

Bill,

Looking Good!

Now a question and a request.
The question is which Nextion 2.8" display did you use?  The enhanced or basic?
The request is if you could point me to the Nextion HMI or tft file you used for this build?  I have been searching for a 2.8' enhanced source for a build I have in process.

Thank-you and again, good job!
73
Evan
AC9TU

Re: VK4PP Ultimate uBitx Daughter Board. #ubitx #filters #parts

F5PCX
 

Hi Nick,
Very interesting.
Can you put my name on one, please ?

Jean-F5PCX.

Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Andy_501 <andrew.webb.501.ve4per@...>
 

Only question that comes to mind is does the UBITx kits fit into "commercially built & certified"  category or "homebrewed" ?? because Basic-Plus requirement also requires gear be commercially built and certified. Unless the kit is built but certified by an advanced amateur as complying with ISED Eng specifications for operation????

On 2020-01-14 1:57 a.m., Reed N wrote:
Mark - I think he does. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01008.html#s4.1 says
Attaining honours scores (i.e. 80% or above) on the Basic examination, or attaining qualifications in addition to the Basic Amateur Certificate will grant the amateur certificate holder additional operating privileges as specified in RBR-4, including full access to the amateur frequency bands below 30 MHz (i.e. high frequency (HF)).
Dayne - FT8 (among many digital modes) runs the radio pretty hard, since it transmits for long periods of time with lots of modulation. Definitely a good stress test, but unfortunate that it may have overstressed one of the amps. I'm not sure what input voltage you're running at, but you could try reducing your input voltage, which will reduce the final power, and subsequently put less stress on the finals. I haven't measured my v6's current, but both of my finals get warm fairly quickly when I continuously transmit into a dummy load, so it definitely sounds like you may have an issue.


Reed

Re: VK4PP Ultimate uBitx Daughter Board. #ubitx #filters #parts

Rene
 

Beste Nick, ik zie dat je heel veel vrienden hebt. Graag zou ik ook zo een board bij je willen bestellen. Groet
Rene
Nederland

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Re: New ham, Ubitx issues #ubitx

Reed N
 

Mark - I think he does. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01008.html#s4.1 says
Attaining honours scores (i.e. 80% or above) on the Basic examination, or attaining qualifications in addition to the Basic Amateur Certificate will grant the amateur certificate holder additional operating privileges as specified in RBR-4, including full access to the amateur frequency bands below 30 MHz (i.e. high frequency (HF)).
Dayne - FT8 (among many digital modes) runs the radio pretty hard, since it transmits for long periods of time with lots of modulation. Definitely a good stress test, but unfortunate that it may have overstressed one of the amps. I'm not sure what input voltage you're running at, but you could try reducing your input voltage, which will reduce the final power, and subsequently put less stress on the finals. I haven't measured my v6's current, but both of my finals get warm fairly quickly when I continuously transmit into a dummy load, so it definitely sounds like you may have an issue.


Reed