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Re: uBITX V6.0 For Sale

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi Curt,

In some of the discussions about Hans' proprietary (not open source) system the man himself pointed out that any of us can develop our own software to drive the hardware. He says there is enough info about how the hardware works to do that. perhaps not as well as his proprietary software. That depends on what you want the radio to do. It will be an SDR with no need for a computer. I am NOT there.

I would rather spin my wheels improving the uBitX but before I do that I have an older set of nice hardware in a GC receiver. The original control system is kaput and the bad parts are unobtanium. An ideal place to start fitting parts of various systems together to solve the problems. When that radio worked I really liked it. Maybe the Lone Ranger really can ride again.

My V3 has the Q90 failure. I have the parts. I am on my first day after some repair surgery and I have a six week light duty chit (ask your Navy friends). I expect to button up a repair job for a QCX owner and then on to V3 Q90 repair. My own PFR3 needs a donut in the 20 meter low pass filter rewound (used the wrong number of turns last time). I use it as a two-bander meanwhile.

I have the 10 Watt amp and filters for the QSX and waiting for that. Now I am contemplating a V6 as well. Nice display. All the old bugs fixed and new ones introduced. Ain't it great? And considering a QSX80 with 50 watt amp. Never mind about a non-working pair of Softrock radios I have bid on. My surgery restricts me to playing with toys weighing ten pounds or less. The lesser the better. QRP to the rescue!

73,

Bill KU8H

On 1/8/20 3:50 PM, Curt via Groups.Io wrote:
Mark
I get it.  I also have a KD1JV field radio (PFR3).
I enjoy using my v4 uBITX - LCD and menu system.  Quite a hoot to make lots of QSOs on a rig that cost less than a typical microphone in many shacks.
Since you went this far - maybe at least play with it some!  It makes a nice WSPR receiver in the shack, or occasional foray from the 'appliance rigs.'  Yes the prior uBITX rigs were 'display agnostic' - start with LCD and upgrade to whatever display you want (the inside of the v6 can still do that FYI).
Oh yes - when the QSX finally comes out - take at look at that.  (But if you don't like its user I/O - you cannot change it, unlike the uBITX).
enjoy your radiations!
Curt
--
bark less - wag more

Re: CW Audio High Pitched and Thin #cw

Dean Souleles
 

All  -

Setting the CW BFO calibration did the trick.  The CW BFO calibration had been set to 0  - when the CEC firmware starts up it sets to a default value that was about 40 KHz off of where my SSB VFO was. I made them the same - then adjusted to the CW BFO until I got a clean 700 Hz tone while keying another rig transmitting to a dummy load nearby.  I don't have a scope so I measured the CW tone with an audio analyzer app on my phone.

All fine business now.

Thanks all and 73.

Dean
KK4DAS

Re: one_stop_setting debugging #v6

Dean Souleles
 

Hi Reed -

Sent you a PM - didn't want to spam the thread for NanoVNA advice - but I'm helping with a talk on NanoVNA for our club and would like to understand the procedure for using NanoVNA to measure the SI5351 clock speeds.  I think it would be a great example in addition to demonstrating how to use it as an antenna analyzer / SWR check. 

And many thanks for all the work you are doing on the firmware!  It looks awesome.

73,

Dean
KK4DAS

Re: uBITX V6.0 For Sale

Curt
 

Mark

I get it.  I also have a KD1JV field radio (PFR3). 

I enjoy using my v4 uBITX - LCD and menu system.  Quite a hoot to make lots of QSOs on a rig that cost less than a typical microphone in many shacks. 

Since you went this far - maybe at least play with it some!  It makes a nice WSPR receiver in the shack, or occasional foray from the 'appliance rigs.'  Yes the prior uBITX rigs were 'display agnostic' - start with LCD and upgrade to whatever display you want (the inside of the v6 can still do that FYI). 

Oh yes - when the QSX finally comes out - take at look at that.  (But if you don't like its user I/O - you cannot change it, unlike the uBITX). 

enjoy your radiations! 

Curt

Re: uBITX V6.0 For Sale

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

Ditto here also Dave

I found a package of about 20 for a couple of bucks at a Dollar/ Dollarama store and gobbled that up right smartly.

73  Andy

On 2020-01-08 12:33 p.m., Dave New wrote:
There's also the very handy stylus that came with the kit.  Indispensable, IMO, since I have fat fingers.

73,

-- Dave, N8SBE
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX V6.0 For Sale
From: "Ashhar Farhan" <farhanbox@...>
Date: Tue, January 07, 2020 9:21 pm
To: BITX20@groups.io

Mark,
Just before you ship it to someone else.. the rig is eniterly usable without the touch too. Here is how :
Tap the tuning knob and a white square showing the focus will appear around one of the buttons or frequencies. Use the tuning knob to move it to the other button. Press again to select. If you press it over an already selected frequency, it falls into fast tuning mode, press again for normal tuning. I didn't get around to doing the same with the setup menu but it is used just a few times in the life of the rig.
- f

On Wed 8 Jan, 2020, 3:07 AM Mark WO7T, <wo7t@...> wrote:
Full kIt arrived the day before New Years. Reflecting on packing it was OK...nothing was scratched, 
dented or flopping around for the DHL shipment time of 9 days. Assembled last Saturday.  Played
around Sunday and Monday after setting the FREQ setting and the BFO setting. Quite an engineering,
feat and I suppose programming endeavor by the creator. 

However, this is my first ham rig having a touch screen. And I simply DO NOT LIKE touchscreen.
The radio is a little box'ier  than intentioned so not interesting in it for my go-kit. I'm keeping with my
knob/display radios, and  KD1JV Tribander for the field. 

This one is up for sale...... As new...complete assembled already with everything that comes with it.
It has a serial number of #167 on box, and will be shipped USPS priority mail upon full payment
via USPS MO or cleared check -  $190 shipped.

72,
Mark

V6 Case Dimensions?

joshuaclough@...
 

Can't find these anywhere. The main site gives the length and width for the board but not the height required for that shiny new touch screen to fit into something.

Re: [uBITx V6] #v6 Noobie Big Picture Overview doc #v6

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

Thanks for the input Don,

I was a volunteer license examiner a while back and a few of the chaps that did self study (no organized formal courses) all came through with pass marks of 90% or better which gave them full HF privileges.

They had all just contacted me out of the blue via email to write the exam; I put together a review package ,and made myself available as a sort of elmer, for them and put the review package  zip file on the Google drive with  a link for them to review and then we set up appointment date to write.

I have managed to keep in touch with them all . Being just newbies of course looking for an HF rig at a decent price point became the focus of the day.

One chap was only 14 yrs old and smart as a whip. He was interested in drones, robotics, coding and many aspects of the ham hobby. He keeps in touch with me and at this point is in the process of studying to write the Fed Govt UAV pilot's exam (as I did and hence I am a pseudo elmer to him for that also) so he can continue flying his drones.

When I sat down to write up this big picture article, I recalled a discussion with the young lad about coding; hence my pdf write up here was kind of organized to fit his mindset to learning coding and at the same time  appeal to his interest in HF as well. Sort of another way to keep his interest in the hobby up long term until he was in a position to afford a full blown high power HF station. 

aside: {I'd much rather see youth engaged and involved in church basements, community clubrooms , cadet comm squadrons, or after school programs learning practical skills and knowledge in these areas than hanging out on street corners, malls and other dark places. There is only a finite limited number of spots available in the NBA hihi.}

In short the doc was organized to kind of fit that lad's mindset and learning approach with a secondary goal in the back of my mind to be able to customize it to fit into a lesson plan of an advanced license course to go along with using a ubitx transceiver kit as part of a practical lab course's needed supplies list as it were. One doesn't want to be spending endless hours of valuable paid for classroom time just trying to get the kit power to turn on; if you get my drift.

Maybe once I get this doc filled out with the last bits of info on troubleshooting, diagnostics, & using memory manager, system manager & software settings adjustments (I don't know how many times I have mentioned in posts the need for info on these items yet no related posts explaining steps to accessing & using these specific software applications have appeared) I will split the doc into two parts:

                            1. that focuses on many developer  environments eg C, C++, Java, Javascript, & Arduino IDE generally, with specific details on using Arduino IDE with                             uBITx kits,  as well as some extra info on coding and compiling developer environments included within linux OS's and;

                                   2. a description that will explain in simple terms exactly what a noobie can expect when they open the box and assemble the kit themselves outside of a classroom led environment.( more tailored to someone getting a kit and just using a forum like uBITx groups.io mail list) to self study.

cheers and thanks again

73, Gud DX de VE4PER Andy


On 2020-01-08 9:27 a.m., Don - KM4UDX wrote:
Andy -- good work and well written.  One thought: the discussion of Arduino IDE might be best moved back from the lead.  Most Noobies need the context of all this, and the IDE / code discussion could be placed in a section following some overview and context.

But great!  Well done.

Re: New Teensy 4.0 to NANO direct plug in adapter #ubitx #v6

Bill
 

Really don't even have to modify the case.  Just run wires out the top (or bottom) slots and sticky-tape or hot-snot (glue) a jack to the top or side of the case. =-)

Great work and mod, Jim. 

 - Bill  KB3T


On 2020-01-08 13:48, Jim Sheldon wrote:

Yes, you would have to drill a hole for the 2nd paddle jack.  But you didn't pay attention to what you read. I stated "NO hardware mods are needed to the V6  RADUINO" I said nothing about the case.
 
Jim


Re: New Teensy 4.0 to NANO direct plug in adapter #ubitx #v6

Jim Sheldon
 

Yes, you would have to drill a hole for the 2nd paddle jack.  But you didn't pay attention to what you read. I stated "NO hardware mods are needed to the V6  RADUINO" I said nothing about the case.

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "Dave New" <n8sbe@...>
Sent: 1/8/2020 12:31:09 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] New Teensy 4.0 to NANO direct plug in adapter #ubitx #v6

TSW spake:

"That way A7 can remain a spare as it is on the factory Raduino and NO repeat NO hardware mods are needed to the V6 Raduino."

Except that you have to drill a hole in that beautiful factory case to mount an extra paddle input?

Or did I miss something?

73,

-- Dave, N8SBE
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [BITX20] New Teensy 4.0 to NANO direct plug in adapter
#ubitx #v6
From: "Jim Sheldon" <w0eb@...>
Date: Wed, January 08, 2020 6:34 am
To: BITX20@groups.io

Good news gang,  I've found an easy way to keep from having to make ANY hardware mods to the Factory V6 Raduino.  When I mentioned that you have to protect the Teensy 4 from the +5V on the A6 input pin by removing R2 (the keyer pullup resistor) and cutting the line from A6 to the KEYER pin on the right angle plug to the main board, I'm sure that turned many of you off, not wanting to modify your Factory Raduino by cutting traces.

I am kicking myself now as I forgot there are more I/O pins available on the Teensy then ever were on a NANO.  We have not implemented all of these, but it so happens that there are 2 of those extra inputs that ARE brought out to pads on the adapter board, the A8 and A9 inputs. 

The simple solution is, when building our adapter, simply leave out (or cut off) the pin that plugs into the A6 input on the Raduino's NANO socket.  This eliminates any possibility of the Keyer line causing any problems.  Since the keyer does not work reliably with 3.3V applied to the Teensy's A6 input and a different Keyer routine had to be used with a separate Paddle Jack, there is no reason that the extra paddle jack can't be connected to the A8 for dot and A9 for dash (or the other way around) paddle connections with a separate 3.5mm stereo jack used for paddle input.  The hand key stays on the PTT A3 input where it is in the first place, no changes needed there. 

It's an extremely simple software change in our software to use those inputs rather than A6 and A7.  That way A7 can remain a spare as it is on the factory Raduino and NO repeat NO hardware mods are needed to the V6 Raduino.  I'll post a revised construction manual for the Adapter kit later this morning and all future kits will be supplied with a 3 pin, right angle header to go in the extra pads.  Right angle is needed to keep it from interfering with the Teensy's USB connector which is used for programming and CAT control.

Jim Sheldon,
TSW Project Coordinator

Re: uBITX V6.0 For Sale

Dave New, N8SBE
 

There's also the very handy stylus that came with the kit.  Indispensable, IMO, since I have fat fingers.

73,

-- Dave, N8SBE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [BITX20] uBITX V6.0 For Sale
From: "Ashhar Farhan" <farhanbox@...>
Date: Tue, January 07, 2020 9:21 pm
To: BITX20@groups.io

Mark,
Just before you ship it to someone else.. the rig is eniterly usable without the touch too. Here is how :
Tap the tuning knob and a white square showing the focus will appear around one of the buttons or frequencies. Use the tuning knob to move it to the other button. Press again to select. If you press it over an already selected frequency, it falls into fast tuning mode, press again for normal tuning. I didn't get around to doing the same with the setup menu but it is used just a few times in the life of the rig.
- f

On Wed 8 Jan, 2020, 3:07 AM Mark WO7T, <wo7t@...> wrote:
Full kIt arrived the day before New Years. Reflecting on packing it was OK...nothing was scratched, 
dented or flopping around for the DHL shipment time of 9 days. Assembled last Saturday.  Played
around Sunday and Monday after setting the FREQ setting and the BFO setting. Quite an engineering,
feat and I suppose programming endeavor by the creator. 

However, this is my first ham rig having a touch screen. And I simply DO NOT LIKE touchscreen.
The radio is a little box'ier  than intentioned so not interesting in it for my go-kit. I'm keeping with my
knob/display radios, and  KD1JV Tribander for the field. 

This one is up for sale...... As new...complete assembled already with everything that comes with it.
It has a serial number of #167 on box, and will be shipped USPS priority mail upon full payment
via USPS MO or cleared check -  $190 shipped.

72,
Mark

Re: New Teensy 4.0 to NANO direct plug in adapter #ubitx #v6

Dave New, N8SBE
 

TSW spake:

"That way A7 can remain a spare as it is on the factory Raduino and NO repeat NO hardware mods are needed to the V6 Raduino."

Except that you have to drill a hole in that beautiful factory case to mount an extra paddle input?

Or did I miss something?

73,

-- Dave, N8SBE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [BITX20] New Teensy 4.0 to NANO direct plug in adapter
#ubitx #v6
From: "Jim Sheldon" <w0eb@...>
Date: Wed, January 08, 2020 6:34 am
To: BITX20@groups.io

Good news gang,  I've found an easy way to keep from having to make ANY hardware mods to the Factory V6 Raduino.  When I mentioned that you have to protect the Teensy 4 from the +5V on the A6 input pin by removing R2 (the keyer pullup resistor) and cutting the line from A6 to the KEYER pin on the right angle plug to the main board, I'm sure that turned many of you off, not wanting to modify your Factory Raduino by cutting traces.

I am kicking myself now as I forgot there are more I/O pins available on the Teensy then ever were on a NANO.  We have not implemented all of these, but it so happens that there are 2 of those extra inputs that ARE brought out to pads on the adapter board, the A8 and A9 inputs. 

The simple solution is, when building our adapter, simply leave out (or cut off) the pin that plugs into the A6 input on the Raduino's NANO socket.  This eliminates any possibility of the Keyer line causing any problems.  Since the keyer does not work reliably with 3.3V applied to the Teensy's A6 input and a different Keyer routine had to be used with a separate Paddle Jack, there is no reason that the extra paddle jack can't be connected to the A8 for dot and A9 for dash (or the other way around) paddle connections with a separate 3.5mm stereo jack used for paddle input.  The hand key stays on the PTT A3 input where it is in the first place, no changes needed there. 

It's an extremely simple software change in our software to use those inputs rather than A6 and A7.  That way A7 can remain a spare as it is on the factory Raduino and NO repeat NO hardware mods are needed to the V6 Raduino.  I'll post a revised construction manual for the Adapter kit later this morning and all future kits will be supplied with a 3 pin, right angle header to go in the extra pads.  Right angle is needed to keep it from interfering with the Teensy's USB connector which is used for programming and CAT control.

Jim Sheldon,
TSW Project Coordinator

Re: mbitx V5 versus V6

Steve Sawicki
 

Gordon,
I do not think that the India Post individuals would be unpacking  and then repacking ALL of the "kits" checking for What?
I am sure that with all of the radios that Hf Signals shipped over the years India Post  would be familiar and good with the routine.
When I ordered my "Full kit" I selected the DHL option,when DHL delivered I made a GOOD examination of the "Envelope" and did not see any "damage" I did notice a packing pressure that one can expect when similar packages are squishes together.
On opening I was surprised on the thins cardboard packing box which showed numerous creases  and the lack of (minimal) protection of the internal countenance, as I indicated I previously I had to straighten (square up) the back panel.
It is my belief that if I was to not pick the DHL option which provided a bit more "protection" of the countenance by the carrier the flimsy packing would be all over the world.
I should have taken pictures and then compared to  the 100% sturdier  "repurposed" cardboard box of  my 2016 BTX ,that I still have with my cookie tin original.
Enough of this, yes this has been a disappointment and hopefully a learning lesson for all .
Best Regard.
Steve
AB2ET/4    .

Re: mbitx V5 versus V6

Mick
 

Good news,
I ordered my v6 on Dec21st and received it Jan 3rd. It was Packed well and no damage. I spent about 3 hours building it (I used the front plate template, no case yet) and installing a MFJ 1984 end fed antenna. So far I have listened to several conversations from USA and Europe! My QTH is Sarnia Ontario Canada. This my first HF rig and I like it so far.
As for changes I’ll probably try Reed’s screen speed improvement and the Beofeng mic upgrade ( I’ve already made this change to my u/vhf beofeng mic). 
First though I want to confirm with some QSO’s that the rig is transmitting.
I do hear AM radio in the background so Im looking through the threads that talk about filtering out the noise.

Ashhar, I want to say thanks for this Rig and let you know not all shipments are bad!

And hind sight being 20/20 I wish I had ordered the V6 with case.

73 
Mick 
VA3EPM

On Jan 7, 2020, at 9:33 PM, Ashhar Farhan <farhanbox@...> wrote:


Phillip,
We have discovered that the Indian customs have opened quite a few of our boxes and packed them back badly. HF Signals is committed to replacing all of them. Write to hfsignals@... with pictures.
- f

On Wed 8 Jan, 2020, 2:52 AM Philip, <philip.g7jur@...> wrote:
Mine turned up with damage. The volume pot broken off the the board, marks on the touch screen, and damage to the corners of the case. Also chipped paint work.
Philip G7JUR

BITX40 kit.

Wayne Leake
 

 I bought a bare
 board, through hole board set,and a parts kit from Sunil. Boards ar for BITX40, but can be used for 20 meters,and other bands. A matter of changing VFO frequency and winding some coils differently.
 I will say it is not really a beginners project. Mine will be a BITX20 when I get it done.
 I have 2 of Farhans BITX40's, one just pre Raduno, so no need for a 3rd.
 Sunil did have a couple of other kits, have not looked at his site for a bit.
 I like building things, always have.
 I purchased a case that will hold my BITX20 and amp/power supply board.
 Have an aluminium case that one BITX40 will go into, undecided on the other.
 Check out Sunil's website.

 Wayne WA2YNE

Re: [uBITx V6] #v6 Noobie Big Picture Overview doc #v6

Bob Bennett
 

Can you add a little more about uploading the sketch? For example: does one have to separately add the libraries like EEPROM, wire and the other #includes?
--
Bob
NZ2Z

Re: [uBITx V6] #v6 Noobie Big Picture Overview doc #v6

Bob Bennett
 

Don,
   I agree with you. I have been trying to reload the Arduino sketch from Windows, Linux, raspberry pi, and MacOS and have not been successful with any. Strange thing, is that the errors I get on the different operating systems are not all the same. A real discussion for noobies would help us. 
--
Bob
NZ2Z

Re: mbitx V5 versus V6

Gordon Gibby
 

If Customs is where the problem is occurring, hopefully the hfsignals people can work out a solution, but it isn't appropriate to be castigating them for something that a governmental authority may have caused. 



On Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 5:01 AM Gordon Gibby via Groups.Io <docvacuumtubes=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Aaargh. 


On Jan 7, 2020, at 21:33, Ashhar Farhan <farhanbox@...> wrote:


Phillip,
We have discovered that the Indian customs have opened quite a few of our boxes and packed them back badly. HF Signals is committed to replacing all of them. Write to hfsignals@... with pictures.
- f

On Wed 8 Jan, 2020, 2:52 AM Philip, <philip.g7jur@...> wrote:
Mine turned up with damage. The volume pot broken off the the board, marks on the touch screen, and damage to the corners of the case. Also chipped paint work.
Philip G7JUR

Re: ubitx #v6 Screen Speed Mod #v6

Reed N
 

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you're enjoying the speed.

Many of those issues are present in the stock firmware, and since I tried to limit the changes in this branch to just those affecting screen performance, they persist as bugs here too. I hope to continue squashing bugs and improving the firmware more over time, but it won't happen on this branch.

I went ahead and created an issue to track the sub-1MHz problem, since I remembered that mentioned before, and it's particularly important: https://github.com/afarhan/ubitxv6/issues/6

For the other issues, I hope that as I get around to cleaning up various parts of the code, they'll be fixed "for free", but you're welcome to create individual issues for them on Ashhar's github like I did above if you want to ensure they're not forgotten.


Reed

Re: Sotabeams DSP cw/SSB filter insertion rf in audio

Joel Trenalone
 

Thanks Dennis,
the board is on the far left of the ubitx board. It’s not a big case so not much more room. I will replace the audio wire with shielded cables to see if it helps. 


Thanks Howard,
Since you us the Sotabeams lm386 circuit, does that mean you are bypassing the ubitx onboard lm386 portion of the circuit?

Also do you guys have the Sotabeams filter powered all the time, or is it unpowered during transmit?

Re: Help with troubleshooting Bitx40 - no transmit. #bitx40help

Jim WB2LHP in MI
 

I'm not sure what would account for that physically or electrically...Regardless, I would replace them and probably the transistor to restore operation...Jim

On Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 7:57 AM <Hetzal@...> wrote:
Jim, the resistors read open or infinite resistance.