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Re: Raduino Pill

John Scherer
 

Hi Joe,

Haven't seen any development on this board in some time.  I'm sure you've been busy.  Any chance there has been any progress on this?  I'd love to get the cad files for the board.
--
John - N0CTL - Fulltime RV in a 40' motorhome

Re: Gordon Gibby Digital Interface

Gordon Gibby
 

​I snapped up two of those before he runs out.......takes me 30 minutes to solder one togehter (including the sound dongle) and he just took off a good chunk of that!!!  


I'm going to find the boxes I use and post those here also.    And also the 500 ohm pot for those wanting a panel mount TX control.   The RX is set-and-forget


gordon



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​I would suggest you get familiar with how to crack open a 1475, and how to solder to them, and offer the entire thing as an option also -- it is duck soup to do it when you know now, and you get your +5V out of it for free also --- and that is a significantly huge improvement over the effort others will have to do, in order tolearn how to make those connections.


it makes it way more reliable as well....but people may destroy one sound dongle before they get the hang of soldering the +5 wire to the tiny red line coming in from the computer.    i do it with ease now.    




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You are absollutley NUTS to offer it for $20   ASSEMBLED.   That is very little over what the  PARTS cost us.   

never again will I solder one together----I'm just ordering from YOU!!!! 


Because there is a ground plane, you may even get away with not enclosing this, but you'll do better if you just screw the board to a small piece of wood (or double-stick-tape to some cardboard) and put it in a small tea tin or something.   I found tin boxes for $2 each.


If you make the TX gain ccontrol a 500-ohm panel mount, you'll have much better control of the TX signal....  That's what i do for HF.  For VHF, the little trimmer works fine.   


i use the $5 Adafruit 1475 cound card, and I literally drill a hole and solder the wires to the right places, after I pop apart the white plastic, of course.   See here:   https://www.adafruit.com/product/1475​  They are not great soundcards,,,,but they work.  




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Ladies and Gents

 Gordon Gibby, KX4Z has offered us a great little kit to release and its now ready!

This digital interface has all the bang with a great price.

On board 5v regulator that you can power from 12-13.8v or you can leave it off for direct 5v input.
Built in VOX PTT via reed relay
PTT LED
Input and Output gain control
Audio Isolation transformer 600:600ohm

The kits are available for 15$ or 20$ assembled https://shop.kit-projects.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=120

73
--
David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Re: Gordon Gibby Digital Interface

Gordon Gibby
 

​I would suggest you get familiar with how to crack open a 1475, and how to solder to them, and offer the entire thing as an option also -- it is duck soup to do it when you know now, and you get your +5V out of it for free also --- and that is a significantly huge improvement over the effort others will have to do, in order tolearn how to make those connections.


it makes it way more reliable as well....but people may destroy one sound dongle before they get the hang of soldering the +5 wire to the tiny red line coming in from the computer.    i do it with ease now.    




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You are absollutley NUTS to offer it for $20   ASSEMBLED.   That is very little over what the  PARTS cost us.   

never again will I solder one together----I'm just ordering from YOU!!!! 


Because there is a ground plane, you may even get away with not enclosing this, but you'll do better if you just screw the board to a small piece of wood (or double-stick-tape to some cardboard) and put it in a small tea tin or something.   I found tin boxes for $2 each.


If you make the TX gain ccontrol a 500-ohm panel mount, you'll have much better control of the TX signal....  That's what i do for HF.  For VHF, the little trimmer works fine.   


i use the $5 Adafruit 1475 cound card, and I literally drill a hole and solder the wires to the right places, after I pop apart the white plastic, of course.   See here:   https://www.adafruit.com/product/1475​  They are not great soundcards,,,,but they work.  




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Ladies and Gents

 Gordon Gibby, KX4Z has offered us a great little kit to release and its now ready!

This digital interface has all the bang with a great price.

On board 5v regulator that you can power from 12-13.8v or you can leave it off for direct 5v input.
Built in VOX PTT via reed relay
PTT LED
Input and Output gain control
Audio Isolation transformer 600:600ohm

The kits are available for 15$ or 20$ assembled https://shop.kit-projects.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=120

73
--
David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Re: Gordon Gibby Digital Interface

Gordon Gibby
 

You are absollutley NUTS to offer it for $20   ASSEMBLED.   That is very little over what the  PARTS cost us.   

never again will I solder one together----I'm just ordering from YOU!!!! 


Because there is a ground plane, you may even get away with not enclosing this, but you'll do better if you just screw the board to a small piece of wood (or double-stick-tape to some cardboard) and put it in a small tea tin or something.   I found tin boxes for $2 each.


If you make the TX gain ccontrol a 500-ohm panel mount, you'll have much better control of the TX signal....  That's what i do for HF.  For VHF, the little trimmer works fine.   


i use the $5 Adafruit 1475 cound card, and I literally drill a hole and solder the wires to the right places, after I pop apart the white plastic, of course.   See here:   https://www.adafruit.com/product/1475​  They are not great soundcards,,,,but they work.  




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Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:42 PM
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Ladies and Gents

 Gordon Gibby, KX4Z has offered us a great little kit to release and its now ready!

This digital interface has all the bang with a great price.

On board 5v regulator that you can power from 12-13.8v or you can leave it off for direct 5v input.
Built in VOX PTT via reed relay
PTT LED
Input and Output gain control
Audio Isolation transformer 600:600ohm

The kits are available for 15$ or 20$ assembled https://shop.kit-projects.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=120

73
--
David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Re: Gordon Gibby Digital Interface

Laurence Oberman
 

Ordered
And Thanks
Summers over so time to get back to my ubitx projects
Regards
KB1HKO
Laurence Oberman

On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 2:42 PM N8DAH <@N8DAH> wrote:

Ladies and Gents

Gordon Gibby, KX4Z has offered us a great little kit to release and its now ready!

This digital interface has all the bang with a great price.

On board 5v regulator that you can power from 12-13.8v or you can leave it off for direct 5v input.
Built in VOX PTT via reed relay
PTT LED
Input and Output gain control
Audio Isolation transformer 600:600ohm

The kits are available for 15$ or 20$ assembled https://shop.kit-projects.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=120

73
--
David

N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Gordon Gibby Digital Interface

 

Ladies and Gents

 Gordon Gibby, KX4Z has offered us a great little kit to release and its now ready!

This digital interface has all the bang with a great price.

On board 5v regulator that you can power from 12-13.8v or you can leave it off for direct 5v input.
Built in VOX PTT via reed relay
PTT LED
Input and Output gain control
Audio Isolation transformer 600:600ohm

The kits are available for 15$ or 20$ assembled https://shop.kit-projects.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=120

73
--
David

 N8DAH
Kit-Projects.com

Shop is open!

Re: Never used V3 uBitx Board Available

David
 

Yes

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Lawrence Galea
 

When dropping down voltage I always use more than one regulator in series to split the dissipation.
E.g. 7809 or 7808 from the nominal 12V then to the 7805 and bolt them to the aluminium case or to a heat sink with thermal compound.
They are cheap enough not to bankrupt you.
Take care when buying from Ali etc
Regards
Lawrence

On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 11:50 PM Razvan (M0HZH) <razvanfatu@...> wrote:
Maximum current draw for the 5" Nextion (backlight @ 100%) is 410mA 
Arduino Nano ~20mA
Si5351 (all outputs enabled) ~22mA

Assuming 13.8V input, there's over 4W of thermal power to be dissipated. As Allison already explained, whatever IC you'll use it'll need a heatsink.

Also, try to keep the heat away from the Si5351 oscillator crystal as it would generate frequency drift.

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Razvan (M0HZH)
 

Maximum current draw for the 5" Nextion (backlight @ 100%) is 410mA 
Arduino Nano ~20mA
Si5351 (all outputs enabled) ~22mA

Assuming 13.8V input, there's over 4W of thermal power to be dissipated. As Allison already explained, whatever IC you'll use it'll need a heatsink.

Also, try to keep the heat away from the Si5351 oscillator crystal as it would generate frequency drift.

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

MVS Sarma
 

Check , raduino with nextion miight need 1amp odd. You cant work at 100% with input 12 or 13.5v.

If the 7805 input is just 3v above what you said is understandable.

Better try a genuine 78s05 it might manage. 
All the best

Sarma vu3zmv

On Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 4:35 pm Razvan (M0HZH), <razvanfatu@...> wrote:
Why would you need another regulator ? The LM7805 is designed for 1A output and the 5" Nextion display + Raduino uses about 500mA (per specs).

You only need a heatsink for the LM7805.

This will be true for any other linear replacement you use (KA78T05 / 78S05 etc) as the dissipated power is the same.

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

_Dave_ K0MBT
 

Have had success with the stock 7805 mounted on the raduino. Have 4 of the critters with up to 3.5" nextions I use a stock power transistor heat sinks with an additional hole. To mount it.

Have found mounting the 7805 out of the front raduino offers more room if the board is mounted properly in the case.
--
73
Dave
k0mbt
Ham_Made_Keys

Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

Arvo W0VRA
 

On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:55 AM, Werner de Vos wrote:
The thing is, when I connect a RTL Dongle (hooked up the CEC way, with cat control via SDR console) all works fine exept the RTL-SDR RX frequency is off. So for example. receiving with SDR 14.076MHz is 14.0775. 
From this example, are you saying that your software shows the SDR at 14.076, but it's actually receiving at 14.0775?

Then the RTL-SDR and your software need to be calibrated.

Which SDR software are you using?

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Very simple the 7805 and kin are linear regulators and at 500ma the max voltage that 
can be tolerated before the power dissipated as heat is about 1.5W which places the
input voltage at not more than 8V, you need to be at more like 7.5 due to heating.

Now add a decent chunk of metal, a heat sink, and that goes up depending on
the size of the heat sink.

How to calculate all that is trivial, the series current though the device
(current into pin1) times the voltage across it (voltage from pin 1 to pin3)
and that in watts of heat dissipated.  *Note the 78xx series of regulators
must have about 2V minimum across it to regulate (for 5V part that's
about 7V).  Even at 100-150ma a heatsink (not less than 2" square exposed
air) is advised.  The maximum temperature before shutdown or damage is
about 125C (hot enough to burn skin).

Max wattage is dependent on quality of heatsink but the 2.5degreesC/Watt
is the limit or about 40W but max current is usually reached before that
and in some cases max voltage.  However to get that out of the nominal
7805 that means a heat sink of about 2x2 inches with .5" fins with some airflow.

For those making up their own circuits insure there are a 1uf (or larger) at 
Pin 1(input), and .1uf on pin 3 (output) to ground close to the regulator as
it can oscillate and that will cause failure like behavior.

I started using those regulators when the first came out in the early 70s for
microcomputers (8008 and on) and I have a bag of them from the early
80s I still use.  Good reliable part, cheap too but often abused and
misused.

Allison

Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

Bill Lamm
 

I have had the coffee today.. maybe need to keep a white board at my side when I read these posts?!

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Mark Hatch
 

Perhaps thermal overload, but I was having problems with the 7805 until I replaced it when I put in a 5" Nextion. I did not try the heat sink as it required more cutting to fit then I wanted to try. I also planned on additional boards (stand alone signal analyzer and JACKAL, so a higher rated 7805 mounted on the back panel (using the case as the heat sink) worked well for me. 

Mark

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Herman Scheper
 

Hello Jerry,

 

I ordered 5 pcs. of them. After it did not work-from the 1th second!! )- i tested 2 of them on a small breadboard. Without load and with a load of a few 100 Ohms.

The did never work. Always output  zero Volt.   Some other members on this forum had the same experience with them.

So never buy this parts form Aliex.

 

Tnx fort he explanation.

 

Rgds,  Herman  PA0BAB

 

 

Van: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> Namens Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io
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Could be that you got bad parts.

Or could be that the part is getting too hot, and going into thermal shutdown.
So you need a better heatsink.


On page 2 of this Fairchild datasheet for the LM78T05, it says that
the "thermal resistance junction to air" is 65 degrees C per Watt.
The "junction" is on the silicon die, heat must travel from die to the metal TO220 tab,
and from there get carried off into the air.
    https://media.digikey.com/pdf/Data%20Sheets/Fairchild%20PDFs/LM78T05.pdf
Thermal resistance junction to case", that is from die to the TO220 tab 
is 2.5 degrees C per Watt.  Useful to know if you have a good heatsink for it.

Assume we are supplying the LM78T05 with 12 Volts and drawing 1 Amp at 5 Volts from it.
The LM7805 is then dissipating  (12v-5v) * 1a = 7 Watts,  and if being used without
a heatsink then the tab will be 7*65= 455 degrees C (819 F) above the ambient air temperature.
If the ambient air is 23 degrees C (73 F), then the tab will be around 23+455 = 478 C (892 F).

Actually, it will never get anything like that hot. 
The device goes into thermal shutdown (and the output goes to zero Volts) when it gets too hot,.
Not explicitly stated in the datasheet but I assume somewhere around 125 C (257 F).
(It also has a separate mechanism to limit the maximum current
in case you manage to short the output with a screwdriver.)

So if the device seems to work for a few seconds and then quits, touch the tab with a wet finger. 
If your finger sizzles, then the LM78T05 (or LM7805) is too hot.

I can believe that some devices out there sold for cheap are factory seconds
that don't meet spec, or rejects that don't work at all, or some totally different device
that has been painted over with an "LM78T05" logo.

A test for basic function would be to put a 50 ohm resistor (able to dissipate at least 1/2 Watt)
across the 5 Volt output, so it is only being asked to give  5v/50 = 0.1 Amp.
Then measure the output voltage, see if it really is 5 Volts.

The Fairchild "thermal resistance junction to air" figure of 65C/Watt
is much higher than TI's LM7805 figure of 19C/Watt.
  https://www.sparkfun.com/datasheets/Components/LM7805.pdf
Perhaps due to different assumptions about available air flow?
The "thermal resistance junction to case" figures are fairly close,
2.5C/W for the LM78T05 vs 3.0C/W for the LM7805.
Both are TO220 devices, so the additional thermal resistance from case to air
should also be about the same.

Jerry, KE7ER


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 04:05 AM, Razvan (M0HZH) wrote:

Why would you need another regulator ? The LM7805 is designed for 1A output and the 5" Nextion display + Raduino uses about 500mA (per specs).

You only need a heatsink for the LM7805.

This will be true for any other linear replacement you use (KA78T05 / 78S05 etc) as the dissipated power is the same.

Re: Nearly non-existent output power, no mod

Adrian Chadd
 

Hi,

Maybe check the firmware and make sure there's a delay between switching the relays and enabling TX RF?



-a


On Tue, 17 Sep 2019 at 04:15, Ted via Groups.Io <k3rta=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Clark,

Please forgive my lack of clarity.  I'll try to fashion up something better and make a go of individual relay measurements within a week or so; I'm about to have vertebrae C3-C7 fused and bracketed together, so, any messages after 18 Sept may be Oxycontin-laced  :O   At least I'll have plenty of time.

My chief focus was to answer the concern of whether the relays were switching, i.e. if RF was being sent through the wrong LPF for all but one band, or through more than one filter at once, etc.  I get the impression that the filters are switching in when they 'sposed to, in country parlance, though I'll grant that this fails to say whether good connections are being made in the process.  Again, I'll rig up a better test bench and do a more precise analysis.

I made the measurements using a simple oscilloscope with a cap on the pointy end of the probe.  It picked up some stray RF on adjacent points but for the nature of the test, I let that pass. 

RE: "Bias" resistors, I'd assumed that people who've been around for a while here know that when switching from 3904's to 2222's in the driver stage, it's the 20-ohm [emitter] bias resistors that get doubled up for a net 10-ohms.  My bad.  On the matter of the 2N2222's, I found that transistor mod very worthwhile. 

I'll report back....


Tnx,

Ted
K3RTA

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Herman Scheper
 

You are 100% right!! tnx

 

Van: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> Namens Razvan (M0HZH)
Verzonden: dinsdag 17 september 2019 13:06
Aan: BITX20@groups.io
Onderwerp: Re: [BITX20] Nextion with KA78T05

 

Why would you need another regulator ? The LM7805 is designed for 1A output and the 5" Nextion display + Raduino uses about 500mA (per specs).

You only need a heatsink for the LM7805.

This will be true for any other linear replacement you use (KA78T05 / 78S05 etc) as the dissipated power is the same.

Re: Never used V3 uBitx Board Available

Bill Lamm
 

Did this sell yet?

Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Jerry Gaffke
 

Could be that you got bad parts.

Or could be that the part is getting too hot, and going into thermal shutdown.
So you need a better heatsink.


On page 2 of this Fairchild datasheet for the LM78T05, it says that
the "thermal resistance junction to air" is 65 degrees C per Watt.
The "junction" is on the silicon die, heat must travel from die to the metal TO220 tab,
and from there get carried off into the air.
    https://media.digikey.com/pdf/Data%20Sheets/Fairchild%20PDFs/LM78T05.pdf
Thermal resistance junction to case", that is from die to the TO220 tab 
is 2.5 degrees C per Watt.  Useful to know if you have a good heatsink for it.

Assume we are supplying the LM78T05 with 12 Volts and drawing 1 Amp at 5 Volts from it.
The LM7805 is then dissipating  (12v-5v) * 1a = 7 Watts,  and if being used without
a heatsink then the tab will be 7*65= 455 degrees C (819 F) above the ambient air temperature.
If the ambient air is 23 degrees C (73 F), then the tab will be around 23+455 = 478 C (892 F).

Actually, it will never get anything like that hot. 
The device goes into thermal shutdown (and the output goes to zero Volts) when it gets too hot,.
Not explicitly stated in the datasheet but I assume somewhere around 125 C (257 F).
(It also has a separate mechanism to limit the maximum current
in case you manage to short the output with a screwdriver.)

So if the device seems to work for a few seconds and then quits, touch the tab with a wet finger. 
If your finger sizzles, then the LM78T05 (or LM7805) is too hot.

I can believe that some devices out there sold for cheap are factory seconds
that don't meet spec, or rejects that don't work at all, or some totally different device
that has been painted over with an "LM78T05" logo.

A test for basic function would be to put a 50 ohm resistor (able to dissipate at least 1/2 Watt)
across the 5 Volt output, so it is only being asked to give  5v/50 = 0.1 Amp.
Then measure the output voltage, see if it really is 5 Volts.

The Fairchild "thermal resistance junction to air" figure of 65C/Watt
is much higher than TI's LM7805 figure of 19C/Watt.
  https://www.sparkfun.com/datasheets/Components/LM7805.pdf
Perhaps due to different assumptions about available air flow?
The "thermal resistance junction to case" figures are fairly close,
2.5C/W for the LM78T05 vs 3.0C/W for the LM7805.
Both are TO220 devices, so the additional thermal resistance from case to air
should also be about the same.

Jerry, KE7ER


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 04:05 AM, Razvan (M0HZH) wrote:

Why would you need another regulator ? The LM7805 is designed for 1A output and the 5" Nextion display + Raduino uses about 500mA (per specs).

You only need a heatsink for the LM7805.

This will be true for any other linear replacement you use (KA78T05 / 78S05 etc) as the dissipated power is the same.