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Re: Nextion with KA78T05

Murray Wills (ZL2IQ)
 

Hi I did the same only the KA78T05 I got (bought 10 cause they were cheap) went red hot 🥵 so I shut it all down and went back to the step down to power the Nextion. Luckily it didn’t seem to introduce any noise for me.

Something wrong with the KA78T05’s as they should have been able to handle the current.


From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of MVS Sarma via Groups.Io <mvssarma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:12:57 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Nextion with KA78T05
 
I suffered with 10pcs of  bad 78t05 from ali seller and demanded refund and got it.

On Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 9:37 pm Herman Scheper, <Hsrscheper@...> wrote:
I am using the Nextion 5"display. When building my Ubitx V5 I used a small step down converter to generate the 5V for the Nextion display. It all worked 100%
Now the building is almost finished i want to replace the 5V stepdown converter. ( It is giving a little amountt of noise…)

I ordered ( Aliex..) 5 pcs of KA78T05 TO-220 stabilisors. ( is the 3A version-  )

Then I replaced the 7805 mounted on the Arduine and replaced it for the KA78T05 version…. No working Arduino and no working display.

I find input=12V output=0V.   Checked before and after the pinning  1=input / 2 = earth/ 3 =output   Find a datasheet on Internet and can not find what I am doiing wrong.

After that make a test print only for the KA78T05 and I can not get the 5V output. Output also on a 2nd KA78T05 is still 0Volt.   Frustrating.  ( I used a 7809 on the same test and output was 9.00 Volt!)

What I am doiing wrong...…….?     ( ordered today local few 78S05   ( = 1.5A version  )

So who knows what I am doiing wrong...?                       Tnx.  Herman

Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

Werner de Vos
 

I think I have to explain a little more. My ubitx is calibrated and works on the right frequency. I can oparate FT8 or WSPR without any problem.

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. 

It can possibly be the SDR dongle that is somehow off frequency.

Re: Digimode low power output

Adrien F4IJA
 

Hi woody. 

Thank you for the schematics. I'll try first to check time but it seems to be OK. After that I could try something like your circuit. 
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Re: No answer in Antuino group

Ashhar Farhan
 

Sorry, it took a while to get my membership on the antuino group. SBL should work, probably even better than the ADE-1
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On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 10:04 PM MVS Sarma <mvssarma@...> wrote:
IMHO, no changes needed. Mixer's performance being same, perhaps insersion loss or gain could be a factor. Calibration should tahe care, in my opinion. 

Regards
Sarma vu3zmv

On Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 9:57 pm Rob Bleumer, <rob.bleumer@...> wrote:
Sep 11   

Hi All,
As there is no answer in the ANTUINO group my question here:

As I used SBL-1 instead of ADE-1 from my junk box I wonder if there are differences to make into the software.

They are not exactly the same on specs and I do not know enough on the software.

Can someone tell me if I have to make changes and where?
Attatched photos of my home build ANTUINO.

Thanks

Rob PA0RBL

Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

Dexter N Muir
 

Make that pot a "proper copper coffee pot"! ... and say it fast when you order it ... :)  Brownie points for Captain Janeway, too.
73
Dex, ZL2DEX

Re: Calibration #calibration

d.maccallum@...
 

Hello, I just got my rig running and tried tuning it up but can not find any info for ver 5.1 info! tried the write up at the ubitx site don't know for what ver and one for uBitx v4.3 and it kinda worked but the instructions do not match what I am seeing on my rig. by playing with the freq and bfo It's way off.

Re: Nearly non-existent output power, no mod

Clark Martin
 

Additionally, for the SSB tests what was the AF signal source?


Clark Martin
KK6ISP

On Sep 16, 2019, at 6:39 PM, Clark Martin <kk6isp@...> wrote:

Sorry, but you description below is akin to bad driving directions… (turn right at the green house, etc).  

It would be far easier and more accurate to specify where the signal was measured (and how).  
i.e. 
KT2-14  2.6V
using an RF probe and DC voltmeter

check on both sides of the filter (input and output) and on each of the contact pins of the relay in question.



Note: all the resistors connected to the driver and pre-drivers are “bias” resistors.  The 10 ohm would, presumably, be the emitter bias resistor.

You replaced the final transistors, did you readjust the bias pots (RV2, RV3)?


Re: Nearly non-existent output power, no mod

Clark Martin
 

Sorry, but you description below is akin to bad driving directions… (turn right at the green house, etc).  

It would be far easier and more accurate to specify where the signal was measured (and how).  
i.e. 
KT2-14 2.6V
using an RF probe and DC voltmeter

check on both sides of the filter (input and output) and on each of the contact pins of the relay in question.



Note: all the resistors connected to the driver and pre-drivers are “bias” resistors.  The 10 ohm would, presumably, be the emitter bias resistor.

You replaced the final transistors, did you readjust the bias pots (RV2, RV3)?


Clark Martin
KK6ISP

On Sep 16, 2019, at 5:49 PM, Ted via Groups.Io <k3rta@...> wrote:

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 07:42 PM, Clark Martin wrote:
Use an RF probe or oscilloscope to trace the signal through the relays / filters.
 
 
OK, here we are: 

On 80m and 60m, only the filter between the T/R relay and KT3 shows strong RF.  Power out on 80m is 2 watts CW, 1/2w SSB. 60m shows 1 watt/1/2 watt.

On 40m and 30m,  only the filter at KT3 shows strong RF. Power out on 40m is about 3/4w CW and 1/2w SSB; 30m shows 1w CW.

On 20m and 17m, only the filter at KT2 shows strong RF with power out the best: 2.5w CW but only 1/4w SSB on 20. 17m shows about 1/3 & 1/4 if that....

15m and 10m show strong RF on the filter near KT1, with output on both bands less than 1/4w either mode (or should I just say, at barely detectable limits).



The meter used is the analog dial on a MFJ 949D as my 5W slug is missing from the Bird wattmeter  :(

The two predrivers and 4 drivers are all steel-can 2N2222's with 10-ohm bias resistors.  All six run fairly hot - with heat sinks added - though the 4 more so than the pair. The finals (even reputable ones) certainly get hot enough, too. if i put my fingers on the predrivers or drivers, the RF power (such as it is) decreases somewhat. Q90 is also a 2N2222 can with I believe a 15-ohm bias chip on it.  None of this changed prior to the output failure. 

Obviously, energy is being produced but to what end?  It certainly isn't going into the dummy load or out the aerial/antenna/wirethingy.

More guidance would sure be fantastic.  Thank you, all, for your input.


Re: Fix for Spurs and Harmonics on V3 Board

Dale Hardin
 

Curt, the pinout on the Axioms is symmetrical across the pins, so they can go on either side of the board.  I'm putting off ordering the toroids and caps for the mods in the hope that someone on the list who has done the mods will have extras available.  I would like to see a photo of the added V5 LC filter to see what is involved.  I am just about finished with some mods of a TenTec Century 21.  I added an AGC, and additional preamp, a Hi-Per-Mite filter (w/o amp) and am working on a digital dial.  With that effort and a long trip in October, I won't get to the uBitx until November.  I probably should have bought a V5 and called it a day, but I really love to build and modify stuff, so a V3 got me.  Up until about four years ago I had a nice HP spectrum analyzer, but got rid of it because I used it so little and it took up too much room.  I really appreciate your comments on this effort.  Regards, Dale 

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 6:44 PM Curt via Groups.Io <wb8yyy=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dale

Yes remnants of many experiments here on this list. Those axicom relays may get your harmonics compliant or very close. Watch pinouts before you put them on the underside, they should work okay on top side. Some added the shielded inductors on the 45 MHz crystal filters, and obtained lower mixer spurs in conjunction with those axicoms. The v5 LC filter did nothing to improve mixer spurs on my v4.

That trap idea was difficult to tune even with a spectrum analyzer, so hence came the shielded inductors.

Curt



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Re: Nearly non-existent output power, no mod

Ted
 

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 07:42 PM, Clark Martin wrote:
Use an RF probe or oscilloscope to trace the signal through the relays / filters.
 
 
OK, here we are: 

On 80m and 60m, only the filter between the T/R relay and KT3 shows strong RF.  Power out on 80m is 2 watts CW, 1/2w SSB. 60m shows 1 watt/1/2 watt.

On 40m and 30m,  only the filter at KT3 shows strong RF. Power out on 40m is about 3/4w CW and 1/2w SSB; 30m shows 1w CW.

On 20m and 17m, only the filter at KT2 shows strong RF with power out the best: 2.5w CW but only 1/4w SSB on 20. 17m shows about 1/3 & 1/4 if that....

15m and 10m show strong RF on the filter near KT1, with output on both bands less than 1/4w either mode (or should I just say, at barely detectable limits).



The meter used is the analog dial on a MFJ 949D as my 5W slug is missing from the Bird wattmeter  :(

The two predrivers and 4 drivers are all steel-can 2N2222's with 10-ohm bias resistors.  All six run fairly hot - with heat sinks added - though the 4 more so than the pair. The finals (even reputable ones) certainly get hot enough, too. if i put my fingers on the predrivers or drivers, the RF power (such as it is) decreases somewhat. Q90 is also a 2N2222 can with I believe a 15-ohm bias chip on it.  None of this changed prior to the output failure. 

Obviously, energy is being produced but to what end?  It certainly isn't going into the dummy load or out the aerial/antenna/wirethingy.

More guidance would sure be fantastic.  Thank you, all, for your input.



Ted
K3RTA

Re: Fix for Spurs and Harmonics on V3 Board

Curt
 

Dale

Yes remnants of many experiments here on this list. Those axicom relays may get your harmonics compliant or very close. Watch pinouts before you put them on the underside, they should work okay on top side. Some added the shielded inductors on the 45 MHz crystal filters, and obtained lower mixer spurs in conjunction with those axicoms. The v5 LC filter did nothing to improve mixer spurs on my v4.

That trap idea was difficult to tune even with a spectrum analyzer, so hence came the shielded inductors.

Curt

Re: Digimode low power output

Woody
 

Hi Adrien,

One possibility is the computer time.  Must be very precise.  If you do not already have a time setting program, there are several available.  I happen to be using Dimension4 from:
http://www.thinkman.com/dimension4/download.htm

Is there a way to monitor your signal with another receiver?  Distortion or ground loops to the mic input could be an issue. ???   I like to use transformer isolation between the sound card and the rig.  Eliminates any potential ground loop issues.  Also isolated the PTT line (using RS-232 output) with an opto-coupler.

Here is what I did to interface my Elecraft K2, my 20 Meter Homebrew rig, and the uBITX.:

73, Woody
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Digimode low power output

Adrien F4IJA
 

Hi all, 

My ubitx is assembled since two days and I am starting playing with it. 

I've flashed the board with Kd8cec fw and with the standalone WSPR beacon mode I'm able to have at least 20 reports in less than 5 minutes, sometimes very far (up to 10000km).

So I guess the transmit is OK. 

I've tried also to connect my radio to my computer with 2 Jacks (BTW on the transmit cable plugged to mic you need to isolate the ring otherwise the PTT will be triggered : I've used a very small piece of tape around the tip to make the job done). 

Anyway with this setup I receive quite well other stations but when I transmit I've difficulties to be heard by two stations in 30 minutes. 

So I guess transmit levels are not OK but everything has been set to 100 % (both windows audio out, TX pwr in wsjtx and set to 40dbm 10w).

Do you have any idea of what is going on? 

Thank you. 
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73's
Adrien F4IJA
https://www.qrz.com/db/F4IJA

Re: Project : Ubitx go box with batteries (topic will be updated upon works done)

Adrien F4IJA
 

In fact with 3 cells in serie you can go down up to 9v normally. For now with 3s4p and making Ft8 and wspr since 2 evenings I'm at 12.1v so I guess the capacity is quite good. 

Yes you're right about the BMS. Not already installed because waiting for receiving it. But it's a must have! 
--
73's
Adrien F4IJA
https://www.qrz.com/db/F4IJA

Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

Arvo W0VRA
 

Very good question, and I might not be answering it.
 
I don't (at least I don't mean to) have a different frequency in my µBITX for TX and RX; I'm not running split.  So for me they should always be the same.  And if I understand the theory of operation, no matter how screwed up the calibration is, the µBITX is running the same frequency whether in or out in that state.
 
If that's the case then:
 
Suppose I send out what the µBITX says is 14.074MHz + 2000Hz FT8.  Let’s call this 14.076000 MHz.  It could be that the transceiver actual transmitted frequency is 14.073992MHz, and the audio tone is 1996 Hz or all together 14.075988, but my system says we’re sending out 14.076000.
 
Suppose the contact that replies does not have “Hold TX Freq” checked and responds to the CQ.  His FT8 screen might show me at 1500 Hz or 2500 Hz, but it doesn’t matter, because if his rig is using the same oscillator for TX and RX, the math will wash out all the errors and I’ll get back exactly what I sent him, a signal at 14.075988.
 
Since I’m getting back exactly what I sent him, if there is a difference between what I sent at 2000 Hz and what I get back, it’s the difference between my absolute TX and RX frequencies.  So if the FT8 screen shows his reply at 2017 Hz, I know I that my µBITX and my SDR disagree by 17 Hz at 20M.
 
At least that’s the way I understand the math, and it's a very elegant way that FT8 naturally keeps all of us neat and clean and polite with the small slice of band.
 
Someone did a youtube showing how to use split for FT8 that takes advantage of that.
 
Suppose you want to use a 3000 Hz tone for FT8, but your system works better at sending out a 1000 Hz tone than a 3000 Hz tone.  You’re working 20M, set your TX freq to 14.076 and use the 1000 Hz tone.  To the person listening on 14.074, it sounds like a 3000 Hz tone.  Of course, you listen at 14.074 so that the system hears things normally.
 
Explaining this stuff would be a lot easier with a whiteboard and a pot of coffee.
 

Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

W2CTX
 

Can you verify if your last sentence is true no matter what you have selected
in the Memory Manager for frequency display( Send or Receive )?

Thanks, rOn

On September 16, 2019 at 1:01 PM "Arvo W0VRA via Groups.Io" <arvopl=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


To compare the frequencies of the µBITX and the RSP1A, which I use together, I did an FT8 transmission with the µBITX set to 20M, 14.074MHz and the FT8 signal at 2000Hz.  Without an RX antenna connected to the RSP1A, there was still a strong signal showing up in the WSJT-X FT8 screen.  So the PC with the µBITX was doing the 14.074MHz + 2000 Hz, and the laptop with the RSP1A running FT8 was showing that signal as 14.074MHz + 1986 Hz.

I then applied the CEC principles of calibration to the µBITX and got them within 1 Hz, sometimes 0 Hz.

They move around a little bit, probably because their temperatures are changing and affecting them differently.

Also, if someone is using a transceiver with a common oscillator for RX and TX (like another µBITX) and responds to you on FT8 with their frequency the same as yours, you'll see the same difference between the SDR and the µBITX.


Re: SDR and Ubitx freq not the same.

Arvo W0VRA
 

To compare the frequencies of the µBITX and the RSP1A, which I use together, I did an FT8 transmission with the µBITX set to 20M, 14.074MHz and the FT8 signal at 2000Hz.  Without an RX antenna connected to the RSP1A, there was still a strong signal showing up in the WSJT-X FT8 screen.  So the PC with the µBITX was doing the 14.074MHz + 2000 Hz, and the laptop with the RSP1A running FT8 was showing that signal as 14.074MHz + 1986 Hz.

I then applied the CEC principles of calibration to the µBITX and got them within 1 Hz, sometimes 0 Hz.

They move around a little bit, probably because their temperatures are changing and affecting them differently.

Also, if someone is using a transceiver with a common oscillator for RX and TX (like another µBITX) and responds to you on FT8 with their frequency the same as yours, you'll see the same difference between the SDR and the µBITX.

Re: No answer in Antuino group

MVS Sarma
 

IMHO, no changes needed. Mixer's performance being same, perhaps insersion loss or gain could be a factor. Calibration should tahe care, in my opinion. 

Regards
Sarma vu3zmv

On Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 9:57 pm Rob Bleumer, <rob.bleumer@...> wrote:
Sep 11   

Hi All,
As there is no answer in the ANTUINO group my question here:

As I used SBL-1 instead of ADE-1 from my junk box I wonder if there are differences to make into the software.

They are not exactly the same on specs and I do not know enough on the software.

Can someone tell me if I have to make changes and where?
Attatched photos of my home build ANTUINO.

Thanks

Rob PA0RBL

No answer in Antuino group

Rob Bleumer
 

Sep 11   

Hi All,
As there is no answer in the ANTUINO group my question here:

As I used SBL-1 instead of ADE-1 from my junk box I wonder if there are differences to make into the software.

They are not exactly the same on specs and I do not know enough on the software.

Can someone tell me if I have to make changes and where?
Attatched photos of my home build ANTUINO.

Thanks

Rob PA0RBL

For Sale: Un-Built uBitx Version 3 #parts #ubitx

Kevin Gilot NZ1I
 

I have for sale an AS NEW In Plastic Shipping container uBitx Version 3. It was produced Prior to May, 2018 as it has the TDA2822 Audio Chip soldered to the PCB.

It is Un Built and AS New. Received 01/10/2018.

Asking Price : $90.00 and $5.00 for shipping. Total: $95.00 Shipped to US Addresses. If international buyer, then actual shipping cost will be applied.

Accept: PAYPAL. Money Order, or Check.  Please allow time for MO/Check to clear bank before shipping.

Please send any questions to kevinemtid at sbc global dot net .

Thank you Farhan for making a Great Rig! I am still working on my Bitx 40.  Yes I am a bit Behind in my projects! But I Plan on acquiring a newer version uBitx in the future.. 

73, Kevin NZ1I