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Re: elves are at it

Jack, W8TEE
 

Sounds like you're just like me: Love to build stuff, but not too smart in the EE part...decent at software. Really getting into it with retirement...discovered I'm really good at retirement!

Jack, W8TEE



From: Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 3:34 AM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] elves are at it

Hi Jack,

Nice GT-550!

Yes I got quite addicted while cleaning out storage about 8 years ago.  Restored about 90 radios before shifting back to modern gear.  
Building stuff is still my favorite.

I can't tell you how much the uBITX reminds me of my SBE SB-33 (SF-1) like the one on my QRZ page with the matching linear.

73 Dave WI6R

On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 8:28 PM, Jack Purdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:
Loved looking at your old gear on QRZ. I saw the Galaxy V; just sold my old GT-550:

Inline image

Big mistake...

Jack, W8TEE



From: Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2017 6:58 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] elves are at it

QRZ has changed their link policy so you’ll have to type in my call sign for now.

Dave WI6R

On Dec 31, 2017, at 3:55 PM, Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...> wrote:

Happy New Year to all.

Received mine on the 24th (lucky I ordered on the 10th).

Got my case yesterday late afternoon and finished the case prep before turning in.

Wired up this morning. It’s alive!!!
First contact 600 Miles - 59 report.

See top of my QRZ page for pictures.

Off to build a Mic pre-amp with Mic Gain control. Then work on paddle interface.

Dave WI6R

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 31, 2017, at 3:36 PM, Tom Christian <tmchristian@...> wrote:

Same here 12/23 date. Pretty excited!  Thank you, Farhan!
Tom
AB7WT





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#ubitx 6m? #ubitx

John Kemker
 

I'm looking at the SI5351A on adafruit.com https://www.adafruit.com/product/2045 and it provides up to 160MHz.  Has anyone put the ubitx on 6m?

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Re: ALE, WINLINK and uBitX

tausciam@...
 

On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 11:58 am, Gordon Gibby wrote:
 I think I've got a 19V laptop supply and maybe a 24V so may try this (gingerly).    
This is what I'm using on Helena's BITX40:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LM2587-DC-DC-Booster-Converter-Step-Up-Voltage-Regulator-3-5-30V-4-0-30V/181847059772?hash=item2a56eded3c:g:B-kAAOSwXf9ZoSKw

I got it because I saw someone who had it in a bitx40 already recommend it. I was able to take the 12v battery's input and easily convert it to 24v on the dot for the finals. I left it hooked up to a 12v current for an hour and came back and measured it several times to make sure it didn't stray. It stayed right on.

So, it might be a good candidate for the ubitx.

NO2Y

Re: Tell me your favorite uBitx mods

KD8CGH
 

Narrower audio filters for CW
Clean keying for CW
Pop elimination
QSK
Digital mode audio interface + PTT
AGC
SWR gauge
Auto Tuner
CAT control

Variable power control

ad4xx@...
 

I'd love it if I could add a variable control to adjust output power on the uBitx.  After looking for solutions, I understand now that it's not a simple add of a potentiometer.  Anyone done this yet?

Re: Variable power control

M Garza <mgarza896@...>
 

Just an idea, how about a variable voltage regulator on the PA power input?  I have not tried this, it's just an idea.  Variable voltage from 24v down to say about 10v?

Marco - KG5PRT 

On Jan 1, 2018 10:19 AM, <ad4xx@...> wrote:
I'd love it if I could add a variable control to adjust output power on the uBitx.  After looking for solutions, I understand now that it's not a simple add of a potentiometer.  Anyone done this yet?


Re: Variable power control

Scott McDonald
 

I'd second variable power, and perhaps a 50 ohm 50 milliwatt pickoff point and/ or mode for driving transverters.

HNY Scott ka9p - first uBITX QSO yesterday - very nice :)

In a message dated 1/1/2018 10:27:50 AM Central Standard Time, mgarza896@... writes:

Just an idea, how about a variable voltage regulator on the PA power input?  I have not tried this, it's just an idea.  Variable voltage from 24v down to say about 10v?

Marco - KG5PRT

On Jan 1, 2018 10:19 AM, <ad4xx@...> wrote:
I'd love it if I could add a variable control to adjust output power on the uBitx.  After looking for solutions, I understand now that it's not a simple add of a potentiometer.  Anyone done this yet?

 

 


Re: Variable power control

Arv Evans
 

On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 9:19 AM, <ad4xx@...> wrote:
I'd love it if I could add a variable control to adjust output power on the uBitx.  After looking for solutions, I understand now that it's not a simple add of a potentiometer.  Anyone done this yet?


Re: #ubitx 6m? #ubitx

Art Howard
 

Very interesting products

On 1 Jan 2018 9:34 am, "John Kemker" <kemkerj3@...> wrote:
I'm looking at the SI5351A on adafruit.com https://www.adafruit.com/product/2045 and it provides up to 160MHz.  Has anyone put the ubitx on 6m?

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New

Ham
 

Re: C;hanging frequencies on the Raduino

Dale Brooks KG7SSB <kg7ssb@...>
 

Thanks Jerry for the help. I'll try this out later in the week.  Dale

On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 11:47 PM, Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io <jgaffke@...> wrote:
Hi side VFO while operating in lower-sideband mode on the Bitx40 requires lowering the BFO frequency a few khz.
So you need version 2 of Allards firmware plus the associated hardware mods, one of which drives the BFO
from the si5351's clk0.    https://github.com/amunters/bitx40-raduino-v2


On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 09:36 pm, Dale Brooks KG7SSB wrote:
Hi Guys, could someone tell me what I would have to do to change my VFO frequency from the normal 4.7-5.0 mhz to 19.0-19.3 mhz. on my bitx40 rig. I'm using Allards ver 1.27.2 at this time but I would like to go on the high side of my IF to rid it of a nasty birdie at 7.2mhz. I remember back many weeks ago there was a bunch of threads having to do with this issue so if it already exists please help me locate the info. I'm still trying to learn the digital side of this thing so I'm not real good at processor mods. Thanks for the help:::Dale 


Re: New

Arvo W0VRA
 

You got a cool username anyway. :-)

Selecting the correct BFO frequency

Kerr Smith
 

I have just finished my initial design for my BFO and am trying to decide on its correct frequency. So far I have the following details of the crystal filter it will be working in conjunction with:

crystal filter center: 9.998887MHz
insertion loss: 1.8dB - 2.6dB

-6dB points: 9.997667MHz and 10.000107MHz (2.44kHz wide)

-60dB points: 9.991216MHz and 10.002573MHz

BFO frequency: 9.998000MHz

From what I have read I think the current BFO frequency is a little low and it should be around (9.998887MHz + 2.5kHz) so 10.001387MHz.
Would it also work if I set the frequency to (9.998887 - 2.5kHz) so 9.996387MHz, I think it may be easier to lower the BFO frequency rather than raise it.

My receiver is going to be working on the 40m band, so I need to be getting the lower side band when listening, assuming I am just tuning via a capacitor or potentiometer driven VFO (have not decided yet) would it matter which of the two frequencies I chose as the BFO frequency as when tuning the lower side band signal would pass through the crystal filter's pass band at some point and so beat against this frequency?

Re: elves are at it

Dexter N Muir
 

Retirement would be good if ...
From age about 6 I knew I'd be involved in Electronics in some form. Here in NZ that calling is treated as a J.O.B. - Just Over Broke. Result: the career (Electronics, later 'and computing' Technician) had a 'use by' date and at 50, having never earned the national 'average' income, I was too old - on the scrap-heap - with 15 years of useful and gainful employment available till 'retirement age'. Now on pension, scraping by with no reserves ...
Your mileage has varied, and I envy you your comfort and productivity ...
73 de ZL2DEX

Re: #ubitx Re: Ubitx only on preorder now #ubitx

K9WIS
 

Just got an email from hf signals acknowledging my order and payment on Dec 14th, two weeks ago...No indication of when they will ship..
Brian K9WIS

Re: elves are at it

K9HZ <bill@...>
 

Looking to killing it in retirement.  The rest is blurry. 


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Rent it: www.VillaGrandPiton.com


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On Jan 1, 2018, at 1:01 PM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Retirement would be good if ...
From age about 6 I knew I'd be involved in Electronics in some form. Here in NZ that calling is treated as a J.O.B. - Just Over Broke. Result: the career (Electronics, later 'and computing' Technician) had a 'use by' date and at 50, having never earned the national 'average' income, I was too old - on the scrap-heap - with 15 years of useful and gainful employment available till 'retirement age'. Now on pension, scraping by with no reserves ...
Your mileage has varied, and I envy you your comfort and productivity ...
73 de ZL2DEX

Re: Selecting the correct BFO frequency

Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...>
 

Set it 20dB down the skirt.

Dave WI6R

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 1, 2018, at 11:00 AM, Kerr Smith <kerrsmithusa@...> wrote:

I have just finished my initial design for my BFO and am trying to decide on its correct frequency. So far I have the following details of the crystal filter it will be working in conjunction with:

crystal filter center: 9.998887MHz
insertion loss: 1.8dB - 2.6dB

-6dB points: 9.997667MHz and 10.000107MHz (2.44kHz wide)

-60dB points: 9.991216MHz and 10.002573MHz

BFO frequency: 9.998000MHz

From what I have read I think the current BFO frequency is a little low and it should be around (9.998887MHz + 2.5kHz) so 10.001387MHz.
Would it also work if I set the frequency to (9.998887 - 2.5kHz) so 9.996387MHz, I think it may be easier to lower the BFO frequency rather than raise it.

My receiver is going to be working on the 40m band, so I need to be getting the lower side band when listening, assuming I am just tuning via a capacitor or potentiometer driven VFO (have not decided yet) would it matter which of the two frequencies I chose as the BFO frequency as when tuning the lower side band signal would pass through the crystal filter's pass band at some point and so beat against this frequency?

Re: elves are at it

K9WIS
 

If I ever run across the guidance couselor that told me electronics was the wave of the future when I was in high school 50 years ago I would punch him in the nose...hi hi..I learned that it takes years of education and training to become an electronics engineer, but no training what so ever to be an electronics engineer's boss. so after 40 years of below average wages I retired. so it looks like we had similar experiences.
My boss whose mission was to keep wages down and 'evaluate performance' even though he had no experience at it, made twice as much as I did.
hi hi..But Im not bitter...
Brian K9WIS

Re: elves are at it

Dave Bottom <ars.kd6az@...>
 

Jack,

I keep trying to retire. I swear the third time must be the charm. I could be good at retirement. 

Ok on hardware, coming back was fun. Software that was 25 to 50 years ago (yes software at hp in 1967), So hope to join the new millennium now. LOL

Dave WI6R

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 1, 2018, at 11:01 AM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Retirement would be good if ...
From age about 6 I knew I'd be involved in Electronics in some form. Here in NZ that calling is treated as a J.O.B. - Just Over Broke. Result: the career (Electronics, later 'and computing' Technician) had a 'use by' date and at 50, having never earned the national 'average' income, I was too old - on the scrap-heap - with 15 years of useful and gainful employment available till 'retirement age'. Now on pension, scraping by with no reserves ...
Your mileage has varied, and I envy you your comfort and productivity ...
73 de ZL2DEX

Re: #ubitx Re: Ubitx only on preorder now #ubitx

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

I ordered mine last night and got the HF signals email today I an on pre order got it for the 109 dollar price so I am happy 
Chris G0WFH 

On 1 Jan 2018 19:16, "B C" <k9wis@...> wrote:
Just got an email from hf signals acknowledging my order and payment on Dec 14th, two weeks ago...No indication of when they will ship..
Brian K9WIS