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Raduino v2.04 released #bitx40

Allard PE1NWL
 

Hi,
I've just released Raduino v2.04 for BitX40, download it from https://github.com/amunters/bitx40-raduino-v2

New in this release:

  • renamed "CLARIFIER" to "Passband Tuning (PBT)" as this seems a more appropriate name for this function
  • improved the code so that the si5351 does not keep receiving tuning updates once the frequency has reached the upper or lower limit
Happy BitX-ing!

73 Allard PE1NWL

Raduino Replacemnt, COMING SOON!

Nick VK4PP
 

Hi Group.

I am working on a simple "Open source" Raduino replacment board: see here:
https://easyeda.com/nikpolini/Raduino-1b3e0cb579154514ad2e014b83346b58

It will use the Adafuit Clock board: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2045
So will run all devices at 5v.
I hope to have pinouts and dimension exactly the same as the origional so it can be used as a direct drop-in replacement. Or modified for i2c display and other GPIO mods...
Should be cheap (.50c a board, $3 nano, $8 Si5153 board plus a 7805 regulator and a few other bits... I'll try make it both SMD and TH for the capacitors and resistors...
So you can build a cheap easy <$20 Raduino replacment....

Constructive comments and thoughs welcome.

73. Nik
VK4PLN

Re: wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

Ian Lee
 

all
first. Congratulations on solving problem.

I have seen this problem very simple. And the correct answer to that question was Mike's answer.
The cause was the wrong eeprom value. ok?

I saw an important point in the questioner's question.
First question : "After uploading the software from Ian Lee I was really happy how it behaved but that didn't last.
I uploaded another version (unfortunately I don't remember which one)"
The important thing is "unfortunately I do not remember which one".
Because I have had this experience some times.
I have experienced a situation similar to the questioner several times a long time ago.
Especially, I experienced it more often when I connected several ICE (ice in circuit emulator), Downloader, etc. to one computer.

So I understood the questioner's situation. And I did not ask anymore about it anymore.
I just wanted the questioner's uBITX to come back to normal.
Of course I had my own guess.
'Perhaps the questioner uploaded uBITX firmware is not the firmware for uBITX?'

Anyway, I agreed with Mike and suggested two ways to restore the eeprom.He simply need to initialize the wrong eeprom.

I did not know about Arduino, but he had the ability to initialize eeprom on sketch, so he did a great job. he completely solved the problem himself.
And the issue of the lifetime of the eeprom was a very good debate a few days ago. please search.
And I like to talk about these issues. I want to have a discussion at any time.

In addition, most uBITX firmware protects the Calibration items used by the original source.
In particular, i was an in-depth dialogue with Ron about this and we agreed not to use the author's realms and extra realms. In this way, uBITX firmware is guaranteed to be compatible with each other.
So I guess the questioner uploaded firmware would not be uBITX firmware. Most of the uBITX firmware sources I've seen protect the 0 ~ 20 addresses with Master Calibration and BFO Calibration.

And I sincerely hope that many bugs will be found in my firmware.Please feel free to report any bugs you have found and any improvements you have made.
I have deployed 1.0 and the bugs reported so far are just one. It was that when IAMBIC key was selected, RX switch command of CAT protocol was not heard well.
It was corrected within an hour of reporting and soon changed to 1.01.

There are no bug reports since then. So I am lonely. When I have a bug report I feel that I am not alone.
Even from the beta testers who are with me, they are quiet nowadays.

All the history I editing codes are available in github.

Ian KD8CEC











2018-02-12 5:59 GMT+09:00 at91r40008 <yvon@...>:

Ron,

it is just one of the Arduino examples.
Where is your software located/named?
--
73, Yvon NU6I



--
Best 73
KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)

Re: Tinny sounding electric miss on uBitx

Mike Lichtman
 

Bill and the group,
Thank you. I did the BFO adjustment and what a great improvement. I am located in Glendale, CA just north of Los Angeles near the Rose Bowl. My
first contact was to Tucson, AZ and then to Utah. My signal reports were 5-5 and 5-9 with good audio. And that’s with mediocre propagation.
Made my day. Now I am waiting for the case I ordered to arrive. One mod I am making is a panel mounted pushbutton that parallels the key jack to have a signal
for tuning when using SSB. I generally have been putting out about 9 watts on 40m. 73 Mike KF6KXG

Re: Blue display, white digits

Jack, W8TEE
 

Terry King sells a great I2C dislpay, both 2 and 4 line. You can see them here:


He's also a good technical guy and has lots of worthwhile tutorials on his site. Use the link above to see the display, then click on the software examples link to see some tutorial info.

Jack, W8TEE



From: Vince Vielhaber <vev@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Blue display, white digits

That particular vendor has different sizes and orientations of the 1602
displays - even in the same color, be it black on white, white on black,
white on blue, ...

As to I2C, I searched for those and the only serial that came up were 3
and 4 wire SPI.  I didn't see any I2C, but you can get a PCF8574 board
to convert the standard parallel to I2C.  The I2C displays I bought just
have that board attached to it and they work fine.

Vince.



On 02/11/2018 02:30 PM, Mike Woods wrote:
> Should be plug compatible, but note that I've found that different
> brands/colours of 1602 displays may be slightly differently size, so it
> may be too tight or sloppy in your existing front panel cutout.
>
> Mike ZL1AXG
>
> On 12/02/18 6:56 AM, VE7WQ wrote:
>> Is this plug and play for the raduino?
>> 3.3V/5V 16X2 1602 Character LCD Display,
>> White on Black,High Contrast
>> US$2.80 In stock
>> https://www.buydisplay.com/default/3-3v-5v-16x2-1602-character-lcd-display-white-on-black-high-contrast
>
>
> --
> Mike Woods
> mhwoods@...
>

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Re: wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

at91r40008
 

thank you Ian.

I have been writing embedded (?) software since the pdp8.
And I am still working and writing embedded software (pic32
and ARM).
What bugs me with the Arduino is the lack of proper naming
convention. Whatever software I download from the web
or github, once it is loaded in the IDE, be it Arduino or
UCIDE it always shows as uBix20. Looking in the output 
window doesn't show the project/file path. Easy to be confused.


73, Yvon NU6I

Re: Blue display, white digits

VE7WQ
 

Thank you Jim,


Sunday, February 11, 2018, you wrote:

JS> Almost - you'd have to solder on whatever type connector (male pins or 

JS> female socket) you'd need to mate with your Raduino but otherwise it 

JS> should work just fine.  Order the 5 volt option as 3.3 might not work 

JS> well.

JS>

JS> Personally I prefer the blue background with white lettering but this 

JS> one could easily grow on you.  Might be easier to read in sunlight with 

JS> that black background.

JS>

JS> Jim Sheldon - W0EB well.


73! George

VE7WQ

Re: Tinny sounding electric miss on uBitx

Mike Lichtman
 

John,
Both the receive and transmit audio (monitored on another rcvr) were tinny. Maybe my original question wasn’t clear. Adjusting the BFO solved the problem. Thank you for your response. 73 Mike KF6KXG

Re: wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

Ian Lee
 

Yvon

I agree with you.
I am similar to you. I used arduino for the first time.
You seem to be similar to me.
I have run only one IDE since I experienced something similar to you.
There is no indication in the Arduino IDE so sometimes i press the Save As button (To check the working directory. lol)

Now I am a little familiar with the Arduino IDE. I still do not know yet.

Anyway the problem has been solved and I am very glad that your uBITX is back.

73
Ian KD8CEC


2018-02-12 12:08 GMT+09:00 at91r40008 <yvon@...>:

thank you Ian.

I have been writing embedded (?) software since the pdp8.
And I am still working and writing embedded software (pic32
and ARM).
What bugs me with the Arduino is the lack of proper naming
convention. Whatever software I download from the web
or github, once it is loaded in the IDE, be it Arduino or
UCIDE it always shows as uBix20. Looking in the output 
window doesn't show the project/file path. Easy to be confused.


73, Yvon NU6I



--
Best 73
KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)

Re: Bitx40 - receiver works great, but do not transmit #bitx40help

Jack, W8TEE
 

taydaelectronics.com has the 1N34a for $.24. Combine with some other stuff you need/want to cut down on shipping costs.

Jack, W8TEE



From: Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io <jgaffke@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Bitx40 - receiver works great, but do not transmit #bitx40help

Good advice, build a diode RF probe.
A germanium diode such as the 1n34a or 1n60 works well, but they are expensive now and hard to get.
A schottky diode (such as the Bat54s used on the Bitx40 diode mixers) works reasonably well.
A standard silicon diode such as a 1n4148 might be good enough for measuring fairly high RF power nodes 
such as at the antenna port of a working transmitter, but definitely will not see the expected RF voltage at the base of Q13.
The issue here is the forward voltage drop for small currents, perhaps 0.3v for the Schottky and 0.6v for the 1n4148.

The germanium diodes will be less than the Schottky but dependent on temperature.
The datasheet punts, and says 1 volt max at 5ma, should be good down to 100mv or so with the currents involved in an RF probe at 10megaohms:
    http://www.nteinc.com/specs/original/1N34A.pdf
    https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/223813/the-classic-1n34a-ge-diode-has-a-vf-of-1v-how-could-a-diode-with-such-a-high

N5ESE tries to explain the probe, but only goes so far.
That RF probe design assumes a voltmeter with an input resistance of 10megaohms,
some DVM's will have an input resistance that is considerably less.
So don't count on that probe reading RMS voltages accurately until somehow calibrated.
As the RF voltages approach the forward voltage drop across the diode it will become less and less accurate,
though can still be surprisingly useful (perhaps with a calibration chart) down to a few tens of millivolts if you have the right diode.
Also, N5ESE fails to mention that the capacitance between the probes into the DVM is an integral part of the design,
that capacitance along with his 4.7megaohm resistor forms a low pass filter so that the meter sees DC instead of rectified RF.


We should have a spare Bat54s plus cap and resistor into an analog Nano pin, 
so we can all have a common way of measuring RF voltages when debugging.
With different diodes and different voltmeters, we will all get different results and cannot usefully compare our measurements.

Jerry, KE7ER



On Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 01:14 pm, M Garza wrote:
Since you do not have a watt meter, and you have a multimeter, you could build a rf probe.  You can see the rf voltage and calculate the wattage.
Here is a link to one you can build.  It is very easy:
 


Re: wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

W2CTX
 

If using Arduino IDE just select  Sketch / Show Sketch Folder

rOn



From: Ian Lee <kd8cec@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:29 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

Yvon

I agree with you.
I am similar to you. I used arduino for the first time.
You seem to be similar to me.
I have run only one IDE since I experienced something similar to you.
There is no indication in the Arduino IDE so sometimes i press the Save As button (To check the working directory. lol)

Now I am a little familiar with the Arduino IDE. I still do not know yet.

Anyway the problem has been solved and I am very glad that your uBITX is back.

73
Ian KD8CEC


2018-02-12 12:08 GMT+09:00 at91r40008 <yvon@...>:
thank you Ian.

I have been writing embedded (?) software since the pdp8.
And I am still working and writing embedded software (pic32
and ARM).
What bugs me with the Arduino is the lack of proper naming
convention. Whatever software I download from the web
or github, once it is loaded in the IDE, be it Arduino or
UCIDE it always shows as uBix20. Looking in the output 
window doesn't show the project/file path. Easy to be confused.


73, Yvon NU6I


--
Best 73
KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)


Re: Bitx40 - receiver works great, but do not transmit #bitx40help

Arv Evans
 

FYI

It is possible to forward bias the detector diode to get much higher sensitivity.

https://goo.gl/mgZuYA


Of course this does require DC power to the RF detector probe, or a small battery.

Arv K7HKL
_._

On Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 8:30 PM, Jack Purdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:
taydaelectronics.com has the 1N34a for $.24. Combine with some other stuff you need/want to cut down on shipping costs.

Jack, W8TEE



From: Jerry Gaffke via Groups.Io <jgaffke=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Bitx40 - receiver works great, but do not transmit #bitx40help

Good advice, build a diode RF probe.
A germanium diode such as the 1n34a or 1n60 works well, but they are expensive now and hard to get.
A schottky diode (such as the Bat54s used on the Bitx40 diode mixers) works reasonably well.
A standard silicon diode such as a 1n4148 might be good enough for measuring fairly high RF power nodes 
such as at the antenna port of a working transmitter, but definitely will not see the expected RF voltage at the base of Q13.
The issue here is the forward voltage drop for small currents, perhaps 0.3v for the Schottky and 0.6v for the 1n4148.

The germanium diodes will be less than the Schottky but dependent on temperature.
The datasheet punts, and says 1 volt max at 5ma, should be good down to 100mv or so with the currents involved in an RF probe at 10megaohms:
    http://www.nteinc.com/specs/original/1N34A.pdf
    https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/223813/the-classic-1n34a-ge-diode-has-a-vf-of-1v-how-could-a-diode-with-such-a-high

N5ESE tries to explain the probe, but only goes so far.
That RF probe design assumes a voltmeter with an input resistance of 10megaohms,
some DVM's will have an input resistance that is considerably less.
So don't count on that probe reading RMS voltages accurately until somehow calibrated.
As the RF voltages approach the forward voltage drop across the diode it will become less and less accurate,
though can still be surprisingly useful (perhaps with a calibration chart) down to a few tens of millivolts if you have the right diode.
Also, N5ESE fails to mention that the capacitance between the probes into the DVM is an integral part of the design,
that capacitance along with his 4.7megaohm resistor forms a low pass filter so that the meter sees DC instead of rectified RF.


We should have a spare Bat54s plus cap and resistor into an analog Nano pin, 
so we can all have a common way of measuring RF voltages when debugging.
With different diodes and different voltmeters, we will all get different results and cannot usefully compare our measurements.

Jerry, KE7ER



On Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 01:14 pm, M Garza wrote:
Since you do not have a watt meter, and you have a multimeter, you could build a rf probe.  You can see the rf voltage and calculate the wattage.
Here is a link to one you can build.  It is very easy:
 



Re: wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

Jack, W8TEE
 

You can also set the default using File --> Preferences from the menu bar. I usually just create a directory for each project, placed in an appropriate subdirectory.

Jack, W8TEE



From: Ronald Pfeiffer via Groups.Io <w2ctx@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:36 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

If using Arduino IDE just select  Sketch / Show Sketch Folder

rOn



From: Ian Lee <kd8cec@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:29 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] wrong frequency after software change. #ubitx

Yvon

I agree with you.
I am similar to you. I used arduino for the first time.
You seem to be similar to me.
I have run only one IDE since I experienced something similar to you.
There is no indication in the Arduino IDE so sometimes i press the Save As button (To check the working directory. lol)

Now I am a little familiar with the Arduino IDE. I still do not know yet.

Anyway the problem has been solved and I am very glad that your uBITX is back.

73
Ian KD8CEC


2018-02-12 12:08 GMT+09:00 at91r40008 <yvon@...>:
thank you Ian.

I have been writing embedded (?) software since the pdp8.
And I am still working and writing embedded software (pic32
and ARM).
What bugs me with the Arduino is the lack of proper naming
convention. Whatever software I download from the web
or github, once it is loaded in the IDE, be it Arduino or
UCIDE it always shows as uBix20. Looking in the output 
window doesn't show the project/file path. Easy to be confused.


73, Yvon NU6I


--
Best 73
KD8CEC / Ph.D ian lee
kd8cec@...
www.hamskey.com (my blog)




Mailbox metal case 3x6x9 inch #ubitx

Xcott Craver
 

Yos,

I was looking for a suitable metal case for the uBITX and ended up wandering down the mailboxes section of the local Lowes.  They had a slim upright letterbox, the Gibraltar City Classic, for under $13.  

The letterbox has a recessed back panel that limits the interior thickness to 2.5", but all you have to do is pop the panel it off and turn it around, and you get the full 3" of space.  I added some rubber feet and used some scrap metal to hold the jacks and knobs on the same side as the board.  The front lid neatly flips open to reveal the goods. 

These cases are in bronze and black, without any US MAIL detail on them---there is a snap-on plastic fleur-de-lis if you want it, but beyond that it's just a case.

Now I can tell people that I got my uBITX in the mail, wah wah wahhhhh....

Thanks, Xcott K2CAJ

Re: Bitx40 - receiver works great, but do not transmit #bitx40help

 

Ivan,

Check T5,6,7 .. it will be a solder problem or a short. Shake eaxh toroid while provinding a "hallow" in the mic
and see if the power suddenly jumps.

Raj

At 11-02-2018, you wrote:
I have a trouble with BITX40 kit from HFSignals.
Receiver work great - i hear a lot of stations all over the world. But there are no transmission when pressing PTT.
I check currencies al described in instruction (both main board power and PA power connected):
In receive mode current is 136 mA
When press PTT - 330 mA
If saying HAAAAALO to microphone when PTT pressed - the current still 330 mA and not changed.
I try to adjust PA as described in instrunction - connect ammeter directly to PA power line. First step is adjust VR1 to PA currency 100 mA. It is ok. Second step - saying HAAAALO microphone - fail, PA currency still 100 mA and not changes. I try to change value of VR136 - PA currency changes a little.
Also i try to check microphone amplifier - i connect external LM386 amp board to negative pin of C122 capacitor. When pushing PTT and saying anything do microphone - hear me from external amplifier, it means that mic amp works ok.
At the next step i connect an external continuous wave oscillator worked at 7.100 Mhz to input of PA - left pin of C132. The PA currency raise to 1 A and there is a CW output in antenna. It means that PA works.
At the next i connect continuous wave oscillator worked at 7.100 Mhz to to the right end of C43. The PA currency raise to more than 1 A and there is a CW output in antenna. It means that preamp Q4 also works.
I have no ideas what to check more with my equipment - i have no oscilloscope, have only digital multimeter, frequency meter (up to 70 Mhz), and a continuous wave oscillator (up to 70 Mhz).

Re: uBITX woes, feeling disheartened. #ubitx

 

That is correct, you count the pins in a clockwise direction. From your last readings things looks haywire.
Please see the table I sent you by PM.

Also when you reply please edit the previous message to keep only the relevant part. It will be clear as to
who or what question you are replying to. If you don't and leave the whole message then the whole previous
parts are removed.

Raj

At 11-02-2018, you wrote:
I am putting black lead of vom on ground (black wire of the power connection and red lead of vom on the pin I am measuring. Is this correct? The square pin 1is [] ok you said go clockwise counting so the pin under pin1 is next pin to count. Than at bottom of that row cross over to next row at bottom and that should be next pin to start counting. Am I correct. I will try today again to measure voltage again. Thanks for your help. 73s de AC8XZ

Re: Bitx40 - receiver works great, but do not transmit #bitx40help

 

Ivan even if all voltages are correct the R141 can be open, please switch off power and check
with ohm meter.

Raj

At 11-02-2018, you wrote:
I use a 13.5 , 2 amp power source instead of 12 volts lead-acid battery, like in shown voltages chart.
Remeasured voltages are:
Q13: collector 13.34 v, base 4.21 v, emmitter 3.57 v
As i see they are practically the same as in voltage chart.

Re: Raduino for Sale

Dennis Zabawa
 

Unit is sold.
Dennis KG4RUL

Re: uBITX woes, feeling disheartened. #ubitx

rlawson695@...
 

raj ;  I messed up twice on pin3=12 volt on rec. sorry had some people drop in while I was trying to post.

Re: Blown by nearby transceiver #bitx40help

 

Very mysterious, looks like ball lightening.

I have seen one right outside my shack window and it was a real treat!

Raj

At 12-02-2018, you wrote:
From the photo, looks like a burned trace from C6 to L3.
From the Bitx40 schematic it's hard to imagine how that might have happened

Do let us know what parts had to be replaced once you get this fixed.
And any guesses as to how it happened.
For me at least, truly a mystery.

Jerry, KE7ER