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Re: ubitx, TX flapping relay...

Adam Goler
 

That did it! Thanks!

On Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 19:34 Ion Petroianu, VA3NOI <ion.petroianu@...> wrote:
Adam,
The microphone is polarized.
The switch you had received is connected between PTT line and GND and not in series with the microphone.
The microphone is connected between GND and Mic input. On the microphone capsule you can see that one of the pads is connected to the aluminum shell. That pad goes to GND, the other pad to Mic input. 
When you press the switch you should hear the relays engage and see an increase in current consumption. When you speak the current consumption should increase.
Don't forget to have a dummy load or an antenna attached to the Ant connector.

73,
Ion

VA3NOI

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Re: uBitx Unfiltered

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Brent,
Not afraid to dig into it, just wondered if there was a simple solution..but after reading all the posts I'm not surprised. I have a bunch of 2n2222 as well, so will hopefully replace those transistors you mentioned in your earlier post.
Thanks again

People have been hoping for a magik pill solution for over three months.
Wish there was one.

Allison

Re: Which xmit transistor is blown?

 

Sean,

Occasionally I get power drop and fluctuation and I found it was the power connector. 1-2A is a lot for the
pin contact.. pull the power plug from the board and put it back a couple of times and see..

Raj

At 01/09/2018, you wrote:
I have had periodic issues with the ubitx that led me to believe that my finals (IRF510) were blown, and the radio seemed to work as expected after replacement, so perhaps they were.

I have a question though...is there a good way to tell what has gone out in the xmit power chain? I recently replaced Q90 with an mmbt2222a (smt version of the 2n2222a), and then the next two stages with 2n2222a's (in TO-18 form). No other changes to the radio.

It worked fine for a few days, though the 2n2222a's would get hot to the touch in digital mode transmit (which I think is to be expected). Today I started to experience 'bouncing' power readings during transmit (as shown in the meter on my tuner) before the radio simply stopped putting out much power at all. Nothing feels hot...and nothing looks burned or heat stressed to the naked eye.

So...before I start replacing things, I wanted to ask how to diagnose the problem. Is it most likely that I cooked some transistors, and how do I best till which ones?

73

Sean

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

jim
 


On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 6:41:27 PM PDT, Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:


when in doubt, make it out of cardboard. 

a




sometimes ya just gotta go with what works for you
Jim

Re: uBitx Unfiltered

jim
 


On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 4:03:24 PM PDT, ajparent1/KB1GMX <kb1gmx@...> wrote:


What are you using for Q90 and all the other 3904s?

Words would make the posting informative.

Allison
_._,_._,_

Just changed only the one resistor ...Nothing else

consider ..Ft of 2n3904 is about 250 Mhz ...If beta rolls off at 6db/octave, then =at 250 Mhz, beta = 1..125 Mhz beta 6db better  (3db doubles =beta 2, 3db doubles beta 4)..60 Mhz 12 db better (4 doubles  2,4,8,16)...30 Mhz 18 db better .(6 doubles 2,4,8,16,32,64)..

gain bandwidth product...gain of 1 to 250 Mhz,gain of 6db to 125 Mhz, gain of 12 db to 60 Mhz, gain of 18 db to 30 Mhz

18 db isn't great, but it'll do...besides when I dead-bug style bread-boarded Q90 I got 30 db gain rolling off at about 45 Mhz.

Thought the measurements would be of some use, maybe someone else will measure their power out across the bands and compare to see whats what

as I sed, q911;912 is next and looking at the biasing between q90 and 911/912 and q92/93/97/98 I don't see a nickels worth of difference between them

Jim


Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

MVS Sarma
 

no plastics, No pollution
looks interesting..
 


On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM jim via Groups.Io <ab7vf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 6:41:27 PM PDT, Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:


when in doubt, make it out of cardboard. 

a




sometimes ya just gotta go with what works for you
Jim

Re: VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

mark bodlovich
 

Mad Radio Modder;
I'm interested in how you put the qrp labs filter board into the ubitx. I built one and have not put it in yet. Looking for good ideas. 
Thanks, Mark N7HWR

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Dexter N Muir
 

jim, your submissions here have no text, only a small graphic of what looks like a LSB filter passband. Is that your 'Like' emoji?

Re: VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

MadRadioModder
 

I just soldered female BCN connectors to the 4-pin DuPont connectors and plugged the DuPont connectors onto the filter(s).  I then use a double barrel male to connect the filter to the back of the radio.  It’s very simple.  I’m not currently at home or I could post a picture but I think you get the idea.  I suppose you could put this onto a small proto-board easily…or even use Kees board if you wanted to do something more official.  This approach takes this whole spur removal well within the capabilities of even the person that barely knows which end of the soldering iron to hold.

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of mark bodlovich
Sent: Saturday, September 1, 2018 11:04 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

 

Mad Radio Modder;
I'm interested in how you put the qrp labs filter board into the ubitx. I built one and have not put it in yet. Looking for good ideas. 
Thanks, Mark N7HWR


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Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

jim
 


On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 9:50:34 PM PDT, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:


jim, your submissions here have no text, only a small graphic of what looks like a LSB filter passband. Is that your 'Like' emoji?



Let me try above the silly line  anyway what I wrote was " sometimes you just have to go with what works ...
Jim
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Re: KD8CEC v.1.095 CW Issue #ubitx #ubitxcw #ubitx-help

Mike Woods
 

David

Did you change the setting from ST to IA or IB in the menu?

Mike ZL1AXG

On 1/09/18 2:29 PM, David Posthuma wrote:
I am sure I missed this topic, but my keyer worked fine until I upgraded the firmware to KD8CEC's V. 1.095 for use with my 4.3-inch Nextion display. Since the upgrade, I can only use a straight key. What did I miss? 


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Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>
 

Looks quite serviceable!  At a slight increase in cost and pollution, I’m going for early American Home Depot plywood.  

Gordon




On Sep 1, 2018, at 23:51, Mvs Sarma <mvssarma@...> wrote:

no plastics, No pollution
looks interesting..
 

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM jim via Groups.Io <ab7vf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 6:41:27 PM PDT, Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:


when in doubt, make it out of cardboard. 

a




sometimes ya just gotta go with what works for you
Jim

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

W5CTD
 

What about RF Shielding and Grounding?  Is that not an issue?


All the best to you

Charles T Dennis 



From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2018 6:42 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Highest quality uBitx Case ever!
 
Looks quite serviceable!  At a slight increase in cost and pollution, I’m going for early American Home Depot plywood.  

Gordon




On Sep 1, 2018, at 23:51, Mvs Sarma <mvssarma@...> wrote:

no plastics, No pollution
looks interesting..
 

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM jim via Groups.Io <ab7vf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 6:41:27 PM PDT, Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:


when in doubt, make it out of cardboard. 

a




sometimes ya just gotta go with what works for you
Jim

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Adam Goler
 

Charles, yes the RF shielding isn’t the greatest; I had considered using some aluminum tape, but then figured it’s made of cardboard. 

Really this is just a temporary box while I build something out of aluminum or print PLA. 

The chassis shares the same ground as the rest of the circuit. It seems many have used plastic cases with no issue. 

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 08:21 WA5ZTD <charles.t.dennis@...> wrote:
What about RF Shielding and Grounding?  Is that not an issue?


All the best to you

Charles T Dennis 



From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2018 6:42 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Highest quality uBitx Case ever!
 
Looks quite serviceable!  At a slight increase in cost and pollution, I’m going for early American Home Depot plywood.  

Gordon




On Sep 1, 2018, at 23:51, Mvs Sarma <mvssarma@...> wrote:

no plastics, No pollution
looks interesting..
 

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM jim via Groups.Io <ab7vf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 6:41:27 PM PDT, Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:


when in doubt, make it out of cardboard. 

a




sometimes ya just gotta go with what works for you
Jim

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Re: Keyer

Adam Goler
 

Hi Bill,

Apologies for the delayed response. It has been a busy week. With regard to your photos, I think your breadboard set up is OK. The white wire and red wires go to the sides of the paddle (I’m guessing) and the black wire to ground.

Regardless of firmware, when you key the different sides of the paddle you should measure a different voltage drop across the 2.2k or 10k resistor. Matthias’ suggestion about the 10k pot would be interesting to try.

Swap the jack see if it helps! Other than that maybe there’s a goof on the board? What does the bottom of that PCB look like? Maybe something weird is going on w/ the ground trace on the PCB.

I saw another post recently about some keyer issues with the latest firmware. Might be worth looking into. 


On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 03:02 Matthias Zwoch <zwoch@...> wrote:
Am 30.08.2018 um 02:37 schrieb escalantea@...:
> I tried the suggestion someone mentioned (changing 10K for 8.2K) with same result (no change).
> Then I found this diagram, as you can see, the Key  and Paddle have separate plugs and wiring, I will try this next...
>   
>
> I will let you know if it works.
> 73's
> A
>
You may connect a 10k lin potentiometer directly to the 4k7 resistor and
the other end to GND. If you move slowly from 0k to 10k you should hear
dits, dit-dahs and then dah.
(original VU2ESE software). You can measure (between GND and blue wire)
at which voltage betweeen 4k7 and 10k  the dits and dahs will occur and
you may calculate the needed resistors. I did so and found 8k2 working
for me.
A continuous tone for the straight key will not occur in VU2ESE 4.3
software. There is a menu point "Straight key" which must be activated
before. (despite that a straight key could be recognized without any
menu change at the analog port A6). If the 10k pot wont bring out dahs
try a higher value.

73 Matthias, DD7NT





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Cell: (425) 985-8700


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Re: VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

MadRadioModder
 

I suppose that does depend on a person’s skill at executing the myriad of expert opinions opined on this group.  I myself do this for a living so I’ve redesigned the entire radio.  That’s one end of the spectrum.  However there is the other end of the spectrum… the guy who may have just received his license and bought a uBITx thinking it was a nice cheap way to enter the world of HF that now has to deal with this (like some friends of mine).  They can either rely on the experts (self-proclaimed or otherwise) to bail them out of this mess or be given a very simple solution that is possible for them to execute.  “Hellish crude” in your own words for you… the only option for someone else.

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of Timothy Fidler
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2018 1:17 AM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

 

All understood but it hellish crude for a radio which allegedly has push button RF operation selection.

 

Well it had it ....

 

Just too many design compromises made. If they had gone for 80 40/30 20 and Ten  mtrs   with four filters and a diode OR ..(given the limits ofthe Arduino ) all standard stuff ...the whole thing would never have happened. 

 

so it goes.

Timothy E. Fidler : Engineer BE Mech(1) Auckland , NDT specialist AINDT UT /RT3 , MT2 
Telephone Whangarei   022  691 8405
e: Engstr@...

 


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Subject:

Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

I just soldered female BCN connectors to the 4-pin DuPont connectors and plugged the DuPont connectors onto the filter(s).  I then use a double barrel male to connect the filter to the back of the radio.  It’s very simple.  I’m not currently at home or I could post a picture but I think you get the idea.  I suppose you could put this onto a small proto-board easily…or even use Kees board if you wanted to do something more official.  This approach takes this whole spur removal well within the capabilities of even the person that barely knows which end of the soldering iron to hold.

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of mark bodlovich
Sent: Saturday, September 1, 2018 11:04 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] VK4PP uBitx LPF BANK add-on Board

 

Mad Radio Modder;
I'm interested in how you put the qrp labs filter board into the ubitx. I built one and have not put it in yet. Looking for good ideas. 
Thanks, Mark N7HWR

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com

 

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Re: Keyer

W2CTX
 

A small point but not all firmware uses the different voltage across resistors.


rOn

On September 2, 2018 at 9:05 AM Adam Goler <adamgoler@...> wrote:

Hi Bill,

Apologies for the delayed response. It has been a busy week. With regard to your photos, I think your breadboard set up is OK. The white wire and red wires go to the sides of the paddle (I’m guessing) and the black wire to ground.

Regardless of firmware, when you key the different sides of the paddle you should measure a different voltage drop across the 2.2k or 10k resistor. Matthias’ suggestion about the 10k pot would be interesting to try.

Swap the jack see if it helps! Other than that maybe there’s a goof on the board? What does the bottom of that PCB look like? Maybe something weird is going on w/ the ground trace on the PCB.

I saw another post recently about some keyer issues with the latest firmware. Might be worth looking into. 


On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 03:02 Matthias Zwoch < zwoch@...> wrote:
Am 30.08.2018 um 02:37 schrieb escalantea@...:
> I tried the suggestion someone mentioned (changing 10K for 8.2K) with same result (no change).
> Then I found this diagram, as you can see, the Key  and Paddle have separate plugs and wiring, I will try this next...
>   
>
> I will let you know if it works.
> 73's
> A
>
You may connect a 10k lin potentiometer directly to the 4k7 resistor and
the other end to GND. If you move slowly from 0k to 10k you should hear
dits, dit-dahs and then dah.
(original VU2ESE software). You can measure (between GND and blue wire)
at which voltage betweeen 4k7 and 10k  the dits and dahs will occur and
you may calculate the needed resistors. I did so and found 8k2 working
for me.
A continuous tone for the straight key will not occur in VU2ESE 4.3
software. There is a menu point "Straight key" which must be activated
before. (despite that a straight key could be recognized without any
menu change at the analog port A6). If the 10k pot wont bring out dahs
try a higher value.

73 Matthias, DD7NT





--
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Cell: (425) 985-8700


"Fear is the mind killer."

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Dennis Zabawa
 

The plastic sheets used for campaign signs (in plentiful supply the day after an election) are great for prototyping many things.  A little duct tape to hold it all together and you are in business,

Re: Highest quality uBitx Case ever!

Adam Goler
 

That is a wonderful idea! Thanks. 

73

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 10:20 Dennis Zabawa <kg4rul@...> wrote:
The plastic sheets used for campaign signs (in plentiful supply the day after an election) are great for prototyping many things.  A little duct tape to hold it all together and you are in business,

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Cell: (425) 985-8700


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Reversed Sidebands

Bill Robbins
 

After finally getting around to spending some time with the new ubitx20 I discover that the ssb indications are reversed on the display and the stations are tuned from the wrong direction. Both side band signals sound very good but it drives me crazy that they are reversed.  The wiring seems correct.  Software v1.8.

Bill