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Newbie instructions for loading software in Raduino #firmware

kj6etl
 

I am finding instructions mentioning compiling etc. I visited the KD8CEC website and I am confused with the instructions given.
Is the Raduino the same as the Arduino so I can use the help recourses available for that platform?
Where can I find help for dummies showing step by step where exactly what to do without assuming one knows the fist steps?

Thank you!

Rogier

Rod Davis
 

Rogier,

Go to

https://ubitx.net/tag/zl1axg/

and download the KD8CEC manual. It has step-by-step instructions.

Regards,

Rod KM6SN



On 05/17/2018 06:30 AM, kj6etl wrote:
I am finding instructions mentioning compiling etc. I visited the KD8CEC website and I am confused with the instructions given.
Is the Raduino the same as the Arduino so I can use the help recourses available for that platform?
Where can I find help for dummies showing step by step where exactly what to do without assuming one knows the fist steps?

Thank you!

Rogier

Ralph Mowery
 

The Raduino is a combination of two things.  The chip and circuit that generates the frequencies, and a Arduino Nano.  You can unpower the uBITX and plug the mini USB plug into the Arduino nano unit on the Raduino board to power it up and program it.  In other words, forget about it being a Raduino board and just think of it as the Arduino.  Look around on Youtube for lots of info on programming the Arduino nano.

I actually blew the nano board on my ubitx and replaced the nano board with one of them off ebay that sells for about $ 3.  You can get one of those and play with the software so you will not mess up the one in the ubitx.  I have just gotten into playing with the Arduino in the last 6 months or so.  

The kd8cec program and his memory manager is very nice.   I modified mine to use the 6 push buttons to make it more convenient to operate. 

73 de ku4pt


On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM, kj6etl <pa1zz@...> wrote:
I am finding instructions mentioning compiling etc. I visited the KD8CEC website and I am confused with the instructions given.
Is the Raduino the same as the Arduino so I can use the help recourses available for that platform?
Where can I find help for dummies showing step by step where exactly what to do without assuming one knows the fist steps?

Thank you!

Rogier
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kj6etl
 

Thanks these instructions will get me going.

You might have seen that I have been strugling to get my uBitx to work and I am now certain that I have a failed Raduino board since it doesn't even want to connect to my compuer.

Thank you for confirming that the Raduino is the same board as an Arduino. I was assuming it was but "assume" is a very dangerous word so I rather confirmed :-)

I asked Farhan about how to obtain a new board but rather then waiting for his reply and mail from India I might as well buy an Arduino board locally.


New question:
The blue (r)arduino board is firmly connecthe to the larger green board. Before I continue and apply more force is this indeed a part that can be unplugged or does it need to be unsoldered?

W2CTX
 

The Raduino board is NOT an arduino board.  The processor chip on the board (NANO) is an arduino but the

Raduino board is NOT from arduino.


rOn

On May 17, 2018 at 11:53 AM kj6etl <pa1zz@...> wrote:

Thanks these instructions will get me going.

You might have seen that I have been strugling to get my uBitx to work and I am now certain that I have a failed Raduino board since it doesn't even want to connect to my compuer.

Thank you for confirming that the Raduino is the same board as an Arduino. I was assuming it was but "assume" is a very dangerous word so I rather confirmed :-)

I asked Farhan about how to obtain a new board but rather then waiting for his reply and mail from India I might as well buy an Arduino board locally.


New question:
The blue (r)arduino board is firmly connecthe to the larger green board. Before I continue and apply more force is this indeed a part that can be unplugged or does it need to be unsoldered?

Rod Davis
 

Rogier,

Please be aware that on Windows systems it may be necessary to load a driver program.

Apparently there are two variations of Arduino Nano, and one of them is not automatically
supported with Windows drivers.

see https://www.rastating.com/installing-drivers-for-an-arduino-nano-in-windows/

for more details.

you may not have a bad raduino

Regards,

Rod KM6SN



On 05/17/2018 08:53 AM, kj6etl wrote:
Thanks these instructions will get me going.

You might have seen that I have been strugling to get my uBitx to work and I am now certain that I have a failed Raduino board since it doesn't even want to connect to my compuer.

Thank you for confirming that the Raduino is the same board as an Arduino. I was assuming it was but "assume" is a very dangerous word so I rather confirmed :-)

I asked Farhan about how to obtain a new board but rather then waiting for his reply and mail from India I might as well buy an Arduino board locally.


New question:
The blue (r)arduino board is firmly connecthe to the larger green board. Before I continue and apply more force is this indeed a part that can be unplugged or does it need to be unsoldered?

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Failure to connect may be due to wrong USB driver, wrong board selected (under tools), wrong port selected (under tools)
or maybe even a bad cable.

I will not suggest more than at for now as for me it all old hat and I'd likely skip a step critical to someone new at it also
unless you are using Mint Linux version of the IDE what you see might be different.

However if its new and does nothing are you sure power is getting to it?

Allison

kj6etl
 

Hi Allison,

It powers on but its unresponsive to any input from the rotary controller or the funktion button.
When pressing the reset button it blinks for s second showing the version of the sofware thats it. This also happens with the board removed and only powered by USB.
After connecting it directly to my iMac and using the Arduino application its not showing under the available ports in the Tools menu.
When I check the USB ports in the System report its not showing there either.

Smiles across the wires,

Rogier

Jerry Gaffke
 

The Mac can have trouble talking to the CH340 USB chip on the Nano clones
requires a special driver.  Here's on possible solution plucked from a very long thread:
    https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/47747

Your USB cable may have been built with only two wires, suitable to supply power but no data wires.
Try the USB cable out on some other equipment, see if it really transfers data.

Lots of other things could go wrong here, it can be frustrating.
But if you keep plugging away and asking questions, it will most likely come to life.

Jerry


On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 09:14 am, kj6etl wrote:
It powers on but its unresponsive to any input from the rotary controller or the funktion button.
When pressing the reset button it blinks for s second showing the version of the sofware thats it. This also happens with the board removed and only powered by USB.
After connecting it directly to my iMac and using the Arduino application its not showing under the available ports in the Tools menu.
When I check the USB ports in the System report its not showing there either.

Ralph Mowery
 

The Arduino board is soldered to the other board.  I used  a hot air gun on the pins connected to the other board.  Then one of the solder sucking guns out clean out the holes.If you get an Arduino board make sure you install the pins on the correct side or the board will not fit.

As mentioned before you should be able to connect to the nano board and download programs into it with the power off the ubitx.




On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 11:53 AM, kj6etl <pa1zz@...> wrote:
Thanks these instructions will get me going.

You might have seen that I have been strugling to get my uBitx to work and I am now certain that I have a failed Raduino board since it doesn't even want to connect to my compuer.

Thank you for confirming that the Raduino is the same board as an Arduino. I was assuming it was but "assume" is a very dangerous word so I rather confirmed :-)

I asked Farhan about how to obtain a new board but rather then waiting for his reply and mail from India I might as well buy an Arduino board locally.


New question:
The blue (r)arduino board is firmly connecthe to the larger green board. Before I continue and apply more force is this indeed a part that can be unplugged or does it need to be unsoldered?
_._,_


Jerry Gaffke
 

Easiest to just clip all the pins to remove the old nano, then extract the pins one by one
using a soldering iron and needle nose pliers.


On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 09:40 am, Ralph Mowery wrote:
The Arduino board is soldered to the other board.  I used  a hot air gun on the pins connected to the other board.  Then one of the solder sucking guns out clean out the holes.If you get an Arduino board make sure you install the pins on the correct side or the board will not fit.
 
As mentioned before you should be able to connect to the nano board and download programs into it with the power off the ubitx.
 

kj6etl
 

Thanks, meantime I figured out that I needed a special USB driver for the Mac in order to connect to the arduino and now its showing.

Arv Evans
 

Rogier

The Raduino uses an Arduino NANO as the processor.  This means that you can
use a suitable USB cable and all the Arduino NANO programming tools to write
and install firmware to the Raduino/Arduino.

There are other ways and other IDE's for writing Arduino code, but the above URL's
should get you started.

Arv  K7HKL
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On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 7:30 AM, kj6etl <pa1zz@...> wrote:
I am finding instructions mentioning compiling etc. I visited the KD8CEC website and I am confused with the instructions given.
Is the Raduino the same as the Arduino so I can use the help recourses available for that platform?
Where can I find help for dummies showing step by step where exactly what to do without assuming one knows the fist steps?

Thank you!

Rogier


ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Rogier,

I just went though that with a box of Arduino Pro Minis I just got. It drove me nuts
until I tried programming it using the Demilove, finally the IDE recognized it and
the trivial blink the on board led program would work.  Then I had to sort out
examples as many canned ones out there were for the Uno so the code was
wrong for the pins...  And this stuff is not new to me.  Once sorted it worked
and I moved on to doing what I'd intended.

If the various inputs are not working It suggests something like a missing ground
or that 4.7K resistor.  Reason I say that as all of them are very unlikely to be blown.
That is a suggestion to review your work.  Its easy to forget a wire,  put one end
or the other in the wrong place or forget a critical part.

Allison