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uBITx.net website

Mike Woods
 

I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



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Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

Ken
 

Hi Mike

I have not gone through the website, just checked out the home page. But to thank you for doing this.

Ken VA3ABN

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:38 PM, Mike Woods <mhwoods@...> wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



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Mike Woods
mhwoods@...


W2CTX
 

I applaud your efforts.  You took on a big task keeping your website up to date
with all that is happening in the future on the email group.

rOn



From: Mike Woods <mhwoods@...>
To: BITX20@groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2018 4:38 PM
Subject: [BITX20] uBITx.net website

I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).
I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.
The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):
There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong
I look forward to:
  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)
This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.
This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!
I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!
73
Mike  ZL1AXG


--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

Roy Appleton
 

Mike, thank you so much for your work on this!

Roy
WA0YMH

On Jan 26, 2018 3:38 PM, "Mike Woods" <mhwoods@...> wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

Joe
 

Great idea. 

Thanks
Joe
VE1BWV


On Fri, Jan 26, 2018, 6:43 PM Roy Appleton <twelveoclockhigh@...> wrote:
Mike, thank you so much for your work on this!

Roy
WA0YMH

On Jan 26, 2018 3:38 PM, "Mike Woods" <mhwoods@...> wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

William R Maxwell
 

A great development Mike, many thanks.

Bill, VK7MX


On 27/01/2018 8:38 AM, Mike Woods wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

Denis
 

Thanks Mike. I have in favorites.

Denis, WB8SKP

On 1/26/2018 3:38 PM, Mike Woods wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:

* a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
* removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
* a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
* a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list
members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

* µBitx.net Purpose & Disclaimer <http://ubitx.net/site-disclaimer/>
* µBitx: an introduction <http://ubitx.net/introducing-the-ubitx/>
* µBitx strengths and weaknesses
<http://ubitx.net/%c2%b5bitx-strengths-and-weaknesses/>
* µBitx warranty <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-warranty/>
* µBitx delivery <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-delivery/>
* µBitx assembly <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-assembly/>
* µBitx Power Supply <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-power-supply/>
* µBitx enclosure <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-enclosure/>
* µBitx Fix: Reverse polarity
<http://ubitx.net/ubitx-fix-reverse-polarity-protection/>
* µBitx Fix: Audio Pop <http://ubitx.net/fix-audio-pop/>
* µBitx Fix: CW Keying <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-fix-cw-keying-problem/>

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:

* Reverse voltage and over-current protection
* Microphone options
* Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
* Wiring up a paddle and straight key
* Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

* comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
* ways to improve and extend the website further
* offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



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Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

Diver Martin <diver.martin@...>
 

I dig it Mike, well done, clean layout!  I'm guessing it will be quite a chore to keep up to date regardless, I hope it doesn't burn you out...  The volume of messages on this mailing list is at least 5x of all my other mailing lists that are ham-radio related, and I find myself having to skip over a lot of content occasionally.

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM, Denis <wb8skp@...> wrote:
Thanks Mike. I have in favorites.

Denis, WB8SKP


On 1/26/2018 3:38 PM, Mike Woods wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:

  * a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  * removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  * a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  * a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list
    members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

  * µBitx.net Purpose & Disclaimer <http://ubitx.net/site-disclaimer/>
  * µBitx: an introduction <http://ubitx.net/introducing-the-ubitx/>
  * µBitx strengths and weaknesses
    <http://ubitx.net/%c2%b5bitx-strengths-and-weaknesses/>
  * µBitx warranty <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-warranty/>
  * µBitx delivery <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-delivery/>
  * µBitx assembly <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-assembly/>
  * µBitx Power Supply <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-power-supply/>
  * µBitx enclosure <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-enclosure/>
  * µBitx Fix: Reverse polarity
    <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-fix-reverse-polarity-protection/>
  * µBitx Fix: Audio Pop <http://ubitx.net/fix-audio-pop/>
  * µBitx Fix: CW Keying <http://ubitx.net/ubitx-fix-cw-keying-problem/>

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:

  * Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  * Microphone options
  * Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  * Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  * Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  * comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  * ways to improve and extend the website further
  * offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...








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http://ae7eu.com/
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
If there aren't any questions, then what is there to learn?

Arv Evans
 

Mike  ZL1AXG

Initially I was against starting other groups that focus on the BITX phenomena, but after seeing your web site
and what you are doing with it I am having second thoughts.  Your approach does have potential to lower
workload on moderators for the existing BITX20@groups.io discussion group.  That alone should make the
moderators very happy.  🤗

Presently the BITX@groups.io group covers everything from the initial BITX20 design by Farhan over 10 years
ago.  This includes several different BITX transceivers, some clones of BITX that do not bear the name, and
a lot of add-ons, modifications, and other bits of information.  Over those years we all have learned much,
made new friends, and had lots of fun.  Maybe it is time to spin off a group that is dedicated just to the uBITX
( micro-BITX) and things that only apply to it. 

Are you going to have a section for discussions, and a header that refers to this BITX20@groups.io mail handler,
and the http://www.groups.io/bitx20 site?
If you are going to have a discussion section, how are you going to handle those who wish to post the same
information on both groups (seems counter-productive).

There is also the issue of which site will be the "official BITX information repository" but maybe that will work
itself out with time and use. 

All this raises a question...how do you want us on the BITX20@groups.io to show existence of your web page? 
We can add it to the "Links" section but that only works for those who actually log in to the group itself.  Those
who only communicate with this group via Email will never see your URL. 
There is a "message footer" under Message Formatting.  Maybe this could be used to advertise your new uBITX
web site, but things would get messy if we were to do the same advertising for everything BITX.  Possibly
using that footer for advertising of your site for some limited period of time would work but it fails for those who
join this group after the advert has been removed.
I'm looking for some suggestions here?

I have BCC'ed this message to the other two moderators so that they can add their thoughts and comments.

Arv (1 of 3 moderators) K7HKL
_._




On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 2:38 PM, Mike Woods <mhwoods@...> wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...


Art Howard
 

👍

On 26 Jan 2018 3:38 pm, "Mike Woods" <mhwoods@...> wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...

David Arthur
 

Here's my unsolicited 0.02 USD.

Rename the Groups.io group to "bitx" (this is possible through the settings i think), create subgroups for each radio in the bitx family (bitx20, bitx40, ubitx, etc), and perhaps another subgroup for the Raduino and programming issues. There will still be a "main" group which could be used for announcements or general discussion, but subgroups would allow for users to subscribe to what interests them.

The wiki could very easily become the official bitx knowledge base, but it needs some TLC to get to that point.



--
David K4DBZ
Unofficial bitx chatroom: https://discord.gg/CrHvWFc

Arv Evans
 

David

This has been done to some limited extent through use of #hashtags within the group.
Others have set up #hashtags for specific topics within the group.
Problem with this is unless you actually log into https://groups.io/g/bitx20 you don't see
what #hashtags are already established.

You are correct about the wiki.  It needs very dedicated people to keep it up to date for
a fast moving group like this.

Arv 
_._


On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:46 PM, David Arthur <mumrah@...> wrote:
Here's my unsolicited 0.02 USD.

Rename the Groups.io group to "bitx" (this is possible through the settings i think), create subgroups for each radio in the bitx family (bitx20, bitx40, ubitx, etc), and perhaps another subgroup for the Raduino and programming issues. There will still be a "main" group which could be used for announcements or general discussion, but subgroups would allow for users to subscribe to what interests them.

The wiki could very easily become the official bitx knowledge base, but it needs some TLC to get to that point.



--
David K4DBZ
Unofficial bitx chatroom: https://discord.gg/CrHvWFc


Jim
 

What a fantastic beginning. Thanks so much. As a Johnny come lately to the group there are so many messages to try to follow and keep a coherent train of thought. This is going to be a big help. I hope it catches on. Thank you for what your doing.
73
Jim
wb4ctx

AA7GW
 

Great idea and initial layout; I am very supportive of doing this, but realize the extent of the effort and wonder how some of us can help?

Sent from my iPhone
AA7GW

On Jan 26, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Arv Evans <arvid.evans@...> wrote:

David

This has been done to some limited extent through use of #hashtags within the group.
Others have set up #hashtags for specific topics within the group.
Problem with this is unless you actually log into https://groups.io/g/bitx20 you don't see
what #hashtags are already established.

You are correct about the wiki.  It needs very dedicated people to keep it up to date for
a fast moving group like this.

Arv 
_._


On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:46 PM, David Arthur <mumrah@...> wrote:
Here's my unsolicited 0.02 USD.

Rename the Groups.io group to "bitx" (this is possible through the settings i think), create subgroups for each radio in the bitx family (bitx20, bitx40, ubitx, etc), and perhaps another subgroup for the Raduino and programming issues. There will still be a "main" group which could be used for announcements or general discussion, but subgroups would allow for users to subscribe to what interests them.

The wiki could very easily become the official bitx knowledge base, but it needs some TLC to get to that point.



--
David K4DBZ
Unofficial bitx chatroom: https://discord.gg/CrHvWFc


Ashhar Farhan
 

great initiative! i tried something similar a few years ago with the hfsignals.org as a wiki but it went nowhere. it is still ticking away. however a learning was that having multiple peeps to get the content and moderation in place works best.
i hardly moderate this group, it is the brainchild of hans, G0UPL and Arv is the boss. He has spent immense time and energy on nurturing this group. It is not s stretch to say we owe our existence to these two guys.
I hope ubitx.net finds and equally committed set of people to run it. 
Like the bitx20, the ubitx too will evolve into variants and more kitshops will pick it up. The structure of the website should handle this. With that easy advice, I am off to larc18. Last night 25 ubitx came alive. Today, another 24 to go!!
- f

On 27 Jan 2018 7:23 am, "AA7GW" <garywixom@q.com> wrote:
Great idea and initial layout; I am very supportive of doing this, but realize the extent of the effort and wonder how some of us can help?

Sent from my iPhone
AA7GW

On Jan 26, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Arv Evans <arvid.evans@...> wrote:

David

This has been done to some limited extent through use of #hashtags within the group.
Others have set up #hashtags for specific topics within the group.
Problem with this is unless you actually log into https://groups.io/g/bitx20 you don't see
what #hashtags are already established.

You are correct about the wiki.  It needs very dedicated people to keep it up to date for
a fast moving group like this.

Arv 
_._


On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:46 PM, David Arthur <mumrah@...> wrote:
Here's my unsolicited 0.02 USD.

Rename the Groups.io group to "bitx" (this is possible through the settings i think), create subgroups for each radio in the bitx family (bitx20, bitx40, ubitx, etc), and perhaps another subgroup for the Raduino and programming issues. There will still be a "main" group which could be used for announcements or general discussion, but subgroups would allow for users to subscribe to what interests them.

The wiki could very easily become the official bitx knowledge base, but it needs some TLC to get to that point.



--
David K4DBZ
Unofficial bitx chatroom: https://discord.gg/CrHvWFc


Lawrence Galea
 

Thanks.
An excellent idea
Had a look.
Regards
Lawrence

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 10:38 PM, Mike Woods <mhwoods@...> wrote:
I note that there were almost 3,000 messages on this email list in December and we are currently at 2364 messages in January (and we are not quite to the end of the month!).  If you are not following the traffic, or come to the party late, trying to extract helpful information from the list is not straight forward! That's not to say that the list and the files section aren't helpful.  They are fantastic in fact for emergent discussion!  But a mail group is not the best way for anybody to source tried and true information about anything.  A website is much better at summarising known facts, to prevent endless redesign of the wheel, and answering the same newbie question over and over again.

I figured I should do something about this, so check out http://ubitx.net

The website is at an early stage of development.  It will contain two types of information to begin with - a summary of some of the more interesting items that arise from list discussion, presented as "news" items and a comprehensive guide to constructing and modding.  

You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get news updates.

News items from the last 3 days include:
  • a "top board" for the uBitx (from Martin AE7EU)
  • removing the audio pop on T/R - a new approach (from Gary N3GO)
  • a new CW keying fix (from John AD0RW)
  • a discussion on IRF510 stabilisation fixes (from several list members).

I figured that these news items should reference the actual iogroups list items.  I will update some of the news stories that don't yet reference the original item. The news items have been summarised and/or edited lightly.

The other type of information on the website is intended to be a comprehensive guide to purchasing, assembling, fixing and modding the uBitx.   Static pages will summarise everything that a builder needs to know about a particular issue or extension.   Options for mods will be presented with recommendations for which ones are popular/proven.  Currently, I have begun pages covering the following (many of these have yet to be finished ...):

There's a lot more to be covered, just in the getting started section.  For example:
  • Reverse voltage and over-current protection
  • Microphone options
  • Wiring up an internal speaker, with an external phone jack
  • Wiring up a paddle and straight key
  • Getting support when things go wrong

I look forward to:

  • comments about the website's purpose, layout and example content
  • ways to improve and extend the website further
  • offers of assistance (directly to me at mhwoods@... please)

This will be a moderated website. I want to avoid the situation where  bum advice is shared with others that makes life a misery.

This is about short-cutting research time and eliminating blind alleys that detract from operating or modding time!

I'm off to a Ham Radio BBQ hosted by NZART Kapiti Branch (about 1/2 hour from me).   I look forward to reading the mail later today!  Brickbats, bouquets and all!

73

Mike  ZL1AXG



--
Mike Woods
mhwoods@...


 

Mike :

This is an awesome idea !  

Right away I can see that over time, this could really help to reduce group traffic from "uBITX newbies" looking for 
solutions to problems that have already been resolved.

Can I suggest that where possible, sections on the website provide a link to the associated discussions in the
Bitx20 Group? As Groups.IO allows a search based on message number, just including the number of the initial message for a given
topic would allow website readers to go back  to the Bitx20 group and read through the complete discussion on that topic if they want the full story. 

Many thanks for doing this ! 

Cheers

Michael VE3WMB 

Joe Puma
 

Great job on the website 


Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 27, 2018, at 10:35 AM, Michael Babineau <mbabineau.ve3wmb@...> wrote:

Mike :

This is an awesome idea !  

Right away I can see that over time, this could really help to reduce group traffic from "uBITX newbies" looking for 
solutions to problems that have already been resolved.

Can I suggest that where possible, sections on the website provide a link to the associated discussions in the
Bitx20 Group? As Groups.IO allows a search based on message number, just including the number of the initial message for a given
topic would allow website readers to go back  to the Bitx20 group and read through the complete discussion on that topic if they want the full story. 

Many thanks for doing this ! 

Cheers

Michael VE3WMB 

G1WDF
 

A handy reference source is a great idea, thank you.

In the enclosure tag the New Zealand sourced box is available in the UK.

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/two-part-large-abs-plastic-box-bz77j

Hopefully of use to UK builders.

Cheers, Richard.

chris gress <Chrisg0wfh@...>
 

I got them box's at my local shop used them for my bitx sets nice cases chris G0WFH

On 28 Jan 2018 07:09, "G1WDF" <wobblyandflo@...> wrote:
A handy reference source is a great idea, thank you.

In the enclosure tag the New Zealand sourced box is available in the UK.

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/two-part-large-abs-plastic-box-bz77j

Hopefully of use to UK builders.

Cheers, Richard.