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Antuino manual

John Norris
 

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

Curt
 

Check hfsignals website, and the files section of this group.

Jim Sheldon
 

That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.

Jim, W0EB 

 

On Aug 22, 2019, at 6:43 PM, John Norris <jlnorrisjr@...> wrote:

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

Jerry Gaffke
 

From my post 71040:

There's an updated schematic in this July 26 2019 post from Farhan
along with a list of changes:    https://groups.io/g/BITX20/message/70551
As he states in that post, it all got archived here:
    https://github.com/afarhan/antuinov2.1
The previous version of the Raduino is found here, last updated in May of 2019:
    https://github.com/afarhan/antuino

Here's the manual:  http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/antuino/
If the Bitx40 and uBitx are any indication, 
there won't be a better manual coming out until you write it.

Jerry, KE7ER



On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 05:47 PM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.
 
Jim, W0EB 

Ashhar Farhan
 

Jim,
The SMD parts are assembled on a Panasonic pick and place. No chance of a reversed diode. What is, however, possible is that the DC connector, which is hand soldered, hasnt been soldered properly. Open up the box, unscrew the PCB and flow solder on the tabs of the DC connector from the component side. I covered this problem a while ago. 
A video manual is in the works. I finished a few yesterday, I will start posting th3 videos over the weekend.

73, f


On Fri 23 Aug, 2019, 6:17 AM Jim Sheldon, <w0eb@...> wrote:
That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.

Jim, W0EB 

 

On Aug 22, 2019, at 6:43 PM, John Norris <jlnorrisjr@...> wrote:

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

Jim Sheldon
 

OK, I'll check that.  The series 1N4148 on the battery line could also be open. I found the schematic.  Had trouble downloading from github but finally got it.  Thanks,
Jim

On Aug 22, 2019, at 9:22 PM, Ashhar Farhan <farhanbox@...> wrote:

Jim,
The SMD parts are assembled on a Panasonic pick and place. No chance of a reversed diode. What is, however, possible is that the DC connector, which is hand soldered, hasnt been soldered properly. Open up the box, unscrew the PCB and flow solder on the tabs of the DC connector from the component side. I covered this problem a while ago. 
A video manual is in the works. I finished a few yesterday, I will start posting th3 videos over the weekend.

73, f


On Fri 23 Aug, 2019, 6:17 AM Jim Sheldon, <w0eb@...> wrote:
That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.

Jim, W0EB 

 

On Aug 22, 2019, at 6:43 PM, John Norris <jlnorrisjr@...> wrote:

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

Daniel Walter
 

I had the same problem. Mine was a bad solder joint on the negative battery to switch area. As Farhan says, just reflow it and you should be good. 
--
Dan, NM3A

KD8CGH
 

John
   There is also an Antuino groups.io group.
      Bob

Jim Sheldon
 

Ashhar and all,
I found the problem and fixed it.  It was not completely bad soldering on the DC connector, it was also the 1N4148 diode in series with the incoming 9 volts being OPEN.  After re-flowing all the solder joints from the component side and checking continuity, I still got nothing from the 9V connectors + side to the side terminal on the main DC connector.  I checked continuity from the cathode of the diode to that point and it was good so I checked the diode -- no forward conductivity at all.  I have a well stocked parts bin, replaced the diode and now everything works as it should.  

Anyone having this problem that re-flowing solder on the DC connector doesn't fix, be sure to check the diode as well.  1N4148's are pretty rugged but I've received bad ones even from Digi-Key and Mouser in the anti-static strips they come in and it's not all that uncommon.

Jim - W0EB

Oh yes, how about a written manual in PDF format rather than video?  Some of us would much rather read the book rather that watch you-tube videos.  Especially when needing info and the internet is not available!

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "Ashhar Farhan" <farhanbox@...>
Sent: 8/22/2019 9:22:14 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Antuino manual

Jim,
The SMD parts are assembled on a Panasonic pick and place. No chance of a reversed diode. What is, however, possible is that the DC connector, which is hand soldered, hasnt been soldered properly. Open up the box, unscrew the PCB and flow solder on the tabs of the DC connector from the component side. I covered this problem a while ago. 
A video manual is in the works. I finished a few yesterday, I will start posting th3 videos over the weekend.

73, f


On Fri 23 Aug, 2019, 6:17 AM Jim Sheldon, <w0eb@...> wrote:
That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.

Jim, W0EB 

 

On Aug 22, 2019, at 6:43 PM, John Norris <jlnorrisjr@...> wrote:

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

Edward Reynolds
 

Is there a link to it?
Thanks for you time
Ed N7SNT 


On Aug 23, 2019, at 6:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:

Ashhar and all,
I found the problem and fixed it.  It was not completely bad soldering on the DC connector, it was also the 1N4148 diode in series with the incoming 9 volts being OPEN.  After re-flowing all the solder joints from the component side and checking continuity, I still got nothing from the 9V connectors + side to the side terminal on the main DC connector.  I checked continuity from the cathode of the diode to that point and it was good so I checked the diode -- no forward conductivity at all.  I have a well stocked parts bin, replaced the diode and now everything works as it should.  

Anyone having this problem that re-flowing solder on the DC connector doesn't fix, be sure to check the diode as well.  1N4148's are pretty rugged but I've received bad ones even from Digi-Key and Mouser in the anti-static strips they come in and it's not all that uncommon.

Jim - W0EB

Oh yes, how about a written manual in PDF format rather than video?  Some of us would much rather read the book rather that watch you-tube videos.  Especially when needing info and the internet is not available!

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "Ashhar Farhan" <farhanbox@...>
Sent: 8/22/2019 9:22:14 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Antuino manual

Jim,
The SMD parts are assembled on a Panasonic pick and place. No chance of a reversed diode. What is, however, possible is that the DC connector, which is hand soldered, hasnt been soldered properly. Open up the box, unscrew the PCB and flow solder on the tabs of the DC connector from the component side. I covered this problem a while ago. 
A video manual is in the works. I finished a few yesterday, I will start posting th3 videos over the weekend.

73, f


On Fri 23 Aug, 2019, 6:17 AM Jim Sheldon, <w0eb@...> wrote:
That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.

Jim, W0EB 

 

On Aug 22, 2019, at 6:43 PM, John Norris <jlnorrisjr@...> wrote:

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE
 

I appear to be having the same problem with my Antuino.

It won't power up with the battery pack. I reflowed the solder joints. The diode appears to be operating like a Capacitor, ie - it conducts power for a short period of time, then stops conducting power.

What are the power specs for the external power input? Does the Antuino charge NiMh batteries when connected to external power? I looked on the schematic, and it does not appear to say, either.

Thank you,
Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE

On 8/23/2019 6:42 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
Ashhar and all,
I found the problem and fixed it.  It was not completely bad soldering on the DC connector, it was also the 1N4148 diode in series with the incoming 9 volts being OPEN.  After re-flowing all the solder joints from the component side and checking continuity, I still got nothing from the 9V connectors + side to the side terminal on the main DC connector.  I checked continuity from the cathode of the diode to that point and it was good so I checked the diode -- no forward conductivity at all.  I have a well stocked parts bin, replaced the diode and now everything works as it should.  

Anyone having this problem that re-flowing solder on the DC connector doesn't fix, be sure to check the diode as well.  1N4148's are pretty rugged but I've received bad ones even from Digi-Key and Mouser in the anti-static strips they come in and it's not all that uncommon.

Jim - W0EB

Oh yes, how about a written manual in PDF format rather than video?  Some of us would much rather read the book rather that watch you-tube videos.  Especially when needing info and the internet is not available!

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "Ashhar Farhan" <farhanbox@...>
Sent: 8/22/2019 9:22:14 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Antuino manual

Jim,
The SMD parts are assembled on a Panasonic pick and place. No chance of a reversed diode. What is, however, possible is that the DC connector, which is hand soldered, hasnt been soldered properly. Open up the box, unscrew the PCB and flow solder on the tabs of the DC connector from the component side. I covered this problem a while ago. 
A video manual is in the works. I finished a few yesterday, I will start posting th3 videos over the weekend.

73, f


On Fri 23 Aug, 2019, 6:17 AM Jim Sheldon, <w0eb@...> wrote:
That would be nice.  Mine works fine on the external power input but 6 brand new AA cells in the battery box (9.56V) wont even light it up.  I did check and have the 9+ volts on the PCB terminals but without a manual and current schematic I don't want to take it apart.  Not really a happy camper right now.  Farhan take note I suspect an open  or reversed diode but without a schematic I can trust, I don't want to destroy it accidentally.

Jim, W0EB 

 

On Aug 22, 2019, at 6:43 PM, John Norris <jlnorrisjr@...> wrote:

This may not be going to the right group.

Is there a manual available for the Antuino? My unit arrived today.

I thought I joined the Antuino group but I see the last posting I received was on 8/17.


John Norris
KI4UCN

 

Hi Christopher,

The schematic shows that the ground connection for the battery pack comes from the power input jack and this becomes disconnected when a plug is inserted there.  So there is no circuit anymore for getting power to the battery pack and it will not be charging or anything.

73,


Mark.

Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE
 

Guess we need an #antuino hashtag.

Thank you for the answer that it does NOT charge the batteries.

Does anyone have the specs for the power input?

Thank you,
Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE


On 9/4/2019 7:18 PM, Mark - N7EKU wrote:
Hi Christopher,

The schematic shows that the ground connection for the battery pack comes from the power input jack and this becomes disconnected when a plug is inserted there.  So there is no circuit anymore for getting power to the battery pack and it will not be charging or anything.

73,


Mark.

 

Hi,

From the schematic you can see that the power input goes directly, and only, to an lm78l05acz voltage regulator.  The datasheet for that says it will take a maximum input voltage of 35VDC and and needs a minimum of 7VDC to provide a steady 5V to the arduino.  So the input voltage is pretty flexible, although I think most will be using either a 9V or 12V adapter supply (or batteries).

73,


Mark.

Edward Reynolds
 

Yer 9 volts 500ma should handle its operations just fine.

Ed N7SNT 


On Sep 4, 2019, at 7:20 PM, Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE <cjshaker@...> wrote:

Guess we need an #antuino hashtag.

Thank you for the answer that it does NOT charge the batteries.

Does anyone have the specs for the power input?

Thank you,
Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE


On 9/4/2019 7:18 PM, Mark - N7EKU wrote:
Hi Christopher,

The schematic shows that the ground connection for the battery pack comes from the power input jack and this becomes disconnected when a plug is inserted there.  So there is no circuit anymore for getting power to the battery pack and it will not be charging or anything.

73,


Mark.

Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE
 

Damn. Guess I could have done that, too.
Thank you!
Chris

On 9/4/2019 7:31 PM, Mark - N7EKU wrote:
Hi,

From the schematic you can see that the power input goes directly, and only, to an lm78l05acz voltage regulator.  The datasheet for that says it will take a maximum input voltage of 35VDC and and needs a minimum of 7VDC to provide a steady 5V to the arduino.  So the input voltage is pretty flexible, although I think most will be using either a 9V or 12V adapter supply (or batteries).

73,


Mark.

 

Chris,

The power connecter leads have to be resoldered on BOTH sides of the PCB. The reason
is that PTH has been drilled out wile fitting the socket.

Raj


At 05-09-19, you wrote:

I appear to be having the same problem with my Antuino.

It won't power up with the battery pack. I reflowed the solder joints. The diode appears to be operating like a Capacitor, ie - it conducts power for a short period of time, then stops conducting power.

What are the power specs for the external power input? Does the Antuino charge NiMh batteries when connected to external power? I looked on the schematic, and it does not appear to say, either.

Thank you,
Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE

iz oos
 

I am looking forward to receiving my Antuino :) I guess I would power it with rechargeable Eneloop AA batteries. I think that keeping the voltage at 8 or 9vdc would keep it without overheating if used rather continuously (eg. as a LO to mixers).


Il 05/set/2019 07:14, "Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE" <cjshaker@...> ha scritto:

Damn. Guess I could have done that, too.
Thank you!
Chris

On 9/4/2019 7:31 PM, Mark - N7EKU wrote:
Hi,

From the schematic you can see that the power input goes directly, and only, to an lm78l05acz voltage regulator.  The datasheet for that says it will take a maximum input voltage of 35VDC and and needs a minimum of 7VDC to provide a steady 5V to the arduino.  So the input voltage is pretty flexible, although I think most will be using either a 9V or 12V adapter supply (or batteries).

73,


Mark.

Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE
 

Raj:

Thank you. I did actually resolder both sides, and used a solder sucker to remove the excess.

I'll look at it again tommorow.

It powered up and worked with a 12 vdc power supply.

Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE

On 9/4/2019 11:35 PM, Raj vu2zap wrote:
Chris,

The power connecter leads have to be resoldered on BOTH sides of the PCB. The reason
is that PTH has been drilled out wile fitting the socket.

Raj


At 05-09-19, you wrote:

I appear to be having the same problem with my Antuino.

It won't power up with the battery pack. I reflowed the solder joints. The diode appears to be operating like a Capacitor, ie - it conducts power for a short period of time, then stops conducting power.

What are the power specs for the external power input? Does the Antuino charge NiMh batteries when connected to external power? I looked on the schematic, and it does not appear to say, either.

Thank you,
Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE

Ashhar Farhan
 

A 12v power supply is recommended. It draws about 80 ma of current when in operation. Most of it goes to light up the display. I didn't have any spare pin on the Arduino to turn the power to the display on/off, so it remains on, otherwise, we could have done with less than 40 ma of current.
I have operated it on 9v battery too. However, for most, I operate it with the six AA cells inside the case, I haven't run out of the first set yet.
- f

- f

On Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 1:20 PM Christopher J. Shaker, KJ7BLE <cjshaker@...> wrote:

Raj:

Thank you. I did actually resolder both sides, and used a solder sucker to remove the excess.

I'll look at it again tommorow.

It powered up and worked with a 12 vdc power supply.

Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE

On 9/4/2019 11:35 PM, Raj vu2zap wrote:
Chris,

The power connecter leads have to be resoldered on BOTH sides of the PCB. The reason
is that PTH has been drilled out wile fitting the socket.

Raj


At 05-09-19, you wrote:

I appear to be having the same problem with my Antuino.

It won't power up with the battery pack. I reflowed the solder joints. The diode appears to be operating like a Capacitor, ie - it conducts power for a short period of time, then stops conducting power.

What are the power specs for the external power input? Does the Antuino charge NiMh batteries when connected to external power? I looked on the schematic, and it does not appear to say, either.

Thank you,
Chris Shaker
KJ7BLE