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Re: Hardrock 500 #eladduo

willie b <kg4zqz@...>
 

whew! i use the inexpensive MX-P50M w/my Duo, along with an LDG Z11... 2W in gives ~40W out, depending on band... autotunes nicely thanks to Z11's 60W max, but alas, no auto bandswitching

i like that everything is compact and works well w/my lightweight 12Ah lifo

that hardrock looks pretty though...

bill


Hardrock Amps

Morris G1PIB
 



The HobbyPCB kits are exceptionally good and with the help forum also on the ball..
I built the Hardrock 50 and ATU kits and for my Duo was an ideal partner..but the pleasure
of buliding yourself was the  bonus, again more expensive than most ready built units
( if you can find one with buit  in atu ).Software updates are easy to install .
The price of the H500 is what !!  but they are popular kits..
I used just under a watt in for about 30w out .. I never bought the auto band change
interface....just used the manual mode for the atu. My Duo is now a fixed unit at my sons
house ..so no Duo here now. !
I hope everyone gets enjoyment from building the new H500 ..

My S3 is operating as expected and more ...I was hoping the downconvertor would
available before the locked in festive season ..but I waited for the S3 so I will wait for the
downconvertor.....

From a users point of view..( not technical ) if Elad want to send me a test unit please do so..hi hi.
and I will report back.

Just one point  users disliking the Elad SW2 software .I personally only use SW2 ..I tried SDR Consule
but I only use that for the SDRplay unit for VHF up... SW2 is the better to me.. but people like what they like.

Every one stay safe...stay in enjoy radio..and eat plenty of chocolate !

Morris  g1pib..still in wet and dripping !!  Burnham on Sea.. Somerset


SW2 SMeter(s) Question

Pete
 

Guys,
I run my FDM-S2 and -S3 receivers consecutively on the same computer. 
I can only configure one of the receivers (the first one started) to display the 4 S Meters.
I'd like to enable and display the 4 S Meters for the second receiver.
Is there any way this can be done?

Any guidance would be really appreciated.

Pete


Re: Hardrock 500 #eladduo

N4RFC
 

Yes, you have to buy the RF Deck board or supply your own.  The support kit has supplies that will supply 50-60 volts and a heat sink and heat speader that will work with a number of RF Amps.  I see them on Ebay frequently.   The RF Amp board does include the MOSFets, they are about $250.


Re: Hardrock 500 #eladduo

James Allen
 

Hmmmmm,

I did not catch that, yea even pricier….

Regards,


Jim Allen
jim.allen60@...


On Dec 17, 2020, at 12:12 PM, John <johnk5mo@...> wrote:

Don't you then have to buy the $500 RF amp board too?

On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:59 AM James Allen <jim.allen60@...> wrote:
Just got this today, 

This is a HF RF amp that works with the Elad 5 watts in 500 watts out with an antenna tuner…

It’s a bit pricy at $1,200.00

Regards,


Jim Allen
jim.allen60@...


On Dec 16, 2020, at 3:52 PM, N4RFC <Bob@...> wrote:

Just a note that the Hobby PCM Hardrock 500 Power Amplifier Support Kit is now available for sale.  The support kits contains everything you need to home brew a 5w to 500w amplifier.  I have completed mine, and it works beautifully with the Elad FDM-DUO.  With the FDM-DUO set to 5 watts it will drive the HR500 makes 500 watts to the antenna.  Using the FDM-DUO interface from Hobby PCB the amplifier band switches with the DUO.    

A internal antenna tuner will be available shortly for the HardRock 500.

This combination makes for a great and compact portable station with a big punch.  

Have a look at:
https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-500-power-amplifier-support-package

DE N4RFC





Re: Hardrock 500 #eladduo

John
 

Don't you then have to buy the $500 RF amp board too?

On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:59 AM James Allen <jim.allen60@...> wrote:
Just got this today, 

This is a HF RF amp that works with the Elad 5 watts in 500 watts out with an antenna tuner…

It’s a bit pricy at $1,200.00

Regards,


Jim Allen
jim.allen60@...


On Dec 16, 2020, at 3:52 PM, N4RFC <Bob@...> wrote:

Just a note that the Hobby PCM Hardrock 500 Power Amplifier Support Kit is now available for sale.  The support kits contains everything you need to home brew a 5w to 500w amplifier.  I have completed mine, and it works beautifully with the Elad FDM-DUO.  With the FDM-DUO set to 5 watts it will drive the HR500 makes 500 watts to the antenna.  Using the FDM-DUO interface from Hobby PCB the amplifier band switches with the DUO.    

A internal antenna tuner will be available shortly for the HardRock 500.

This combination makes for a great and compact portable station with a big punch.  

Have a look at:
https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-500-power-amplifier-support-package

DE N4RFC


Re: Hardrock 500 #eladduo

James Allen
 

Just got this today, 

This is a HF RF amp that works with the Elad 5 watts in 500 watts out with an antenna tuner…

It’s a bit pricy at $1,200.00

Regards,


Jim Allen
jim.allen60@...


On Dec 16, 2020, at 3:52 PM, N4RFC <Bob@...> wrote:

Just a note that the Hobby PCM Hardrock 500 Power Amplifier Support Kit is now available for sale.  The support kits contains everything you need to home brew a 5w to 500w amplifier.  I have completed mine, and it works beautifully with the Elad FDM-DUO.  With the FDM-DUO set to 5 watts it will drive the HR500 makes 500 watts to the antenna.  Using the FDM-DUO interface from Hobby PCB the amplifier band switches with the DUO.    

A internal antenna tuner will be available shortly for the HardRock 500.

This combination makes for a great and compact portable station with a big punch.  

Have a look at:
https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-500-power-amplifier-support-package

DE N4RFC


Hardrock 500 #eladduo

N4RFC
 

Just a note that the Hobby PCM Hardrock 500 Power Amplifier Support Kit is now available for sale.  The support kits contains everything you need to home brew a 5w to 500w amplifier.  I have completed mine, and it works beautifully with the Elad FDM-DUO.  With the FDM-DUO set to 5 watts it will drive the HR500 makes 500 watts to the antenna.  Using the FDM-DUO interface from Hobby PCB the amplifier band switches with the DUO.    

A internal antenna tuner will be available shortly for the HardRock 500.

This combination makes for a great and compact portable station with a big punch.  

Have a look at:
https://www.hobbypcb.com/index.php/products/hf-radio/hardrock-500-power-amplifier-support-package

DE N4RFC


Re: DUO-ART: How do I change the CoaxRTX to RX+TX? #duo-art

Jim AJ8S
 

Hi John,

I am happy for you. I should have guessed a firmware problem.

It is indeed a sweet combination. Really it's a top-of-line $2,500 transceiver when all put together which can be used as a small QRP rig, a stand alone 100 watt radio, or an SDR with a superior software interface. What's not to like!

73, Jim


FDM-S3 Preselector Filter Board

Vitor Jacinto
 

Am I putting my filters correctly?
(Recovered my FDM-DUOr filters for my new S3)

Position 1: 500kHz low pass (0-500)
Position 2: 1700kHz High-Pass (1700-54000)
Position 7: supplied bypass board
Position 8: FM filter to use with VHF plug

Or should I move the 1700kHz HP to position 6?


--
Elad FDM-S3

ONL12294 - QTH: Belgium


Re: DUO-ART: How do I change the CoaxRTX to RX+TX? #duo-art

john black
 

Thanks for sticking with me, Jim. You inspired me to keep trying!     So I have figured it out.  

You would think that if you bought this combination from someone, they would have been using it.  It is possible that the guy who had it before me could never get it to work and just sold it on, but he never said.  It's been hair-pulling, but the good part is that I now know my equipment a lot better than I would have, if it had worked as soon as I hooked it all up. 

It was a firmware problem.  Turns out the FDM-DUO was several versions behind the current one, and probably didn't know how to talk to the ART.  I had to go through all the upgrades, including putting the latest version of Flashmatic on my computer, which immediately killed all my PC's USB ports, and wouldn't have worked anyway. After removing all those bad drivers and installing an old version of Flashmatic, the upgrade went smoothly.  When I hooked everything up again, it the DUO-ART recognized the #31 option from the radio, and it is all working just fine now!

This is such a sweet combination.  I had an FDM DUO several years ago, but sold it, and bought a KX3.  I just couldn't resist when a good deal came up for both the FDM and the ART.   I think we'll all be happy together. 

73,
John KB5AG


Re: DUO-ART: How do I change the CoaxRTX to RX+TX? #duo-art

Jim AJ8S
 

Hi John,

No, you do not have to connect the USB cables. I unplugged all my USB cables to the computer and changing menu 31 still changes the state of the blue "Coax..." indication below the forward power meter. Until that is fixed I don't think you will make progress.

I am not aware of a setting that would affect this behavior so at this point I think you need Elad to help you.

You could try connecting a second antenna to the RX input with menu 31 set to antenna 2 just ensure that input is working but until you get a blue "CoaxRX+TX" indication the problem is not solved.

73, Jim


Re: DUO-ART: How do I change the CoaxRTX to RX+TX? #duo-art

john black
 

JIm, thanks for your reply.  I have changed menu 31 in the FDM-DUO to 2 antennas, but it doesn't change anything on the DUO-ART screen.  I do have the cable connected from the FDM-DUO's EXT-I/O to one of the two corresponding connectors on the ART, but I don't have any USB cables going to a computer, since my first goal was to get the unit working with the amp without a PC.  Is that wrong?

I do understand that the preselector feeds the RX connection.  I have seen the bypass card, and have made sure that the filter selection says that slot 8 should be used from 10khz to 54mhz, but nothing is making any difference, and I assume it won't until I see the RX+TX indicator showing that receive signal is going to that socket. Whatever I have done, antenna 2 on the FDM DUO sees nothing from the ART. 

I have been playing around some more, and now I see that with the FDM-DUO in CoaxRTX (and the antennas setting back to 1), the signal level is the same with the FDMDUO setting or the GENERIC setting, but only below about 2mhz. It rapidly drops off until there's not much left at 80m.  

I can't help thinking that I am stupidly overlooking something simple.

73,
John KB5AG


Re: DUO-ART: How do I change the CoaxRTX to RX+TX? #duo-art

Jim AJ8S
 

John,

To change from CoaxRTX to CoaxRX+TX go to menu #31 on the FDM-DUO and change it from Antenna #1 to Antenna #2.  Why?  One might assume that the #2 antenna connector is for a second receive only antenna such as a receiving loop and it can be used this way with the FDM-DUO as a stand-alone QRP rig. But when you are using it with the ART amplifier, it serves a different purpose. If you look at the block diagram of the ART you will see that the receive preselector filters are routed to the radio via antenna connection #2. The ART does not come with filters but you can order them. I have 7 of the 8 slots filled with ham band filters. The 8th slot comes with a "bypass" card so that frequencies not in these ham bands will go through. When you say, "the receive level drops" you may be trying to pass a signal where there is no filter. Anyway, again take a look at the block diagram and I think things will come together for you. The filters are not necessary but help to improve receiver performance by attenuating undesired strong signals from over driving the A/D converter.

73, Jim AJ8S


Re: DUO-ART-120 power on sequence problem #duo-art

Jim AJ8S
 

Hi Heinz-Jurgen,

Thanks for explaining that. I had not thought about remote control but it makes sense. Too bad it doesn't suppress this behavior if the remote feature is turned off. Maybe they will fix that in future firmware. In the meantime, I just wait until I see the start of count-down on the ART and then reach behind and flip on the radio power switch.

73, Jim


Re: Run SW2 as Administrator?

Vianney Colombat
 

Shift + Right-Click does not work ?



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Re: DUO-ART-120 power on sequence problem #duo-art

Heinz-Juergen Kronemeyer
 

I am using the DUO-ART amplifier with the FDM-DUO radio. The radio gets its DC power from the amplifier. When I turn the amplifier on the radio comes on, then turns off, and then turns back on again. This puts the radio through an unnecessary power up/down cycle. Am I the only one with this issue or is this a known problem?

That's normal Boot up Sequence. It's needed for Remote Control to be sure, the Art and the Duo are connected. The Art is used for Remote Control and you can't press any Buttons if you are miles away and have a EXT-IO Error. :-)

73

Heinz-Juergen


Re: Run SW2 as Administrator?

Jim Fuller
 

Neil and Raimund

Thanks for your comments. I decided to try Raimund"s suggestion first since I already had SW2 on the taskbar.

If I right-click the SW2 icon on the taskbar then right-click the ELAD FDMSW2 line I have the option to "Run as Administrator". Furthermore, if I select the "properties" line then shortcut>advanced the option to "Run as Administrator" is no longer greyed out and is selectable.

So problem solved!

For info the reason I wanted to run SW2 as an Administrator is based on the following from the Log4OM Users Manual:

"If users wish to synchronise CAT control with multiple programs it is imperative to use Omnirig and to set Omnirig and all programs sharing the Omnirig CAT control multi-threading to run as an administrator as follows:"

Thanks for your help.

Jim - KC4JNW


Re: CW clicks in headset, AGC level, side tone, fatigue operating

David KN2M
 

OK, thank you both for the information.  I will try to play with this later tonight and see if there are any improvements to be had.  I was not listening with the computer, only with the headset plugged into the radio.  Dave


Re: Run SW2 as Administrator?

 

Jim,
pls open the Windows "application bar" at the Desktop Bottom. (Right Mouse-click on a free space)
Control the various selections if active or not!

And...

Move the SW2 Icon to the taskbar.
- Right click
- [FDMSW2.exe] R-Click
- Click on "Run as administrator"

The administrator option must come up.
I'm using same Windows Platform (paid version)

It would be helpful to know if you have succeeded.

Raimund
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