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VFO Output – Is This Right???

pietromartini2007@...
 

I built the VFO/Signal Generator kit with no problems, and it started up right away. However, the output waveforms and amplitudes are not what I expected; according to the manual, they should be square waves with an amplitude of 3.3V p-p. Taking the output from the CLK0 pad, what I see on my scope is sort of a square wave at 3.5 MHz with a lot of overshoot and undershoot, and as the frequency increases the waveform becomes more of a triangle and the amplitude steadily decreases, until it’s only 246 mV at 150 MHz, and the waveform is almost a sine wave. I don’t have any load on the output, and I attached the scope probes directly to the CLK0 pads. If I had to guess I’d say stray capacitance may be the culprit. So can someone tell me if I have a problem with my build? I’m attaching a few photos of the scope images.

10 watt amplifier by KA6PSD

rbeswick@...
 

I just finished the transformers this evening. Had to put on my glasses to see clearly,  the toothpick trick worked flawlessly. Now to find a quiet time to solder them in. Used a sharpie to color the primary wires for easy identification and marked the torrid wire the sharpie to identify the 5 from the 6 winded transformers. It will be a slow build as the eyes need breaks, and slow and steady wins the race. 
I will keep everyone informed as I go along.
Robert KA6PSD

QCX Message Preset Programming

MA
 

What is the procedure to program the QCX message program using paddles?

Marc
call: WA9ZCO
cell: (920)671-4266


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Marc

Re: Shipping route question

ajparent1/KB1GMX
 

Start in Turkey as theat is the home of QRPLabs..

The Jamaica NY center is likely one of the busiest for international 
shipments.

3 weeks is normal.    Two weeks would be incredible luck.

Allison

Re: Shipping route question

N3MNT
 

See shipping information on the QRP labs web site.  It explains the Turkey question and also gives very current min avg and max ship times to all over the globe.

Shipping route question

 

This probably comes off as whining but it's not. It'll get here when it gets here. I'm in no particular hurry. I just thought the starting point and time spent in NY was odd. It's been a while since I've ordered so maybe this is the new normal?

Back on the 8th I ordered a few things from QRP Labs (and again today). According to tracking, here's the route it has taken so far:

June 11, 2019, 8:52 am 
Acceptance 
TURKEY 

June 13, 2019, 2:28 pm 
Processed Through Facility 
ISTANBUL PAKET MERKEZI, TURKEY

June 13, 2019, 4:42 pm 
Processed Through Facility 
ISTANBUL ULUSLARARASI POSTA ISLEM, TURKEY

June 19, 2019, 2:10 pm 

Processed Through Facility 
ISC NEW YORK NY(USPS)  

Customs (doesn't say where)

June 21, 2019, 7:31 am 
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility 
JAMAICA NY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER   

13 days and counting. This is looking like a 3 week ship time. Is that normal? I just ordered a couple of QCX kits. Based on the order I placed on the 8th I decided to lead the target a bit and aim for where I think I will be in 3 weeks, not two.

Why did it start in Turkey?

It's been hanging around NY for a while. Maybe that's the norm for international shipments these days? In the US, the longer something stays in the shipping system, the greater the likelihood of it being destroyed or lost so that's a concern. Hopefully time spent in NY isn't a direct correlation to travel time remaining. 

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NE5U

Mike

Re: Had to realign today #alignment

Alan de G1FXB
 

Joe,
Good to hear it's back to full health.

regards alan

On 21/06/2019 19:45, Joseph B Cotton wrote:
Alan
Thanks for the update.? My rig is one of the early models, I think my serial number is 700 something.? I was able to get the rig to be as sensitive as my "big" rig - FT-891.? I have an antenna switch and can switch my antenna back and forth between both rigs.? Both seem to hear the same weak signal evenly.??
But I will check out your links.?
Joe W3TTT

Re: Add Power Switch to my QCX Enclosure #enclosure #qcx #mods

Ken KM4NFQ
 

This is how I cut a rectangular hole in a plastic box lid for an LCD. You might be able to adapt this method to making a rectangular hole for a rocker switch?

Regards,
Ken, KM4NFQ "Not Fully Qualified"


On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 3:54 PM John <johnk2jhu@...> wrote:

Thanks to those that replied to my on-off switch question. I am defiantly going to make this mod. I have a small rocker switch I’d like to use but will require a rectangular hole and not sure I can cut it in the plastic case. I’ll have to contact the builder if the case for his advice.

 

Have a great Field Day weekend.

73 John K2JHU…

Re: Add Power Switch to my QCX Enclosure #enclosure #qcx #mods

Tim Glennon
 

The way I added a power switch is by replacing the volume control pot with one that has a switch on the back. Now I just turn the volume control from the stop to the listening level I want. When done I just turn the control down until it clicks and the unit is OFF

73
Tim
KQ4TQ

Re: Had to realign today #alignment

Joe Cotton
 

Alan
Thanks for the update.  My rig is one of the early models, I think my serial number is 700 something.  I was able to get the rig to be as sensitive as my "big" rig - FT-891.  I have an antenna switch and can switch my antenna back and forth between both rigs.  Both seem to hear the same weak signal evenly.  
But I will check out your links. 
Joe W3TTT

Re: Add Power Switch to my QCX Enclosure #enclosure #qcx #mods

Joe Cotton
 

Very Nice.  I used a toggle switch, cause thats what I had in the parts box.  Also, I like your KEY button.  Looks like you used hardware similar to the other two buttons.  
73 Joe W3TTT

Re: Pneumatic antenna lanuchers

HF
 

I made and used one like Braden's for a while until I borrowed my friend's pneumatic launcher.  I'm too weak to shoot an antenna higher than 15 meters with my slingshot.  Building my pneumatic launcher required learning how to glue PVC pipe together which was much easier than I expected.  I used a $15 sprinkler valve meant for 24V operation (it works with much lower voltage than that). I put some nuts and bolts into an eye drops bottle and tied the fishing line to it as a weight.  It fits perfectly into the nominally 1-inch schedule 40 output pipe.  I used a $7 fishing reel with the 8-pound test line that came with it.  This launcher shoots higher than the very tall cedars and firs around here in northern Cascadia.  The 40-gram weight pulls the fishing line down over the branch, then I tie stronger line to it and pull it back.  Finally, I tie 1/8 inch polyester rope as a halyard to the stronger line and pull it through the third time.  I hope this summary helps the next person launch waves from the top of the canopy.  If anyone has ideas on how to make one of these launchers with total mass less than 500g, please chime in!  I want to build a version to take on backpacking trips with the QCX.
-Halden VE7UTS

Re: Large inductors in GPS supply and data lines ?

 

Thanks everyone for your responses.

It appears I may have lapsed a bit in my thinking, and created a problem.

Hopefully this weekend I will try another way of reducing noise.

73 de Andy

Re: Pneumatic antenna lanuchers

DK
 

I had a student once ask me if he could bring his Linear Vegetable Accelerator (LVA) to my college chemistry lab. 

We turned his LVA into a lab experiment ( more of a physics experiment, but what the heck) by estimating the flight path of a potato as a function of air pressure used in the LVA.

We abruptly stopped the experiment when the potatoes flew over the distant trees and into moving traffic.

Science is fun!!!

DK. KD6TK 

On Jun 21, 2019, at 6:44 AM, jjpurdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:

I used one of these a long time ago and I'm pretty sure the lead weight is in near-Earth orbit as we speak...

Jack, W8TEE

On Friday, June 21, 2019, 9:18:08 AM EDT, Braden Glett <bradenglett@...> wrote:


Here is my trusty antenna launcher that has served me long and well. Lightweight, cheap (all parts available at the sporting section of Walmart), and accurate. Also easy to prevent overshooting.

Re: Pneumatic antenna lanuchers

jjpurdum
 

I used one of these a long time ago and I'm pretty sure the lead weight is in near-Earth orbit as we speak...

Jack, W8TEE

On Friday, June 21, 2019, 9:18:08 AM EDT, Braden Glett <bradenglett@...> wrote:


Here is my trusty antenna launcher that has served me long and well. Lightweight, cheap (all parts available at the sporting section of Walmart), and accurate. Also easy to prevent overshooting.

Re: Pneumatic antenna lanuchers

Braden Glett
 

Here is my trusty antenna launcher that has served me long and well. Lightweight, cheap (all parts available at the sporting section of Walmart), and accurate. Also easy to prevent overshooting.

Re: 40m AMMO CAN FINDS A NEW HOME & NEEDS ADVICE! #40m #qcx #antennalaunching

James Daldry W4JED
 

Hi, Steve

Try a 1 foot long piece of half inch plastic pipe with a cheap fishing reel and monofilament line and a Wrist Rocket slingshot with a one ounce fishing sinker attached to it. Will do 60 feet easily. Shoot it, jiggle the line until the sinker hits the ground, disconnect the sinker and use the line to pull a piece of Paracord back to the reel. Disconnect the Paracord from the fishing line, attach a clothesline pulley to the Paracord, put another length of Paracord through the pulley, pull the pulley to the top of the tree with the original Paracord piece. Tie piece 1 to a branch high enough to prevent "people problems". Take piece 2, attach an egg insulator, cut and tie it into a closed loop that almost reaches the ground. The first piece can now grow into the tree branch it is strung over without causing any problems. Attach the antenna wire and pull it up while walking back and forth to keep the wire from getting caught on tree  limbs. Have fun.

73

Jim W4JED

On 6/20/19 3:05 PM, Steve Raas - N2JDQ - FN13DD wrote:
My 40M Ammo can QCX and I have found a new home (Well a second home) . 1.6 Acres in the Western VA Mountains. Its for sure no perfect location, but I have trees TALL TALL SCARY trees that tower over what seems everything, and lots of land.. as well as some ambition, however I only have a 6' step ladder! DOE!!! (Homer voice) What are you fellas using to launch fishing line up high to string antennas? And by high I mean HIGH..60+ feet. I been QRV a bit signing N2JDQ/4 but its just a low cloud burning dipole ..its time for some height! I do love my QCX, but a full QRO rig is in my near future..but dont fret, Ill never part with my QCX I absolutely love the thing!

-Steve Raas
N2JDQ/4 (At the moment)
Boonsboro, VA ( NW of Lynchburg )

Re: Large inductors in GPS supply and data lines ?

Jack <vhfplus@...>
 

The launcher shown on the web site is far more complex than the one obtained from the Joplin, MO, Amateur Radio Club, which performs quite nicely. The launcher used by my XYL and me may not have a vertical range of 150-feet but it does 50 to 55 feet easily and is very adequate for our needs. Rather than a tennis ball projectile it uses a PVC cylinder with an attachment eyelet on one end. It is ingenious and the price is certainly right.

http://joplin-arc.org/antenna-launchers/

73,

Jack, K0JP/VE3RUA

Re: #QCX : Is toroid's manufacturer Amidon? #qcx

Russ@va3rr
 

I've read that Amidon is a reseller of Micrometals toroids. I bought some powdered iron cores on Ebay from a chinese vendor that were not great...

#QCX : Is toroid's manufacturer Amidon? #qcx

Axel
 

Hi,

is the manufacturer of the toroids L1, L2, L3 and L4 Amidon?

(Just seeking for the reason of low power output of my newly built QCX.
Have ruled out capacitors, value of inductances, properly removed
isolation of enameled wire, etc.)

73 Axel DF1ET