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Re: What happened?.

Daniel Walter
 

Had similar problem. One chip programmed to T1.03 correctly. 3 others all said 'Use original chip!' Or simply displayed a single line of blocks after trying to upgrade firmware. 


BTW, ALL the chips were 'original' QRP-Labs QCX chips that had fully functioning T1.00e/f/or g firmware on them before.  Two of them had been upgraded to T1.00g before and all had worked fine. 


Any ideas on how to recover or at least not 'brick' my single remaining working chip when I try to upgrade that to T1.03?

One other thing, the single chip that worked was a 328P chip while the others were 328 plain chips. 


--
73, Dan  NM3A


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

George Korper
 


A clue.
" Let it be" is a good song.
"Watching the Wheels" is another league.

 Perhaps my imagination got boosted when I ran the QCX with a 20 volt battery.
But I am glad I did. 


Re: What happened?.

jjpurdum
 

Make sure you have the proper board selected (i.e., Tools --> Boards from the Arduino IDE menu).

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 9:30:18 AM EST, g4oge@... <g4oge@...> wrote:


Had a message on the display saying "use correct chip" then the display went blank (no text).


Re: What happened?.

James Anderson
 

I’m assuming it’s a QCX you’re describing.

Was it “use original ic” or as you’ve described it?

Have you tried to upgrade the ic version?
And that’s when you’ve seen the text or is it a completely random event? 

James. 


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

jjpurdum
 

Everything I've written since I retired is Open Source and, for me at least, doing so is a true dilemma. That is: Two choices, both bad. I'll bet Hans has waded through the same decision-making process.

If you make your code Open Source, you lose control of it and it does end up being stolen, sometimes for profit. Even worse, some people will attempt to modify your code and, when it doesn't work, they actually have the audacity to ask you to fix it...for free! Not good...not fair.

On the other hand, if you don't make it Open Source, some people think you're a Grinch because they can't make your code do exactly whatever it is they want it to do.  They, too, want you to add such-and-such a feature, but fail to realize there are not a lot of deaf, blind, people who only speak Latin. (The Grinch Factor, to me, is a myth. It's my code...you don't like it, write your own.)

So, what's the answer? First of all, given what Hans has managed to stuff into a Nano, there can't be more than a few bytes left. So, my guess is that putting something in means taking something else out. For most of us, that means "Leave it alone." However...

The QSX is going to be another beast altogether, since it will be using the STM32F4 series of microcontroller. Hans has some headroom there because of the memory resource depth and a faster clock. Yet, from Hans' perspective, how does he address the dilemma of lost control versus the Grinch factor? I think the best solution is an API--Application Programmer Interface. An API provides entry points to methods that allow you to extend the functionality of the program in much the same way that libraries allow you to extend the Arduino core. The downside is that it takes a lot more effort on Hans part to provide an API for us.

So...what's the correct answer from everyones' standpoint? I don't have a clue.

Jack, W8TEE



On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 9:23:11 AM EST, R. Tyson via Groups.Io <tysons2@...> wrote:


Hi,
As pointed out in another post I doubt there is sufficient memory left. The radio has a remarkable set of facilities and Hans has done a brilliant job on it.

Someone suggested that the software should be open source... that would enable others to produce cloned versions of Hans' work - in effect he does the work and someone else steals it and profits from it.

Tuning up and own the band is good exercise - I remember when we had to get out of our chair and walk across the room to change T.V. channels and there were only 2 or 3 of them.

The facilities available from these little radios is amazing but there is not the infinite capacity to keep adding stuff from "wish lists".

Reg              G4NFR

 


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

Andy V. Borisenko
 

My opinion:
Frequency scanning and numerous memory channels are the most useless transceiver features.
Especially if it is for single band and mode.
vfo A/B enough.


Re: four state QRP

Mike
 

I imagine that hand capacity effects would be a major issue.

On 18 Dec 2019 at 5:19, dkwflight wrote:

THeir new cricket 40 transceiver  HAS  NO Torids to wind.
They are etched into the circuit board.
Worth a look
--
Dennis
AG4TD




Re: Scanning feature for QCX

Don, ND6T
 

George, I should imagine that it could be accomplished by some additional hardware. Perhaps that would simply plug in. All you would need to do would be to parallel the "up" switch connection on the rotary encoder. A simple '555 timer in astable mode could do it. Add a switch to power (or de-power) the circuit and maybe a speed control if you wanted to get fancy.
73,
Don


What happened?.

Albert Rowe
 

Had a message on the display saying "use correct chip" then the display went blank (no text).


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

R. Tyson
 

Hi,
As pointed out in another post I doubt there is sufficient memory left. The radio has a remarkable set of facilities and Hans has done a brilliant job on it.

Someone suggested that the software should be open source... that would enable others to produce cloned versions of Hans' work - in effect he does the work and someone else steals it and profits from it.

Tuning up and own the band is good exercise - I remember when we had to get out of our chair and walk across the room to change T.V. channels and there were only 2 or 3 of them.

The facilities available from these little radios is amazing but there is not the infinite capacity to keep adding stuff from "wish lists".

Reg              G4NFR

 


Re: New Tower

jjpurdum
 

Not a problem...never sent good CW anyway...I'm probably the only person who stutters in Morse code.

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 5:05:12 AM EST, Mike <mike@...> wrote:


but the DT's make sending good morse a little difficult


>  I do like my gin and tonic better! The good news: Since I started drinking
> G&T's, I've not had malaria once!
> Jack, W8TEE






Re: QCX Displayed Frequency vs CW Offset #qcx #manual

_Dave_AD0B
 

How I calibrated my qcx 40 was to listen to 7.0475 and compare both sidebands I adjusted the frequency calibration until I got the tone the same by ear on both upper and lower sides.

Although not true laboratory grade I figured that the ARRL transmitter was as reliably close. as anyone.  
--
73
Dave
k0mbt
Ham_Made_Keys


Re: Gin and Tonic distillery (weird tower)

David Wilcox
 

I am still laughing!

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 08:51:41 AM EST, jjpurdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:


It was meant to be a joke...

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:31:29 AM EST, Steve in Okinawa <sfab43@...> wrote:


One of the side effects of quinine is temporary hearing loss, not conducive to CW operating. I spent a week being treated for malaria acquired in Africa in London and actually enjoyed the perfect silence.
I don't think tonic water contains more than a trace though, much like "absinthe" is not the real thing anymore.
Steve JS6TMW


Re: Gin and Tonic distillery (weird tower)

jjpurdum
 

It was meant to be a joke...

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:31:29 AM EST, Steve in Okinawa <sfab43@...> wrote:


One of the side effects of quinine is temporary hearing loss, not conducive to CW operating. I spent a week being treated for malaria acquired in Africa in London and actually enjoyed the perfect silence.
I don't think tonic water contains more than a trace though, much like "absinthe" is not the real thing anymore.
Steve JS6TMW


four state QRP

dkwflight
 

THeir new cricket 40 transceiver  HAS  NO Torids to wind.
They are etched into the circuit board.
Worth a look
--
Dennis
AG4TD


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

Ed Kwik
 

You could use the I and Q signals. Port them to your computer's sound card. Then with SDR software you got a waterfall display.
Ed
AB8DF


Re: Gin and Tonic distillery (weird tower)

Steve in Okinawa
 

One of the side effects of quinine is temporary hearing loss, not conducive to CW operating. I spent a week being treated for malaria acquired in Africa in London and actually enjoyed the perfect silence.
I don't think tonic water contains more than a trace though, much like "absinthe" is not the real thing anymore.
Steve JS6TMW


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

Gregg Myers
 

You could just monitor a WebSDR station near your QTH with a computer or tablet. Then you can literally see any new signal pop up and tune to that. If CAT control would let you change frequency (I'm not sure the capabilities of CAT yet), then the computer control could then set the QCX frequency for you. 

73,
Gregg W7GRM

On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 5:16 AM geoff M0ORE via Groups.Io <m0ore=tiscali.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:

If the new QCX software has CAT control, then write your own software to do the scanning via the CAT control.

On 18/12/2019 09:44, Richard G4TGJ wrote:
This is why I wish the software was open source and then the community could add all these features.
--
73
Richard
G4TGJ


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

geoff M0ORE
 

If the new QCX software has CAT control, then write your own software to do the scanning via the CAT control.

On 18/12/2019 09:44, Richard G4TGJ wrote:
This is why I wish the software was open source and then the community could add all these features.
--
73
Richard
G4TGJ


Re: Scanning feature for QCX

George Korper
 

I wasn't thinking about any feedback mechanism that would dwell on an incoming signal,
just starting and stopping by hand so you don't have to sit over the radio and turn, turn, turn to see if the band is open.
That would be very simple and a quick practical implementation. I don't like jostling the little radio each time I want to go from 14,000 to 14,065
or 14,045-14,065 listening for activations, etc.

 A modest request for semi automation ( hi hi ) Now I go to the 1 khz rate, but notice that i do this
manually every few minutes as the band in the recent past goes open for short times and it is easy to miss activity.

You can learn a lot by listening to the band and you don't need WSPR or an SDR . For me it is music. 

On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 4:56 AM Dennis Shelton <nadie1943@...> wrote:

Great idea, not likely to happen. The firmware is already "full up." If enough present features were removed, scanning might be possible, though I doubt many would support this. On the other hand, Hans is quite the wizard, so he might conceive of something.


On 12/17/2019 10:24 PM, George Korper wrote:
Being a relative newcomer to the group I would like to ask if anyone
has suggested adding a scanning feature to the QCX. If I could press a button and have
the QCX scan the band or a patch of the band as I listen, without having to turn the encoder,
I could hunt and pounce while I do other things around the shack, like build more QCX's. 
The scan feature would have a start, a stop, and automatic return, and use the three frequency speeds. 
20 is awful quiet and lightly populated where I live so just hearing other stations pop up would be a sign to listen around and operate.

Now I don't mind looking like a fool if this is possible already, and I am missing it in the manual.
 I think it would be a great sales feature for those of us who don't
want to use CAT or a computer. Hans makes the firmware and actually I think this would not
be to difficult to add to Other. Hans if your listening, what am I missing here?