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Re: Deliveries for QCX+

Steve
 

Yes I know and have checked my order status, whch sits at completed,
but as I said before, there is nothing to say when expected delivery and
i am aware of the process with the email etc.

3 week lead time has passed and as stated before, I accepted the mid june
delivery, and seeing as it is nearly August hat has long passed.

I am not expecting miracles, but the lack of information is not good. As I said
even if they quickly stated the last order umber despatched on the website it
would be helpful


Re: Deliveries for QCX+

George Korper
 

Go to your QRP Labs account and then to ORDERS to check status. 
There is a backlog, when it ships you will be emailed. 
The email will have a tracking number for FEDEX TNT.
Follow tracking on the FEDEX TNT website (Google it)

On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 10:51 AM Steve <steveb2541@...> wrote:
Yes agreed, and I paid for the fast delivery, hence my request for some information.


Re: Deliveries for QCX+

Steve
 

Yes agreed, and I paid for the fast delivery, hence my request for some information.


Re: Deliveries for QCX+

Dave
 

There are literally hundreds of discussions on delivery times. Those who chose the slow boat option will find their package delayed between six weeks and six months by the Covid-19 precautions. Those who chose the slightly more expensive TNT/FedEx option will get their package within a week. Then a month later they will also receive an invoice for HST/VAT, a Forwarding Fee (whatever that is) and tax on all of that. The invoice is non-negotiable.

Ya pays yer moneys and gets yer services, such as dey are.

Dave


On Jul 29, 2020, at 10:41, Steve <steveb2541@...> wrote:

Sorry if this has been asked before, but are there any ideas od delivery times for the QCX+

The website lists a 3 week lead time on one page and delivery in mid june in the description which
was what i signed up for?

While i appreciate that they are a little busy, I've been waiting just shy of a month, have no
idea when I can expect to even see an email for despatch, let alone take delivery.

Maybe some work on the website to clarify the position, maybe just a quick note to state which order number
they are up that have been despatched?

Regards

Steve


Deliveries for QCX+

Steve
 

Sorry if this has been asked before, but are there any ideas od delivery times for the QCX+

The website lists a 3 week lead time on one page and delivery in mid june in the description which
was what i signed up for?

While i appreciate that they are a little busy, I've been waiting just shy of a month, have no
idea when I can expect to even see an email for despatch, let alone take delivery.

Maybe some work on the website to clarify the position, maybe just a quick note to state which order number
they are up that have been despatched?

Regards

Steve


Re: My QCX+ in operation vs FTDX1200

The Crunchbird
 

Paul,

I just checked Digikey and Mouser and the NJM2211D is being discontinued. It is marked by Digikey as "Obsolete." Don't you hate it when that kind of thing happens!!! Dave N2SN 


Re: Got my QCX+ today!!!

The Crunchbird
 

My QCX plus also arrived today here in Florida. Mine too was shipped from Turkey. I was so amazed by the quality of the kit that I ordered the fifty watt amplifier to go wit hit. 


Re: QCX+40 WSPR not working

Mike Besemer - WM4B
 

My GPS is installed inside the case and permanently hardwired to the qcx. I installed a double pole single throw miniature toggle switch on the back panel to take the GPS Data and 1pps out of line when I'm using CW or editing in the menus. That works fine.

I also installed a toggle switch on the back panel to turn off the backlight.

Mike
WM4B


Re: QCX Challenge Non-QCX Radio Power Rule Question

db9pz@...
 


I agree too, 

but there is moore in my thinking, about ham-radio and QRP, and all the stuff around, ... : 

But, is it not the way, that CW (RTTY; FSK; Code) is 5Watt, and SSB (AM; FM; PM; eventually 'digital voice'; phone) is 10W - 'maximum power' ? 

O. K. this unit (QCX)  is primarly a CW-device, but thinking for the up-coming QSX, not to forget, ... !

Or should it be the suggested, only 5Watt, at all?

Let us all make a "thought-experiment", an example:

FT-8 - most of the digital modes, are as especially made for 'weak reception', 'low power' and 'bad propagation'.

Is this the real clue, using 5 or 10W, (QRP) for the digital applications? To give the 'voice-people' a bit more of a chance ? 

You will say, there is not much difference, in using 10 instead of 5W, in receiving, the signals. But it is alway a 'very low, and near the groundfloor' reception at all!
Then the extra "punch" of +3dB, will do a very good job!

Now in mind of this:

When all will play the 'same game'! - Not using a 'legal' power amplifier, for making FT-8 contacts!

But that is not what happend to be, ... !

When using a such an amplifier, to make FT-8 contacts, ...

 - This is not the way, that the 'inventor' is going to make it happend! -

(weak signal is not "maximum legal" output, ... !)

It should be made for 'little pistols' having a chance, to make a reliability contact, with DX-Stations , that 'normaly' are not possible.

'Little pistols with small antennas,' ... !

I often "hear" stations, calling FT-8, not having an adequate antenna for that band, they are 'calling', using a 'matched' amplifier to a 'not so good antenna', and at least of 1k5W (!) output, making 'weak signal contacts' all over the world, ... ! DX-station will recieve their transmissions with a signal-rpt: 599+10 and more! 
This is NOT a weak signal, this is 'noise-pollution' on the whole FT8-frequency, and up and down the QRG! It's not 'weak' in any mannor! ...  +10 to 15dB with a 'bad' antenna in 'full-compresson-mode' (overdriven amplifier!) with more than 3kHz wide signals, and every few kHZ a 'ghost signal' apearing in the 'water-fall' of  a 'near by Ham-stations', more then 500km/300miles away?

(This could be a DX-Contact by itself - when looking for it!)

And with 'this equipment', trying to get another "HOP", through the stratosphaere? Making more miles/km's ? - With an 'overshoot' of more than 25dB ? Is this weak signal reception AND weak signal transmission? it is brutally forced signal, ignoring the 'unwritten rules' of Ham-Radio!

"Only use the minimum of needed power, to make the contact, ... ! "

Is this still Ham-Radio? 

Is this the way it should be made? 

Not making DX-CC on a Saturday after-noon, with a wet 'noodle' in the air! This is not, it was invited for!

What is about 'brotherhood of a Radio-OP's', of all the YL's, OM's and SWL's in a club, or at a private station, what's about friendship, equality, where you come from, where you are, what 'colour' of you skin is, what kind of religion you have, what is your income, ... ?
All theese things that made mankind a 'very unique look', and differentiate from animals? 

We all should take a look at the conduct of Ham-radio fair-play! You know what I mean. 

- I don't realize the original "name" for it, right now! But it was one of the first things, I learned more then 30 years ago, in the very beginning of my Ham-Radio-career. You may help me, to find the correct name of the 'book' ! - still aviable and present, as a "PDF"-file in the internet. Take your time, to read the pampflet!  

( I am not native English spoken ! Please apollogize, for all the mistakes I made in this statement! You are free to collect and recycle them elsewhere! - I am an European, we all, collect our 'secondary raw material', (you may call it 'waste'!) for recycling! - Hi Hi ! )

Is ham-radio no more a 'gentlemen's-agreement' game ? One of the most  apriceated, and first known, of the 'new technology world'? A 'social' agreement? We should be 'progressive' ! Also in a social way, not only with the technique, that we have.

Is it only "first come, first place' in your mind?

Is it 'always a competition', what every  YL or OM will do? 
Where are the 'good people' here? Are they still exist? 'Ham-Spirit' - an unknown word? 

This are my 2 €-Cent, for the 'good old Ham-Radio', ... I hope, it will have chance in the up-coming future!

You should think about it, in this precarious situation, even moore! 

A lot of 'old, disabled, ill, veterans, misplaced, and even "normal" people', will suffer, from the 'bad' time  we have in this days!  And their "most and only hobby" - Ham-Radio! 
It begins in the 'little' and ends at the 'very large', ... ! 
A 'thing' we all should be aware, and don't "destruct" yourself , here!

Hope things are getting better, all over the world, stay safe, and, ... 

 ... 72/73 de Markus ; db9pz 


Re: QCX+40 WSPR not working

Tony McUmber
 

You understand correctly.

I'll be eager to read your results.  If I am not the only one who experiences this, maybe there is a solution for a future modification.  If it's just me, then all hope is lost :)

Tony N0BPA


New U3S firmware won't go to into "Setup"

steve@...
 

I have a U3S Rev. 2 and just installed a new firmware chip v3.12a  (after 3 months travel by mail). A power cycle brings up the "Diagnostic" screen indicating that all is well, but a single press of the S1 button takes me to "Reset", apparently skipping over "Setup".  After a few seconds, Reset says "done", a relay clicks, and then the clock (only) appears and begins counting up from zero.  At this point, neither S1 or S2 has any effect.  The only action possible is to power cycle the U3S which brings us back to the "Diagnostic" screen.

I have removed the new firmware chip, checked for bent pins, etc. and re-seated it with no change in outcome.  
GPS connected or disconnected makes no difference.  Power supply is analog @ 8.7 volts regulated down to 5.08v via heatsinked 7805
At this point, any hints, kinks, or suggestions are welcomed.
Thanks,
Steve, k5dog


Re: QCX+40 WSPR not working

 

If I'm understanding correctly what's going on for you...

As I use the same QLG for two QCX rigs, I leave the power connected to one of them, and move only the signals from the one to the other (using a split ribbon cable). it maybe that removing the power causes a diode pull-down or something that trgiggers a reset. I'll try removing only the power from the actively connected unit when I'm up in my shed where the rigs are, tomorrow.

Julian N4JO

On 7/28/2020 10:19 PM, Tony McUmber wrote:
This seems like a good an helpful suggestion.  No, I have not left it on for an extended period, not realizing that this could make a difference.  I will give it a try.  Thanks!

Now if someone can help me understand why my clock resets to 00:00 when I unplug the QLG1 power plug from the PTT jack...

73, Tony N0BPA


Re: QCX+40 WSPR not working

Tony McUmber
 

This seems like a good an helpful suggestion.  No, I have not left it on for an extended period, not realizing that this could make a difference.  I will give it a try.  Thanks!

Now if someone can help me understand why my clock resets to 00:00 when I unplug the QLG1 power plug from the PTT jack...

73, Tony N0BPA


Re: Question for the group

@CurtisM
 

Vern

first reaction is that the QCX already possesses nice CW filtering - and it is narrow enough that most of the utility of that programmable filter isn't useful.  okay if you have up to 10 competing signals in your 200 or 300 Hz bandwidth - well in that case I suggest QSY!  I do confess this op tends to keep the bandwidth constant in his 2 all-band HF rigs, rarely changing even though both are adjustable.  the narrow filtering of the QCX means that there won't often be more than one signal to display on that little spectrum display - yes reminds me of those little extra dials on my wristwatch I really cannot see anymore - I forget what they are for (-: 

73 curt wb8yyy


Re: Small Circuit Board in mail.

Ron W3ZV
 

That’s it. Thanks

On July 28, 2020 at 18:23:02, N3MNT (bob@...) wrote:

TCXO Board?

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Ron W3ZV


Re: QCX+40 WSPR not working

Gregg Myers
 

Hi Tony,

I saw your post and was curious about my QLG1 time compared to a WWVB corrected clock I have. When I first started up the QLG1, I saw a 2-3 second discrepancy between the two but after a few minutes (maybe 5 min), the two times were suddenly in lock step. Did you try leaving the GPS powered up for some time? Also, I don't know if you tried moving the GPS unit where it had an unobstructed view of the sky just to maximize the number of satellites received as a test?

73,
Gregg



On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 3:27 PM Tony McUmber <tmcumber@...> wrote:
I have been using WSPR with good success for the past couple of years with my original QCX.  Always have used NIST website for time -- they claim that the time tick is corrected for network delays.  I have no had a problem with the time when doing this.  My old QCX drifts away from the set time after a while, and if off by 2 seconds or more my observed hits diminish to none.

With the new QCX+ I use the same time setting routine and have good luck with it, plus the new rig holds the time better. The problem is this:  when I use the QLG1 to set the time clock on the rig, the result displayed is always about 3 seconds late compared to the NIST reference I have always used with good results.  The three second delay keeps me from getting good results on WSPR.  When I then correct the time manually, I get the usual good results, and the rig holds the time accurately for longer.  The NIST time is not the problem, the QLG1 time seems to be the problem in that it does not match the NIST Standard UTC tick.  I may have made an error in assembly, but I do not see one.  Also, when I unplug the QLG1 power plug from the QCX, this action causes the displayed time to reset to 00:00.

I am unable to access WWV signals because I do not have the equipment to do so, but getting accurate time is not my problem.

Thanks for the feedback.

73 N0BPA


Small Circuit Board in mail.

Ron W3ZV
 

I just got mail from the QRPLabs facility in Missouri. It contained a half inch square CB with no information or instruction. I have recently taken delivery of QCX+ and TXCO kits. Anyone have an idea of what it is?

Ron
W3ZV


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Ron W3ZV


Re: QCX/QCX+ QSO AFTER-Party?

geoff M0ORE
 

Not certain what this interference has to do with the suggested party but XP and Win7 are not what I would call old. I use a reliable Dell laptop running Win 98 for digi modes and upgrades to my main station rig.

On 27/07/2020 20:21, George Korper wrote:
Catch 22. 

Why I never wanted a Flex. 

You must have a laptop. 

An old one with XP or Windows 7.





Re: QCX+40 WSPR not working

Tony McUmber
 

I have been using WSPR with good success for the past couple of years with my original QCX.  Always have used NIST website for time -- they claim that the time tick is corrected for network delays.  I have no had a problem with the time when doing this.  My old QCX drifts away from the set time after a while, and if off by 2 seconds or more my observed hits diminish to none.

With the new QCX+ I use the same time setting routine and have good luck with it, plus the new rig holds the time better. The problem is this:  when I use the QLG1 to set the time clock on the rig, the result displayed is always about 3 seconds late compared to the NIST reference I have always used with good results.  The three second delay keeps me from getting good results on WSPR.  When I then correct the time manually, I get the usual good results, and the rig holds the time accurately for longer.  The NIST time is not the problem, the QLG1 time seems to be the problem in that it does not match the NIST Standard UTC tick.  I may have made an error in assembly, but I do not see one.  Also, when I unplug the QLG1 power plug from the QCX, this action causes the displayed time to reset to 00:00.

I am unable to access WWV signals because I do not have the equipment to do so, but getting accurate time is not my problem.

Thanks for the feedback.

73 N0BPA


Re: Help needed to update QCX firmware #firmware #qcx

Snowist
 

I have a guide for Mac users but windows users can use the same avrdude directives described here. But you will need USBAsp device. It is cheap

http://www.ta1lsx.com/qcx-5w-cw-transceiver-kit-firmware-upgrade-guide/

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