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QCX+ problem - no CAT, continuous 5V on PTT #building #cat #problem #qcx

Robert Brandon
 

My 20M QCX+ is working well, but I can't get CAT to work.  Tried three different programs (N1MM, DX4WIN, TR4W), recommended settings and others as well.

I finished my 50W PA and noticed that when I plug the PTT cable (stereo) between the QCX+ and amp, the amp immediately keys.  I checked and see 5V on the PTT line all the time, during both TX and RX.

Related problems?  Any suggestions of what to check?  Thanks -
--
Robert K5PI


Re: QCX-mini update

Gary Bernard
 

Reg, agreed. Hans is not your local Walmart. Let him be. He has plenty on his hands.
Gary W0CKI


-----Original Message-----
From: R. Tyson via groups.io <tysons2@...>
To: QRPLabs@groups.io
Sent: Sun, Sep 20, 2020 9:56 am
Subject: Re: [QRPLabs] QCX-mini update

Well said Paul.
Some think they can just submit a shopping list of their own wants and desires instead of doing the shopping themselves.

Hans is already producing exceptionally good equipment at very favourable prices. He tries to get the most out of the components used and I doubt there is much room for modification without throwing the baby out with the bath water. Either accept what are very good products as they are or try to modify it to suit your own desires.... which may bear no resemblance to what others want.

Instead of want, want,wanting it might be better to try do, do, doing.

Reg                 G4NFR


Re: QCX-mini update

R. Tyson
 

Well said Paul.
Some think they can just submit a shopping list of their own wants and desires instead of doing the shopping themselves.

Hans is already producing exceptionally good equipment at very favourable prices. He tries to get the most out of the components used and I doubt there is much room for modification without throwing the baby out with the bath water. Either accept what are very good products as they are or try to modify it to suit your own desires.... which may bear no resemblance to what others want.

Instead of want, want,wanting it might be better to try do, do, doing.

Reg                 G4NFR


Re: Ferrite_material

jakob@...
 

Thanks a lot, Graham.
The catalog contains all I wanted and it has a good resolution for my aging eyes.
73 de AA0JR Jakob


Re: QCX-mini update

K2DB Paul Mackanos
 

Would it be possible for everybody to not ask Hans about adding, changing, doing anything different with the QCX mini. I would say, at this point in the design and development and debugging of the new proposed product is already past the stage where he can make any changes. Let him do his wonderful work and get this project finished and out the door so we can order one, and have a wonderful time building and enjoying it on the air !
We are amateur radio operators, experimenters, home brewers, etc., and hopefully not an appliance operator. If we don’t like a piece of equipment the way we bought it, there’s something we do about it, we modify it, then we put it on the group messages and let people know what we did to personalize it for our own use.

Paul K2DB 😎

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 9:37 AM Brent DeWitt <bdewitt@...> wrote:
Would it be possible to add an edge mount SMA layout underneath the BNC?
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Brent DeWitt, AB1LF
Milford, MA










Re: QCX-mini update

Brent DeWitt
 

Would it be possible to add an edge mount SMA layout underneath the BNC?
--
Brent DeWitt, AB1LF
Milford, MA


Re: Ferrite_material

Graham, VE3GTC
 

here is a link the latest Fair-Rite ferrite components catalog ( 17th edition) right from the Fair-Rite web page:


and a link to some interesting technical articles:


and here is where you can request a catalog:


Also, Mouser and Digikey are also good sources for Fair-Rite products.

cheers, Graham ve3gtc






On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 7:33 AM Timothy Fidler <engstr@...> wrote:
Whoa.. Jakob

https://www.jameco.com/Jameco/Products/ProdDS/1536958.pdf

This is the EDN 15 which is the dumbed down version of the earlier  catalog as it were

BUT The GENIUSes at Fair RITE took out the curves which I cut and pasted and presented between editions.  Possibly because people were having 
a hard time reproducing them experimentally or for instance basing copper tube Power amp transformers on the curves,
which would be total corruption of the intent of the data.

Why don't you email them and ask them for a copy of the  14th EDN as a PDF ?  They might even send you a hard copy if they still have any spare.

Explain why.  Don't zoom  things and bitch too much . You got them for free. 

I may well have said on the file posting where the  data came from - I can't check without risk of loss of this edit .  OVer to you . 

I did try to email you a copy of cat 14  but I did a purge of all my fat emails recently,  so I can't prove it went out.

 
Meilleurs Voeux !    TEF


Re: QCX-mini update

namerati@...
 

On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 03:40:18PM +0300, Hans Summers wrote:
One thing that has occurred to me: my current "SOTA kit" has a weight of
some 350g, and a good deal of that is the radio's aluminum enclosure.
My preliminary estimate for the weight of QCX-mini is a little under 200g
including enclosure.
Yes, my 350g figure includes radio, paddle, antenna, headphones, cables, carrying bag, etc. (BNC connectors and RG-58 are heavy, so I don't use them!)


Re: QCX-mini update

Steve in Okinawa
 

Sorry folks. My tongue was wedged deep in my cheek. 


Re: QCX-mini coloured case

RACHAEL SANDERS
 

There’s always something to mither on!
Some people are never happy if they don’t have something to moan about or mither on.

Anodised black with white lettering looks professional.
Let Hans get the QCX Mini and QSX done and dusted. They’ll both be great rigs!


On 20 Sep 2020, at 08:58, Ross Wilson <rzzzwilson@...> wrote:


Paint sounds ideal.  Tried painting anodized aluminium?  I have, and failed, though I'm told it's possible, with care.  But I would rather own a scratched plain aluminium case than a scratched and peeling painted case.

Ross AC3DN


On Sun, 20 Sep 2020, 14:32 morseoneuk via groups.io, <morseoneuk=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I had wondered  when someone was going to state the obvious!    " PAINT"   well said Peter..
why would anyone want to complicate the simple issue of case colour / color choice. 

On Sunday, 20 September 2020, 08:13:47 BST, Peter GM0EUL <gm0eul@...> wrote:


You can paint it yourself.  Start with an etch primer to key the surface then use an acrylic synthetic enamel like Plastikote.  They do a range called twist and spray that's widely available including on Amazon.  It's very easy, very forgiving and looks stunning.
73
Peter GM0EUL


Re: QCX-mini coloured case

Ross Wilson
 

Paint sounds ideal.  Tried painting anodized aluminium?  I have, and failed, though I'm told it's possible, with care.  But I would rather own a scratched plain aluminium case than a scratched and peeling painted case.

Ross AC3DN


On Sun, 20 Sep 2020, 14:32 morseoneuk via groups.io, <morseoneuk=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I had wondered  when someone was going to state the obvious!    " PAINT"   well said Peter..
why would anyone want to complicate the simple issue of case colour / color choice. 

On Sunday, 20 September 2020, 08:13:47 BST, Peter GM0EUL <gm0eul@...> wrote:


You can paint it yourself.  Start with an etch primer to key the surface then use an acrylic synthetic enamel like Plastikote.  They do a range called twist and spray that's widely available including on Amazon.  It's very easy, very forgiving and looks stunning.
73
Peter GM0EUL


Re: Ferrite_material

Timothy Fidler
 

Whoa.. Jakob

https://www.jameco.com/Jameco/Products/ProdDS/1536958.pdf

This is the EDN 15 which is the dumbed down version of the earlier  catalog as it were

BUT The GENIUSes at Fair RITE took out the curves which I cut and pasted and presented between editions.  Possibly because people were having 
a hard time reproducing them experimentally or for instance basing copper tube Power amp transformers on the curves,
which would be total corruption of the intent of the data.

Why don't you email them and ask them for a copy of the  14th EDN as a PDF ?  They might even send you a hard copy if they still have any spare.

Explain why.  Don't zoom  things and bitch too much . You got them for free. 

I may well have said on the file posting where the  data came from - I can't check without risk of loss of this edit .  OVer to you . 

I did try to email you a copy of cat 14  but I did a purge of all my fat emails recently,  so I can't prove it went out.

 
Meilleurs Voeux !    TEF


Re: QCX-mini coloured case

morseoneuk
 

I had wondered  when someone was going to state the obvious!    " PAINT"   well said Peter..
why would anyone want to complicate the simple issue of case colour / color choice. 

On Sunday, 20 September 2020, 08:13:47 BST, Peter GM0EUL <gm0eul@...> wrote:


You can paint it yourself.  Start with an etch primer to key the surface then use an acrylic synthetic enamel like Plastikote.  They do a range called twist and spray that's widely available including on Amazon.  It's very easy, very forgiving and looks stunning.
73
Peter GM0EUL


Re: QCX-mini coloured case

Peter GM0EUL
 

You can paint it yourself.  Start with an etch primer to key the surface then use an acrylic synthetic enamel like Plastikote.  They do a range called twist and spray that's widely available including on Amazon.  It's very easy, very forgiving and looks stunning.
73
Peter GM0EUL


Re: QCX-mini coloured case

Ross Wilson
 

Hi Greg,

I asked Hans' opinion on whether the case supplier could manage that option.  I didn't suggest that Hans gets involved in manufacture or supply of coloured cases in anyway.

I too am hanging out for the QSX and QCX-mini, but I'm sure that Hans won't spend any time towards an idea if he thinks it's a waste of his time.

Without turning my head I can see over thirty pieces of kit I've built over the years, and they, metal or plastic, are uniformly black.  I would like to being able to find something without pawing through all those boxes which are stacked high and deep on one small shelf.  You may think of this as "silliness", but if you do, have you removed all the colour rings from your scope probes, used only one colour LEDs (red, of course) in your projects, etc :)

I suspect I'm a bit like Hans in this case, a traditionalist.  Black is the correct colour, especially crinkle finish, but you can't get that an anodized aluminium, yet.

Ross

On Sun, 20 Sep 2020, 13:14 Greg Winterflood, <greg.winterflood@...> wrote:
Why bother Hans with frippery?

This site has turned into a "Girls like pink" and "Republicans like Trump" site. It is ridiculous. 

Let the man deal with diodes, PCBs, connectors, inductors, transistors, ICs etc. He is very good with those things. I bought my first Hans kit 7 years ago.

There was none of this silliness then. It is sad to see the intellectual level of kit building descend to "What colour I want".  I would like everything to be the colour of my dead Mother's breadboard - but I am not going to ask Hans to produce that. 

Ross, sit back. Your contribution will have been noticed in China, and before you know it, you'll be able to choose Tutti Frutti on eBay for you enclosure.

Greg  
--
Dr Greg Winterflood VK8KMD
Alice Springs, Central Australia
PG66wh


Re: QCX-mini update

Alan G4ZFQ
 

the only color paint that would dry fast enough for his production line speed was black.
I learned this on the internet so it must be true.
Yes, it's obvious. Black radiates the solvent quicker:-)

Alan


Re: QCX-mini update

RACHAEL SANDERS
 

Agreed!!


On 20 Sep 2020, at 07:24, Greg Winterflood <greg.winterflood@...> wrote:

Steve, I hope you have taken time to learn the meaning of "curmudgeon"?

Why accuse Hans of being a 'curmudgeon'?

That is the equivalent of calling a person a "Scrooge".

I have nothing but admiration for Hans and his enterprise.

He is a good bloke. 
--
Dr Greg Winterflood VK8KMD
BA MBBS DA DRCOG MPH
Alice Springs, Central Australia
PG66wh


Re: QCX-mini update

Greg Winterflood VK8KMD
 

Steve, I hope you have taken time to learn the meaning of "curmudgeon"?

Why accuse Hans of being a 'curmudgeon'?

That is the equivalent of calling a person a "Scrooge".

I have nothing but admiration for Hans and his enterprise.

He is a good bloke. 
--
Dr Greg Winterflood VK8KMD
BA MBBS DA DRCOG MPH
Alice Springs, Central Australia
PG66wh


Re: QCX-mini coloured case

Greg Winterflood VK8KMD
 

Why bother Hans with frippery?

This site has turned into a "Girls like pink" and "Republicans like Trump" site. It is ridiculous. 

Let the man deal with diodes, PCBs, connectors, inductors, transistors, ICs etc. He is very good with those things. I bought my first Hans kit 7 years ago.

There was none of this silliness then. It is sad to see the intellectual level of kit building descend to "What colour I want".  I would like everything to be the colour of my dead Mother's breadboard - but I am not going to ask Hans to produce that. 

Ross, sit back. Your contribution will have been noticed in China, and before you know it, you'll be able to choose Tutti Frutti on eBay for you enclosure.

Greg  
--
Dr Greg Winterflood VK8KMD
Alice Springs, Central Australia
PG66wh


Re: QCX-mini update

Steve in Okinawa
 

Ford's only black choice was not because he was a curmudgeon like Hans, but because of production issues (like Hans). At the time, the only color paint that would dry fast enough for his production line speed was black. 

I learned this on the internet so it must be true.

JS6TMW

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