Tuesday, December 24, 2019

uBITX arrives 2 days early

After only three days, the uBITX (v6) made the trip from India to Texas - two days ahead of DHL's own tracking estimate.

I'm very much looking forward to getting it put together and on the air but that won't happen before Thursday.

UPDATE: Who am I kidding...of course I went ahead and built the thing ;-)
It took a small screwdriver and 30 minutes of time - that's it. Here's a tip you'll need that's not yet in the online how-to-set-it-up guide: to get to the Preferences menu, push and hold (for more than 5 seconds) the tuning knob.

More after Santa's visit...
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11 comments:

  1. Lucky you! Thanks for sharing the shots of the parts...(as I wait for mine!)

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    1. I think the airwaves will be filling up with uBITX sigs soon - skeds anyone?!

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  2. Mine is on the way too! Can't wait. thank you for the heads up.

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    1. I'll be interested to hear if others also receive several wiring harnesses (4) like I did - they are not mentioned in the build instructions and aren't needed.

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  3. Mine should be here right after Christmas. Can't wait! :)

    What a fantastic early Christmas present, John. Obviously, it hitched a ride with the big guy!

    Thomas
    K4SWL

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    1. Come to think of it, I may have heard tiny hooves on the roof...

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  4. My 6 arrived on Christmas Eve. After some required present wrapping, I stayed up late and put it together. I have yet to talk to anyone on it yet, but it receives well! Congrats on getting yours for Christmas too, and hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

    Neil, W2NDG

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  5. That's great, Neil - and perfect timing. I'm hoping to have time this weekend to make some contacts with the rig on several bands.

    73 and HNY,
    John

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  6. Thank you so much for pointing out the five-second rule to bring up the setup menu. Try as I might, I haven't found that anywhere else on the HFsigs site, etc. I DID find that I could force a screen calibrate, followed by frequency and BFO, by holding down the encoder while booting up. But, until I saw your post, I couldn't figure out how to change the CW input preference.

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    1. Hi Dave - it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that the mic and key jack are one in the same. I wish there was better documentation associated with the rig but I think most people who buy it are upgrading from previous versions and already know some of the things that others may not be aware of. What do you think of the rig on CW?

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    2. It could use a better filter, and of course, Ashar points out that a narrower filter would be 'easy', if you care to hack the rig a little, both hardware and software. I find I don't have the time to do deep dives on stuff like these days. Maybe when I retire?

      Hopefully, they will get the CW semi-breakin mode fixed, so there isn't that annoying delay. I now have several HF QRP rigs to choose from, so right now I can scratch my CW QRP itch with either the KX2 I won at FDIM or my trusty old FT-817, which a upgraded a while back with dual Collins filters.

      I'm used to the pan display on my K3, so it's a step down to run without one. Makes it easy to see at a glance whether there is any activity on the band, and where it is.

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