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Re: programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

AG1P Ron
 

I was able to get it to compile using Arduino version 1.8.7 and the Si5351 version Etherkit_Si5351-2.0.1.zip from https://www.arduinolibraries.info/libraries/etherkit-si5351  

 

72 - Ron - AG1P

 

 


Re: programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

Steve Szabo
 

Hi Folks,
My HT20 is FB!!  Special thanks to Dave - he is special!
I would like to upload the new code (Arduino Uno here) and attach the LCD.

However......!  When I 'verify" the code (using the Arduino Create Online Editor), it gives me an error message - "  no matching function for call to "Si5351::set_correction(long int&)'  "

Line 212,"    si5351.set_correction(FSCALE);  " is highlighted in a faded pink

Is this an issue?  if I load it will it mess up the works??  Whats up here??
THANKS!!!!!
Steve WB4OMM


Re: [ADV] Re: [HilltopperKit] Hilltopper 30

jrdock@ckt.net
 

I vote for it .... 30 is super for CW.  I have both the 20 & 40 and enjoy both.  Easy kit to build with top notch instructions with a design that’s hard to beat.
Jack ..... WD0CFH


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On Oct 19, 2019, at 3:58 PM, Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek@...> wrote:


I second that...

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK





On Saturday, October 19, 2019, 03:23:38 PM EDT, Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:


Please make available a Hilltopper 30.  The 20 and 40 are great kits.  30 meters is a great band, so please seriously consider making a Hilltopper kit available for that band.
Lee, w0vt, w5drc


Re: Hilltopper 30

Gary Kohtala <gary.k7ek@...>
 

I second that...

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK





On Saturday, October 19, 2019, 03:23:38 PM EDT, Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:


Please make available a Hilltopper 30.  The 20 and 40 are great kits.  30 meters is a great band, so please seriously consider making a Hilltopper kit available for that band.
Lee, w0vt, w5drc


Hilltopper 30

Leland L. Bahr
 

Please make available a Hilltopper 30.  The 20 and 40 are great kits.  30 meters is a great band, so please seriously consider making a Hilltopper kit available for that band.
Lee, w0vt, w5drc


Re: programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

Curt
 

Keep thinking about Kd1JV's open source code here: http://kd1jv.qrpradio.com/XMEGA/XMEGA.htm.  Wondering if the code could be adapted to run a Hilltopper.  I know there are some additional push buttons needed for all of the functions, but that is a fairly low hurdle. The notes say just load something called "FLIP" from Atmel site onto laptop and eventually load provided code through USB to controller. The provided code is Assembly language.

I built an ATS-3B years ago ( kick myself for selling it ) and the functionality with five momentary push buttons was breathtaking.  I believe it was running this code.  Besides the audible frequency it had a single digit display that displayed the frequency.  And a multiple memory iambic keyer. 

Guess as is typical of some hams, am always thinking about modifying stuff.

Curt KB5JO


Re: Hilltopper

Leland L. Bahr
 

If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers.  (Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt


Re: Hilltopper

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Dave I have enjoyed my Hilltopper 20 a great deal and the audio mods were huge improvements, thanks for cooking those up for us.  I just ordered a HT40 and I am having Steve N0SM build it for me...will be glad to have them both in my pile of stuff.  

Squirrel season is upon us here in the Hoosier state....I think I remember a conversation we had a while back...here we have BIG reds and small grays...and I think you indicated you fellers up that way had BIG grays and small reds.  Not sure why that stuck in my mind. :-) 

(Rev George Dobbs would call it my pelf pile)

Thanks again! 

de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 7:54 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:
Lee-

Thanks for your comments.   I suspect they had a hand in prompting a number of orders.  We were away on vacation, and returned to find the remaining store of Hilltoppers nearly sold out. Thanks again for your enthusiasm!

73- Dave, K1SWL

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 1:14 AM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:
I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter
version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much
fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not
built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a
40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity.  The
Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.  (I
just finished populating the board of another vendor's kits, and the
process was taxing to say the least.  At 81 years old, soldering surface
mount parts was not fun.  Finding where the parts all went was like
being on an Easter Hunt too!)  I love the fact the Hilltoppers are true
5 watt rigs at 12 volts and not at some higher voltage.  This makes
furnishing a power supply and charging the appropriate battery pack much
easier.  The rig covers the whole 40 meter band too!  I really like this
as I love the 7100-7125 portion of the band.  Not all 40 meter CW kits
cover this higher CW portion of 40 meters.  My only gripe is I think a
2019 rig should include a keyer with memory.  I like a memory keyer so
the one built in won't be used much.  I'll be using my 4 States outboard
EZ Keyer III. Not having to deal with finding or making a cabinet is
also a nice touch.  The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL
SLEEPER!  Years ago I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were
available and have always kicked myself for not picking one up when they
were available.  I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the
Hilltoppers before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are
basic solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken
care of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet
proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and
KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use.  That is saying something as
KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of
ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider
buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me, the
Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !

Lee, w0vt, w5drc





--
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Hilltopper

Dave Benson
 

Lee-

Thanks for your comments.   I suspect they had a hand in prompting a number of orders.  We were away on vacation, and returned to find the remaining store of Hilltoppers nearly sold out. Thanks again for your enthusiasm!

73- Dave, K1SWL


On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 1:14 AM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:
I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter
version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much
fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not
built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a
40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity.  The
Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.  (I
just finished populating the board of another vendor's kits, and the
process was taxing to say the least.  At 81 years old, soldering surface
mount parts was not fun.  Finding where the parts all went was like
being on an Easter Hunt too!)  I love the fact the Hilltoppers are true
5 watt rigs at 12 volts and not at some higher voltage.  This makes
furnishing a power supply and charging the appropriate battery pack much
easier.  The rig covers the whole 40 meter band too!  I really like this
as I love the 7100-7125 portion of the band.  Not all 40 meter CW kits
cover this higher CW portion of 40 meters.  My only gripe is I think a
2019 rig should include a keyer with memory.  I like a memory keyer so
the one built in won't be used much.  I'll be using my 4 States outboard
EZ Keyer III. Not having to deal with finding or making a cabinet is
also a nice touch.  The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL
SLEEPER!  Years ago I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were
available and have always kicked myself for not picking one up when they
were available.  I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the
Hilltoppers before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are
basic solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken
care of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet
proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and
KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use.  That is saying something as
KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of
ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider
buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me, the
Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !

Lee, w0vt, w5drc




Re: Hilltopper

Curt
 

No one asked, but I think this radio ought to be a great candidate for more kit runs.  With all of the fine manual work and packaging, not sure why they haven't been flying of of the shelves.  I mostly operate 20M & 30M QRP and own a HB NE4040 ( and Bayou Jumper ) so HT40 isn't in my future.  But the radio is easily, quickly built and performs very well.

Curt KB5JO


Re: Hilltopper

Ron K0OXB
 

Many thanks Jim for the notice of limited availability.  Have a 20m yet to build but would definitely hate to miss this one.  Just ordered to be sure.  Again genuinely appreciate the time and effort expended in this kitting venture for the benefit of the group!
73, Ron K0OXB


On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 12:45 PM, Jim Pruitt
<jpruitt67@...> wrote:
As a heads up: Just in case anyone is undecided about ordering the
Hilltopper be aware that I only have 8 kits left.  There has been talk
of another short run but even if that happens it will take time to get
the parts and boards ordered and in hand  and get them kitted and there
is no guarantee that the group will do another run. If the Hilltopper is
on your list but you have not ordered it yet, you might consider
ordering it now before they are gone.  Dave Benson did a terrific job on
this kit.

Thank you for your support.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY



On 9/12/2019 10:14 PM, Leland L. Bahr wrote:
> I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter
> version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much
> fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not
> built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a
> 40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity. 
> The Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.
snip
>   The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL SLEEPER!  Years ago
> I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were available and have
> always kicked myself for not picking one up when they were available. 
> I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the Hilltoppers
> before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are basic
> solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken care
> of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet
> proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and
> KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use. That is saying something as
> KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of
> ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider
> buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me,
> the Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !
>
> Lee, w0vt, w5drc





Re: Hilltopper

Jim Pruitt
 

As a heads up: Just in case anyone is undecided about ordering the Hilltopper be aware that I only have 8 kits left.  There has been talk of another short run but even if that happens it will take time to get the parts and boards ordered and in hand  and get them kitted and there is no guarantee that the group will do another run. If the Hilltopper is on your list but you have not ordered it yet, you might consider ordering it now before they are gone.  Dave Benson did a terrific job on this kit.

Thank you for your support.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY



On 9/12/2019 10:14 PM, Leland L. Bahr wrote:
I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a 40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity.  The Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.
snip
  The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL SLEEPER!  Years ago I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were available and have always kicked myself for not picking one up when they were available.  I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the Hilltoppers before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are basic solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken care of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use. That is saying something as KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me, the Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !

Lee, w0vt, w5drc


Hilltopper

Leland L. Bahr
 

I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a 40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity.  The Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.  (I just finished populating the board of another vendor's kits, and the process was taxing to say the least.  At 81 years old, soldering surface mount parts was not fun.  Finding where the parts all went was like being on an Easter Hunt too!)  I love the fact the Hilltoppers are true 5 watt rigs at 12 volts and not at some higher voltage.  This makes furnishing a power supply and charging the appropriate battery pack much easier.  The rig covers the whole 40 meter band too!  I really like this as I love the 7100-7125 portion of the band.  Not all 40 meter CW kits cover this higher CW portion of 40 meters.  My only gripe is I think a 2019 rig should include a keyer with memory.  I like a memory keyer so the one built in won't be used much.  I'll be using my 4 States outboard EZ Keyer III. Not having to deal with finding or making a cabinet is also a nice touch.  The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL SLEEPER!  Years ago I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were available and have always kicked myself for not picking one up when they were available.  I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the Hilltoppers before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are basic solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken care of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use.  That is saying something as KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me, the Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !

Lee, w0vt, w5drc


Re: Hilltopper tales?

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

On Sep 10, 2019, at 2:56 PM, K7AHR <therealmarauder@...> wrote:

No, I hadn't gotten around to looking that up, and since I'm pretty sure I fried the 5532, maybe I'll just go buy myself a 4556 to replace it. Do you have a link to the whole set of audio upgrade suggestions? It looks like a few resistor and other component changes could boost the gain, and I'm frequently working weak signals so I would benefit a lot from that.
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Re: Hilltopper tales?

K7AHR
 

No, I hadn't gotten around to looking that up, and since I'm pretty sure I fried the 5532, maybe I'll just go buy myself a 4556 to replace it. Do you have a link to the whole set of audio upgrade suggestions? It looks like a few resistor and other component changes could boost the gain, and I'm frequently working weak signals so I would benefit a lot from that.


Re: Hilltopper tales?

Jim Pruitt
 

Hello Andrew.

Did you replace that stock NE5532 audio amp ic with K1SWL's suggested 4556 yet?

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 9/10/2019 9:21 AM, K7AHR wrote:
Incidentally, while practicing on Sunday, I did something and I think blew out the audio op-amp, so now my radio is temporarily out of commission.


Re: Hilltopper tales?

K7AHR
 

I've been operating temporary mountain-top stations for SOTA, and using the Hilltopper 20 has made that delightful. I have made a few 2000-mile contacts, to Mississippi and so on, and a collection of 1000+ mile summit-to-summit contacts. I worked Alberta from a mountain near Olympia, WA, and I held a wire on a mast out my 8th floor window and worked DX to Alaska at 1500 miles.

 

Incidentally, while practicing on Sunday, I did something and I think blew out the audio op-amp, so now my radio is temporarily out of commission.


Hilltopper tales?

Curt
 

I have been having fun with the Hilltopper 20, making contacts in US out to 1600 miles (CA).  No DX yet but cant wait for the CQWW 'test n Nov.

What are your Hilltopper stories?

Curt KB5JO


Re: HT20 Alive!

Curt
 

Just made contacts with MO n CA @ 4W to an 80M dipole up 50'  CA is 1400 miles, gave me a 539.  Of course he has a log periodic up high

Curt KB5JO


Re: HT20 Alive!

Curt
 

I hear the LiFePO4 batteries are more robust LiPo although have never used them.  For sure the lipos don't like total discharge or overcharge and can puff if subjected to either.  I use a balancing charger for the LiPo and they maybe are too delicate for banging around in a back or "go" pack.  I understand they can catch fire when abused although have never had that happen with the model airplanes.  I treat the LiPo like fine china and keep them in a special charging pack when not flying in an airplane.

Now to make some QSOs with emerald QRP.

73, Curt KB5JO