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Re: My Hilltopper 40 is alive (sort of)

Ted
 

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:35 AM, Charles W. Powell wrote:
I think I will try the alternate op amp for the final audio of the radio.  I found TLV2462 x5 on ebay for $8.  Of course they may be worthless knockoffs, but I’m not out a huge amount if they don’t work.  I will report back on this.  The pin-out and voltage requirements otherwise look identical to the NE5532.
All,

I'm a new owner of a HT-20 and like the rig so far. I'll be looking at these mods to lower side tone and bring up the volume. RE: the above, and I know it's an older thread, how did the TLV262 work out in trade for the original audio amp?

-Ted
 K3RTA


Re: Status of Hilltoppers and Price they were sold at last time.

Timothy Fidler
 

Thanks for prompt reply.  

cheers, Tim F


Re: Status of Hilltoppers and Price they were sold at last time.

AG1P Ron
 

GE Tim,

The last selling price shipped within the US was $115 USD. Going to NZ is considerably more in these days of Covid-19. Today’s USPS price is $41.20 USD and it fluctuates which is why our Board has suspended International sales. As for the Hilltopper, we have limited financial resources and have other kits ahead of it being funded. We are not retiring the kit but it needs to wait its turn in our funding cycle.

 

72 - Ron - AG1P

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4SQRP Volunteer Webmaster

 

From: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of Timothy Fidler
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:07 PM
To: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [HilltopperKit] Status of Hilltoppers and Price they were sold at last time.

 

Gents,  I notice from the main page that all Hilltoppers are currently sold out.  - Is there a  rekit and if so , which bands please ?
I seem to remember a price (indic. only) of  USD 105 and I am guessing that was freighted to Nz 

I was going to suggest this  kit to someone here as it is less problematic to get going than the QCX series and has most of the features.

regards,  Tim F


Status of Hilltoppers and Price they were sold at last time.

Timothy Fidler
 

Gents,  I notice from the main page that all Hilltoppers are currently sold out.  - Is there a  rekit and if so , which bands please ?
I seem to remember a price (indic. only) of  USD 105 and I am guessing that was freighted to Nz 

I was going to suggest this  kit to someone here as it is less problematic to get going than the QCX series and has most of the features.

regards,  Tim F


Re: Hilltopper 40 help

K0LWY
 

GM everyone.   I received my new chip from Jim and everything is working like a top now.  rather than have it mailed in a separate box I just went ahead and ordered the HT-20 and had Jim put it in the same box to save on the shipping.  It's going to be a busy winter building kits.  The Hilltopper 20,  Bayou jumper and 4Stuner are all sitting on the shelf.  Hope they turn out as good as the Hilltopper 40 did.  If they don't I know where there are a lot of nice folks to help out.  Thanks everyone and especially Jim.
Wally K0LWY


Re: Hilltopper 40 help

K0LWY
 

Thanks guys.  I contacted Jim and everything is in the works.  Hope to have it running soon.
Great group and many thanks
Wally k0lwy


Re: Hilltopper 40 help

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm Wally, Dave
Yes, that is correct.

Please contact Jim Pruitt for a replacement chip.
His email is 

72
Johnny ACØBQ 


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Re: Hilltopper 40 help

Dave Benson
 

Wally-

It's a programming issue with the controller IC- and apparently you received one of them.

Jim Pruitt- the Hilltopper kitter-  can fix you up with a replacement, I believe.

73- Dave, K1SWL


On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 4:05 PM K0LWY <k0lwy@...> wrote:
I finally got around to building my HT-40 kit and have a problem.  The
receiver works fin and the transmitter puts out a good 5 watts but the
sidetone is just a buzz and the keyer is extremely slow,  maybe 3 wpm . 
A straight key isn't any better. Any idea where to look for the
problem.  Any help appreciated.

Wally- K0LWY



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Hilltopper 40 help

K0LWY
 

I finally got around to building my HT-40 kit and have a problem.  The receiver works fin and the transmitter puts out a good 5 watts but the sidetone is just a buzz and the keyer is extremely slow,  maybe 3 wpm .  A straight key isn't any better. Any idea where to look for the problem.  Any help appreciated.

Wally- K0LWY



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Re: Other comments from build of Hilltopper 40

Leland L. Bahr
 

Also, R8 on page 12 is listed as "yellow brown, orange" instead of the correct coding "yellow, violet, orange."  

Lee, w0vt

On 12/4/2020 9:09 PM, Richard Dodd wrote:
I saw Jim W3BNO's comment about the Hilltopper instructions on the main subgroup.
I have a few more items I found while building the 40 meter version.  I think the new manual has the same information.

1.
In the build list, R8 is listed twice.  Once on a line listing R8, R9 as 22KOhm resistors.
Immediately below it as just R8 as a 47K Ohm resistor.  This is the correct value.  However, here the colors are listed as Yellow-brown-orange.  It should be Yellow Violet Orange Gold

2.
In the build list, L3 and L4 – Should be Brown grey black gold, not brown grey gold gold
When you get to the group 6 instructions they are referred to as having brown-blue bands.  It should be brown-gray.

3
In Group 3 Assembly board image, SW2 is marked as if it is to be installed in that group.  It is installed in the final section.

Richard
K4KRW


Other comments from build of Hilltopper 40

Richard Dodd
 

I saw Jim W3BNO's comment about the Hilltopper instructions on the main subgroup.
I have a few more items I found while building the 40 meter version.  I think the new manual has the same information.

1.
In the build list, R8 is listed twice.  Once on a line listing R8, R9 as 22KOhm resistors.
Immediately below it as just R8 as a 47K Ohm resistor.  This is the correct value.  However, here the colors are listed as Yellow-brown-orange.  It should be Yellow Violet Orange Gold

2.
In the build list, L3 and L4 – Should be Brown grey black gold, not brown grey gold gold
When you get to the group 6 instructions they are referred to as having brown-blue bands.  It should be brown-gray.

3
In Group 3 Assembly board image, SW2 is marked as if it is to be installed in that group.  It is installed in the final section.

Richard
K4KRW


Re: J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit

Charles W. Powell
 

Sparks,

How goes it with the Hilltopper?  My 20 meter unit puts out 6 watts and the 40 meter rig puts out 7 watts, measured with my scope.  I wish all the radios I built worked that well.

72,

Chas - NK8O


Re: J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit

NV1F <Giulietti@...>
 

Dear Chas - NK8O:

   Thanks for prompt response and the explanation.  I am sure I will
have more questions in the future.  Now---I just need to keep soldering,
taking my time to avoid mistakes, and "go out in the field" before the
snow flies. Regards, "Sparks" NV1F

On 9/5/2020 9:28 PM, Charles W. Powell via groups.io wrote:
Dear Sparks,

First, congratulations on your return to the hobby.?? Second, the one
set of "extra" pins is for serial port access and CAT/computer
control, and the other is for a digital display.?? Both require
re-flashing the chip to add the extra functions, and neither is
necessary.?? The radio works quite well "right out of the box."?? I
have built four of them and I have made the modifications, but I
honestly just use them with the original case and no additions when I
go out in the field with them.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On 9/5/20 3:03 PM, Jeff Logullo N0??MII wrote:
Hi Sparks, and welcome back to the Amateur ranks!

Re J5 and J6: they aren???t strictly needed, if you just want to get
on the air and have CW QSOs. One header gives access to the I2C bus,
and the other to the serial data lines (perhaps for in-circuit
reprogramming of the CPU?). I venture to say that 99.95% of the
Hilltoppers build don???t have those headers installed.

For now, keep soldering!

72,
Jeff N0??MII


On Sep 5, 2020, at 2:15 PM, NV1F <Giulietti@gmx.com> wrote:

Please advise: (1) Where do I obtain the J5 & J6 header strips not
provided in this kit.."


Re: J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit

NV1F <Giulietti@...>
 

Dear Jeff-n0MII:

   Thank you for the prompt response:  I'm taking your advise "For now,
[to] keep soldering" taking my time, but I am sure I'll have more
questions as I go.  Regards, Sparks, NV1F

On 9/5/2020 4:03 PM, Jeff Logullo N0̸MII wrote:
Hi Sparks, and welcome back to the Amateur ranks!

Re J5 and J6: they aren’t strictly needed, if you just want to get on the air and have CW QSOs. One header gives access to the I2C bus, and the other to the serial data lines (perhaps for in-circuit reprogramming of the CPU?). I venture to say that 99.95% of the Hilltoppers build don’t have those headers installed.

For now, keep soldering!

72,
Jeff N0̸MII


On Sep 5, 2020, at 2:15 PM, NV1F <Giulietti@gmx.com> wrote:

Please advise: (1) Where do I obtain the J5 & J6 header strips not
provided in this kit.."


Re: J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit

Charles W. Powell
 

Dear Sparks,

First, congratulations on your return to the hobby.?? Second, the one set of "extra" pins is for serial port access and CAT/computer control, and the other is for a digital display.?? Both require re-flashing the chip to add the extra functions, and neither is necessary.?? The radio works quite well "right out of the box."?? I have built four of them and I have made the modifications, but I honestly just use them with the original case and no additions when I go out in the field with them.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On 9/5/20 3:03 PM, Jeff Logullo N0??MII wrote:
Hi Sparks, and welcome back to the Amateur ranks!

Re J5 and J6: they aren???t strictly needed, if you just want to get on the air and have CW QSOs. One header gives access to the I2C bus, and the other to the serial data lines (perhaps for in-circuit reprogramming of the CPU?). I venture to say that 99.95% of the Hilltoppers build don???t have those headers installed.

For now, keep soldering!

72,
Jeff N0??MII


On Sep 5, 2020, at 2:15 PM, NV1F <Giulietti@gmx.com> wrote:

Please advise: (1) Where do I obtain the J5 & J6 header strips not
provided in this kit.."


Re: J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

Hi Sparks, and welcome back to the Amateur ranks!

Re J5 and J6: they aren’t strictly needed, if you just want to get on the air and have CW QSOs. One header gives access to the I2C bus, and the other to the serial data lines (perhaps for in-circuit reprogramming of the CPU?). I venture to say that 99.95% of the Hilltoppers build don’t have those headers installed.

For now, keep soldering!

72,
Jeff N0̸MII

On Sep 5, 2020, at 2:15 PM, NV1F <Giulietti@gmx.com> wrote:

Please advise: (1) Where do I obtain the J5 & J6 header strips not
provided in this kit.."
--
Jeff N0̸MII


J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit

NV1F <Giulietti@...>
 

Dear Hilltopper 40 Subgroup:

    I am a 78-year-old returning amateur licensee having lost my 1968
Extra-Class call (w1dh) earlier this year for failure to renew.  With
the assistance of ARRL VECs I was retested in March and am now licensed
as NV1F.

    Earlier this week I received my Hilltopper 40 kit and am starting
the build:

At page 6 of the rev. 16 April 2020 manual it states in red ink: "Please
note that the J5 and J6 header strips are not provided in this kit."  
It continues in normal black ink: "See the "Files' section of the
subgroup for  more information."

     Please advise: (1) Where do I obtain the J5 & J6 header strips not
provided in this kit.."  What do header strips look like and where would
I obtain them, now that radio shack has closed and (2) how do I see "the
'Files' section of the subgroup for more information.

Regards, "Sparks", NV1F


Re: Hilltopper tales?

Colin Evans M1BUU
 

My Hilltop(per) tale comes from way back in April 2017.

I'd just finished building my Hilltop 20 and took it on it's first SOTA outing. I had climbed Red Screes, a SOTA qualifying summit in the English Lake District. (SOTA ref G/LD-017).

My first QSO was with KA1R in Massachusetts. N1EU was next in the log from near Albany, NY. N4EX in North Carolina rounded up the trilogy of transatlantic contacts. I was quite pleased as I had put a lot of effort into building the rig.

I'm looking at revisiting this rig to update the firmware with the Hilltopper sketch from the group files. I need to check pin assignment etc.

73, Colin

On Sun, 3 May 2020, 05:06 John, <AL7JK.John@...> wrote:
Too nice to stay indoors today during the 7QP event. Setup out on the deck
in the backyard, HT20, T1 tuner & a 43ft wire suspended from a spiderbeam
mast. Lotta fun, HT20 was singing cw rite along among the contesters.
Love that HT20 ! 73 de AL7JK, John


Re: Hilltopper tales?

 

Too nice to stay indoors today during the 7QP event. Setup out on the deck
in the backyard, HT20, T1 tuner & a 43ft wire suspended from a spiderbeam
mast. Lotta fun, HT20 was singing cw rite along among the contesters.
Love that HT20 ! 73 de AL7JK, John


Re: Hill Top 20 firmware update (and hello!)

Colin Evans M1BUU
 

When I'm feeling brave enough I'll tear down the rig and reflash the Nano with the code from this group. I guess that I'll have to study the code to make sure pin assignments are OK etc.

I do tend to 'work up' to doing something, at the moment I'm just in the thinking phase, the doing will come much later :-)

I wasn't happy with the alignment that I did, my filter crystals had a different charasteric so the centre frequency took some experimenting to find out. I need to go back in and try to characterize the filter whilst the rig is in bits.

73, Colin

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