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Re: LCD for Hilltopper?

Charles W. Powell
 

Bob,

A number of us have added the display to the HT-20, as well as Lloyd’s CAT code.  Yes, the display is I2C.  The only thing you must do is match the I2C address of the code to the display.  They aren’t all the same..  Several of us have made modifications to the code to add features to the display.  It’s a very versatile unit.

73,

Chas - NK8O

On Nov 10, 2019, at 7:38 AM, WA1EDJ <bobc784@...> wrote:

I don't have my HIlltopper 20 yet but will soon.  My long term goal, after it it working minus LCD is to add one.

Is the Lloyd WA4EFS code the solution being used these days?  

From what I can tell it is a I2C serial display, which I have.

TNX!
Bob
WA1EDJ


LCD for Hilltopper?

WA1EDJ
 

I don't have my HIlltopper 20 yet but will soon.  My long term goal, after it it working minus LCD is to add one.

Is the Lloyd WA4EFS code the solution being used these days?  

From what I can tell it is a I2C serial display, which I have.

TNX!
Bob
WA1EDJ


Re: [ADV] [HilltopperKit] Bring Back the Hilltopper

WA1EDJ
 

I too am interested in a Hilltopper 20.  Funds now available after the Hamfest!  Hopefully they are just "temporarily" out of stock.

Bob
WA1EDJ

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 3:12 PM jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:
I built both 40 & the 20 meter and both function beautifully.  I do not have a display on either of them but I would like to see them kitted with one.  I would definitely build 2 more Hi Hi.  4SQRP does a great job of kitting and I really enjoy building their stuff.  Got just about everything they have kitted.
See you all at OzarkCon.

Jack ..... WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
                                                 

On Nov 5, 2019, at 11:39 AM, W4DNQ <ron@...> wrote:

I would have loved to been a member of 4sqrp group when it started.
But better late than never!
I asked the question a few weeks ago and got a positive answer back that they are thinking about it.

I am asking for a vote to start re-kitting the Hilltopper40 or 20.
I vote yes, with or without a case and/or with or without a display.

Looking forward to a positive response.
Ron W4DNQ Macclenny, Florida em80


Re: [ADV] [HilltopperKit] Bring Back the Hilltopper

jrdock@ckt.net
 

I built both 40 & the 20 meter and both function beautifully.  I do not have a display on either of them but I would like to see them kitted with one.  I would definitely build 2 more Hi Hi.  4SQRP does a great job of kitting and I really enjoy building their stuff.  Got just about everything they have kitted.
See you all at OzarkCon.

Jack ..... WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
                                                 

On Nov 5, 2019, at 11:39 AM, W4DNQ <ron@...> wrote:

I would have loved to been a member of 4sqrp group when it started.
But better late than never!
I asked the question a few weeks ago and got a positive answer back that they are thinking about it.

I am asking for a vote to start re-kitting the Hilltopper40 or 20.
I vote yes, with or without a case and/or with or without a display.

Looking forward to a positive response.
Ron W4DNQ Macclenny, Florida em80


Bring Back the Hilltopper

W4DNQ
 

I would have loved to been a member of 4sqrp group when it started.
But better late than never!
I asked the question a few weeks ago and got a positive answer back that they are thinking about it.

I am asking for a vote to start re-kitting the Hilltopper40 or 20.
I vote yes, with or without a case and/or with or without a display.

Looking forward to a positive response.
Ron W4DNQ Macclenny, Florida em80


Re: Problems, now that the radio is completed

Charles W. Powell
 

This isn’t a component issue Jeff.  Other than setting the receive offset at 600 Hz, the rest is simply in the firmware.  There is some very good modified code that changes all of this.  I will send you a separate e-mail that has the code for the offset, display and CAT control.

72,

Charles - NK8O

On Oct 28, 2019, at 7:50 PM, Jeff Logullo N0̸MII <jeff@...> wrote:

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 01:25 PM, Charles W. Powell wrote:
The BFO is about 400 Hz too high (or 600 if the goal is a BFO frequency of 800 Hz.)  My KX2 is set at 600 Hz which appears to be around the peak of the passband on the Hilltopper.  If I try to adjust further, the BFO frequency merely starts to climb higher, and farther away from the desired frequency.  The trimmer cap I think was all the way down tight.  Which way does the trimmer go?  Increase or decrease capacitance?
I feel like Rip Van Winkle... this is an old thread, but uncanny that I came to search the archives and found I’m having exactly the same trouble with my Hilltopper 40, namely:

I completed step 1 of the alignment: my ‘big rig’ hears the Hilltopper 40 right on 7.030.
Step 2, however... no such luck. I verified the Hilltopper 40’s sidetone is ~800Hz (using an app on my iPhone and matching the tone by ear). Now, when I send a signal from the ‘big rig’, I cannot get the received pitch in the Hilltopper 40 to go any higher than 600 Hz (again, using iPhone app to verify pitch).

While I’m not a huge fan of the 800 Hz BFO offset, I’ll be happy to adapt. I’m much more interested in being in tune with the fellow I’m trying to work, and I’d rather not have to hum “do-re-mi-fa” while tuning to feel like I’m spot-on with the other guy :-)

Since Charles had the same issue (even on a Hilltopper 20) I’m wondering if this is just the way things are... or if both he and I had/have the same problem. I’ll get out the magnifying glass to verify component values around the mixer. But in the meantime, any other suggestions?



Re: Problems, now that the radio is completed

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 01:25 PM, Charles W. Powell wrote:
The BFO is about 400 Hz too high (or 600 if the goal is a BFO frequency of 800 Hz.)  My KX2 is set at 600 Hz which appears to be around the peak of the passband on the Hilltopper.  If I try to adjust further, the BFO frequency merely starts to climb higher, and farther away from the desired frequency.  The trimmer cap I think was all the way down tight.  Which way does the trimmer go?  Increase or decrease capacitance?
I feel like Rip Van Winkle... this is an old thread, but uncanny that I came to search the archives and found I’m having exactly the same trouble with my Hilltopper 40, namely:

I completed step 1 of the alignment: my ‘big rig’ hears the Hilltopper 40 right on 7.030.
Step 2, however... no such luck. I verified the Hilltopper 40’s sidetone is ~800Hz (using an app on my iPhone and matching the tone by ear). Now, when I send a signal from the ‘big rig’, I cannot get the received pitch in the Hilltopper 40 to go any higher than 600 Hz (again, using iPhone app to verify pitch).

While I’m not a huge fan of the 800 Hz BFO offset, I’ll be happy to adapt. I’m much more interested in being in tune with the fellow I’m trying to work, and I’d rather not have to hum “do-re-mi-fa” while tuning to feel like I’m spot-on with the other guy :-)

Since Charles had the same issue (even on a Hilltopper 20) I’m wondering if this is just the way things are... or if both he and I had/have the same problem. I’ll get out the magnifying glass to verify component values around the mixer. But in the meantime, any other suggestions?


Re: programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

Jim Pruitt
 

Steve,

I am guessing from that error that you have the wrong Si5351 driver version.  Newer versions than I think (do not quote me as this is from memory) has to be Etherkit's version 2.0.1 and it CAN'T be a newer version just like Ron pointed out.

Which LCD version are you trying to use?  Is it Lloyd WA4EFS version or was it a different one?  Which band are you doing?  20 meters?

If I can help just yell.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 10/24/2019 5:15 PM, Steve Szabo wrote:

OK Ron, help an old guy out!  Can you tell how to do that – direct??  I’m new at this.

Sszabo1@...

Steve

 

From: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io <HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io> On Behalf Of AG1P Ron
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:07 PM
To: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [HilltopperKit] programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

 

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
 

Yes, I now have a newly programmed chip and a two-line display!
Kudos to all of you!!!
NICE WORK!
Steve WB4OMM


Re: programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

Steve Szabo
 

Never mind!  I figured it out!!!!

Steve

 

From: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io <HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io> On Behalf Of Steve Szabo
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:15 PM
To: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [HilltopperKit] programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

 

OK Ron, help an old guy out!  Can you tell how to do that – direct??  I’m new at this.

Sszabo1@...

Steve

 

From: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io <HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io> On Behalf Of AG1P Ron
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:07 PM
To: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [HilltopperKit] programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

 

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
 

OK Ron, help an old guy out!  Can you tell how to do that – direct??  I’m new at this.

Sszabo1@...

Steve

 

From: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io <HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io> On Behalf Of AG1P Ron
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:07 PM
To: HilltopperKit@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [HilltopperKit] programming the Hilltopper Arduino chip

 

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

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


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
                                                 

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



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