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Pages last updated by W0EB - 01/28/2020 @ 22:00 UTC

For W0EB's Bug "Dot Stabilizer" Page, click here.
Quick Link to W0EB/W2CTX uBITX files directory.
Quick Link to W0EB's Jack Strip breakout board page.
TSW's Older Projects, (Raduino Clone) Page-2.

Recent Announcements:
For reasons I'd rather not try to explain here, there will be NO PayPal order links on any of these pages. Sorry for the inconvenience, but all you have to do is follow the directions and contact W0EB via this or any of the other email links on these pages for ordering or further information.

We are now out of stock on the older "Raduino Clone" kits until late February/early March. We have in stock, a new Raduino clone for the V6 uBITX. We also have the popular Jack Strips and the Power Switching boards in stock as well. See the link to Page 2 above where you will find the details on the kits.

We have decided to retire the BITeensio and Stand-Alone Audio Filter Kits. They are no longer available.

Our Raduino Clone board using Farhan's factory V5.1 software will operate just fine with the V5 uBITX. TSW's BITeensio card will also integrate smoothly. W2CTX has written "all-in-one" software for the BITeensio's Teensy 3.6 with either 2.8" or 3.2" ILI9341 Color TFT displays that will, with a simple menu selection, switch smoothly between V3/V4 (we call these VL for "Legacy) uBITX rigs and the new V5 uBITX. You have to calibrate it for each version, but calibration data for each version is stored in different locations on the Teensy 3.6 SD card. Once done the menu selection will allow for moving the card smoothly between VL and V5 rigs. The default is V5 and the version is displayed discreetly on the sceen. This operational but "Beta" software is available now in the files section to use with both the 2.8 and 3.2" color touch screen displays. (Remember, these displays are NOT Nextion displays!) For further details click on the "Older Projects (Page2) link above and any new information will be posted there once we have it.

BRAND NEW
The "Triumvirate Skonk Worx (TSW) Presents:

Just Released!! TSW's new Raduino Clone KIT. designed specifically for the uBITX Version 6 as a backup or replacement for the Factory V6 Raduino. The KIT will be supplied with an Arduino NANO, pre-programmed to the factory's Version 6.1 firmware and it's designed to the same dimensional specification as the Factory Raduino so it will be a plug in alternative if the user's Raduino is damaged or a spare is desired.

Completed TSW V6 Raduino Clone KIT shown from the front.

Completed TSW V6 Raduino Clone KIT shown from the back.

TSW has decided since the most difficult part in the kit to install is the Si5351a clock/VFO chip, the KITS will come with this part already installed and checked for proper connections and that there are no shorted or open pins. The kit will also come with an Arduino NANO pre-programmed to the factory's version 6.1 firmware. In addition, we decided that we would use only 1206 sized SMD resistors and capacitors in this KIT to make it easier for people to install the little SMD parts. That should make this KIT a bit easier to build, especially for those who have previously been "Surface Mount challenged".

Construction manual for the TSW V6 Raduino Clone>

The TSW V6 Raduino Clone KIT can be supplied as a bare board for $8.00 post paid in the US. Due to postage increases, the cost for the bare board to those outside of the US and its posessions will be $15 USD and only 1 per order (International First Class "rigid" envelope).

Also available is a full kit of parts with the Si5351a IC already soldered in place and continuity checked, $35.00 post paid to the US and its possessions. For our Canadian friends, the full kit will be $45 USD (shipping included). For all other international orders, the price for the full kit will be $50 USD (shipping included).

For availability and ordering details please contact W0EB via this or any of the other email links on these pages.

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Currently also available, a simple adapter board kit to allow use of a Teensy 4.0 in place of the NANO on the TSW Raduino Clone card and, of course also on all factory Raduino cards! Actually, this adapter can be used in almost every application that uses a NANO to gain more programming space and vastly more computing power and speed. You only have to be careful to limit the voltages on all pins (except the main V-in) to 3.3volts as the Teensy 4.0's I/O pins are NOT 5 volt tolerant.

V6/Teensy video
18 minute video showing a V6 in operation with TSW's T4-NANO Adapter & software. Apologies for fuzzy full screen picture.

Teensy 4.0 to NANO adapter on a new Factory Version 6 Raduino

Teensy 4.0 to NANO adapter on an older Factory Version 5 Raduino

Adapter PC Board (only 2 SMD components, two 0.1 uF Capacitors and they will be soldered on the PCB for you.)

Assembled Adapter Kit shown from the Male Pin side. Note the missing pin.
This is necessary to protect the Teensy 4.0 from the +5 on the A6 input pin
and keeps us from having to remove R2 and cut a trace on the Factory board.
This way absolutely NO mods to the Raduino are necessary.

Assembled Adapter kit shown from the Female Socket side


The Teensy 4.0 to NANO adapter kit is now available from TSW as a bare board only for $5.00 USD (includes postage) in the US and Possessions.

It's also available as a complete kit of parts which DOES NOT include the Teensy 4.0 (Teensy 4.0 is available from PJRC.com for $19.95 plus shipping). You should order the Teensy 4.0 without pins or with loose pins as it MUST mount upside down on the adapter and you will have to solder the pins to it yourself to get it in this configuration.

Kit price is $10.00 shipped in the US and Possessions and includes all the parts (2 sets of 16 pin Male headers, 2 sets of 14 pin Female headers, two 0805 size, .1uF SMD capacitors which will be already soldered on the PC board and one 3 pin, right angle Male header for the CW Paddle connection).

I also have a limited supply of completely wired adapters (still less the Teensy 4.0) for $20 plus $5 shipping to US customers for a total of $25.

I can't ship the completed ones or the kits internationally as they are NOT ROHS compliant (tin/lead solder is used on the capacitors) and the international postage would be $13-15 US.

The bare boards CAN be sent (up to two at a time) in a regular International First Class envelope for standard "Rigid Envelope" International First Class Postage, so the International cost for the bare board will be $8.00 each (postage included).

Parts to complete the board are readily available almost everywhere and the parts list is included in the construction manual. We apologize profusely for any inconvenience this may cause our friends outside of the US.

The construction manual can be found in the Files section under "Documentation", but a link is included here for your convenience.

Teensy 4.0 to NANO adapter's construction manual.

Earlier, Our Programmer W2CTX successfully ported both the factory's version 4.3 and 5.1 software to the Teensy 4.0. Now we also have Teensy 4.0 software posted to the "Files" section which turbo-charges the operation of the new V6 Raduino.

You can find the latest version of this software under "uBITX Version 6 Brand New software for the Teensy 4.0" by following the link to the "Files" section near the top of this page. The latest file(s) will be the only one(s) in this directory. Release versions will end with the number such as 1.00 and we may also post a "beta" version or two for those who might want to experiment. These files will end with a version number and a lower case letter such as 1.01a, b, c, etc. The beta versions are almost sure to have bugs in them so act accordingly.

I've been running this software successfully on my actual V6 uBITX for some time now and it really speeds everything up. Another nice thing using the Teensy 4.0, many of the birdies and tuning clicks that were generated by the NANO in earlier versions are either completley gone or mostly moved out of the ham bands due to the 600 MHz processor speed of the Teensy 4.0. Gotta love it when a plan comes together.

Both working versions of our software (V4.3a and V5.1a) for the older Raduinos are in the "source code sketches" directory of the "Files" section. The filenames to look for are TSW_T4_v4.3a.zip and TSW_T4_v5.1a.zip. A PDF manual for each version is included in the respective zip file. The TSW T4 software manuals cover only our changes to the factory software's operating procedure so you will also have to become familiar with any instructions from the factory pertaining to the uBITX operation with their V4.3 and V5.1 software.

In order to compile TSW's Teensy 4.0 software, you will need to have Arduino IDE version 1.8.9 or later and the latest version of PJRC's "TeensyDuino" installed.

A thousand thanks to Jim, KK0U for providing a very detailed set of instructions for getting, installing, downloading, compiling and loading the TSW software to a Teensy 4.0! A copy of this manual is located in the "Documentation" directory on this website (see link at the beginning of this page). It can also be downloaded from the following link for your convenience.

Compile & Load instructions for TSW software by Jim Smith, KK0U.
Software Operating manual for TSW's lastest full release, Version 1.01

Further instruction in addition to those contained in the KK0U manual: After you get 1.8.9 (or later) successfully installed, go into the "Libraries" directory of the IDE and DELETE the LiquidCrystal directory. (There is another LiquidCrystal library under "hardware/teensy/avr/libraries". LEAVE THIS ONE ALONE. If you don't do this, it will conflict with the TeensyDuino's own LiquidCrystal directory updates. After you have done this, download the latest "TeensyDuino" IDE add-in for Arduino from PJRC and install it ONLY IN The SAME DIRECTORY YOU HAVE Arduino 1.8.9 (or later) INSTALLED IN! You will then be able to find Teensy 4.0 as a board under the "Tools" menu in the IDE and you should set it to this prior to attempting to compile any software written for the Teensy 4.0. It turns out you will also need a library called "Adafruit_ILI9341 installed in your IDE's "hardware/teensy/avr/libraries/ directory for our later software to compile correctly. If you can't locate a copy of this library check in our "Files" section under "Mandatory Libraries". I just placed a zipped copy of it there.

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