Although quiet for awhile, busy just the same working on the Graphic Control and Screens. Many problems with the tools are slowly being overcome. We are using a touch-screen computer (described earlier) to control the amp and the environment around it. What you are viewing below are near actual size views of what you will see on the HF SuperPacker Pro V3 100W Amp. The pictures and ICONS are just examples of what I visualize how the Control System would appear to you. The color schemes and images throughout are by no means cast in stone. I am interested in getting across to you the ideas I have in mind. I look to you and the fertile minds of many to help shape and mold this into a really cool and functional project. I encourage your comments to help me meet your expectations. There are many cool things that we can do from this platform with the transceiver, tuner, SDR environment, etc. Please help and your contributions will not return void.
The upper left screen is the “splash screen” that announces the amp upon power up before advancing to the “Monitor” screen (right). From here, you can operate the amp and go to other menus by way of menu buttons at the bottom. On this one screen you monitor the vital functions of the amp in the 7 numeric displays. There is a decimal point (not shown) between the significant digits where applicable. Using the radio buttons on the left, you can control being “On/Off Line”. The “Tune” button controls the amp for about a second to measure the power in and select the appropriate low pass filter in certain modes before becoming “Ready”. Touch one of the 3 menu navigation buttons across the bottom to Calibrate, Configure and Setup the Amplifier.
The Calibrate Screen allows you to calibrate the four top measurements with independent calibrations for each band. Select the radio button to choose. The slider bar changes the calibration value to match your external calibration measurement. The band is selected by the left rotary dial while the other rotary dial in the Calibrate screen sets the RF input attenuation for that band. The 3 vertical buttons on the right are used in the Calibration of RF measurements. Tap the “Key” button. It illuminates RED while active. Tap “Set” to make your choice known. The “Clr” button reverts you to the factory default (start over). “Auto Bias” button starts an internal calibration of the bias settings for the MOSFETs. No pots!
The “Configure” Screen allows you to customize the Amp to match your environment. Each subject is controlled by radio buttons. For instance, choose “RF” or “PTT” for RF control. Select your rig to allow the amp to talk to it. I expect this list and methods will grow. Select the Low-Pass Filter Control source. “COR” measures the frequency to select the frequency. “817” uses the analog output from the FT817 to control the filter. “CAT” talks to the amp using the CAT interface language format. “RF Sel” chooses between two attached transceivers. “Antenna” selects which antenna to associate with which band. The “In RF Attenuator” associates the desired drive level according by band. Lock in your choices with “Save/Exit” or just “Exit” back to the “Monitor” screen.
The “Settings” screen is reached from the “Monitor” screen menu choice. There is a button for “More Settings” so additional settings can be added as needed. The Setting shown here is the “Hang Time” setting that is programmable for both CW and SSB modes. Use the radio button to select the mode and then rotate the dial to raise or lower the setting. Press “Set” to make your choice known or press “Reset” to revert back to factory settings.
I developed this part of the project so we know where we headed and when we have reached our destination. I value your input and look forward to “an undiscovered country of ideas” that will make this project pop! I appreciate all the followers of this project and rest assured that it has my high priority as finances permit to complete quickly as possible. There are ways already described about how you can help with finances. Get on the list for the project so we will be aware of your interest.
73, K5OOR – Virgil