Hi everyone! I got 3rd place! I'm the 3rd best hacker in the world! Thanks everyone for your support! Congratulations to the other finalists, in particular SatNOGS! I have an unused, wooden garage that would be perfect for housing one of their antennas trackers. I'll need to get on that. Also, I would love a tricorder and spectrometer. I'd like a chipwhisperer too, but I think it's a little over my head.
So where have I been? (Sorry about that, btw) Well first, after all the stress of the contest, it was nice to kinda do nothing for a while. But mostly I've been trying to figure out how to get the PSDR produced so you can have one!
I've poured over the survey data; very interesting stuff! There are a few things in there that are encouraging; so many people said they'd buy a PSDR2 AND a future version! There are also a few things that people aren't going to like. Maybe it was the BaoFeng comparison, but a pretty large number of people said it would only be worth say $50-150 to them (some even less!). There's no way that can happen, it's made of expensive parts and.... how can I compete with a big Chinese company!
Right now I am finding places that can do the manufacturing for me, particularly the metal housings and PCB assembly. When I have some quotes back, I'll be able to determine what I can charge and not go broke (a very real possibility if I'm not careful).
I hope to have a Kickstarter project up in about a week. Thanks for your patience everyone! I haven't forgotten about you!
Also another religious thought, skip if you aren't interested.In my Had Prize Finalist Interview, I mentioned that if I won, part of the money would go to tithing. "Tithing? Really?" said Yarr. "Yes, really." says I. The short version on tithing is, I believe I am blessed financially, so I give something back. I also believe that if I pay tithing faithfully, that I will be able to meet my needs.
Well, the weekend that the final submissions for the contest were due, my wife needed emergency surgery. (She is fully recovered now, thankfully) We got the bills on the same day the Had Prize winners were announced. After taxes, the money I won is almost exactly equal to the bills. As I said in a previous post, I choose to believe this is not coincidental.