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Fully stand-alone HF (Shortwave) Software Defined Transceiver & Vector Network Analyzer. Designed for rugged portable use. Highly hackable.

Michael R Colton 12/12/2014 at 05:315 Comments

Hi fans!

I just wanted to make a quick post here to let you know that I am still here. I wanted to have the Kickstarter live by now, but I really need to get some quotes back on PCB manufacturing, or I wont be able to set the prices with any confidence. I am so excited to get these out into the world, but I don't want to go broke doing it, you know?

I have an initial quote on the metals (though I want to change the design a little bit) and have been meeting with a local PCB assembly house. I've worked with them (as well as many others) for other projects and have found their work to be absolutely amazing. They cost a little more, but I think it will be worth it in boards that will work well for a long time. Also, since they're local, I won't have to pay for shipping, wait for shipping, or, for example, fly to China (I'm dying to go, but not on my own dime, you see).

I hope to have a quote back from them soon. When I've got everything figured out, you'll be the first to know!

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Jabí wrote 01/06/2015 at 07:57 point

Dear Michael: I am looking your news about your SDR. I have 10 ham om´s on Spain for buy (or assembly) your kit.

73,s de Jabi, EA2ARU.

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Andrea IU4APC wrote 12/27/2014 at 15:32 point

Great. Keep us updated when you start the Kickstarter campaign!

A lot of people is waiting for it.

All the best and may 2015 be a memorable year for you and for the ham radio community.

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Alex. wrote 12/24/2014 at 16:18 point

I'm verry curious :-) and I hope the kickstarter or whatever will work for you and of course for us as well ;-)

Happy X-mas and the best wishes for 2015!!!

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Frankamato679 wrote 12/13/2014 at 02:05 point
Good to hear from you, Michael! Don't rush it - Pace yourself to do it right - Keep your "Cost of Goods Margin" realistic to reward your efforts - Focus on personal priorities first. You have a great opportunity with this fantastic project. Don't let it consume your or others drive you. Good luck with it!

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DainBramage wrote 12/12/2014 at 19:31 point
Keep up the good work. We'll just have to wait until it's good and ready.

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