Once upon a time, it was now, and I attended a cool PIC class, taught by a dude who started and owns an automation company and decided to pass his programming and design knowledge on. When we got a bit bored with messing with our testing boards with buttons and a temperature probe and 7-segment displays, the idea of building a radio from the ground up sort of happened. The plan now is that we'll design the important stuff and then each of us will get on coding, enclosure building and stuff like that. I decided that this would be an awesome opportunity to opensource semicollective effort and to learn to use GitHub and to actually finish something.
BTW the teacher dude (from now on called the Overlord, for anonymity reasons) said that these tuners and drivers cost over a hundred dollars each but he got them with a warehouse he once bought so they're free from his perspective. A bit strange to shoestring budget me.
Details will be added as TL;DR to the project logs. Not much I can say yet!