It turns out Polish Post Office is the worse courier company in Poland, and probably don't have lots of competitors in Europe. The package containing my LEDs and some other highly optional components for this project was supposed to arrive within 48 hours. The final time was 182 hours. The second package, the one holding 3 kinds of FM radio modules was still late.
The courier called me 7 days after the package was sent. Unfortunately I wasn't home. I figured it's not a big problem, I'll get it from the post office the next day. And this is where it is getting really wrong. It turns out the courier didn't leave the package at the post office as he was suppose to, instead he drove the package back to the warehouse where it will probably wait a few more days before being sent to me one more time. Needless to say chances for it reaching me before the end of the contest are unbelievably slim.
I was ready to give up, but then I decided to go through online catalogs of all electronics shops in Warsaw and it's surrounding - and I found what I was looking for! SparkFun's Si4703 FM Tuner Basic Breakout. I bought it of course so I can continue working on this project.
I learned two things:
- never trust Polish Post Office
- using rare components when you have a fixed deadline is risky at best
Now I'm wondering, what will I do with the extra 3 or 4 FM radio modules if they ever arrive...