First, a quick update about something I mentioned earlier on the blog. A few months back I talked about a big summer project that I would be involved in. Although that project is not yet complete, I’ve completed the most time-sensitive part of it, so I’m now able to put more time back into my… Read More OpenBeacon Mini → OpenBeacon 2
I’ve got an early Christmas present for you all! In conjunction with today’s final release of WSJT-X 2.0.0 (n.b. I’m not affiliated with that project in any way), I’m pleased to announce that I have now added the brand new 79-symbol FT8 protocol to my JTEncode Arduino library. The new version of the library is… Read More FT8 Cracked
A quick proof-of-life update for you. The whole month of July was pretty much wiped out for me between the yearly family vacation which was followed by hosting friends from out of town. We had a lovely time, but it left very little time for getting work done. Add to that the fact that the… Read More Mid-Summer 2018 Update
WSPRing for a bit on 10 meters today with OpenBeacon Mini. pic.twitter.com/7Y6ehMmUN0 — Jason Milldrum (@NT7S) May 31, 2018 It’s time for a brief update on how things are going with OpenBeacon Mini, the successor to the OpenBeacon MEPT that’s been a long time in the making. For those who are unfamiliar with the new… Read More OpenBeacon Mini Status – Early June 2018
I know it’s been quiet on the blog front. It’s because I’ve been working through some tricky issues with OpenBeacon Mini firmware. A long story, but the gist of it is that a timer subtlety was causing some hard-to-troubleshoot problems causing inconsistent transmit timing for WSPR. I’ve finally overcome that particular family of bugs, and… Read More OpenBeacon Mini Progress
A brief update to let you know how things are going. I’ve got a long checklist of things to implement in the OpenBeacon Mini firmware, and much of it I can leverage from my old OpenBeacon 2 firmware (although quite a bit of that needs to be refactored and updated). However, one bit that I… Read More OpenBeacon Mini Firmware Coding Proceeds
I had one footprint error, but otherwise it seems to be working as expected. About 300 mW RF output. More details to follow.
…receiving a shipment of PCBs from Shenzhen.
Since I’m waiting for circuit boards for OpenBeacon Mini to arrive, I want to keep the waiting time as productive as possible, so I’ve been working on the firmware. Specifically, one of my recent goals was to factor all of the modulation code out of the spaghetti mess that is the current state of the… Read More A New Arduino Library Appears!
If you watched my previous Twitch stream, you may have seen that I completed the layout of the first PCB spin of OpenBeacon Mini. Today I ordered the PCBs from DirtyPCBs, along with boards for my low-pass filter module, and more Empyrean boards in anticipation of wider beta testing soon. I wanted to get these… Read More OpenBeacon Mini Proto PCBs On The Way