NW Digital Radio Blog

ThumbDV™ Shipping Status

The latest run of the ThumbDV has run into component availability issues with oscillators showing 20 week lead time. We have sourced an alternate programmable oscillator which is being qualified now. Assuming all goes well, we will be shipping first week of December.

DRAWS™ Cases have moved to production!

We evaluated the latest samples last week and have approved them for production. Estimated delivery is 6-8 weeks, so we hope to be shipping by the end of the year. Both Early Adopter and Production Cases are now available for pre-order.

We were able to provide a fan option for both Cases. We tested with this 25mm 5VDC Fan which provides ~10 Deg C temperature reduction when pushing into the case and is silent.

Maker Focus PI-FAN

I’ll publish complete thermal results for the Pi 3 & 4 later this week.

 

 

DRAWS™ Cases Moving to Production!

The final prototypes have arrived and have been checked for assembly. We are moving to the production order this week, after final touch-up, so we should have cases ready to ship in 6-8 Weeks.

We will post an assembly video soon, and will open orders after that.

Excuse the Kitchen Counter Photos, I wanted you to see the final Case design. Both Cases support the Pi 3 or 4.

Thanks for your patience,
Bryan K7UDR

Early Adopter Case, with the GPS Antenna on the side, mounted on a Pi 3:

Production Case, with the GPS Antenna on the end, mounted on a Pi 4:

Top View, Both Cases:

Buster Updated to Support Catalina

Buster, the DSTAR app for MacOS using the ThumbDV™, has been updated to work with Catalina and is available on the App Store.

Thanks to Annaliese McDermond, NH6Z, with help from the open source community.

 

DRAWS™ Case Update:

Checked out the latest case prototypes. Only had a few minor corrections, so we updated the CAD files and ordered production samples. Once they arrive we will have a production ship date.

New AMBEserver Install Process on Github

A new install process for both end users and image builders can be found at ambeserver-install on Github.

This install is simple and straightforward.  It builds and installs a fresh copy of AMBEserver.  It will also add a new file descriptor /dev/ThumbDV when your ThumbDV™ is plugged into a USB port. Programs, including AMBEserver can then find the ThumbDV™ regardless of any other /dev/ttyUSBx devices you may have installed.

Systemd service files and ambeserver configuration files are also provided.

DRAWS™ Shipping Status:

As of today all backorders have been filled on DRAWS™ Boards.

We now have 30 boards IN STOCK!

We have started a new run so we should have stock on hand going forward.

DRAWS™ Shipping Status

Boards are in test and backorders will ship this week.

HamPi 1.0 Released – Includes support for DRAWS™

Attention All Hams Using Raspberry Pi For Ham Radio:

I am pleased to announce that HamPi 1.0 is now available for public download!
Please use the attached BitTorrent file to make it easier for everyone to get the image. And after you have completed downloading, please continue to seed for at least a week so other hams can benefit.
 
If you cannot or will not use BitTorrent, below are several download mirrors.
Direct Download Links:
US Callsign Alpha Prefix download here: https://bit.ly/HamPi_1_0-W3DJS
US Callsign Kilo Prefix download here: https://bit.ly/HamPi_1_0-WA4ZXV
US Callsign November Prefix download here: https://bit.ly/HamPi_1_0-N5XMT
US Callsign Whiskey Prefix download here: https://bit.ly/HamPi_1_0-KE8OHG

All other Prefixes download here: https://bit.ly/HamPi_1_0-VE4VR

If you run into issues, please post to the forum on https://groups.io/g/RaspberryPi-4-HamRadio/ first. If you see a bug (defect), please report it on the GitHub issues page at: https://github.com/dslotter/HamPi/issues

Good luck and 73!

HamPi Logo Transparent.png

 

Dave Slotter, W3DJS

Product Shipping Status:

ThumbDV™ is in stock!

DRAWS™ Boards are in the ASSY Queue, still waiting on a few components.

DRAWS™ Cases should receive approval this week.