Basil delivered the IQ ADC/DAC driver earlier this month and Dennis has an initial port of the modem completed, so we are moving into RF characterization. Once the transmit chain has been checked out, I will be working on the PA, RX/TX switch and thermal characterization while Dennis proceeds with the receive chain.
I have started layout on prototype II. I anticipate a third spin on the prototype before moving to pilot production in China.
We will not accept orders until I have fully functional prototypes in hand and then there is a 8-12 week production cycle.
Best case is orders this year for delivery in late Q1.
The initial deliverable includes:
- 9600 MSK and 4800 GMSK Modems
- Support for AX.25 and D-STAR DV
- Winlink Client/Server
- APRS Tracker/IGate
- D-STAR IrcDDB Gateway
- Hi-Speed Test Mode*
D-STAR Voice using the AMBE add-on card will be released after initial shipments are complete.
*We are not implementing legacy 56k support as there is little installed equipment and our engineering efforts are better spent on faster modes with FEC. The Hi-Speed Test will allow us to prove out our hardware and start gathering channel characterization data.
Full support for Hi-Speed TCP/IP and D-STAR DD will be a free Software Update in Q3 2014.
Thanks to all of you for your patience and support,
Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR