mcHF 0.8 developments

Hello,

I haven’t been posting here much lately, but last month or two i was able to work a bit on the rev 0.8 source codes. There are total of five projects that are needed for the new revision. I will use my spare time to bring everything up to speed. If interested, please check out my GitHub page:

https://github.com/m0nka

As for availability, it is still challenging to finance mass production of the new kit, so for now we have only built few prototypes for testing and development.

73, Chris
M0NKA

14 thoughts on “mcHF 0.8 developments

    1. m0nka Post author

      Hi David,

      There are some old guides, the last really detailed ones are from Clint, but 2-3 years old, we had some changes
      since then.

      73

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  1. Kim Campbell W4OSS

    Please excuse my ignorance. Is the latest version O.8 with the analog meter kit now available?

    Best
    Kim W4OSS

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  2. W3KAV

    M0nka –

    Let me join in with the admiring comments. First, one heck of an end product! Second, the gutsy approach of public domain – you are betting you can innovate and improve faster than the copyright parasites can clone your work. Third, for bringing us all along on the trip with these updates and public comments.

    (Consider throwing a (c) symbol on the boards! It’s a reservation of rights if you want to defend your IP somewhere in the future.)

    Before I buy , is there a guesstimate on the release date of a 0.8 version of the kit?

    Regards, PK, W3KAV

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    1. m0nka Post author

      Hi PK,

      Thanks for the nice words! I have been doing reverse engineering for a long time, no license or
      IP protection can stop a person determent to get what he likes.

      The consolidation for us is to continue doing what we love.

      Still no date for 0.8 release, sorry.

      73

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      1. W3KAV

        Thanks for the fast response. I’ll go ahead and buy the available release. I enjoy building, so maybe I do it twice! PK

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      2. Aaron Scott

        Is there anything the ham and maker community can do to help make a release of 0.8 possible?

        If the current difficulty in releasing kits is money, there are a number of ways to raise money, including pre-sales, crowd funding like kickstarter and indiegogo, or a gofundme campaign. I’m sure this isn’t news to you, and I know that all of that would require a lot of work that not everyone enjoys, but there are a lot of people who would be happy to help get the word out.

        If what’s needed is help with development of the software or hardware, there are people who could jump in on that, too. Similarly, though, getting people excited about helping with that would also require doing some work to get the word out.

        Social media campaigns aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Running an indiegogo campaign is what finally convinced me to delete all my own social media accounts, but I really didn’t like that stuff to begin with. There are folks who really like that stuff, though, and with an exciting project like yours it might be not be too hard to find someone who’s be excited to help out.

        Anyway, the point is that I think help is out there if you need it.

        Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this. I’m really excited about getting to see it in person someday.

        -Aaron

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        1. m0nka Post author

          Hey Aaron,

          Thank you very much for the nice words of encouragement! We really appreciate it. The problem of bringing 0.8 to market is multidimensional, not just money.
          Here some points:

          1. Such advanced projects are usually completed by a team of coders/engineers/logistics guys. Just check Elecraft on LinkedIn, even the Xiegu guys are 5+ people. Right now it is just me and Lucy. The coders who updated the most popular fork on GitHub could have helped, but after i posted in the group, they immediately refused, as i understand they have different ideas how the hardware should be improved. I have also contacted other coders who would have been
          able to help(including my old business partner) but everyone seems not interested or busy with work/other projects. Also it is important to note the requirement to help is not only excellent knowledge of HW and SW, but also ability to solder difficult parts(LQFP176,6x6mm QFN, FPC connectors, etc) and have the correct soldering equipment, as i have very limited strength left to build prototypes for other people.

          2. I am still not sure 100% of the final hardware configuration of 0.8 and have been changing my mind in the last one and a half years. First i found CW support insufficient, so i had to re-do things, then i had to redo communications, clocking,SD card, and finally i have decided to add standalone FT8 support, that require yet another HW change. Once sales start, we have to keep things compatible and it will be too late for general changes. For reference, just look what happened after removing a simple temperature sensor in the 0.6.x sub revisions – so many complains and headaches. The latest change i think is a good idea to make in 0.8 is to remove the Logic board and go back to two PCBs only, as it is 30% more expensive to have three boards, instead of two.

          3. I am extremely busy with production of the current 0.6.x boards, sometimes i have to solder some parts, to lower production costs, so i have very little time for coding. Lucy barely manages with sales and support, as our kid would be doing the 11+ in September and she is home schooling him full time. And the 0.8 requires 8-10 hours a day of coding and will need 3-4 months to be fully ready for release. Time that i don’t have right now.

          But i will do everything in my power to finish this revision. I love the 0.8 form factor, screen, graphics, ability to add unlimited number of super cool features with relative ease. Have two prototypes with me and one with a friend, the thing is just beautiful, totally worth all effort. And exactly as you, i would love to see it complete!

          73!

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    2. W3KAV

      M0nka –

      Thank you for the new boards – I see that I have revision 0.6.3, dated March 2019. I’ll try to get this put together right, and then come back to you with pictures of one of the last of the version 6 builds.

      I’m looking for a build sequence list, so I can have a check list control and avoid painting myself into a corner. Is the best source the owners manual? Or is there an online guide you like as much or more?

      Thank you for the prompt shipping – you ==> Heathrow ===> O’Hare went fine. The it took a week from Chicago to Montana. (The valley is mostly snow-free, but the hills won’t clear until June. In Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado they wear cowboy boots. We need cleats.)

      Sincerely, PK

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      1. m0nka Post author

        Hi PK,

        There is lots of information, but mostly scattered around – our Downloads page, the Yahoo groups Files section, the Github wiki..

        73

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