W0EB/W2CTX and N5IB have announced the upcoming release of a complete new board for the uBITX transceiver that utilises the PJRC Teensy 3.6 as the micro-controller rather than the Arduino NANO.
The team have been selling the Raduino replacement I2C display board that we lightheartedly named the “RadI2Cino” pronounced “rad eee too CEE no” as it’s part Raduino, uses the I2C bus to run the display and can replace the Raduino. It has met with a fair bit of success both NANO based and more recently with an N5IB designed adapter board that allows a Teensy 3.6 to plug into the RadI2Cino in place of the original NANO.
The Teensy adapter allowed for a number of extra digital and analog I/O pins that could be used for CW Keyer, S meter, Voltage Monitor and an almost limitless number of features not yet implemented.
Now Jim W0EB, Ron W2CTX and Jim N5IB, have come up with a newly designed board (still in prototype) that will, when the design is finalised, be offered in bare board or kit of all parts (less the Teensy 3.5 or Teensy 3.6).
This new board replaces the Raduino and does not modify the µBITx main board. It adds much more programming space and computing power while keeping as much plug-in compatibility with the original Raduino as possible.
It does however require several more encoders and one or more 1/8″ stereo jacks so more panel space will be required. The actual debut of the card will come after the naming contest and proof of concept prototypes have been built and tested before a production run will be made.
To go with this announcement the team has launched a naming contest for this board. It needs a catchy name to identify it!
The Naming contest for the new board starts NOW and runs through 23:59 UTC May 20, 2018.
The PRIZE awarded to the person who the team (W0EB/W2CTX and N5IB) judge to have come up with the best name for the new board will receive, free of charge, a complete kit of parts for the new board postage paid to the mailing address they specify.
This is open to all on the BITX20@groups.io reflector and the uBITX group on Facebook. The announcement has also been posted on the w0eb.com website.
Entries must be by direct email to the email address jrg.qrv (at) gmail (dot) com only.
You may enter as many times as you like (different name for each entry though). In case the winning entry is duplicated by another person, the earliest date/time on the submitted entry will determine the winner.
Should NO entry be deemed suitable to name the board (we reserve the right to accept or reject any/all entries), the contest will be extended for another time period (to be decided if necessary) and that will be announced.
The winner will be announced sometime after the contest closes at 23:59 UTC on May 20, 2018 and the winner will receive an email indicating so as well as being posted on w0eb.com, BITX20@groups.io and the uBITX group on Facebook.