W0EB and W2CTX have just completed and released a powerful new set of firmware for their BITeensio card.
Details about the BITeensio and links to the firmware can be found on the website at www.w0eb.com.
“As of this morning, July 8, we have released a powerful new version of the firmware for our BITeensio card, V6.00R, that utilizes the Teensy 3.6’s capability to utilize USB “Host” mode and connect a standard USB ASCII keyboard (many wireless ones work too). PJRC (the people that make the Teensy www.pjrc.com ) offer a standard USB cable thatcan plug into the Teensy. (You do have to add a 5 pin header to the Teensy 3.6 board) on the same side, and just to the right of the USB “Micro B” connector into which you will be able to plug the standard USB 2.0 cable. The red wire (+5V) must be plugged into the pin indicated by a white square in the outline on the Teensy 3.6.In this version, we have implemented a comprehensive command list that allows many of the standard “menu” commands, including the operating frequency, to be entered using the keyboard.
“Also included is a brand new Keyboard CW keyer that uses most of the K1EL keyboard keyer’s character/key mapping. The V6.00R firmware is released as pre-compiled “HEX” files and placed in the appropriate directory of the “Files” link on the www.w0eb.com website. We are not denying anyone that wants it the source code, but you will have to ask for it with the understanding that if you cannot compile it or if you modify it, you are on your own as we just don’t have time to troubleshoot it for you.”
Jim W0EB has announced that the Biteensio production boards have arrived and been checked out. See www.w0eb.com for details on how you can order one of these. Remember that Vince K8ZW was the winner of the competition to name these boards.
Jim also has some breakout boards for the 1/8″ jacks that will allow them to be easily mounted and wired up without having to guess which terminal does what. These may save a lot of grief.
Key features of this board include:
- uses the PJRC Teensy 3.6 as the MPU rather than the Arduino NANO
- plugs into the 16 pin female header on the uBITX main board just like the Raduino and the RadI2Cino
- the main tuning encoder, function switch and push-to-talk wiring will still be compatible with both the Raduino and the RadI2Cino.
- All of the extra, available I/O pins are brought out to DuPont pin headers (some on the front and some on the back of the board)
See the board installed on the µBITx main board below:
Kits are now AVAILABLE FOR ORDER.
Prices are $12 (USD) for the bare boards to domestic US customers and $16 (USD) to international customers.
Kits which will include all parts except a Teensy 3.6 MPU, will be US$35 to US customers and US$45 to international customers. This price includes shipping (both domestic and international).
PayPal will be the preferred payment method and the ONLY payment method for international customers.
Download a copy of the BITeensio Board Construction Manual. Up to date versions will always be available in the “Documentation” directory under the W0EB/W2CTX uBITX Files link on this page.
For other details see the W0EB website.
Note that the Biteensio is not compatible with the manufacturer’s firmware supplied with your µBITx or the CEC firmware from Ian KD8CEC. The Biteensio board uses a different keying system and a different processor (Teensy 3.5 or 3.6), so you will need to use the W0EB/W2CTX firmware supplied especially for the Biteensio.