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WP34S USB and IR board release
03-31-2017, 03:18 PM
Post: #1
WP34S USB and IR board release
Hi everyone!

This has taken longer than intended, but finally, as already promised to a couple of people, here comes the data to make your own PCBs.

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Those who don't know what this is about, please click here

Since I originally made this board (simply because I wanted it myself) and then offered it to others on the forum, a lot has changed in my life. I got married and now am father of two young children. Time really flies...
Anyhow, what I am trying to say here is, I simply don't find the time to solder and test these boards anymore. I thought that everyone who wanted one, would already have one by now, but clearly that is not the case. I still get an email asking for a board every now and then. So I decide to publish the data for it.

Now we have a couple of options:

a) You can either get your PCBs manufactured from the attached eagle data and order the parts from mouser

or, depending on how much interest there is I could:

b) offer the remaining boards I have at €5.00 including world wide shipping
c) offer a kit containing all the components and the PCB at €12.50 including shipping

Note that a couple of component values have changed and the schematic isn't up to date. Here is the BOM:

Code:

IC1        FTDI FT230XS-R 
R1, R2     27 Ohm
R3, R4     3k3
R5         390 Ohm
C1, C2     47p
C3, C4     100n
T1         PMV160
D1         BAT54A
X1         Hirose ZX62-B-5PA

IR LED     TSAL4400
Crystal    AB26T-32.768KHZ
Caps       18p

Please choose a, b or c.

Cheers,
Harald


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.pdf  basic_ir.brd.pdf (Size: 26.67 KB / Downloads: 57)
.pdf  basic_ir.sch.pdf (Size: 11.3 KB / Downloads: 56)
.zip  basic_ir.zip (Size: 35.83 KB / Downloads: 33)
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03-31-2017, 07:45 PM
Post: #2
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(03-31-2017 03:18 PM)Harald Wrote:  Please choose a, b or c.

Would you consider adding a d. option, which is a fully assembled board with all components installed? Of course real men (and women) have the skills to assemble their own from parts, but time is always a challenge and sometimes buying is wiser than building.

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04-01-2017, 12:58 AM
Post: #3
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
With small children, you're lucky to find any time at all!


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04-01-2017, 10:09 AM
Post: #4
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(03-31-2017 07:45 PM)rprosperi Wrote:  Would you consider adding a d. option, which is a fully assembled board with all components installed?
Pssst:
(03-31-2017 03:18 PM)Harald Wrote:  Anyhow, what I am trying to say here is, I simply don't find the time to solder and test these boards anymore.
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04-01-2017, 11:35 AM
Post: #5
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
Surely it doesn't sound as funny as in Spanish but: "I've been without a party for 2 children".

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04-01-2017, 12:40 PM
Post: #6
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(04-01-2017 10:09 AM)Thomas Radtke Wrote:  
(03-31-2017 07:45 PM)rprosperi Wrote:  Would you consider adding a d. option, which is a fully assembled board with all components installed?
Pssst:
(03-31-2017 03:18 PM)Harald Wrote:  Anyhow, what I am trying to say here is, I simply don't find the time to solder and test these boards anymore.
Wink

I did miss that, sorry for asking about something already addressed. Maybe some other member is up to it, for in truth, this exposes I'm not a real man and don't have those skills.

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04-01-2017, 12:58 PM
Post: #7
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(03-31-2017 07:45 PM)rprosperi Wrote:  Would you consider adding a d. option, which is a fully assembled board with all components installed?


Option d) is what used to be available.Building and testing cost about 20 minutes per board. Time that I simply don't have anymore.
I could try and get the boards populated professionally. But I guess the cost would go through the roof for the relatively smal numbers we are talking about.
Maybe someone with the skills and more time on their hands would like to do the soldering and testing? But it's a job that doesn't pay.
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04-03-2017, 07:32 AM
Post: #8
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
Looking at the Poll, I should probably order components soon...
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04-03-2017, 11:18 AM
Post: #9
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
Can't wait for the kits.

What happened to the LiPo kits? Did they turn out to be less useful than anticipated, or why aren't you offering those?
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04-03-2017, 01:08 PM
Post: #10
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(04-01-2017 12:58 PM)Harald Wrote:  Maybe someone with the skills and more time on their hands would like to do the soldering and testing? But it's a job that doesn't pay.

I would help out but it may not be feasible from where I live.

cheers

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04-03-2017, 02:10 PM
Post: #11
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(04-03-2017 07:32 AM)Harald Wrote:  Looking at the Poll, I should probably order components soon...

As this is the Last Call for such a board, I would commit to the purchase of two of the kits...
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04-03-2017, 02:13 PM
Post: #12
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+1 firm order for a DIY kit.
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04-03-2017, 03:28 PM
Post: #13
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
I would like one of the kits as well.

Thanks,
Tom
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04-03-2017, 05:33 PM
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I'd like one as well, please.
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04-03-2017, 07:07 PM
Post: #15
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
fully assembled board with all components installed ?

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04-03-2017, 08:57 PM
Post: #16
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
If it would help, I'd be willing to assemble boards. If you need help, I can look into part pricing to make the kits and boards. I've done quite a few similar complexity (and more) for my work and there are good board houses here. Shall I check into that?

Jim Horn, near Portland, Oregon USA
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04-03-2017, 09:46 PM
Post: #17
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(04-03-2017 08:57 PM)Jim Horn Wrote:  Shall I check into that?

I'd be interested Jim, thanks for your kind offer.

Would you plan to get parts from Harald, should we, or would you plan to source locally? In other words, if this is a last-call, should I order parts from Harald now?

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04-04-2017, 11:08 AM (This post was last modified: 04-04-2017 11:08 AM by Harald.)
Post: #18
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
(04-03-2017 08:57 PM)Jim Horn Wrote:  If it would help, I'd be willing to assemble boards. If you need help, I can look into part pricing to make the kits and boards. I've done quite a few similar complexity (and more) for my work and there are good board houses here. Shall I check into that?

Jim Horn, near Portland, Oregon USA

Hi Jim,

I have had someone from Germany offer help, too.
The total demand for the forseable future will probably be below 100, at least that is what I would guess.
I'll check how many boards I have left and then see how we go from there.
If it is not too much trouble, getting a quote for boards wouldn't hurt.

I could provide kits, you and the other guy could offer populated boards. I am just not sure how we would go about pricing. I set the price 1€ below the original populated boards for now. So we are at 3€ per hour at the moment :-)

Cheers,
Harald
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04-05-2017, 08:18 PM
Post: #19
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
personally, I prefer the satisfaction of soldering all the parts in myself. I just don't want to shop for them. I made my 34s a few weeks ago but didn't open it up to add the crystal and caps.
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04-06-2017, 12:58 AM
Post: #20
RE: WP34S USB and IR board release
Here is my experience installing the board (long time ago).
IR board installation write-up

This may be interesting to people who are thinking about attempting it.
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