Yes, it has been a long time since this blog has been updated! As some of you may know, Etherkit is currently a one-man operation, and so my time in juggling all of the different aspects of the business is sometimes limited. When I focus on some aspects, then some others have been a bit neglected. I am not happy about my performance, which has left Etherkit stagnant over the last year. I haven’t had anything to post here, because unfortunately there has not been any significant news that I could tell you about.
I have been working on a few different projects in parallel behind-the-scenes that are intended to move Etherkit forward into a bigger and brighter future. The time has come to commit to one path, and I feel that I can make the first public announcements about the future of Etherkit.
First off, the life cycle of OpenBeacon and the CRX1 are winding down, and I plan to end-of-life both of these products once stock runs out. I do have a limited supply of OpenBeacons left for sale, and I’ve reduced the price to $29 to encourage those who haven’t tried one yet but may be interested to give it a go. I am currently out of stock on CRX1, but as I mentioned on my blog, I would be able to make a special kit run for groups who are looking for a project to work on together. I may also be able to sell some PCBs for each project if there is demand for it.
I do have some exciting and interesting new products in the development pipeline. Not all of them can be currently mentioned, but I can tell you about some highlights. First off, I am still working on long-awaited CC1 CW transceiver. A new prototype is being actively developed, this time including an OLED display, more capable microcontroller (with USB connectivity), and improved RF performance. Watch my personal blog for more timely updates on that projects. I’m also considering a refresh to the OpenBeacon which will add a Si5351 with TCXO reference oscillator (for much better frequency stability and accuracy), GPS connectivity for stand-alone timing accuracy, and operation across all of the HF bands plus 6 meters. I can’t guarantee that product is coming, but it’s definitely something I would like to explore in the near future. I’ve also got a handful of cheap and cheerful small test & measurement products that will be helpful to the RF homebuilder.
Finally, I know that Etherkit has been spotty in the communications department. I’m still working on a comprehensive response to this problem, but I want to assure you that I understand that this area needs improvement and I plan to commit resources to do so. Watch this blog for another update in this area in the near future.
I would like to thank each and every one of my customers! It has been a pleasure to provide you with a few fun little kits. Now I’d like to take Etherkit to the next level and get more serious and professional across the spectrum; including our product lines, pricing, and customer service and support. Please stick around as more changes are rolled out in the near future.
Jason Milldrum, NT7S