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Jun 20 12 12:08 AM

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Etherkit debuts with open source QRSS transmitter kit

Etherkit, a new amateur radio kit company devoted to open source hardware, has released its first product for sale.
OpenBeacon is an open source crystal-controlled QRPp beacon transmitter kit which can output a variety of slow-speed modes, including QRSS, DFCW, and Sequential Multi-tone Hellschreiber.
It is configured via USB port, so there are no jumpers to set and you can easily adjust all of the operating parameters via command line. Once configuration is complete, OpenBeacon may be removed from the PC and operate stand-alone, as the on-board microcontroller stores all settings.
Specifications
* Frequency: crystal controlled
* Modes: CW, QRSS, DFCW, Sequential Multi-tone Hellschreiber, Glyphcode, WSPR (experimental)
* Power output: 300 mW nominal (at +13.7 VDC power supply)
* Spectral purity: greatest harmonic <-45 dBc
* Power supply: +5 VDC to +14 VDC
* Current consumption: 50 mA at +5 VDC, 120 mA at +13.7 VDC
* Control via USB on Windows, OS X, and Linux
* PCB dimensions: 70 mm x 90 mm
* High quality PCB with soldermask and ENIG (gold) plating
Available Bands
* 30 meters (10.140 MHz)
* More bands available soon
Please visit www.etherkit.com for more product information, images, full documentation, access to the firmware and software, and to order.