[App_rpt-users] usbfobs

David McGough kb4fxc at inttek.net
Tue Jul 5 20:40:46 EDT 2016


The CM108/CM119 is nowhere near dead! Even if CM stops manufacture, there
will be decent "clones" of it for years to come. No worries about that!

If you're needing some FOBs, I understand the shipping issues you've got,
being in NZ. I just checked the US Postal Service shipping site and a
"First Class Mail International Large Envelope" is under $20USD for 2
lbs., shipped from the USA to NZ.  Priority mail, where you could ship a
small box in under a week, starts at about $64USD.  See:


Why not just work a "bulk quantity" deal with Kevin or Scott to sell you
and ship you a hand full of their RIM-lite adapters???  Then, you'll in
good shape for now.


73, David KB4FXC

On Wed, 6 Jul 2016, Steve Wright wrote:

> On 06/07/16 11:44, Kevin Custer wrote:
> > Soldering a 48 pin LQFP and having it be fake is nothing short of a 
> > bad experience.  Like Scott, I recently purchased a fair quantity of 
> > CM119A's from a top CM distributor.  They told us the CM119 and CM119A 
> > are now legacy products and the CM119B is current. Unfortunately, the 
> > B model doesn't use a crystal and several developers agree that they 
> > may not be suitable for digital and analog radio adapter 
> > applications.  There were still a few hundred CM119A's in the 
> > distribution chain as of a few months ago.
> If the CM119 is dead, then we should scrap it.  I can't really see why 
> we are focussing on that devices' built-in I/O, when we have computing 
> devices such as RPI3 with scads of easily accessible I/O.
> Linux sound is really well developed - "just works everywhere" I'd say.  
> Why not build or reuse a DSP-based driver for that, that will handle 
> voting - now we are in business with all the toys, for the foreseeable 
> future.  Likely a simple CLI config tool could be developed too - choose 
> RX audio device, TX audio device, signalling, save settings, done.  
> Rinse and repeat for three devices.
> Hardware VOTERs are fine for a single repeater with a few outboard 
> receivers, but way too much money for non-millionaire clubs to convert 
> "everything" to asterisk - they will stick with their IRLP node for 
> sure, and that is a tragedy..  I see a few members here and elsewhere 
> make it their business to put tens of thousands of $$ into communication 
> systems, and that's enviable and laudable, but 90% of constructors don't 
> exist on that rarefied plane.
> S
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