[App_rpt-users] New Dongle Potential

Steve Zingman szingman at msgstor.com
Tue Mar 15 21:51:17 EDT 2016


I fully agree with Bryan, my billable time is worth more then the time 
spent modifying a sound FOB.
I have been testing the RA-35 and I love it. I can not find anything it 
can't do. I've tested it with DIAL on both x86 and ARM without a glitch. 
I've tried it with DSD and Mike has tried it with D-Star. I've run out 
of things to test. As they say, It just works!

73, Steve N4IRS

On 03/15/2016 09:24 PM, Bryan D. Boyle wrote:
> On 3/15/2016 7:43 PM, Kevin Custer wrote:
>>
>> On 3/15/2016 7:20 PM, Jim Aspinwall wrote:
>>>
>
> ***DELETIA***
>>
>> No - it's not a $2.00 FOB, but what's your time and money worth to buy
>> products that are potted and unusable?  Maybe the features of such a
>> device like the RA-35 makes it worthy of the asking price? I'll let that
>> up to you to decide.  I am assembling a list of those interested.  Email
>> direct.
>
> While I hold nothing against anyone who wants to hack at something to 
> get it to work...time is money...at least for me it is...so spending 
> anything more than an hour at my contract rate, to me, and only me, 
> quickly outweighs the $50-100 usd that it might cost to purchase 
> either an already-constructed and proven device...or spend hours 
> looking for a $3.00 part that I have to spend another 2 hours 
> modifying with no guarantee (especially for pacific-rim sourced 
> devices off fleabay) that it is actually useable (USB programming 
> cables, anyone?).
>
> Done as an academic exercise...why not?  Putting the bashed-together 
> device into a commercial site?  That's why hams get thrown out.  
> That's just me, though.  I'm sure the price of Kevin's device, the 
> upgraded dongle from Repeater Builder, or Dave Kramer's URI in terms 
> of being tested and proven working, when what your time is worth is 
> considered, are actually cheaper.
>
> I helped design and build a broadcast quality 1KW FM transmitter back 
> in the day for a station.  Passed all the proof tests.  But, it cost, 
> in the end, 2x what it would have cost to just issue a PO to 
> Harris/Gates (at the time) for a manufactured rig with a guarantee.
>
> But, again, that's just me and my $.03.
> BB
>
>
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