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  • Scott Miller
    Yeah, I ve had to file some down myself. I m not sure where the problem arises - it seems to be in part dependent on the thickness of the powder coat.
    Message 1 of 8 , Aug 17, 2007
      Yeah, I've had to file some down myself. I'm not sure where the problem
      arises - it seems to be in part dependent on the thickness of the powder
      coat. Rounding off the corners just a bit seems to do the trick. I
      want to get that taken care of before the next batch is done.

      Scott

      dondorgram wrote:
      >
      >
      > Scott:
      >
      > Neat package! But with regard to the metal enclosures, could you
      > check tolerances on the back face (one with the DB-9 connectors,
      > etc). It is a very tight fit and can stress the board when one
      > tries to fit into the upper part of the case. It may be that the
      > boards on the OT1m's and OT2C's I have are slightly thicker than
      > intended when the enclosures were designed.
      >
      > I ended filing mine down by about 2 thou. from .79" to .77".
      >
      > Graham
      > VE6GW
      >
      > --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com <mailto:tracker2%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > Scott Miller <scott@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > I'm going for a retail price of $85. That's a little higher than
      > I was
      > > hoping for, mostly due to assembly costs and especially the
      > enclosures,
      > > which have gotten more expensive. Still, I think it's a better
      > value
      > > than anything else on the market.
      > >
      > > No kits for this version! There are around 85 SMT parts on
      > there. I
      > > just assembled 15 boards by hand, and I wouldn't wish that on any
      > of my
      > > customers.
      > >
      > > I could probably make a through-hole version, but it'd be getting
      > really
      > > cramped in there, the parts are more expensive, and assembly is
      > more
      > > expensive. And as a kit, the potential for mistakes just gets too
      > high.
      > >
      > > And it's only about a year and a half behind schedule! =] I'm
      > > learning, though. Getting even a moderately complicated project
      > from
      > > the working prototype stage to full-scale production is a
      > surprisingly
      > > time-consuming endeavor, and it's not something they teach in
      > CS/EE classes.
      > >
      > > I'm headed to Hong Kong and Shenzhen in October. I'll be meeting
      > the
      > > vendor that's supplied all of my speaker mic cables, and hopefully
      > > making some new contacts and learning a little more about that end
      > of
      > > the business. Plus, it sounded like a good excuse for a tax-
      > deductible
      > > trip to somewhere interesting I haven't been before.
      > >
      > > Scott
      > >
      > >
      > > Stephen - K1LNX wrote:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Looking good Scott! Have you determined a price yet? I noticed
      > also that
      > > > there were some SMT parts on there, are these coming pre-
      > assembled only,
      > > > or as a kit with the SMT parts in place, solder your own SMT
      > parts, a
      > > > through hole version etc?
      > > >
      > > > Looking forward to the release :)
      > > >
      > > > 73's
      > > > Stephen
      > > > K1LNX
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > On 8/16/07, *Scott Miller* <scott@...
      > > > <mailto:scott@...>> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > http://n1vg.net/opentracker/images/proto-e.jpg
      > <http://n1vg.net/opentracker/images/proto-e.jpg>
      > > > <http://n1vg.net/opentracker/images/proto-e.jpg
      > <http://n1vg.net/opentracker/images/proto-e.jpg>>
      > > >
      > > > I'd have more angles, but I broke my tripod while taking
      > this.
      > > >
      > > > I just sent parts for the first 100 production units to the
      > > > manufacturer
      > > > this morning. Should have them on hand in a few weeks. Time
      > to get
      > > > another batch of cases made...
      > > >
      > > > Scott
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --
      > > > Stephen Brown - ARS K1LNX
      > > > Johnson City, TN EM86uh
      > > >
      > >
      >
      >
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