Thank you for your patience with the various delays so far! Shipping has (finally) started and some of the boards have already been shipped. Soldering the headers+SMA headers+RF Shielding took a while longer than planned but it’s all done now.
We are waiting for 2 more batches of boards to come into Hong Kong from Shenzhen where they were put together, they will be here tomorrow or the next day. With the exception of orders from Mainland China, we are packing and shipping the boards out from Hong Kong because that’s where our day jobs are (and the mailing system is more reliable).
To protect the board during transit, we’re using a heat-sealed ESD safe bag with a bit of extra puff (like a packet of chips!), and in the next ‘section’ some padding is slotted in to protect the front of the board. It all worked out very nicely. If you haven’t used a heat-sealing machine to seal bags before, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.
The ESD label is not just for fun or to scare away touchy-feely customs officials but also to warn you (yes, you) that it is actually a very sensitive and vulnerable device and you do need to be careful even though we all usually ignore these kinds of warnings.
This of course all goes into the box for shipping:
I saw these today when I was walking around one of the supplier malls and grabbed them for people who bought the “Mega Combo” (the extra $40 combo). The Mega Combo includes an SMA pigtail to use to connect an external clock source (or output the HackRF’s clock to something else). With one of these things you can also use the pigtail with the included telescopic antenna to keep it physically separated from the board itself and maybe mount it somewhere etc.
Also decided to get some stickers made because stickers are cool. Everyone who contributed gets stickers 🙂 I have extras so if you want an extra sheet tell us on Twitter or in the comments.
If you want to know if your board has been shipped or not, check the address system over the next week or so, I’m putting in the ship dates for each individual board at the time of shipping.