Shipping status and getting started
Most Indiegogo orders have now been shipped (not all, but most). If yours hasn’t shipped yet you are one of the last but it definitely won’t be unshipped by the end of this week. If you want to check, please log into the address system. Remember there are only two of us and we are happily working for free here with quite a workload but we don’t have time to reply to emails that ask unnecessary questions (i.e. questions that are answered on this site). One of these unnecessary questions is “has my board shipped yet?” (come on, that’s why I made the address system). If you can’t log in, make sure you are using the right email address (whatever you paid with), but do feel free to get in touch if you really can’t log in. Shipping has been taking about 7 business days to most places, but it can take up to 4 weeks in certain situations. If you don’t receive it 4 weeks after the shipping date, let us know and we’ll contact Hong Kong Post to see if they know anything.
When you receive your board, there’s a quick start guide here. If you use Windows or another OS that’s not covered and you make a setup guide, please send us a link (or if you don’t have a blog just send it to us and we’ll put it on our site with credits).
If you do an unboxing video (someone, please?), send us the link and we’ll put it here 🙂
The best way to get in contact with us is hackrfblue#gmail.com
Some people have been asking about purchasing extra boards. We released another 150 boards a few days ago here and they are available while stock lasts. Backorder is also available but in limited quantity based on what parts we have left. We aren’t continuing the HackRF Blue after this but I really hope someone will, if you want to do your own manufacturing run I’ll do what I can to help you get started, please see https://github.com/gazhayes/HackRF-Blue.
Amplifier, Upconverter, USB3.0 SDR
I’m working on an amplifier board full of RF switches to increase the TX power of the HackRF across all frequencies, as well as the cheapest upconverter possible, and hopefully a USB3.0 SDR after that. If you are interested in being involved in the development process of any of these please get in touch.
One last note about the heatsink that we were going to use but didn’t. We ended up not using a heatsink because it physically doesn’t fit with the acrylic case (without getting a custom heatsink made which turned out to be way too expensive). If we cut another hole in the acrylic case for the heatsink, it reduces the robustness of the case a surprising amount. The MCU does get pretty hot and this heats up that whole area of the board, but it doesn’t affect the performance of the timing crystals etc which is what the initial (misguided) concern was.