Thomas, KK6AHT, was in Washington this week. He and I got together for a beer and a look at his Minima.
I'd seen pictures of it, but it was much more impressive in person. Thomas did a great job on this rig. It is a really nice mixture of digital and analog. I liked the fact that he built the analog portion Manhattan style using MePads. He and I agreed that while it would make sense to produce a PC board for the Arduino/Si570/LCD portion of the rig, builders should be encouraged to do the rest Manhattan style.
Showing true homebrew dedication, Thomas was unhappy with the level of audio output when we turned it on. He started to trouble-shoot right there in the Ruby Tuesday bar!
It turns out that we were in a very Knack-ish location. We were on the site where they created ARPANET.
Thomas very kindly left me with a nice package of Minima digi-parts including the Arduino chip loaded with the software and an SI570. So now I have no excuse.
Our book: "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" http://soldersmoke.com/book.htm Our coffee mugs, T-Shirts, bumper stickers: http://www.cafepress.com/SolderSmoke Our Book Store: http://astore.amazon.com/contracross-20