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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From New Zealand - Roadkill Routers

Hi Andrew,
Now that is what I call "cost effective". It works so why not!
Good show.

Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: Thanks for the heads up on the Si5351
Thanks for the heads up regarding the SMA connectors and cables.  I will definitely do that.  Will probably use my first Si5351 as a network connected signal generator and get another Si5351 module to put "on the air".
FYI - rather than using Arduino (or some other microcontroller) I have been using recycled ADSL routers for my Si5351 and MEPT beacons.  DLink DSL-502T specifically.  These were the standard broadband router down here in ZL about 5 years ago but are now essentially free on the local auction site because everyone wants WIFI.  They can be flashed with OpenWRT (a Linux derivative).  They have enough GPIO pins that with a bit of configuration can easily control the Si5351 and other I2C devices. 
Bill talks about "road kill computers".... these are "road kill routers" but at $1 each you can't really go wrong. 
Andrew ZL1WJQ


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