Around 200 of these have been sold with the majority being of the form of an assembled SMD PCB. The builder is then left to install the board in the supplied case, solder in the leaded tunable inductors and the crystal.
This has worked well and although there has been the occasional dry joint problem, most seem to work first time and provide the builder with a transverter that is high in performance and low in cost whilst allowing the builder to boast that they built it themselves.
I am now coming to the end of the current batch of assembled boards, helped by a recent 'sale'. This has been more successful than expected and the boards have quickly depleted.
My dilemma is what to do next. Having boards assembled has not been without its problems and is by no means an economical way to go with relatively small production runs.
I am not inclined to have any further boards made this way.
Unfortunately the PCBs are designed for reflow solding and therefore have small SMD pads. These are awkward to solder to when using hand soldering.
As the Anglian has been so successful I am reluctant to stop production. Maybe the best way forward is to re-design the board, changing a few aspects of the circuit for even better performance and selling this as a kit where the builder has to solder around 120 SMD and leaded parts onto the board?
With about 12 boards left I am going to have to decide soon!
73 de Sam