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Bryan HoyerBy Bryan Hoyer
First created
Bryan HoyerBy Bryan Hoyer
First created
$12,290
pledged of 20.000 $pledged of 20.000 $ goal
46
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 13 2018 2:16 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

Digital voice (DV) systems in amateur radio have become increasingly popular. NW Digital Radio's current ThumbDV is popular for those using programs which allow them to connect to various DV networks, including reflectors, chat, and repeater systems worldwide.

Although all of the major DV systems use some form of AMBE for vocoding, they are incompatible at the protocol level. Recently hams have started using pairs of ThumbDVs to perform transcoding and reunite the disparate DV systems.

The purpose of this project is to take a proven open design for a six channel AMBE Vocoder successfully developed by the team behind the XLX reflector system and bring it to production levels to lower the cost per stream for server applications.

Here's a price comparison:
NW Digital Radio ThumbDV: $120/stream
NW Digital Radio XCode-3006: $480 msrp $80/Stream

*** Kickstarter Incentive: $400 it is just $67/stream !
*** If you get in early, it is $360 or $60/stream!
† Some USB based AMBE products are up to $299/stream!

At NW Digital Radio, we are committed to projects which enhance amateur radio and created this Kickstarter to make hardware available for projects such as the XLX multi-protocol reflector system.

Will you join us to make these DV projects a reality through professionally built hardware?

A discussion and peer support group is available at https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/ambe

Risks and challenges

Technical risk is low, as a working prototype already exists. You can link to Reflector XRF950 or DCS950 (xlx950.epf.lu) and try it for yourself!

The prototype has been tested with the XLX system ambed (AMBE daemon) software which is open source. This is a packaging and manufacturing exercise. Assembled by our CM; Out of the Box MFG, in Renton WA.

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    I just want to see this happen!

    For those of you that believe that systems that are almost the same, yet completely incompatible, make no sense.

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    Travel Mug

    Red Mug with the NW Digital Radio Logo

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    Prime the Pump

    XCode-3006 First 10 Units
    6 CH USB AMBE Vocoder in case

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    XCode-3006

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Funding period

- (30 days)