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    Default Re: PixelRadio, a DiY FM Transmitter with RDS RadioText

    This is really cool. With a HTTP API it should be pretty easy to write a FPP plugin to set the RDS data. Thanks for sharing!
    Scott H.

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    I like "Building Things". I have looked over your gethub page and I'm impressed with this project. I have not taken the time to add it all up but rough guess how much to build 1? I'm fine with sourcing parts through AliExpress but that means maybe 2 to 3 months for delivery. It may take a while to get builds and feedback. I'd build one!

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    Some of the parts I am looking at from Aliexpress have an ETA of 6/08.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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    I have not taken the time to add it all up but rough guess how much to build 1?
    Wild guess is about $50. Add another $10 if you use the recommended extruded aluminum case. But I could be wrong -- Let's see what the other builders say.

    FWIW, I spent over $500 to develop it. But I evaluated different hardware, spun two board revisions, and bought a lot of parts that didn't make it into the final release. So that's why I'm not an expert on what it costs. But I am a satisfied user.

    - Thomas

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    Default Re: PixelRadio, a DiY FM Transmitter with RDS RadioText

    Some of the parts I am looking at from Aliexpress have an ETA of 6/08.
    I'm in the USA and I'd say 90% of the parts arrived in 4 weeks. Some showed up in 3 weeks and the slow pokes took 6 weeks.

    I eventually learned that it helps to order everything at the same time (one transaction). The AliExpress fulfillment warehouse will combine the separately labeled shipments into one parcel bag that is delivered a bit faster.

    - Thomas
    Last edited by ThomasLED; 04-08-2022 at 07:32 PM.

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    I just finished ordering the parts to populate 2 PCB's including the enclosures. I spent a total of $99.88 including shipping and taxes.

    I plan on building 1 to use and the 2nd as a spare. I will report on my build experience once all the parts arrive.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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    42USD for part and 44USD for shipping. Crazy.


    2022 - Not sure yet. At least two new songs.
    2021 New Tune-to sign. New 40x27 matrix at the house. Retiring the Strip based matrix. Updating some of the old window frames to the new house. Adding two new songs.
    2020 Full sized show reworked for the new location. Only adding (famous last words) 13 RBLs that I finally got converted to using pixels
    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show. Dim show (3000 pixels) had regular visits most nights.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/MartinMueller2003

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    What source did you guys use for your parts? US-based, or Alibaba/Aliexpress?

    Edit: silly me...I just saw the list from Aliexpress listed lower on the Github parts list page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormyblade View Post
    What source did you guys use for your parts? US-based, or Alibaba/Aliexpress?

    Edit: silly me...I just saw the list from Aliexpress listed lower on the Github parts list page.
    I used both Aliexpress and Digikey.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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    Many of the resistors and capacitors I just purchased are in quantites greater than I need. I would be happy to share once they arrive (in June )


    2022 - Not sure yet. At least two new songs.
    2021 New Tune-to sign. New 40x27 matrix at the house. Retiring the Strip based matrix. Updating some of the old window frames to the new house. Adding two new songs.
    2020 Full sized show reworked for the new location. Only adding (famous last words) 13 RBLs that I finally got converted to using pixels
    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show. Dim show (3000 pixels) had regular visits most nights.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/MartinMueller2003

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