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July 1, 2013
about 2 months ago
Really happy to see Paul Clark's design manufactured as a SparkX product! I picked up a couple of these guys and have really enjoyed working with them. Complete control over power and communications using only a Qwiic cable. No more Molex connectors to worry about. When placed in low power mode, the Qwiic Iridium 9603N only draws 1 uA (0.001 mA)!
Also, a quick note to potential users that you can purchase an Iridium 9603N directly from Rock Seven for $135 USD instead of having to pay $249 USD for a RockBLOCK 9603 only to cannibalize the transceiver.
about 4 months ago
Yup! It sure can.
The Qwiic Micro was added to the SparkFun SAMD board definitions a few days ago, which appear to be available in the Arduino IDE Boards Manager (v1.7.0).
about 6 months ago
Just ordered this board and am looking forward to working with it! I'm curious though, why weren't mounting holes included in the design? They would have really come in handy for QWIIC-based or other projects that don't involve soldering.
Thanks for the detailed reply, Nate! I picked up the board from Digi-Key and can't wait to start testing!
Also, super cool beehive project! :)
It's really great to see SparkFun leading the development of boards with the new u-blox modules!
However, I'm curious to know the reasons behind only including a u.FL connector. Given the available real-estate, it appears the board could have accommodated the pads for an edge-launch SMA connector. This would have had the benefit of providing users with the option for a more direct and reliable antenna connection. I know I constantly worry about the fragile u.FL cables/connectors.
about a year ago
I wanted to point out that the part number for the LDO regulator is not specified on the schematic for this board. However, based on the markings observed in the photos, it looks like you're using the AP2112 (https://www.diodes.com/assets/Datasheets/AP2112.pdf), which has a max voltage of 6V and 600 mA output.
about 2 years ago
Would the BME280 sensor be suitable for use outdoors during the winter? I'm looking for a good sensor to deploy in the Canadian Arctic, which would remain outdoors for an entire year. I'd house the sensor within a radiation shield and cover all other electrical connections/components with silicone conformal coating. I'm just wondering if condensation might be an issue over time.
No public wish lists :(