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Current design files are available at
The information below is a supplement based upon my construction approach.
A commercial version of this unit will become available from:
Below is the front panel I plan to
construct, but with some different graphics.
Changed the rectangular push buttons to round to make home
There are two Front Panel Express design files in the
with an X , Y drill file [PiHPSDR_FP_Holes_K9IVB_05032020.pdf].
I have not been able, so far, to
reconcile the drill file for the Front Panel with the PCB drill file with
any degree of accuracy.
In the future I plan to glue a copy to a piece of
cardboard and drill out the holes after I finish building up my 2 PCBs
I am planning to convert to
all English measurements: 10" x 5 1/2" to 6" panel, still subject
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The attached [almost] fully sourced BOM and
other preliminary information
will provide some choices between the
rectangular pushbuttons and the round style
with some alternative case
Note: After putting down the 42 10K 0805
resistors on the "front panel side" [they do just fit]
of the PCB I
have concluded that the parts should have been 0603 [Mouser #
Also missed counting
R10 which is 0805 !
Will correct BOM after finishing assembly & test.
The BOM also has a choice of 4 dual rotary
encoders or 4 single rotary encoders
which are interchangeable up until you
solder them into the PCB.
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If a couple of zeros after the first
significant digit of the Front Panel Express parts do not scare you off, you
might consider ordering the parts from that vendor. The DL2RMM design
has a deeper case and provision for a Hermes-Lite 2 as well.
you are using the large 38x35mm D encoder [ENC6] you will need the bigger
Profile 2 extrusions.
My approach will be to use some hobby
plywood [1.5mm / 0.062" thick] or some window acrylic type material which is
much easier to hand machine than the aluminum, especially if you want the
small rectangular pushbuttons. This material could be used for front and /
or back panels and sides with the Front Panel Express Side Profile
Extrusions. Another alternative is to just get some 3/8" to 1/2" thick
hardwood [256mm / 10.08" Long] from Home Depot for the sides.
I am also
redoing the panel to be 10x6in [254x125.4mm] which will be easier to
in the USA and will permit the use of wood sides.
Note: 1. the Left
hand side of the actual PCB should be only 0.07874in [2mm]
inside the panel,
so that there is easy access to the Raspberry PI outputs.
2. Leave some
clearance at the top of the panel for the other Pi I/O
which also overhang
the top edge of the PCB.
Home Depot has some "plastic" sheets:
Non-Glare Picture Glazing UPC # 074507996548 8"x10"x0.050" @ $3.68
Optix Acrylic Sheet UPC # 769125010218 0.93"x11"x14" @ $6.67
Also 0.25":x2.5"x24" Poplar Board UPC #
728927310285 @ $2.58
Also now considering making 3D Printing [.stl] files
for the side panels to fit FPE & wood sides.
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The original gerber files are available from github. See the link at the top of
I ordered my boards from JLCP and they had an issue with
the file extensions..
These drill files have never appeared in any gerber file
viewer that I have used, with out modifications.
Below is a copy of the gerber files that I used to
order my boards.
The only changes that were made were to the file extensions.
2 artwork properly grounds the three address pins [14, 15,& 16] on IC1 the
1. Any Gerber file is completely readable in any text editor.
2. They usually contain comments, with some descriptive information
about the files.
3. If you wish to decode the actual data, not in the
comments, you will have to refer
to the Gerber and Excellon formatting
documents [see links below].
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