The first affordable, FT8 receiver with an open source RF chip designed and fabricated using open source chip tools
Dec 01, 2022
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With this week’s update, we wanted to send out answers to some frequently asked questions about the Maverick-603.
1. What interface will it have to a computer?
The final version will have a USB interface but the PCB currently pictured on the project page doesn’t include a USB-C output.
The Maverick also has GPIO pins which can be used to form an SPI connection, if needed.
2. Are the PCBs shown on the campaign page in their final form?
This is not the final form of the PCB, the final version will have a USB interface, ADC, and MCU
3. Do you need a ham radio license to operate the Maverick-603?
You do not need a ham radio license to operate a Maverick. However, if you are interested in getting your license after using the Maverick, Ham Radio Prep offers courses that will help you through the license process and pass the exam.
4. What is the frequency range? 1-100 MHz or 7-70 MHz?
The frequency range is technically 1-100 MHz. We mentioned 7-70 MHz in the campaign to highlight our FT8 focus, as there aren’t any FT8 bands between 70 and 100 MHz.
5. What kind of testing will you do?
Final bench tests and verification will be done when the chip is delivered, as well as RF testing with high quality tools.
6. What else is needed, along with your hardware, for receiving FT8?
A USB-C cable to connect the Maverick to your computer and an antenna are needed for receiving. The antenna shown on the campaign page can be used effectively but those with some ham experience will probably use a more specific antenna.
7. Can this receive all FT8 bands?
Yes, the Maverick-603 can receive all agreed-upon FT8 Bands from 1-100 MHz. Here is a helpful chart of FT8 bands and frequencies:
If you have any other questions, please submit your questions here and we will be happy to answer you. We are so close to our goal, so please consider backing our campaign to help us bring the Maverick-603 to life.