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Another run planned?

Post by digiexchris » Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:11 pm

I was too late! I didn't get on it fast enough and now V3.0 is sold out. Is there any plans to make more?
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Re: Another run planned?

Post by WendoNZ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:34 am

I'd also like to know the answer to this.

I was planning on buying a board, rotary encoder, LCD upgrade and switching regulators some time in the not to distant future when I get my FrSky module

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by WendoNZ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:55 am

I'd also love to see another run. I was planning on getting a board, LCD and rotary knob once my FrSky gear came in

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by SkyNorth » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:24 pm

I have a few boards left over to debug , and see It I can get them working.
No , I do not plan to run another batch of boards .. there is not enough interest for me to run another 100 or so boards.

I'm working on a Mini - SKY board , but its no where close to being plug and play like the old one for the 9x

-Brent

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by WendoNZ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:00 pm

SkyNorth wrote:I have a few boards left over to debug , and see It I can get them working.
No , I do not plan to run another batch of boards .. there is not enough interest for me to run another 100 or so boards.

I'm working on a Mini - SKY board , but its no where close to being plug and play like the old one for the 9x

-Brent
Damn, if you can get one of the remaining boards working I'd love to have it with a screen and switching regulators, a telemetry cable and if you can get more rotary switches, or point me to a source it'd be much appreciated


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Re: Another run planned?

Post by Rob Thomson » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:08 pm

Guess the issue here is.... will the X9DA be a success?

If it is good.. then few people will go the Sky9X route :(
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Re: Another run planned?

Post by WendoNZ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:15 pm

Just re-read Brent's reply, and I'm not sure if by debug he means boards that have an issue, or boards he wants to keep to test issues that may be reported

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by G550Ted » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:17 pm

Is April still the anticipated availability date for the X9DA. What's the latest guess on the price, do you know?

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by Rob Thomson » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:58 pm

Last i heard it was.

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by Utakos » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:16 pm

Any time scale for the next batch and how much are the boards?

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by WendoNZ » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:55 am

SkyNorth wrote:I have a few boards left over to debug , and see It I can get them working.
No , I do not plan to run another batch of boards .. there is not enough interest for me to run another 100 or so boards.

I'm working on a Mini - SKY board , but its no where close to being plug and play like the old one for the 9x

-Brent
As Brent said, there isn't going to be another batch

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by SkyNorth » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:53 am

I do not have the funds currently to do another run. ( I still have to pay for the last run)
I have about 15 boards that I still need to work on.

Due to production problems , the board yield was down about 25 boards on the last run .....I have the parts but no boards...
So I'm out about $2500 , in lost sales/profit...thats a lot of hobby money....

If there is enough people in the group , that want to get together ,and fund another board run , then more boards could be run,
and divided among the investors.

So if you want the SKY9x board to live , then its time to step up , as I simply cannot afford to do another run on my own.

-Brent

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by sgofferj » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:30 pm

Have you thought about opening a Kickstarter or Indiegogo project? That's just one idea.
The other is that I'm making quite some nice progress with my UAV groundstation project which - if you remember - I wanna base the RC part on your board. I think, your board is way too good to see it just as an enhancement for the 9x. You should start marketing it more universally as a DIY-kit to build an own TX. A great and powerful board (with an ARM Cortex µP, after all...) plus feature-rich and mature software (Open9x)... Basically, you'd only have to take cables for connecting pots and switches and stuff into your program and adapter-boards for JR and Futaba modules.
I am posting regular progress reports on my UAV GCS project on DIY-Drones and the interest is substantial. I was anyways planning to do a post about your board somewhen soon.

Besides, I found the (Chinese) manufacturer where Servocity gets it's 3D-gimbals from and they make pretty good prices - another thing that could be worth thinking about.

And I am ready to order a board now if you have one!

Edit:
Posted a blog post about this to DIY-Drones.

Edit2:
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/sky ... -dying-out

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by tilmanb » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:04 pm

I hope this is not the end. Increase the price if it helps.
sgofferj wrote: Besides, I found the (Chinese) manufacturer where Servocity gets it's 3D-gimbals from and they make pretty good prices - another thing that could be worth thinking about.
Interesting. Would you care to share? ;)
I want one...

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by tilmanb » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:46 pm

Nice looking joysticks. Which one fits the case?

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by sgofferj » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:05 pm

I don't know. I'm not modding my 9x, I'm building a new one :).

Brent, check the DIY-Drones post! Some people are already stating interest!

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Post by RightRudder » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:02 am

sgofferj wrote:Have you thought about opening a Kickstarter or Indiegogo project? That's just one idea.
The other is that I'm making quite some nice progress with my UAV groundstation project which - if you remember - I wanna base the RC part on your board. I think, your board is way too good to see it just as an enhancement for the 9x. You should start marketing it more universally as a DIY-kit to build an own TX. A great and powerful board (with an ARM Cortex µP, after all...) plus feature-rich and mature software (Open9x)... Basically, you'd only have to take cables for connecting pots and switches and stuff into your program and adapter-boards for JR and Futaba modules.
I am posting regular progress reports on my UAV GCS project on DIY-Drones and the interest is substantial. I was anyways planning to do a post about your board somewhen soon.

Besides, I found the (Chinese) manufacturer where Servocity gets it's 3D-gimbals from and they make pretty good prices - another thing that could be worth thinking about.

And I am ready to order a board now if you have one!

Edit:
Posted a blog post about this to DIY-Drones.

Edit2:
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/sky ... -dying-out
I'd like to second that thought. There was a guy on this forum goes by 'muchy' who made a beautiful tray. Maybe we could get him to pop some more cases out of his molds and get a group SKYTX9 or some such project happening and a group buy of some boards?

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by Rob Thomson » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:33 am

If I could get a case.... I would 100% build a tx from the ground up.

Always the case (and lack of skill in that area) that stops me.

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by RightRudder » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:47 pm

Here's the thread (sorry it was on RCGroups and the user is Mutchy.) Check out this awesome home made tray.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1678570

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by sgofferj » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:50 pm

Rob Thomson wrote:If I could get a case.... I would 100% build a tx from the ground up.

Always the case (and lack of skill in that area) that stops me.
Well, 2 thoughts on this...

1.) Think out of the box! Literally... :D. Who says, a TX must be in a traditional TX case. Google for "Handheld enclosure". The case I chose for my ground control station is a desktop enclosure by OKW (http://www.okw.com/OPD-WebSite/B4030117 ... roduct.okw). It's probably not good for a classic handheld TX but it's huge, so all my stuff will fit in.

2.) Be creative! Draw your idea of a perfect enclosure and then find someone who 3D-prints it for you. Come to DIY-Drones! We have many people with 3D-Printers in the community and many people with "let's do it"-attitude!

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by sgofferj » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:09 pm

Besides, FrSky is coming with 18 channel TX modules and fitting receivers soon... Think about what an INSANE TX you/we could build with a SKY9X-board, one of the new FrSky-modules and Open9X... Just find some cool sticks, like those 4D-sticks I digged out and you can fly 2 planes at the same time with 1 TX xD.

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by BotThoughts » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:16 pm

$2500 in the hole? ouch!!!

I would also suggest Kickstarter, or better IndieGogo (you keep whatever is donated) or Tindie Fundraiser.

So, what happened if I may ask? Why can't you get your money back from the board fab house? How does one go about dodging such a big issue in the future?

I think if there were an easy way to pre-order, people would help out.

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Post by Wimh » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:27 pm

Rob Thomson wrote:If I could get a case.... I would 100% build a tx from the ground up.

Always the case (and lack of skill in that area) that stops me.

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by olafnew » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:32 pm

Brent - how is it possible to transfer some donations to help out with this problem of $2500? I think all of us, who are using and enjoying the board will do so.

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by tilmanb » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:31 pm

Is there any market for used boards?
Demand and supply, market forces - you know. :) We can talk prices...

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by digiexchris » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:40 pm

absolutely, I'd be all over a used board. prefer within Canada to keep shipping down but would make exceptions

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by tilmanb » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:45 pm

Haha, I was talking from a buyers point of view as well. :)

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by digiexchris » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:49 pm

heh I suspect there's not a lot of people out there selling, they like the boards too much!

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Re: Another run planned?

Post by Reacher10 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:34 am

Whoa! I've been out of the loop for a few months. Oh man, I sitting here and I'm having a hard
time coming to grips with this news...it's not good. I for one love this board, it's a power house.

Everyone was chewing their arms and legs off to get at the 9XR and as far as I can see it's just
ugly looking junk with the ONLY redeeming quality being it has er9x on it.

I'm at a loss for for words.

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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