Re: Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>

The JLPCB boards arrived today. Five boards, exactly as I ordered, and an unusual cardboard based ink pen of some sort.

The boards look wonderful, and basically identical to the ones from pcbway except each company seems to put some tiny identification silkscreen in slightly different places on the boards. Of course, they have exactly the same error (pin 5 left ungrounded on the LCD) that I made in the artwork for the other company as well Easily dealt with.


From: <> on behalf of Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

that looks really nice! where did you get that ovenoscillator?

From: <> on behalf of Laurence Oberman <oberman.l@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

Here is my 10Mhz oven controlled reference I designed.
This is from pcbway and is one with all though hole.

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 1:16 PM, Diver Martin <diver.martin@...> wrote:
So noted... I'm gonna have to give them a go for the next revision of my
uBitx top modifications... $50 for 10 PCBs vs $105 from DFrobot is a pretty
significant price difference...

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 10:05 AM, Laurence Oberman <oberman.l@...>

So far I have used this vendor and I have only Awesome words for them.
My boards are only double sided but have a combination of SMD and through
I use TIna to create the boards


On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 7:04 PM, Diver Martin <diver.martin@...>

I'm very curious about the jclpcb order you made. How is the PCB
That's a vendor I wanted to try, but haven't gotten around to. They
many of the same features as my current pcb house in china (DFRobot) but
about half the cost. Are the boards pictured from jcl or pcbway?

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 3:57 PM, Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>

First set of boards arrived today -- not sure why they shipped me TEN
boards, I only ordered five.
This is all new to me. Soldered in header sockets. Wished I'da
of that for ALL the i/o connections.

Found at least one error so far -- forgot to ground pin 5 of the LCD
display. Have not soldered in the op amp portion but got the LCD
(after adding little ground wire) and verified that the Adafruit Si5351
bring controlled --- communications receiver hears it right where I
its frequency to.

This so SO cool.....

Can't believe how much this forum has taught me in just a few weeks.
This is going to be huge for our local ARES group. Loads of skills
can learn.


From: <> on behalf of Gordon Gibby
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

I don't have the exact number, but one company was about $24 (including
shipping) and the other company was $28 (including shipping) --- 5
each company. First time customer.

From: <> on behalf of B C
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

what did those boards cost you??
Brian K9WIS

---- Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...> wrote:
Thanks to all your suggestions I made two trial orders:

About last friday night/saturday.

The first set is supposed to arrive sometime tomorrow (wednesday)

and the other set on Thursday. amazing.

Fingers crossed that I did this correctly!!!

Showed this project to my youngest son (working as a new auto
and he was motivated to get out the christmas arduino kit I gave him
immediately started building LED circuits....astonishing my wife and
me....may help him out in life.

From: <> on behalf of Gordon Gibby
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:09 AM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

Thanks for yet another great suggestion.

I have now created a "flying jumpers" breadboard version using a
of different resistive bridge designs --- the K6BEZ design driven by
Si5351 directly didn't produce enough voltage to make the reverse
measurement accurate and I gave up after several hours on that.
Would need
to add an amplification stage I believe... The easy swr indicator
kit from<>
(no LED, just take the rectified voltage and run into an op amp with
a gain
of about 6) produced a voltage that seemed to work. My circuit is
haywire (with egloo jumpers everywhere) and the pcb version would be
MORE STABLE but I'm able to measure shorts, 25 ohm, 50 ohm, 100 ohm,
ohm and open circuit and get "sorta close SWR" measurements at
up to maybe 30 MHz. There is so much haywiredness to the breadboard
that I
can't make any better observations at the moment. The PCB should be
a ton
more mechanically stable. Earlier today I put it on a real antenna
and it
did find the resonance.

A friend is working on the "single meter" SWR version using a
swr measurement head (which I also have built and should also work).
goal there is to emulate the $129 LDG big meter display of SWR.....
pcb that I cranked out (and now being built in China, fingers
should work with both. (2 different inputs).

You folks are a lot brighter at this stuff than I am but it has been
ton of fun just getting this much to work! I think this is going to
be a
great building project for our ARES group.

From: <> on behalf of William R
Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [BITX20] Creating Gerber files for pcb construction

Another to consider is<>.
I have just received 10 boards for a mere $2 total, including DHL
Note the there is a sixe limit of 100mmx100mm, and two layers, green
resist and 1.6mm material.

This offer I think is limited to your initial order. A subsequent set
3 boards, 10 copies each, cost me $29, including shipping.

Bill, VK7MX

On 21/01/2018 12:38 AM, Gordon Gibby wrote:
Wow!!! Thank you for that wonderful tip.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 20, 2018, at 06:51, Kerr Smith
<kerrsmithusa@...<mailto:kerrsmithusa@...>> wrote:

Have you looked at PCB Shopper? You just set the size of your PCB and
how any boards you require and it will list all the main PCB
sites and how much it will cost:<>

For my latest PCBs I tried AllPCB and was extremely pleased with the
results, they had an offer on at the time so for $5 I got 7 boards on
order and for my second $5 order I got 17 boards (if your boards are
they seem to add in extra to your order) - they were all shipped
using TNT
and arrived in just 5 days. At the current time the total cost is $12
for 5
boards up to 35mm x 35mm with free TNT shipping:<>

The other site I would recommend is OSHPark:<>

They are the ones who do the purple PCBs which look really great and
also pretty cheap, only a few dollars (around $9.50) for three 35mm x
boards with shipping included.

I am so pleased that the price for creating PCBs yourself is now this
low, up until now I have been carefully making my own by etching them
now I can get them in a few days if I need them fast or a couple of
weeks if
I don't mind waiting. There are so many different fabrication sites
there is
always going to be a great deal to be had if you shop around a bit,
the PCB
Shopper site I mentioned above is really great for this.

Martin Held - AE7EU

If there aren't any questions, then what is there to learn?

Martin Held - AE7EU
If there aren't any questions, then what is there to learn?

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