I’m still waiting for the PCBs for the latest revision of my TinyTX board to arrive but these breakout boards for the RFM12B transceiver which I actually ordered on the same day ended up getting sent a few days ahead of it for some reason, maybe it is because I went for a red solder mask for the TinyTX3.
The RFM12B is the radio module I use in the TinyTX, it’s also used in JeeNodes, OpenEnergyMonitor, Nanode, WiNode and the Air Quality Egg to name a few, it’s a very handy little board but it’s a pain to use on a breadboard or with stripboard, I decided I’d had enough of soldering little bits of wire to them so I thought I would get some proper breakout boards made.
These are for use with a 3v3 supply, for used on 5v you might want to consider the the Jeelabs breakout, I’ve used this before when I built my OpenEnergyMonitor system and they are a great little board and they can also be used on 3v3 if you leave out the voltage regulator, capacitors and resistors and join 3 solder jumpers.
Certainly beats this:
You can download the files below if you want to order some like mine, I used Seeed Studio as usual and it cost $13.86 (£9.01) for 10 including shipping, you can also order them in a pack of 3 from Circuits.io here but note that you won’t get a silkscreen on that version and it is a lot more expensive.
These files are also available on SolderPad here.
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