Update: March 19, 2012
I learned over the weekend that ceramic SMD capacitors cannot be reliably soldered using a soldering iron. It seems the ceramic material expands at a different rate than the circuit board and causes microscopic cracks in the crystalline structure of the ceramic. Apparently this will cause the parts to fail over time, and / or cause sporadic behavior.
I am glad I learned this now as I am gearing up to build the bulk run of boards, and it has caused me to modify my initial approach to board assembly. This is a small set back, but it should only take a week to get set up for the new process. I want to apologize for the delay, I am working on getting these done as fast as I can.
Update: March 15, 2012
The circuit boards arrived. Now I’m only waiting on a few parts and assembly can begin.
Update: March 5, 2012
A week late, I know, I apologize. Since the minimum order to have the F18A manufactured was not met, I have decided I can handle the quantity myself and I will be doing all the assembly. This will slow down the delivery a little, but not too much I hope. Boards and parts have been ordered, and once they come in I will begin fulfilling the F18A orders in the order they were received.
Thank you everyone for your support and patience, but the waiting is almost over! 🙂
Feb 9, 2012
Well, it finally happened and the F18A is available for pre-order in the store! I was hoping to be able to fund the first batch myself, but my money tree died this year, so I have to humbly ask for pre-orders. This post will be short since all the details are on the order page. I’m really excited and hope that enough pre-orders come in to run a batch or two. Thanks everyone for your support and patience during the development.