Most of the embarrassment has faded away, so I can write about it now. Having my Cubieboard up and running I went for the next step, connecting my TNC for APRS operation. The Cubieboard has a UART port, but the supplied cable was for a USB connection. I still had my serial converter from my Raspberry Pi and tried to hook it up to the Cubieboard. Either I made a short or some Volts went where they shouldn’t have gone, but all of a sudden there was smoke and that is usually not a good sign.

So now I have two empty cases on my shelf: one for the Raspberry Pi, one for the Cubieboard. Ah well, that’s life. Luckily these mini-PCs are not expensive, but to me also not cheap, so I will wait a while before ordering another.

Hans "Fong" van den Boogert, BX2ABT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Taiwan. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Embarrassed!”

  • Phil N4LNE:

    Hello OM

    Sorry to hear that but for some reason all those little bitty
    electronic things operate on smoke and if it escapes they just
    do not work anymore. Oh well welcome the the club I have allowed
    a lot of smoke to escape over the years myself.

    Thanks for sharing
    de N4LNE

  • BX2ABT:

    Thanks for welcoming me to the club. Been tinkering with stuff since my teens, but never let an electrolytic capasitor blow until last year. Maybe the hidden side of me that wants to blow up things is coming out. Better keep a safe distance then! Darn that mid-life crisis.

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