The Menta


MakerShed announced a new product that will probably appeal to radio artisans who like to build little rigs.  It’s the Menta, a smaller version of the Arduino which fits nicely in the venerable Altoids tin.

Get a few 2N2222s, some toroids, resistors, and a crystal soldered on the prototyping area, then burn some CW keyer software on the Arduino and voila, you got a nice little QRP rig.


3 Responses to “The Menta”

  • Randy K7AGE:

    I saw this too.

    I thought it might make an interesting controller to control my antenna switch. It could watch the band data and close some relays to change my antennas. Could be a fun project, not enough time to play.

    Randy
    K7AGE

  • Chad KJ4VYI:

    been wanting to do the same thing you mentioned either for 10 or 80 meters and even a 10 meter beacon — any suggestions or even a pixie type qrp tx

  • Chad, I would probably opt for clone of the Rockmite. I did build a Pixie one time and couldn’t make a contact with it to save my life, but they technically *should* work 🙂

    BTW, I currently have on the bench an Arduino controlled dual band 6 and 10 meter beacon, powered by a NJQRP DDS daughtercard. I’m having problems with noise across the 6m band, otherwise I’d probably have it on the air by now.

    Randy, keep an eye on my blog site. I may have code to do that in a few months. Any particular rig protocol you’re interested in (Icom/Yaesu/Kenwood)?

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