PortaPack for HackRF One is Imminent!

With the Kickstarter HackRF Ones shipping out soon, I’ve made some progress on the PortaPack add-on. I have a revised prototype, adapted to attach to the HackRF One.

The PortaPack for HackRF One is Operational

The PortaPack for HackRF One is Operational

I’ve added a few features to the Jawbreaker prototype I showed last year. Here’s what new the PortaPack has to offer:

  • 240 x 320 RGB LCD. High update rate permits display of spectrum, time-domain data, and other real-time radio parameters.
  • 9-way navigation control. Outer ring is four-way directional control (moving a cursor/selection). Middle ring is a rotating ring quadrature encoder. Center is a select button.
  • Touch screen. For direct entry of information or scrolling through data.
  • Audio I/O via a 3.5mm mobile phone jack. It accepts iPhone-style headphone/microphone combinations. Sound quality is good due to using a *real* music player style audio codec. Headphone power is considerable (a.k.a. “painful”).
  • Micro SD card slot for storing or playing back data.
  • Lithium coin battery to power HackRF’s internal real-time clock (RTC). Great for logging applications.

Like the HackRF, the PortaPack is more of an open-source development platform than a finished radio tool. But I’m confident the HackRF community will eagerly embrace an entirely portable SDR and develop some awesome applications for the hardware. I will do my part to provide enough code to make the PortaPack do *something* interesting. Right now, I have basic spectrum analysis and AM/FM/WBFM demodulation working.

I’m still working through pricing the cost of acquiring all the parts and getting PCBs and assembly done. My target retail price is less than $100 US. If you’re interested in getting your hands on a PortaPack for your HackRF One, please follow me via Twitter (sharebrained) or leave your e-mail address via the form below, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready to order!

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10 Responses to PortaPack for HackRF One is Imminent!

  1. PIQUEMAL says:

    I am interested to buy a portapack kit when it will be avalaible

  2. Jürgen Rehberg says:

    maybe if there will be also a good manual for the potapack and when i like the features i buy two portapacks. need also lsb and usb cw and digimode capturing :-) is a 4″ touchscreen with vga possible? its much better for old boys with glasses ;-)

  3. Tom Clancy says:

    please provide a rugged enclosure for the portapack and hackRF !

  4. Jürgen Rehberg says:

    rugged enclosure is very important! Also lsb usb cw digi modes

  5. Grumpy Old Coot says:

    Obligatory Batman paraphrase: “Where can I get all these wonderful toys?”

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  7. Cinaed Simson says:

    Incidentally, I’m definitely interested in buying one of these displays.

  8. Kane says:

    Define imminent. It has been 8 months with no update.

  9. jboone says:

    @Kane: There are a couple of more recent posts:

    PortaPack Manufacturing Update

    PortaPack Update, October

    Yes, October is the last update, which is definitely not recent enough. I will work on a new post with current status.

  10. Would love to get a chance to use Portapack when ready.

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