The pre-made boards have been out of stock for a while, so this is an option if you have a PickNPlace or the eyes to hand solder. A couple of minor issues which the seller addressed (LED's on board were moved in a subsequent revision) and the SAW filter footprint is inverted which turns out to be a non issue as both pins that would cause a short are ground anyway. Built as documented for 915MHz and I now have a gateway connecting to the internet and sensors communicating with it. All questions encountered can be found in the wiki on GitHub or in the "Issues" (open and closed). Documentation is good. I used the lower noise "optional" regulator, and a SX1301. Great project.
8 Channels, long distance, great forum support. Will is great trying to help. But community is best!
The equipment is perfectly finished, packaged and sent. The delivery was fast and it included everything to setup the node.
I'm very happy with the purchase. And I surely will buy more from him. Thank you a lot. https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/forum/t/finished-opensource-raspberry-pi-gateway-hat-sx1301-8-base/10994/67?u=gaguilar
Product matches exactly the specs Fast delivery and well packed Documentation is easy to get and understand with guided "How to start" One minor negative point : As annouced by the seller, I had to solder the header myself. This does not match to the "ready to use" of raspberry pi HAT-like
Couldn't have designed and built better LORA hat for price paid - as described 915MHz shipped with antenna and hardware (nice touch). Be warned that the SX1308 gets too hot to touch as described in Semtech app note that recommends heat sinks top and bottom - I added fan instead to keep at room temp. Using with MKR WAN 1300 US915_HYBRID band changing TTN global_conf.json file to sub band 1 frequencies. A couple of the steps in instructions seem to be out of sequence but they are all there - kudos for being thorough. All-in-all perfect board optimized for both form and function - great job Will!
I had my eye on this gateway board for a while and ended up buying one recently. The price is great for a proper full 8 channel LoRa gateway, and being connected to the Raspberry Pi means that it's really easy to work with.
The gateway board took a little under two weeks from the date of purchase to arrive to my home in the United States. It was well packaged.
All of the soldering and board layout look great under a microscope. I really like the look of the new black PCB version.
I tested it out with both TTN and LoRaServer.io and it works with both. The seller has great documentation on the GitHub repository wiki showing how to set everything up with TTN.
I did notice that some of the chips on the board like the SX1308 get pretty warm, so I'll probably be installing a heatsink onto it.
Overall the product is great, and is being sold at an amazing price.