Many of our customers just received their Faraday starter packs this past weekend! Shipping them was tons of fun, thank you for your orders. Several of you have already made it through our www.FaradayRF.com/Start guide and blinked the LED on the board. Congrats all!
— Mike (@notsureifsane) February 18, 2017
Right now, Faraday software is in pre-Alpha stage of development. Our first customers are amazing to have the confidence in this project so early on. It amazes us every time we think about it.
We’re writing core applications, fixing bugs, and updating documentation all the time. Even if you haven’t yet ordered a Faraday radio there are ways to help out.
We designed and manufactured Faraday. Being open source, your contributions help everyone. Faraday hardware is an enabler. The software and infrastructure is where this project will impact amateur radio the most.
Open Source Community
FaradayRF is dedicated to providing as high quality software and products as possible. This is one reason we’ve open-sourced the Faraday project. The community will build slowly, Brent and I are not depending on your help to keep the project moving. We’re working on it with or without help. However, we know some of you are passionate about advancing ham radio just like we are and itching to help out. Any help whatsoever will move Faraday forward even faster.
A huge amount of the help we would appreciate doesn’t even need Python experience. The perfect way to get your feet wet in contributing to an open source project is to help out with the small tasks. These are quick wins that provide meaningful impact to the project and give you some experience in how to contribute.
GitHub Beginner Issues
We’ve used the GitHub issue system to identify simple tasks that need to be done. Most require almost no Python experience to complete. We’re super busy ensuring new functionality and patching bugs that cause program instability and these are items that don’t stop us from achieving these tasks but easily fall off our radar. Check out the beginner tagged issues and help us fix them! We’d absolutely appreciate the help.
There’s been a flurry of activity this past weekend on Faraday-Software. Now that Brent and I have delivered the first shipment of units to customers we can focus on software.
Numerous issues were generated over the weekend that identify items which need to be implemented or fixed before we consider the software is in the alpha stage. If you have a lot of Python experience and want to dig into some code this is where to look!
Another way to help us is to provide feedback. Create an Issue Ticket if you encounter something that should be changed or think we should implement a feature that’s missing. This includes reading the documentation and finding a spelling or formatting mistake or noticing a problem with your Faraday radio while using it.
Author: Bryce Salmi
Licensed radio amateur KB1LQC and Co-Founder of FaradayRF. Professional Electrical Engineer designing and building avionics for rockets and spacecraft during the day and developing the future of digital amateur radio experimentation by night. All opinions are my own.