Maverick-603 Project Suspended Indefinitely
Back in December 2022 we posted about the Maverick-603 which was at that stage Crowd Funding on Crowd Supply.
It was to be a US$149 FT8 receiver based on an open source RF chip design, capable of acquiring signals between 7 MHz and 70 MHz (technically 1 MHz to 100 MHz). Shipments were expected to begin in April 2023.
Unfortunately the Maverick team just released today that the project will be suspended indefinitely due to logistical issues. Backers of the project will receive a full refund.
The Maverick-603 project has been indefinitely suspended due to unforeseen logistical obstacles. No funds have yet been spent and all backers will receive full refunds. If you backed this project, your refund will be issued within the next week to the credit card you originally used. If your credit card is no longer valid, please contact Crowd Supply support before midnight UTC on Friday, April 28, 2023 to arrange your refund. If the Maverick-603 project is revived, we will post another update. Thank you for your support and patience.
Crowd Supply usually requires a working prototype before launching a campaign, but made an exception here. The campaign page was very light on design details and there was some strange things there like -25 dBm minimum sensitivity and suggesting a cellular rubber-duck antenna to listen for HF signals. And if it’s a listen-only device, why not use it for WSPR instead of FT8?