A new housing design

headline image [2023-10-12]
I am really happy to learn that DigitalRooster has other users!

MK3B Ready for Public

headline image [2020-08-12]
I hesitated quite some time to place a new order with PCBway. The design was ready in May but component cost have gone way up since last November. Some parts cost more than double. But when my friend told me some of his friends are also interested in DigitalRooster it was time to go ahead fast. PCBway was quick, I only ordered 8 assemblies. Which in hindsight might have been an error, it looks they hand-soldered again instead of using a pick-and-place. DigitalRooster is ready for adventurous makers to use it and abuse it!

DigitalRooster-Mk3A: Check Your Silkscreen!

headline image [2020-04-29]
Finally I received the assembly for the revised layout of my Audio PCB. Covid-19 has affected lead times but PCBway was quicker than estimated. Unfortunately not everything was working and it is not pcbway’s fault. I learned you should not blindly trust the CAD data you get, even from ultralibrarian.


Not all of us enjoy adding their favorite radio station to the list using vi over a serial line. Especially since this is error prone. DigitalRoosterGui now provides a simple REST API to add, list and delete Alarms, Podcasts and Internet Radio stations. The API is specified according to the openapi spec 3.0. This means you can create client code automatically form the specification. Now some adapt and motivate Front-End developer should take over and implement a nice web-gui!

DigitalRooster Mk2A

headline image [2020-02-01]
PCBway did a great job with my first assembly and I am pretty proud of my first design- everything works. That being said there is room for improvement. But this is stuff you find out by experiment, especially if you have never done it before.

Another batch of PCBs is on the way!

headline image [2019-11-15]
Just ordered new PCBs from pcbway.com - this time including assembly!

Travis updated Docker and broke my build :(

CI/CD is great, docker avoids implicit dependencies - the build environment is stable, or not so much… Travis has updated the images and the images changed the Docker Version from 17.09.0-ce to 18.06.0-ce - which brakes QT rcc builds :(

PCBs from China have arrived!

headline image [2019-09-04]
The time from order to delivery was amazingly quick. JLCPCB has real human customer care!

Going live on netlify

Just go a domain and will play around with netlify