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TI just emailed me about a promotion they are going to run in the coming weeks. Make sure you check their site and facebook pages.   Week 1: MSP430 LaunchPad - $6.99 Week 2: MSP-SA430-SUB1GHZ

Don't turn it on, take it apart:   http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHPrs1H (MSP-SA430)

It's available now http://e2e.ti.com/blogs_/b/msp430blog/archive/2013/08/25/back-to-school-sale-part-2-sa430.aspx   Coupon code SA_BTS

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Has TI released the firmware to the SA430? If it were hackable, it would be great. I'm not sure that it is. It isn't a real spectrum analyzer... It's OK for seeing spectrum activity, but that's about it. It cannot give you any information about modulation or data, as far as I know.

I am a bit curious about this one too... If it's just an activity monitor for a frequency range then this sale price is certainly a lot more reasonable than its original price!

I recall you snagged a few the last time they were on sale, have you tinkered with it much?


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@@jpnorair's comments made me curious enough to take a look at the user's guide.  In section 5.2 (Known Limitations) they state in a somewhat disclaimerish way:


This is not a high-end spectrum analyzer (there is a reason why high end devices are expensive);

however, the MSP-SA430-SUB1GHZ works well during prototyping and development of RF links. In this

stage, the typical questions that need to be answered are whether or not a signal is generated at all and

whether or not it is at the expected frequency.


 For less than $30 I still think I will still pick one up.  Sometimes I just want to know....is this thing transmitting?  What frequency is it really transmitting on?  :grin: 


One thing they didn't mention in the paragraph above....Am I transmitting but getting stomped on by another signal? :smile:


EDIT:  Just placed my order.  Thanks for the heads up @@Automate!

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Yeah, I grabbed one. For $30, it is worth it. For more than that, I would say it is not. If it were hackable, it would be a nice CC430 DK in any case.

Got it... I snagged one at the current price, figure it'll be handy for when I finally do play with sub-1GHz RF.


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