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Helium HIP 72: Secure Concentrators

Today I’m excited to announce that the Helium Improvement Proposal (HIP) for Secure Concentrators: HIP 72 is now open for discussion. This milestone is a major step towards officially adopting Secure Concentrators as part of the Helium ecosystem. Come and…

Kompressor Receives Messages From Space

I just finished writing piece of firmware that controls Kompressor’s on-board GPS receiver. Kompressor uses a U-Blox ZOE-M8 GPS Receiver. I’m very pleased with the results. The system quickly gets an accurate 3D fix from cold start. I am using…

Progress Demo

Here is a quick video demo of hardware/firmware development so far. In this video you will see several exciting thing (at lease I think they are exciting). At this point, the Secure Bootloader is functionality complete. It validates the app…

Packet Received!

Kompressor prototype PCB can receive LoRaWAN packets! This is kinda a big deal. Receiving packets means that the RF front end, radios, and firmware are all working correctly. This is a screenshot of pktforwarder running on my test raspberry pi.…

Bad SX1250 Clock Signal

While working with the Kompressor v1.0.0 prototype board, I have been noticing a problem with the SX1250 radio failing to go into STANDBY_XOSC mode. Not exactly sure what that means, but it seems to be related to its input clock.…

Prototype PCB Boards!

Last week I received the first 5 Kompressor Secure Concentrator hardware prototype boards. The boards were built and assembled by NextPCB (a Chinese manufacturer). The quality looks great and I really like the matte black solder mask. The build time…

How does Kompressor enable Helium DIY Mining?

At this time, Helium permits a DIY class of hotspot called Data-Only. You can actually build yourself a Data-Only hotspot with readily available LoRaWAN parts today; no need to wait 8 months for your pre-order miner. For example, you can…

Kompressor Prototype almost Ready

Design work on Kompressor’s first prototype is nearing completion. Finishing touches will go in the next day or two. Next step is to build and assemble a few PCB boards and begin testing. Very exciting to see it coming together.…

What is a HIP-22 Concentrator Card?

Inside every Helium Miner is a LoRaWAN Concentrator Card. This little PCB card connects to the antenna and contains the electronics that send and receive LoRaWAN signals. Concentrator cards have been around for years, even before Helium. They are available…