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An Odd Package Received via USPS


Today I received an odd package. It’s some sort of electronic device. It has an RS-232 out on one end and a 6-pin miniDIN and a 1/4″ phono jack on the other. It appears to have some resistors and an IC.

It is not in an enclosure, contains no cabling, and contains absolutely no documentation / instructions as to its purpose / intended use or what it is supposed to be connected to.

Whatever it is, it appears to be of quality workmanship; however, looks can be deceiving and I am certainly not a qualified IEEE cardholder.

The only written information contained in the package is basically a one-page disclaimer. At the top of the page I see:


A linear accelerator on a chip perhaps? Could it be a miniature bomb? A cure for cancer?

All I know is that the company that sent it to me disclaims any liability whatsoever and provides no warranty. Furthermore, I am supposed to return it, promptly, in new and unused condition, if I do not agree to the the agreement.

I’d post the name of the supposed company, but I believe they are likely a litigious bunch and I don’t feel like making a court appearance.

What should I do? Comments anyone?

Written by Mike

October 6th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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  1. I would plug it in!

    Roger Wilco

    6 Oct 10 at 6:36 PM

  2. Like I said, there were no instructions. Who knows where it is supposed to be plugged in rofl. I’ll check out FSK tomorrow. I’ll check out the CW keying as soon as I get a phono-to-phono cable chief.


    6 Oct 10 at 9:38 PM

  3. Your CW / PTT / FSK interface is working great with my Prolific-based USB-to-Serial adapter, Jon. See the bottom of this post for some info regarding my testing.


    8 Oct 10 at 3:55 PM

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