I'd like to hear Rod's opinion. I'm not sure he would object too strenuously. Having a layout "does not a board make". I'd still buy boards rather than having to etch them. And having a Rod-sanctioned layout is enough in and of itself to make it worthwhile buying.
Good points paulb. Rod seems to be a very good-natured guy, but that is part of the reason I think it is great if he can get a few bucks on the boards. I'd imagine with the size and traffic his site gets it wouldn't even pay the hosting costs.
I mean no offence to Rod Elliott. I respect him and his work and I am not doing this to take away business from him. Besides, this is the first PCB I have ever designed. Surely I cannot match the experience and expertise Rod has. And it is not that I am asking money for it from others.
If you see this, I am sorry but I certainly mean no offence to you.