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09 JULY 2014

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Following from the previous Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1 post we have now built and installed the new control board for the pick and place machine. While building and testing the board we found an issue with one...

09 JULY 2014

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

We use Anderson Powerpole connectors (http://www.powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpoles/) on our ham radios and other 12 volt accessories in the house and we had always used leaded plugs connecting to a central point with inline...

15 JUNE 2014

USB to RS485 Adapter

The new solar data logger project is slowly progressing and a part of the project includes some Atmel based slave boards for measuring sensors in various parts of the house.  The slave boards are connected together...

23 MARCH 2014

Railway Sky LED Controller

Alongside our electronic projects another long term hobby has been model making and more specifically model railways.  We have had a model railway in our loft workshop for many years and it has always been a way of...

27 FEBRUARY 2014

PSU Temperature Monitor

For a few years now we have been using a GW Instek GPC-1850D power supply in our workshop and while it has served us well over that time there has always been one issue that has annoyed us, the loud cooling fan in the back...

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer Case

To program the Atmel chips in our recent PNP controller board and for our planned expansion boards for the solar power data logger we needed to be able to program the Atmel chips used on the boards. After looking at various...

08 FEBRUARY 2014

Pick and Place USB Control Software

After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine USB Controller Board  we needed to rewrite the controller software to drive the pick and place machine. The new Pick and Place software is written in C# and we used...

16 JANUARY 2014

Variable RF Signal Sampler

One of my hobbies is Amateur (Ham) radio and it is useful to be able to check the outputs on the radios transmitters to check that the signal is transmitting on the correct frequency and not causing spurious frequency...

23 NOVEMBER 2013

DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

The DIY pick and place machine project is now finally running and is able to place the components for our Raspberry Pi expansion boards. This project started in July 2013 when we began to order the various components, bearings,...

02 NOVEMBER 2013

DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

DIY Pick and Place V2 – Base Vision LED Array The PCB's arrived today for the LED array to go in the base of the Pick and Place system. The six boards hold a total of 144 red leds. We are now trying to...

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