Dilshan Jayakody writes about a new open source project, the PIC16F886 based CW auto key controller with USB support: USB Morse Keyer is a microcontroller-based auto keyer project with following features: *USB / straight key / iambic key inputs *Support for both standalone and USB operating modes *64-character USB typeahead buffer and 6-character Morse key typeahead buffer […]
Glen Akins published a new build: After using the PIC16F1459 to build numerous USB HID input devices including a giant keyboard, a tiny keyboard, and a big red button, it was time to see if the PIC16F1459 could be used to control outputs too. Sticking with the industrial theme, I chose to build a USB […]
Dilshan Jayakody published a new build: This is real-time clock based automatic LED lamp which we originally designed to use as night light. This lamp can programmed to turn on and off at the specific time of the day. For example, it can program to turn on at 6 PM on each day and to […]
MPPT Solar charger’s USB mass storage device bootloader project from Soldernerd, that is available on GitHub. Check out the video after the break.
KA7OEI has written an article detailing a simple 8-channel receiver voting controller: To simplify things, this voting controller sits in “front” of an ordinary repeater controller, taking the audio and COS inputs from the various receivers and outputting a single audio and COS signal. If the repeater system in question uses subaudible tones, it is […]
CAPS0ff team posted an article taking a closer look at 8 “PIC16C57s”: We were recently sent 8 “PIC16C57s” from: *High Seas Havoc (403/C013) *Wargods (U69, C020) *MACE (U96, C021) *Carnevil (U96, C022) *BioFreaks (C023) *Gauntlet Dark Legacy (C024) *Gauntlet (U37, C025) *Blitz 99 (U96, C026) More details at CAPS0ff blog.
Dilshan Jayakody published a new build: If you are an audio enthusiast and if you have multiple audio systems and speakers, you may definitely need to have a speaker selector switch. These switches allow you to route a audio signal through a switching system and distribute it to various speakers. Using this listener can select […]
Glen Akins shares his latest build the giant three key USB keyboard: After seeing this giant mechanical keyboard at Adafruit, I decided I had to build my own. Adafruit made theirs out of wood and used one of their Python-compatible microcontroller boards. I wanted a sloped top on my keyboard. I also wanted to check […]
Glen Akins has a nice build log on his four channel DMX-controlled relay, that is available on GitHub: Halloween was right around the corner and I needed a timer with a bunch of relays to trigger some store-bought props and a fog machine periodically. (Mental note: read fog machine specs carefully—not all come with timer remotes.) My […]
Reviahh has published a new build, the PICKit 3 Mini: Previously, I made a Pickit 3 clone – (see previous blog post). It works well, but I have often wondered just how little of its circuitry was needed to program and debug the boards I make. For instance – I primarily use the newer 3.3V PIC32 […]
Lukas Fässler has designed and built an RX/TX sequencer based on a PIC16F18325, that is available on github: Much like the beacon keyer presented here earlier, this RX/TX sequencer is a simple but useful little device. Its typical use is in ham radio applications when a separate power amplifier (PA) and/or a sensitive low-noise pre-amplifier (LNA) is used. […]
Lukas Fässler from Soldernerd published a project writeup showing how he built a PIC-based beacon keyer: This is likely the first ham radio related project that I document here on this blog But my very first PIC project was a beacon keyer that I made for my father, HB9BBD. That was in 2013. A beacon […]
An open source CO2 monitoring project from Roving Dynamics: The project described below uses a MH-Z16 or MH-Z19 CO2 sensor and a DHT-22 (or DHT-11 if less accuracy is required) to measure the Temperature and Humidity. It has a 4 line by 20 character LCD Display to show the current readings and status, a warning alarm […]
A battery-powered small datalogger based on a PIC18F2620 microcontroller project from Jesus Echavarria: The idea comes a few months ago, talking with a friend. He needs something to monitoring temperature and humidity inside a sea container, for a three weeks travel from Spain to China. Low consumption is important, in order to have maximum autonomy with […]
Tahmid built a TV tuner IR remote with a PIC16F684: I then proceeded to write an IR transmitter using the PIC16F684 (using the MPLAB X IDE and XC8 compiler), following the timing information from the extended NEC protocol. In order to connect all the keys, I connected them in matrix keypad form. In order to power the […]
Raj has documented his DIY programmable relay switch using PIC16F1847 microcontroller: Here are the summary of the features that this programmable relay switch has: On-board +5V voltage regulator (operates at 9-15V DC input) OFF and ON time setup for the relay operation Option for cyclic run (maximum 100 cycles, after which the timer stops automatically) […]
Dan Watson writes: This is the second in a series of posts about designing a mains frequency monitor using the Microchip PIC 16F1619 microcontroller. In this post we will take a look at the first revision of the board that I designed for the project and some of the features that it adds. Be sure […]
Raj over at Embedded Lab has designed a development board for PIC16F1938: The PIC16F1938 is a versatile 28-pin MCU belonging to Microchip’s extreme low power microcontroller family featuring nanoWatt XLP technology, 28KB of programming memory, 1KB of RAM, 11 ADC channels, and tons of other peripherals. A while ago, I designed a development board for this MCU and […]
Chas from iradan.com writes: I credit the maker movement with bringing electronics back from the crusty old and lonely electronics hobby back into the main stream. The Arduino is the micro of choice for this army of makers and I conceded it made sense… you install the IDE, plugged in your board into the USB port […]
Dilshan Jayakody writes: This is an automatic “monitor brightness controller” based on environmental light conditions. This system use USB port base sensor unit to measure the light level and control monitor brightness accordingly. We design this system to reduce the eye stress by matching the monitor brightness with environmental lighting. Project info at Dilshan Jayakody’s blog.