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Wifi based DIY 5V switcher for led-lights

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Albert posted a detailed how-to on building DIY ESP-12F based USB-5V switcher: 5V powered 100LED circuit was consuming around ~1.8Watts(though 5.1Ohm series resistor was really hot) and the brightness of the LED's were not bad, especially difference between first led and last led brightness didnt bother me it was hardly noticeable...

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So how to do CW on a homebrew SSB rig?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Pete Juliano, N6QW, has written an article on how to do CW on a homebrew SSB rig: The Answer is Not a Flippant: Carefully! Author's note: A friend in VK4 land made an inquiry about CW operation. I find that 99.99% of my operating time is SSB. But others spend...

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Remote debugging with USB based JTAG/SWD debug probes

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Erich Styger wrote an article on how to turn a USB debug probe into a IP-based debug solution: For some projects it is not possible to have the device under debug available on my desk: the board might be in another room, on another site or in a place where...

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Tutorial: Booting the NXP i.MX RT from Micro SD card

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Erich Styger has written an article on how to boot the NXP i.MX RT from Micro SD card: It is a common thing to boot a Linux system (see the Raspberry Pi) from a micro SD card. It is not that common for a microcontroller. The NXP i.MX RT ARM Cortex-M7 fills...

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Viewing ARM CPU activity in real time

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Jeremy Bentham writes: In previous blog posts, I have described how an FTDI USB device can be programmed in Python to access the SWD bus of an ARM microprocessor. This allows the internals of the CPU to be accessed, without disrupting the currently running program. In this blog I take...

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DIY Arduino based RC transmitter

Monday, January 14th, 2019

  Dejan over at HowToMechatronics posted a detailed how-to on building DIY Arduino RC transmitter: Now I can wirelessly control any Arduino project with just some small adjustments at the receiver side. This transmitter can be also used as any commercial RC transmitter for controlling RC toys, cars, drones and so...

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Regaining debug access of NXP i.MX RT1064-EVK executing WFI

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Erich Styger writes: Working with low power modes can be challenging. It can severely affect debugging capabilities of a microprocessor or microcontroller. I ported a FreeRTOS application using the Tickless Idle Mode to the NXP i.MX RT1064 board, and all of a sudden, the board was unresponsive to any debugger...

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Relays (DC): 99.9% less power and latching option

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Technovative writes, "The purpose of this article, is to show a simple method to increase the power efficiency, and functionality, of standard DC actuated electromagnetic relay switches." Project instructables here.

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Vintage headset conversion

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Quinn Dunki wrote a great article describing the conversion process of a 1980s-era Earmark into a bluetooth headset: The obvious thing is to convert it to a bluetooth headset for modern use, right? As I previously warned, converting a 1980s-era air traffic control headset into bluetooth headphones is probably the...

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Tutorial: Git with Eclipse

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A detailed tutorial on Eclipse with the EGit plugin by Erich Styger: There are things which are game changer in the world of software development: one such event was when I started using a VCS (Version Control System): it changed for me how I keep and store my projects and settings. It...

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How to build your Energy Load manager

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

A detailed instructions of how to build an Energy Load manager from Open Electronics: When the instantaneous power consumption exceeds the set values, it selectively disconnects the users, in order to prevent the electric meter to cut the power to disconnect. The management of the electricity users at home, intended...

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Build a Multisensor Shield for ESP8266

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Rui Santos has a great write-up on building a Multisensor Shield for ESP8266, that is available on GitHub: In this project you’ll discover how to design and create a Multisensor Shield for the ESP8266 Wemos D1 Mini board. The shield has temperature sensor (DS18B20), a PIR motion sensor, an LDR,...

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How to use I2C LCD with ESP32 on Arduino IDE

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

A how-to on using an I2C LCD display with the ESP32 using Arduino IDE from Random Nerd Tutorials: This tutorial shows how to use the I2C LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with the ESP32 using Arduino IDE. We’ll show you how to wire the display, install the library and try sample...

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3D printed stirling engine gas burner and flywheel

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The 3D printed Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and heavier flywheel from Do It Yourself Gadgets: Take a look at my upgraded Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and flywheel! If you take a look at my previous post you'll see how I built a 3D printed...

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Amiga 500 power supply build

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

A how-to on building an Amiga 500 power supply from Inkoo Vintage Computing: The power supply of my Amiga 500 is a bit unreliable. I’ve had some issues with the machine where the PSU could be the culprit, so I thought that it would be better to get a new power supply. There...

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A software only solution to the vexing Beagle Bone Black PHY issue

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Josh Levine has a nice write-up about a software only workaround for the Beagle Bone Black PHY issue: Sometimes the Ethernet port on a Beagle Bone Black does not work on power up. It takes either a physical reset button press or a power cycle to fix it. This problem...

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Tutorial: Setting up a low cost QRP (FT8, JT9, WSPR etc) monitoring station with an RTL-SDR v3 and Raspberry pi 3

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A detailed tutorial on how to set up a cheap QRP monitoring station using an RTL-SDR V3 and a Raspberry Pi 3 from rtl-sdr.com This tutorial is inspired by dg0opk's videos and blog post on monitoring QRP with single board computers. We'll show you how to set up a super cheap...

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ETA Nixie tube clock

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Mark Smith over at surfncircuits has a nice write-up about building an ETA Nixie Tube Clock: This DIY project will combine the estimated time of arrival function with a Nixie tube display to create an estimated time of arrival (ETA) Nixie tube clock. It is all easily controlled by a...

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Arduino time attendance system with RFID

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

A how-to on building a time attendance system with MFRC522 RFID Reader and Arduino from Random Nerd Tutorials: Before getting started it’s important to layout the project main features: *It contains an RFID reader that reads RFID tags; *Our setup has a real time clock module to keep track of time; *When...

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DIY Moteino guide

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Felix writes, "I posted a short illustrated guide for making your own Moteino from SMD components. It also includes details how to burn the bootloader and fuses. Check it out here. Thanks and credit goes to forum user LukaQ for his contribution of the images and test sketches in this...

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