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  1. Thread: AU fires

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    AU fires

    For the okes down under. I just watched a video someone sent me where the fire crosses a road and continuous on the other side.
    The fire fighters do not have the manpower to prevent the crossing,...
  2. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    Hi Bill.

    As they say good things are scarce :-D

    I think that is awesome. Well it just goes to show where the talent is. With a bit of exercise any one can get good at something. I think...
  3. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    Jack Russells are good rat hunters, that is if they don't hump them first.


    And lose that first person flying experience LOL.


    By the time I'm going to be able to buy these parts, I won't...
  4. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    David, dogs and chickens seldom goes well together. Besides, the rats come from someone else's yard and he has a bull terrier which seems to catch and eat everything except the rats. Some of these...
  5. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    David. The more responsibility you withhold from people, the less responsible they will act. Lots of video's doing the rounds of drones with guns - but who created the environment for it ?
    For...
  6. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    No stunt, it needed to be done. It grew between the solar geyser and the sun in winter, and I don't take cold baths in winter. The risk was probably worth the smell ;-)

    No, not completely, wives...
  7. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    No John, and when I grew up there were no tall buildings yet, LOL.

    As for the drone flying. I'm trying to find out if the first person vision (FPV) is an exciting experience when you fly the...
  8. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    I agree with David, very nice Joseph !
    One question regarding the first video, how did you get the guys to whistle along with the music ???

    Off topic -
    David, I must show you what I did...
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    Re: Transistor curve tracer with a PIC

    Why not generate your own waves ? If you generate a sine, then you can a/d read at intervals. As per the D/A examples in the manual.
  10. Thread: Happy New Year

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    Re: Happy New Year

    Govt never sits on its hands, they are most likely thinking up more restrictive laws on... well, anything. I watched a vid of floods in the US and those using their private boats to saved people...
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    Re: New Prusa mini 3D printer

    I'm at the stage where if I need anything, I'm already thinking of printing it, instead of buying it.
    Well that's because bought things doesn't have all the features.... Al lot like the engineers...
  12. Thread: Flying drones

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    Re: Flying drones

    It seems like an exciting first person experience, especially with goggles on.
  13. Thread: Flying drones

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    Flying drones

    Any one here flying drones ?
  14. Thread: Happy New Year

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    Re: Happy New Year

    Thanks John, every one else. Now if we can just get you blokes down under to stop playing with matches, we can see the smoke from here. Like the sign said by the roadside - don't even fart in the...
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    Re: Can't get SR04 ultrasonic to work

    He he he... I enjoyed this part :biggrin:
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    Re: Merry Christmas everyone

    Hope this helps !
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTaBXCDcky0
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    Re: Microcap now free

    Africa is full of them :stupid:
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    Re: Microcap now free

    Yeah, right through the hole in the ozone and into the black hole. No kiddin.
    https://www.space.com/monster-black-hole-disovery-too-big-theories.html
    Around here we call these black holes ars......
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    Re: Microcap now free

    Well, it's a good thing gravity sucks you guys up.
    Not too long ago when the earth was still flat, you all would have been gone for sure.
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    Re: Microcap now free

    Thanks Johnny !

    Nice find.

    However, you okes down yonder must stay there. Just because you found something nice doesn't mean we're going to let you up here :biggrin:
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    Re: New Prusa mini 3D printer

    I leveled the bed twice, and since the last time had no need to do it again.

    What noise ? It hums/sings like any little stepper motor(s) would. My printer is in the office, I can't hear it if I...
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    Re: 3d printing heated enclosure

    The easiest you can do is to make 5 sides from polystyrene and a double thin-ish acrylic front to see through. You can make an angled frame and fit the sides into that.
    You will be surprised at the...
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    Re: New Prusa mini 3D printer

    That is what I call spyware, you have to upload your work on some server. I did play with it a bit.
    There must be some 3D software that is affordable or freeware.
    I use Solid Edge, but it's...
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    Re: 3x4 alpha numeric keypad

    If you understand how the keypad works, then the software is going to be very easy.
    You need to to sit with a multimeter and the keypad diagram ONLY ONCE, and you will never have trouble with it...
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    Seriously?? Peter Davis Forum Use Registration

    Hi Lester, this is regarding Peter Davis's refusal to access the forum.

    I will not lie to you, he is not a human, well not completely. He is actually a hybrid as a result of the metal parts in...
  26. Re: Programmer does not recognize a target device

    I found the problem. Or rather I think I did. In today's political environment you can never be sure of anything :wink:

    It seems there were poor connection between the ICD2 and the target device...
  27. Programmer does not recognize a target device

    Off late I get lots of "Programmer does not recognize the target device" and then does not program the device.
    Never had such a problem in the past.
    I have now had this with 16F684's and now again...
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    Re: Thermistor Steinhart-Hart linearisation procedure for Proton BASIC

    Now I would have simply used a temperature divider and use any standard temperature measuring component...
  29. Thread: Pickit2 firmware

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    Re: Pickit2 firmware

    Pickit 2 VPP voltage level error Does not load the hex file.

    Unplug and restart everything over and over and suddenly it loads the hex file.

    Still doesn't program. I just think it's a piece...
  30. Thread: Pickit2 firmware

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    Re: Pickit2 firmware

    I'm going to try it too as I just remembered why I never used the Pickit2 as a programmer.
    Nothing on this thing is consistent. When you press the program button it shows an error, or all the LED's...
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    Oven temperature issue

    I have two ovens on which I have put type K thermocouples with a controller.

    The wife used to set the oven on 180 degrees to bake cookies or other things, but with the thermocouple I have to set...
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    Re: Remote programming with Pickkit2

    Thank you everyone. The customer seems to need a vacation ;-) and he himself is going to visit all the sites (local and beyond) to re-program the units. I was really scared they might send the...
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    I dont belive it ! Re: Back in time looking good !

    I miss the great bands... where are the new emerging ones ?

    To name only a few English bands.... Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard,...
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    Re: Remote programming with Pickkit2

    Hi Thumbleweed,

    I have the PDF... which is going to take a long time to go through. I was hoping someone would give me some indicators, is it working and if what are the drawbacks (if any).
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    Remote programming with Pickkit2

    Hi guys,

    I have a request to change software settings on units. The customer wants to know if it is possible to re-program the units at their warehouse.

    I know it is possible with the...
  36. Thread: Don't care bits

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    Re: Don't care bits

    It's like on some logic chips, when the chip is disabled, then ie inputs become don't care, whether they are 1 or 0, it does not matter. In your case setting or clearing that bit will not affect...
  37. Thread: Barking dog

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    Re: Barking dog

    Actually there is something that may work, I just remembered. Some years ago there seems to have been a tube that snaps into the dog's butt. This prevented the dog from getting the back pressure it...
  38. Thread: Barking dog

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    Re: Barking dog

    Many, many many many years ago newly wed me lived in a house where we had the same. Now I was a lot more energetic and firey than off late. The traffic department was in charge of dogs then (what...
  39. Thread: Barking dog

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    Re: Barking dog

    Punish the owner, not the dog.
  40. Thread: Barking dog

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    Re: Barking dog

    Yeah right Charlie !!!

    A continuous barking dog is a neglected one, usually because they are scared and alone. Perhaps the local animal protection could look into it in a friendly manner. It is...
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    Re: Wheelchair speed control

    To enhance your product with longer battery life, look at adding some supercaps on the batteries. They take the knock on the battery out. There are some interesting video's on Youtube and it is...
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    Re: HAs anyone used the TSL1401CL linear sensor?

    Possibility one - I'm not sure what exactly the application is, but why not use a conductive approach ?
    If you have a few fixed measuring points along the length of your probe down, you could get a...
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    Re: 18F47K40 Port B issue

    For what it's worth, on the 18F14K50 it seems (some ?) of the A/D's are enabled by default

    Bcf ANSEL.7 ' disable A/D cha 7 to make portC3 a digital input

    Not what you expect...
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    Re: HAs anyone used the TSL1401CL linear sensor?

    Tim, sometimes I worry about you. You do the weirdest projects :-)

    That tube has a relative large diameter, is it possible to float a subject with colour on it that would give a better definition...
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    Re: HAs anyone used the TSL1401CL linear sensor?

    Cute sensor ! And a nice range to near IR as well. With a few reference coloured LED's you may even detect colours, or with a filter read only certain colours.

    I had a brief look at the data...
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    I dont belive it ! Re: Back in time looking good !

    I was just thinking how easy the new-to-pics guys have it.
    Remember the first pics with the windows in them ? If the program wasn't working you levered it out of it's socket, sit it in the UV...
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    Re: Suggestions for pic microcontroller

    When choosing a micro you should have an idea of the pins, memory etc, iow what can the micro do, and see which peripherals it has. Also, is it suitable for most other projects you may want to do,...
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    I dont belive it ! Re: Back in time looking good !

    Good GRIEF See Mos, mid 60's is even older than the 1970's. Now THAT is ooold :-O

    My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"

    I mentally...
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    I dont belive it ! Re: Back in time looking good !

    Someone just sent me this... ok so it's not really for us, it's for old people, like our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers.

    When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied,...
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    I dont belive it ! Re: Back in time looking good !

    Ok, but only if we get to keep what we know now :-0

    And you're going to be sorry you didn't save all the lotto numbers...

    I'm sure your father would be awed by what his little boy did with the...
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    I dont belive it ! Re: Back in time looking good !

    Hello CMOS !! And a very happy 1970 to you too !

    Liar liar pants on fire. Nobody misses me.
  52. Thread: Pt100

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    Re: Pt100

    Thanks Tim, it seems they make a wide range of PT's.
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    Re: IDE on MAC running Parallels

    Have you defined TMR6ON as a variable ?
  54. Thread: Pt100

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    Re: Pt100

    The correct name is PT100, and it is supposed to be 100R at 0oC. If it's value is off it may be damaged.

    It is basically the same as a thermistor, and you get a PT1000 as well. They are supposed...
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    I dont belive it ! Back in time looking good !

    3614

    ... as long as we don'y have to go back to those ooold micro's.
  56. Re: Advice needed - multiplexing 7 segment displays.

    While the displays are discussed I want to ask if there is a shorter way of allocating the values to write to the display than this ?
    To explain, In the program I allocate values to each segment,...
  57. Re: Advice needed - multiplexing 7 segment displays.

    That's it, the same functionality. The 4094 is a bit cheaper here than the 74 595 and unfortunately they are not pin compatible.
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    Re: 3D printer. Yey!!!!

    That is what I'm after. It is also apparently UV resistant, and is said to print as easy as PLA.
    Only problem for us is it is expensive...
  59. Re: Dongle Issues with Windows 7 64 Bit. Making it difficult to use already purchased

    Surviving... Is that an answer ? :D
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    Re: 3D printer. Yey!!!!

    Hi Bobby,
    Yes, the parts are all quite strong, just depends what you do with them. The part for the pellet gun looks like an omega sign, it is when you bend (force) it open to fit around the...
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    Re: 3D printer. Yey!!!!

    Did you get the printer Les ?

    I have also bought aCreality Ender 3 recently and it works well, not one hickup so far.
    PLA is fine and works easy but is not very temperature tolerant, and parts...
  62. Re: Advice needed - multiplexing 7 segment displays.

    The very first program I wrote was a 3 digit multiplexed display, and I'm still using the same today for a basic volt and amp meter. There however is a problem, and that is it limits the pic to do...
  63. Re: Update on procedures in the Proton BASIC Compiler

    Thanks Les, same as Gary said above. The whole world is in a terrible shamble, but the good news is it is slowly turning for the better, and so will the processors I suspect.
    The same conditions...
  64. Re: Dongle Issues with Windows 7 64 Bit. Making it difficult to use already purchased

    I have just re-installed the PDS and key driver from scratch, and the PDS also did not see the dongle.
    To solve just go to the device manager in the control panel and select the dongle in the list,...
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    Re: AVC - Washing Machine Super Duper

    It seems they use a magnet and electro-magnet cushion for the machine to sit on, the microphone probably monitor the direction of the movement/frequency so the magnet cushion can counter-act the...
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    Re: Malicious web site

    Doesn't bother me in the least, but others could expect there is some problem and avoid visiting.
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    Malicious web site

    When addressing the forum I get a malicious web site warning.
    Someone else here in Sick Africa phoned me a couple of minutes ago and said the same.
  68. Re: What kind of speed controller principale/ code do electic bikes controllers use?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2IBnKouLDg KLD oneDrive Electric Vehicle Propulsion System - Energy for the Next Generation
  69. Re: What kind of speed controller principale/ code do electic bikes controllers use?

    Actually there is a 3rd way, and that is as I have mentioned previous, and that is to make one inductor of them all. You need one bridge to drive forward or backward. You use two or three analog...
  70. Re: What kind of speed controller principale/ code do electic bikes controllers use?

    Hi BA,

    There are two ways you can go.

    The first is using a 3phase pwm controller from Infinion (they also include International Rectifier). This would be my first choice as all the protection...
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    Re: 18F26K42 Eeprom anyone?

    You can also use the Cwrite / Cread commands, you are not stuck with just the eeprom.
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    Re: Dim xxx as code problem on P24

    Just a joke Charlie... Same as brilliant engineers spend years studying, designing large complicated PCB's with all the most advanced technology hardware at large cost, to flash a LED and they get...
  73. Re: What kind of speed controller principale/ code do electic bikes controllers use?

    I saw a vid on youtube where a guy in the US used his head and seried all the windings on a wheel motor and used a couple of direction sensors to determine which way to switch the polarity. This is...
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    Re: 18F26K80 SPI SHout support

    Start off by toggling the pins on/off to verify they work, ie they are not analog by default.
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    Re: New dual core dsPIC33CH PIC

    My worry is the cost of all the motors for so many PWM's...
    I bet the code for it will have a left and a right half of the page. Well, to keep the master and slave synchronized.
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    Re: Dim xxx as code problem on P24

    In the editor look under view, editor options, general, and see if it points to the correct location on your PC.
    Mine points to the user files C:\Users\Fanie\PDS\

    Aren't you suppose to start the...
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    Re: Dim xxx as code problem on P24

    I copied as is and it compiled ok.

    I like to keep certain orders, so I shuffled the code a bit... which also compiles ok.

    Device = 24HJ128GP502
    Declare Xtal = 79.23

    Config FBS =...
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    Re: Cable source in UK

    LOL. Can we promote this answer to an article ? Could be very useful when you don't have the right value resistors... :biggrin:

    Hello Bill.
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    Re: Self Calibrating Routine

    I couldn't find the wiki yesterday, and assumed it was off or gone...
    Glad SOMEONE found it useful...

    Would be interesting to see how you altered it, maybe I can learn from it also. I like to...
  80. Thread: hatch opener

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    Re: hatch opener

    Oh yes you do too, 1 boat or 0 boat ;-)
  81. Thread: Cdata and Cread

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    Re: Cdata and Cread

    The compiler does not know how fast the pic is running, so you have to tell it that you are setting the clock speed at which frequency. It can probably be calculated from some clock settings, but...
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    Self Calibrating Routine

    This is a self calibrating routine I use in mostly all code that measures an external voltage.

    It requires that you set a known specific input voltage as a reference, in other words if you want...
  83. Thread: hatch opener

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    Re: hatch opener

    I was going to upload a picture of a bunch of bikini girls covering just such a void. About 8 of them. No rain will get in there and you don't need air at such sight...:nightmare: Decided not to...
  84. Thread: hatch opener

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    Re: hatch opener

    If possible I would look at something that is tube-like where the air enters on the bottom and has to flow up and then into the area you want the new air in. You can also have a swivel lid in it...
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    Re: Ferrite transformer question

    A transformer's function is based on the ratio between primary and secondary, as well as impedance at the frequency.
    If the ratio is right then you will get the expected transfer. For high...
  86. Thread: Cdata and Cread

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    Re: Cdata and Cread

    I see you're not telling the compiler what speed the pic is running at, which could explain why you are getting 2.5 seconds on a 250ms delay.

    Do yourself a favor and write a proper startup for the...
  87. Thread: Why the PIC26K42

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    Re: Why the PIC26K42

    Thanks John, I did that - BCF ANSEL.7 makes PORTC.3 a logic I/O.

    You know how one reads the data sheet, you just notice the parts you want to see, the big block in bold stating the inputs are...
  88. Thread: Why the PIC26K42

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    Re: Why the PIC26K42

    Hi Charlie. Big ships makes me sea sick. They don't move right ;-)

    The guns people bring in is usually foreigners who come here to hunt. With the currency so pathetic it is almost for free for...
  89. Thread: Why the PIC26K42

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    Re: Why the PIC26K42

    Hello Rick. Sorry about that but the situation here requires other priorities. Things in the world however is looking up, I think that if one can succeed to stay alive for a bit longer this...
  90. Thread: Why the PIC26K42

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    Re: Why the PIC26K42

    Hello Shantanu, from the shoulders on downwards I'm fine...
    Hello John, pics are addictive, if you try to stay alive...

    These pics are really nice but some have a few funny quirks, like the...
  91. Thread: Why the PIC26K42

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    Re: Why the PIC26K42

    They work so nice, and it's a pic. I cannot say more because then it become politics ;)
    Off late I prefer the ones with a K in to the others and they are priced ok.
  92. Re: BCM47755 GPS to within 30 centimeters/11.8 inches

    Well, the nice thing not being a moderator is I don't have to clean the threads up, one of you have to do that !

    I have read elsewhere that the continents are apparently drifting back together...
  93. Programming 12F683 pics with INTOSC and I/O on RA4 pin

    The MPLAB software does not allow these pics with that configuration to be programmed.
    Mchip could not give a proper answer why they do not allow it.
    I have been using it like that in hundreds of...
  94. Re: BCM47755 GPS to within 30 centimeters/11.8 inches

    I have a few comments on this.

    John you blokes down there stay there, stop drifting towards the rest of us. We don't want you up here. At that rate we are going to have to build a wall soon...
  95. Thread: Shout rate

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    Shout rate

    Is there a rough indication to know at what rate the shout command clocks data out at the various clock 4MHz, 8Mhz, 16Mhz... 64MHz speeds ?
  96. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    LOL. I think we all went through the (power) audio stage. I still have mine, and as you know big isn't big enough. So there is 1200W RMS sitting here, if I crank it up the neighbors run out of...
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    Re: PIC gang programming

    I think Man has been working on that spouse controller for ever... Like they say, the man is the boss and he has his wife's permission to say so.

    I've had the idea for a long time that it could...
  98. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    And just btw, an easy way to make a long range security beam, instead of using IR which is suitable for short range only, use a cheap chinese laser pointer, strobe the laser and use a light sensitive...
  99. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    Hi John, lots of factors plays a role in the range. The intention is however to make a portable thing you can carry with you, or some of them.

    If a transmit power of 20 dBm receiver sensitivity...
  100. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    Thanks Craig. Some modules do not indicate what range one can expect, one have to thumb suck it with sensitivities and Tx power. The RFM95/96/97/98(W) has sensitivity down to -148 dB. Some of...
  101. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    Thanks Alberto. The SX1276 is nicer in the sense that you can clock the data in/out at your own rate, I'm not very fond of the usart, but the Microchip one does have a free mode where you can just...
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    Re: PIC gang programming

    Yeah right, ladies dancing to your tune. First get the wife to do that then we talk.

    The problem is the pic pins are small, you have to put each one in a programmer that can hold them. Besides...
  103. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    Thanks Teo ! Digi-Key has them, but at $87.5 that is R1225... each !
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    Re: PIC gang programming

    I have no idea how you would apply such a programmer... ?

    But, I found this. All I can say is we know what you are doing ! :highly_amused:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

    PSY...
  105. Thread: Forum Password

    by fanie
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    [SOLVED !] Re: Forum Password

    LOL, some people gets punished immediately ;-)

    The forum needs an aggressive password policy to keep the EU out. Showed the English has not lost all their marbles. I just uninstalled adobe...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Alberto

    Yeah, seven billion people are watching him !!!
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    Re: fringe-effect capacitor expert needed!

    The humidity sensors seems like the ideal thing, the part numbers I have are HMZ-333A1 and HMZ-435CHS1 and I have used the first one for various applications. As I said you can even make your own...
  108. Thread: Member map ?????

    by fanie
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    Re: Member map ?????

    There are seven billion people who can watch you eat your breakfast.
    Now Charlie, if you do the dishes too you could become very popular, mostly with the females watching.
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    Re: Happy Birthday Alberto

    Shame... ! I won't be too happy with all these so-called congratulations simply because birthdays are bad fore you.

    They make you OLD.

    One of my friends were out working somewhere with two old...
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    Re: fringe-effect capacitor expert needed!

    Will a humidity sensor working with capacitance help you ? You get them off the shelf.

    If I have it right then all capacitance measurements are done by applying a frequency over the cap, which...
  111. Thread: Tranceiver

    by fanie
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    Re: Tranceiver

    Here are some with an up to 15km range.
    RN 2483 and RN2903
  112. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    Can't believe I didn't know microchip made them.
    Thanks Gamboa !
  113. Thread: Tranceiver

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    Re: Tranceiver

    Thanks Teo, any idea what they cost ? There are a few usable ones on the market, it is the price that stands in the way.
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    Re: 18F14K22 Clock Speed Settings

    Hi Charlie, nice of you to stop by.

    Think something up, there is always something new you can do with a pic.
  115. Thread: Tranceiver

    by fanie
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    Tranceiver

    I'm looking for a tranceiver unit capable of up to 10km
    The Linx ones from the US is availkable here but $$$ !

    Thanks !
  116. Thread: LED light bulbs

    by fanie
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    Re: LED light bulbs

    You're still using mains power for which you are charged carbon taxes.
  117. Thread: LED light bulbs

    by fanie
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    Re: LED light bulbs

    Well John, running the 30mA LED off 12V is 360mW. If you run the same 30mA LED off 230V, it consumes 6.9W

    Some of these circuits have a small switch mode power supply in them but it can be as...
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    18F14K22 Clock Speed Settings

    For what it's worth for anyone using the 18F14K22 -

    The OSCCON clock settings seems to be reversed
    The settings in the data sheet indicate

    -111---- = 16MHz
    -110---- = 8MHz
    -101---- =...
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    I blink the LCD backlight as an alarm indicator, I checked it again and the blinking rate seems about right. In between blinks I sound a buzzer as well, which just makes clicking sounds.

    I...
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    It does not matter which frequency I specify or which frequency I select in the osccon reg it makes no difference, the code does not run as in the 45K20.

    When I import the hex code into MPLab I...
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    I can set the osccon register to anything, the code doesn't work right in the 18F4520.
    The same code works in the 18F45K20 at any clock speed.
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    Device = 18F45K20
    Xtal = 8


    Config_Start
    FOSC = INTIO67 ; Internal oscillator block, port function on RA6 and RA7
    FCMEN = OFF ; Fail-Safe Clock Monitor disabled
    IESO = On ;...
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    Device = 18F4520
    Xtal = 8

    Config_Start
    OSC = INTIO67 ; Internal oscillator block, port function on RA6 and RA7
    FCMEN = OFF ; Fail-Safe Clock Monitor disabled
    IESO = off ; Oscillator...
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    18F4520 timing issue

    Again, there is a timing issue with the compiled code in a 18F4520 vs the 18F45K20.

    The 18F4520 does some parts of the same code the same as the 18F45K20, and other parts the timing is completely...
  125. Replies
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    It's been in the dryer for 3 weeks already... something is not working properly.

    I've ordered more of the K20's, if they come before I can determine the problem, the 20's will be demolished and I...
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    Re: 18F4520 timing issue

    I have changed these settings to any possible combination, I saw that the arrangement of clock select bits are different.

    OSCCON = 01111110

    OSCTUNE = 00000000 'switch off PLL for INT...
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    18F4520 timing issue

    There seems to be a timing issue with the 18F4520, no matter what I set the config bits or the osccon bits, the compiled code doesn't run near at 8MHz - using intio67. Cannot address ie a 18B20 temp...
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    Re: Microchips new MGC3030 3D Gesture controller

    Hi Norm,

    I'm a bit skeptic of these "gesture" things. When in a Tv for instance you pic the beer up it changes channel, or it switches off, or even worse it switches to the lie propaganda channel...
  129. [SOLVED !] Re: How to read serial data from a low cost digital caliper.

    Hello Leo,

    Do you understand how serial data is transferred... ? If you understand what it does it's not difficult.
    This may perhaps help to make it clearer...
    ...
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    Re: IRDA Programmable Constant Current source

    Hi guys,

    PMW is not always desired as it can cause noise. Depends on the app. I heard of a guy who thought these 12V switch mode LED driven lamps are just the thing to put on his boat. He ended...
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    Re: Do you have a short story!!! Let's have a coffe!!!

    Telephone answering machine recording.

    "Sorry I can't answer your call right now, there is somebody I am trying to avoid.
    Please leave your name and number and if I don't ring you back, it's you."
  132. Replies
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    Re: Do you have a short story!!! Let's have a coffe!!!

    Have you noticed how "smart" things always come from somewhere else
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OfPS8GiFQI

    What do they tell the Italians where these come from ? :biggrin:
  133. Thread: Compiler dog day

    by fanie
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    Re: Compiler dog day

    That is easily resolved when you learn a few good words...
    With them you can talk anything not working into a good working condition :biggrin:
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    Re: Do you have a short story!!! Let's have a coffe!!!

    Back in the day, when showed a picture of presidential hopeful Gary Hart on his boat with his mistress, a fellow Senator was to have said:
    "Well, now, it seems the Senator has changed his opinion...
  135. Replies
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    Re: Do you have a short story!!! Let's have a coffe!!!

    They say one out of every six people have a screw loose.
    Look at your five best friends, if they seem ok,
    Then it's YOU !
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    Re: Do you have a short story!!! Let's have a coffe!!!

    Yep Charlie, like the student who asks the lecturer, what if he's too sexually exhausted to write the exam... The lecturer said, well, then you will have to write with the other hand :biggrin:

    ...
  137. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    The first time ever I heard the word auger I didn't know what it was.

    I like the 1200 better :biggrin: I'm a Suzuki fan, I sold my last one when I did a 20 minute trip in under 8 minutes. ...
  138. Thread: P24 update

    by fanie
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    Re: P24 update

    Thank you Les.
  139. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Hi Joan, cool schooter ! Have you a picture of you riding it ? Perhaps the last speed ticket you got...? :biggrin:

    For the chaps who are into gardening, (and those who just eat what comes out of...
  140. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    ...and Housebound for two weeks...

    You mean they let you outside before :nightmare:

    Statistics shows that about 12% of females are on some medication.
    The scary part is 88% are NOT on...
  141. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Well Joan, spares for old models like me are getting scarce. That's why one have to look after the parts that are still working fine. Getting old(er) is a bugger, I can't even jump off the roof off...
  142. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Flosi, I think it's a bit more than just dried meat. A bit goes in the preparation and also in the spices.

    A neat trick to keep your biltong fresh is to freeze it cut and spiced, only take out...
  143. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Hi Joan, it seems most on this forum have some condition, Shantanu is laid up with a split side, John's nerves are shot by snakes, spiders and rabid rabbit's, Flosi's feelings are probably hurt by...
  144. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Aye John, when the pom's lost the first Boer war, some of the Boers were afraid some of them would stay behind so they went to oversee the departure at the harbor. While the ship set sail, one of...
  145. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Amazing...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=369h-SEBXd8

    and

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIJ8e56eEwM

    You even get some skateboards which are quite fast.

    Flosi, my potatoes wouldn't...
  146. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Friday the 14th. Damn, we missed it by a day :(
  147. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    Oh and btw. I asked the guys from .AU on the boat design forum if they make biltong "down there". It seems not really, they have problems shooting the jumpy cangeroo's and it seems the biltong...
  148. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    Re: How's Everyone ?

    John you big sissy ! How can you be scared of lizards and snakes ? As a kid I had drawers full of snakes, it kept every one else out of my room. My room wasn't in the house though, at a tender age...
  149. Thread: How's Everyone ?

    by fanie
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    How's Everyone ?

    Hello Everyone,

    I have been absent for a while and may probably be off some more, bu-hut I would like to hear how everyone is and what are you up to ?

    Everything is ok here and I'm fine from...
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    [SOLVED !] Re: Problems with driving 4x20 LCD displays. A fix

    What happens is you re-write all four lines instead of just to one ? If I remember right with one of the displays I had it advances the line number automatic after a write to a line, or perhaps...
  151. Replies
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    [SOLVED !] Re: Help using MAX and MIN comands

    MTH, no idea what you are trying to do... ?
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    [SOLVED !] Re: Decoding Morse Code in Proton Basic

    Hello Barry,

    This has been on my to-do list since who knows when. It shouldn't be too hard since there is a longer delay between each character/number. I think one will have to have three...
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    Re: Water pump from down under

    Hello Bill ! It's been a while, nice seeing you here.

    Yes that pump works on the vacuum venturi principle, we use the same principle in the pick n place to generate vacuum from the compressed...
  154. Replies
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    Re: Water pump from down under

    Did they lose because they miss-spelled the score http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/images/smilies/skep.gif

    There was this silly joke going around that those who are well endowed cannot spell,...
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    Re: Writing Flash like EEPROM it is posible?

    Geoff,

    You can read a range of memory locations until you find a value (you have to clear the previous write location). The amount of locations is up to you and depending how much memory the pic...
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    Re: Fuses Config for 18f45k50

    I'm offering a way to find the configuration settings if the pugin does not support the pic of for what ever other reason you need to do the setup and do not know where to start. If you've gone...
  157. Re: New Microchip 5 kohm Digital Potentiometers With 36V Operating Voltage

    Cool Norm, but where's the pot to turn the volume up http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/images/smilies/leaving.gif
  158. Replies
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    Re: Fuses Config for 18f45k50

    Hello Erez,

    A very easy way to find the fuse settings for any pic is to open MPLab, select the device and look in the configuration window at each settings options. If you double click on the...
  159. Replies
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    Re: OPne for the maths experts

    Now you know why we don't read the manual http://www.practicalmachinist.com/biggrin.gif
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    Re: Parts desoldering while in use.

    The idea of a heatsink is good, but not those flimsy ones, rather a stubby piece that would want to retain it's shape. You do get heat conductive epoxies which are $$$$ but a heatsink with a bit of...
  161. Replies
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    Re: Water pump from down under

    LOL John, it's the same everywhere... ;)
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    Re: Parts desoldering while in use.

    If the unit sits in moderate temperature and is exposed to such cold suddenly it may cause the part to twist. You could try to put some epoxy on it, to mechanically support the part from twisting as...
  163. Replies
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    Re: Water pump from down under

    You have a better chance of someone sailing over that hose and hook it with the motor or keel, you'll end up planing backwards after them. Just think if a tanker gets that hose wound around the prop...
  164. Replies
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    Water pump from down under

    Good grief ! You Ausies must come right. Someone (from .AU) sent me this pump as a solution for when the boat gets a whole and is making water to pump the water out with.

    The argument is you plug...
  165. Replies
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    Re: Writing Flash like EEPROM it is posible?

    If you do not have a lot of data to re-write but you have to re-write very frequently then it is possible to step the save location so you write to a location once every XXth time only. There is no...
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    Re: Favorite GoTo PICs

    Hello Dennis,

    If you're looking for a few good all-rounder pics then you also have to look at the layout in the series. For instance the 12F683 (8-pin) uses the same structure as the 16F684...
  167. Replies
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    Re: Parts desoldering while in use.

    If you look carefully you can see the chip has pulled it's legs in because of that cold ! It's not holding to the board anywhere !

    Use leaded solder Tim, I heard complaints of similar a while...
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    [SOLVED !] Re: Need help for using 4x3 keypad.(beginner)

    Hello Azravian,

    The best is to understand first how the component works, then it is easy to write the software for it. If you do not know how the lines and rows are connected, say so it can be...
  169. Replies
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    Re: Serial Port/RS232

    Not sure how fast the encoder is, but you cannot read the encoder and send serial at the same time, not sure how long "incidentally not much" is. If you read the encoder and send data then if an...
  170. Thread: Need capacitors

    by fanie
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    Re: Need capacitors

    Hello Charlie,

    Why MUST they be electrolytic's ? If you simply need 10uF then you can substitute 10uF motor caps, they have a stud with which you can panel mount them. Any electrical re-seller...
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    Re: 18F14k22 *hic*ups

    LOL, yes Simon...

    It says it has an 8 x 8 hardware multiplier, from peripheral vision I can see one day when I get here the whole desk is going to be full of these things when they hardware...
  172. Replies
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    Re: 18F14k22 *hic*ups

    I don't use LVP, and I did try to program it, the ICD2's yellow error light goes on and kick the USB off. I modified the probe with a resistor and a zener and it worked. The ICD programs all the...
  173. Replies
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    Re: 18F14k22 *hic*ups

    Another retard on this chip

    You have to use a clamping zener diode (I used an 8V2) between 0V and VPP with a 270R on the prog probe in series to prevent the VPP from working off too high a...
  174. Replies
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    Re: 18F14k22 *hic*ups

    Check how retarded this is.
    If the low voltage programming on this pin is enabled the pic thinks it is going to be programmed when the A/D signal on the pin exceeds ~2V4. It means if you want to do...
  175. Replies
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    18F14k22 *hic*ups

    This is going to be one of those sick retarded pics.

    I cannot get the A/D to read a value up to 1/2 VDD, the pic feeze and then resets when I go below this value. I have a pot between VSS and VDD...
  176. Thread: Max31850

    by fanie
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    Re: Max31850

    No reason why not, sure it will, sorry I thought you were referring to the other chip.
  177. Thread: Max31850

    by fanie
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    Re: Max31850

    Hi Bobby, it may look so but they work differently. The DS18B20 is a one-wire device, you send a command (OWRITE), then read (OREAD) the info on the same wire into the pic. With the MAX6675 chip...
  178. Thread: Max31850

    by fanie
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    Re: Max31850

    Just for interest sake. While the TC range goes to fairly HOT :devilish: (depending which TC you use) it is possible to read well over it's melting point if you are prepared to sacrifice the TC. In...
  179. Thread: Max31850

    by fanie
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    Re: Max31850

    Hi Bobby, the DS18B20 has a temperature range up to 125oC, stunning device though. The TC can read well over 1000oC and is a bit of a pain in the **sniff** to use due to the low output voltage. If...
  180. Thread: Max31850

    by fanie
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    Re: Max31850

    Hello Louis,

    Why use a TC chip ? up to 350oC the type K is so linear that you can read the A/D with an opp amp.

    If I remember right there was a discussion on it some years back. Where the TC...
  181. Re: Proton 3.5.6.7 and Proton24 1.0.2.3 available for download

    Yeah Paul, where have you been, everyone is waiting on you !

    Cool eh http://www.protonbasic.co.uk/image.php?u=643&type=sigpic&dateline=1266734779
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    Re: Knotting yourself

    I bet you it's a bit set or unset somewhere...
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    Re: Auto setting Voltage Input

    Btw, you can omit the


    GoTo Prp1 ' Not trimmed yet
    because it serves no purpose.
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    Re: Auto setting Voltage Input

    Hi Guys, it wasn't me that wrote the Resistor Divider program, my littler brother did, he's the clever one.

    Here is the latest version, it does indicate the current through each resistor (I1 & I2)...
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    Knotting yourself

    Gee whizzz,

    One can knot yourself with stupid things.

    I sat here with a darn pic that doesn't want to read an A/D input. Well it wouldn't switch a relay on, how simple can that be. The bugger...
  186. Thread: Microchip supply

    by fanie
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    Re: Microchip supply

    Hello Geoff,

    Every one uses a specific few pics. Find yourself a good supplier who will keep a bit of stock for you.

    If you do want to order from MChip I suggest you check stock before...
  187. Replies
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    Re: Auto setting Voltage Input

    Hello Joseph,

    Mathematcally a 6k8 and 1k divider should give about 1.538V on the divider, if the pic works off 5V the 10-bit A/D value should be about 314 or 13Ah. If the pic runs off 3V3 the...
  188. Re: Is anyone making their own PIC24 development board?

    Doesn't sound so good eh :D

    For some weird reason I have never played with an RGB led before :redface: , but I can imagine it could be fascinating if the lounge lights up a different color each...
  189. Replies
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    Auto setting Voltage Input

    Hi guys,

    Most of you probably do this already, but some of the new guys may find this helpful.

    When you input an A/D reading then it is always a bugger to calibrate the input voltage to read...
  190. Re: Is anyone making their own PIC24 development board?

    LOL. At an engineering conference I can hear the "aaaaah!"

    Very neat, well done. What all have you got there ?
  191. Replies
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    Re: Moving two stepper motors at the same time.

    Hi Leo, go for it. Worst that can happen is everything starts burning from the end of your board right up to where it goes into the mains, through the distribution board to the area transformer to...
  192. Replies
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    Re: Moving two stepper motors at the same time.

    Hello Mav, nice having you here. Someone beat me to it eh :redface:
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    Re: speeding up optocoupler

    Hi Charlie,

    I don't think I have the patience to write such long stuff. At my age I should know a few things about myself, I don't sing (birds drop dead out of trees), and I cannot compose music....
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    Re: Moving two stepper motors at the same time.

    I know what you're going to say.
    Calculate the fraction into a full number and step that axle every n-th step 1 step extra.
    Keep a counter each for XStep and YStep, you may come up one short or...
  195. Replies
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    Re: Moving two stepper motors at the same time.

    Hello Wirecut,

    I assume you want to go to the location in a straight line.
    This is what I would do -

    Determine which is the longest distance, or the most counts. Then for each count the small...
  196. Re: Is anyone making their own PIC24 development board?

    Would like to see what the board looks like... can you post a picture ?
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    Re: speeding up optocoupler

    I didn't pull that face, the smiley did.
    Me, I become completely expressionless, all reasoning disappear and I become deaf to all pleas of mercy...

    The first circuit could be similar to the one...
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    Re: speeding up optocoupler

    :nightmare: If not sensibly, then what DO you associate me with ?

    By "sensibly" **cough...cough...** I meant - you can push the PWM frequency up more, much higher, but then you lose resolution...
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    Re: speeding up optocoupler

    Hi Charlie, cool, I found an app sheet here. http://www.ixysic.com/home/pdfs.nsf/www/AN-109.pdf/$file/AN-109.pdf

    They're cheating of course, a transistor is not linear, in this case you have to...
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    Re: speeding up optocoupler

    Hello David,

    Thank you, I was actually referring to the rate at which a pic can (sensibly) drive PWM. If I remember right you can drive something at up to 65kHz using PWM with the even faster...
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