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Logic Friday

Today I wanted to quickly calculate a truth table for a simple boolean equation. Whilst this can be done very simply on paper it becomes tedious with lots of inputs. A quick Google search found "Logic Friday", available at sontrak.com.

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New PCBs

Today two sets of PCBs arrived from OSH Park. Firstly a breakout board for Kingbright 14 segment LEDs. These are great for very high brightness text display. Secondly a small breakout board for the Maestro A2035-H GPS receiver. This is

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dogm ST7565 display modules

I wrote previously that I would review a graphic LCD made by dogm, which was provided by the company so I could update my ST7565 library. These can be bought from Mouser for reasonable prices. There are a variety of

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Measuring PIC Vdd with no external components using the FVR

I have written a simple tutorial explaining how to use the PIC fixed voltage reference (FVR) in order to calculate Vdd, using no external components. It got a bit long for a blog post so can be found here: Measuring

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Video 1 - Hand SMD assembly and frying pan reflow

People often ask how I assemble SMD boards, the video below is sped up to 20x and demonstrates the process. It takes a few minutes to dab some solder paste on each pad, then parts are placed using anti-magnetic tweezers.

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Morse code spooks

After some recent discussions with two friends Rich & Dave I have been playing with WebSDR, decoding all sorts of transmissions using MultiPSK. I have never been particularly interested in amateur or "ham" radio but receiving and decoding signals from

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Neat prototyping boards

Today I received some prototyping boards from Mike at White Wing Logic.  These are a little like stripboard/veroboard on steroids, they have footprints for a number of different surface mount parts and connectors with breakout pads.  I have used breadboard

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Updated ST7565 library

I have made a few changes to my ST7565 library, available from github. Firstly the configuration is now broken out into a new file, so that st7565.h and st7565.c can be overwritten when the library updates without interfering with port

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Generating a simple sine wave

I needed a sine wave carrier for a magnetic transponder system I am working on. Various types of crystal based oscillator are available such as the Pierce, but these can be tricky to design and ensure they work correctly. Rich

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Breadboard power supply

I am currently trying to document the various electronics I have done previously. A brief page about my breadboard power supply is now available.

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