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1  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: MC34063 Boost w/ external NPN not starting up on: Today at 05:09:03 am
Whats the maximum and minimum  load current?
2  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: MC34063 Boost w/ external NPN not starting up on: August 22, 2014, 11:58:54 pm
Sounds like a stuffed transistor, but the issue will be what broke it.
No switching sounds like the main switching transistor Q1 in the MC34063 is also stuffed.
Whats the saturation current of the series inductor?

3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: RF Link Kit problem / Virtual Wire on: August 22, 2014, 01:22:26 am
You have bought the wrong RF link kit.
That kit has a encoder and a decoder on the board with the transmitter and receiver.
Its most likley based on the SC 2262 / SC 2272 4 bit data encoders, which can send a 4 bit value from one to the other.
You dont need Virtual Wire.
To send an 8 bit value , you will have to break it into 2 , 4 bit values , and then send the 4 bit values one after the other.
4  Using Arduino / Motors, Mechanics, and Power / Re: Arduino Mega hanging on Solar Power on: August 21, 2014, 05:57:49 pm
What do you mean by this
"switch over from solar PV module to Battery"
With any Solar Powered system, the battery should provide the power all the time.
All the Solar Panel should do is charge the battery.
There should never be any switchover from the battery to the Solar panel.
A circuit diagram would help.
5  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: product with Arduino and a kind of VirtualWire library on: August 20, 2014, 02:45:45 am
Yes, the OPs question makes no sense at all.
What are you trying to do?
6  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Unconventional/alternative battery recharge? on: August 19, 2014, 09:47:40 pm
Thats a very small capacity battery.
How much power does your robot need?
7  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Multiple arduino's sending information via 2.4ghz or 433mhz? on: August 17, 2014, 06:02:36 pm
Its preferable for a setup like this to try and avoid having bi directional transmissions, as it requires having receivers
running all the time at the sensors, which eats up the power.
Outdoor sensors are easier to install if they can run on batteries.
A common technique that a lot of weather stations use, is to transmit their data at regular intervals, that are differant
for each sensor.
eg 1st sensor sends data every minute, 2nd sensor sends every 70 seconds, 3rd sends every 80 seconds etc.
This avoids data corruption from sensors interfering with each other.
If the sensors use a 32.768 khz watch crystal as the clock, then you can get accurate timing for the data sending.
8  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: House plant watering bot on: August 16, 2014, 05:22:53 am
You still need a failsafe system , regardless of when the last watering happened.
What happens if the Arduino crashes whilst the water pump is running.
9  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Old Computer Power Supply on: August 15, 2014, 09:16:31 pm
CD drives draw most of their power from the 12V rail.
Only the low level logic uses the 5V rail, so if the drive isnt doing anything , like reading or writing
it wont draw power from the 5V rail , which is what you need.
10  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Easy to use rf transceiver chip. on: August 15, 2014, 06:34:40 pm
Your question makes no sense.
What do you mean by , you dont want to use a pre made module.?
Do you want to build your own module , in which case forget it, its too complex a task.

11  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: House plant watering bot on: August 15, 2014, 06:25:32 pm
Why do you need to know if watering has happened x days ago.
Surely, if the soil moisture sensor is showing inadequate moisture, then you need to water.
12  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: 2 rf modules on: August 13, 2014, 06:33:38 pm
OK, you will have to look at whether VirtualWire can operate in full duplex mode .
I dont think it can.
The problem with those cheap modules, is that you have to pre process the data with some program running in the Arduino to make them work reliably.
Most people use Virtualwire, but only for 1 way transmission.
13  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: MC34063 buck with large variable input? help on: August 13, 2014, 06:28:14 pm
The limiting factor apart from the chips voltage and current limits, is the inductor saturation current.
If you design the circuit based on the highest input voltage at maximum output current , then it will be Ok at lower input voltages.
14  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: 2 rf modules on: August 12, 2014, 07:59:25 pm
Your question makes no sense.
If what you mean is can I have a system where I can send data and receive data at the same time using those types of modules
the answer is no, you cant.
If you want to send data in both directions , you need better radio modules , such as Xbees or NRF24l01 .
15  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Arduino Oscillator on: August 12, 2014, 06:00:16 pm
Normally using a standard CRO probe to measure the frequency of a pierce type crystal oscillator will pull the crystal
and lower its frequency as the probe adds parallel capacitance.
Most Micros use pierce type oscillators.
If you have an active FET probe then its OK .
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