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1021  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: NJM2521 audio switch help on: January 16, 2013, 10:44:39 am
A CD4016//66 is a 4 section N.O analog switch capable of switching any analog voltage. 0 to 5 or
+/- 12 V audio to low RF (even low power DC) signals and is 5 V logic level control. I have used them for MML (Mickey Mouse Logic) low audio and even to switch crystals in an old transceiver I owned once.
It's really a nice chip for those 'unusual' places where nothing will quite fit.
There are also 2, 4 and 8 position switches but for a mulltivoiced keyboard the quad spst N.O. are ideal.

1022  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: ATTiny Power on: January 16, 2013, 09:18:13 am
There is no heat generated in the diode except the normal resistive losses and the current must be fairly large to see any heat generated at all.

1023  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Relay not activating every time on: January 16, 2013, 09:12:00 am
And to use a transistor to control the relay. NEVER connect a coil Like a RELAY COIL TO AN Arduino pin, unbuffered.


1024  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: How do I control/replace this rotary switch with an Uno? on: January 15, 2013, 10:41:00 pm
Might need 2 relays... If that switch has an off position too.. One for On1 and one for On2... it does appear to be a 2 circuit or SPDT with an off position and possibly a both position.

1025  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Sensing without a microcontroller on: January 15, 2013, 10:37:54 pm
I wasn't talking about the Led sensing anything, I was talking about sensing the Led.. Your original question I believe..

1026  Using Arduino / Displays / Re: Arduino Mega LCD Shield - How to use free pins? on: January 15, 2013, 10:33:55 pm
I use an 20 cm 40 pin cable I bought on the internet... Not Ebay. It's female to female and on one end I use a male to male gender bender. I took the Elecfreaks shield and removed the pins that I could and replaced them with the stackable headers... It works well But better I think when my shield from Crossroads arrives.

1027  Using Arduino / Displays / Re: SOLVED - unable to make it work 1.8 SPI TFT 128x160 on: January 15, 2013, 10:24:23 pm
Isn't the SD card 3V3? that will require an interface to work properly. There are great tutorials and sample sketches from Adafruit, I bought mine there but I can't remember about the SD card.

1028  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Testing UP501 GPS on: January 15, 2013, 10:16:03 pm
There are 2 baud rates one for the serial monitor and one for the GPS device, when you see the Adafrui...  message the serial monitor baud rate is correct... what of the other.?

1029  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: UART to RS485 half duplex on: January 15, 2013, 10:09:34 pm
My understanding is that the RS-485 bus is to be centered about 2.5 V because the signalling is differential and it was for longer wires that the terminator is required to damp the ringing so the data transitions don't over run each other and they are really a necessity at higher baud rates.

1030  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: A few simple questions about inductors.. on: January 15, 2013, 09:46:17 pm
Two Quick things:
1. The R in the circuit represents the circuit resistance or the curve would look as you describe.
2. Use a large capacitor... > 5000 uF  and if the wire run was long I'd use a great deal more... 10X more.
Or more. The point is that the capacitor is invisible until the load hits and then it's invaluable.

1031  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: My hacked ATX PSU on: January 15, 2013, 07:15:34 pm
Well Yeah the power supply IS very Nice... If I had the money for both the supply and the shipping..
But a re purposed Motherboard for the connector and the power supply from the case that the Mo-board came out of can usually be had for free.. So about $10.00 and a few hours time would get a good fixed but multiple output voltage supply  which was the thread's original subject..For that matter a 0 to 2 A,  .9 to 20 V Switcher type circuit assy can be had for about $12.00 from China... with built in CC/CV controls (10T pots PCB Mtg) and either switch selectable current  or voltage monitoring. Not 5A... Well Not $105.00 either, even with the modifications required to make it look professional in appearance and plug into the mains wiring Too (It takes a discarded Laptop PSU  and about $25.00 in parts, 2 pots and the switches, etc)... Also to be found @ any Radio Shack.
Seriously that looks perfect for a 3V3, 5 and 12 V PSU with great current capacity and a better price AND using ALL NEW Parts can done very nicely for about $60 - $70.00... On the cheap... FREE. there are also many variant's on the idea of free.

{Edit Added link to part source}
You can get the part here among several..
And free shipping Too, mine took 9 day's to arrive
1032  Using Arduino / LEDs and Multiplexing / Re: RGB SMT LED Cube, resistors, drivers, and shift registers. on: January 15, 2013, 02:02:38 pm
If you want really straight wires try heating the wire to a low red heat while applying tension to the wire. Allow the wire to cool naturally and you will have annealed the wire.. No more bends or gentle curves in the wire. This also is useful to relieve work hardening of copper and alumininum as well.

1033  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: analogReference Attiny85 on batteries on: January 15, 2013, 01:44:45 pm
Since the 'normal' ADC measurements are ratio-metric with the Vcc as the Analog Vref it would make more sense to use Vcc and not the internal 1.1 V vref because then Vref will be changing as the batteries do and this will preserve the ratio and not the absolute difference which is what you need.

1034  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: amazon nano clone (china) fails on: January 14, 2013, 10:41:45 pm
Return it to Amazon.. If you have powered it properly and used it properly then it is defective, Have you had it for more than 30 days?.
If not Amazon is Always good about returns... I have purchased local stock from SainSmart, sold by Amazon that failed. 3.2" 320 X 240 displays.
I bought one that was bad out of the box, I emailed them and got a RMA that day and shipped back the part.. Free too.

1035  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Sensing without a microcontroller on: January 14, 2013, 10:30:11 pm
No, the LED's aren't really conducting much and there is always the issue of different types of LED's used in different cubes... And the typically low current used for testing.. Not too promising..   IMO

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