I’ve found my way into the world of Arduino because I decided to build myself a skeeball game. I have made it a goal to build an electronic scoreboard for the game. I thought this was a tall task, as I had no programming experience, or experience with wiring as it relates to computers and circuit boards. However, I’ve been in the world of hobby class RC for many years, and do have some basic experience with wiring low voltage components, soldering, etc.
I got a huge shortcut when I found an Instructable (or 3) where someone built a skeeball game and gave specs on the build in detail, including the components, wiring, and code for the marquee. I’ve used this forum, an “Arduino for Dummies” book, and a relative who is a programmer to work out most of the code so I can actually understand what’s going on in it. I believe I have most everything sorted out, but we’ll see when it’s time to put my money where my mouth is.
The most recent question I have developed is, will long wires pose any issues for me? The servo for the ball drop “flaps” and the reset button will need lengths of wire around 10-12 feet, most likely, from the Arduino mounting location. Most everything else will be much, much closer. Seems like I read something about using capacitors on long wire runs. I’m not real sure yet how much force will be required from the servo, so I may power it with external voltage, much like I’ve done on my RC trucks with external battery eliminator circuits.