Quickstart guide to a basic PIC based robots – Part 1

While browsing for “goodies” on eBay I ran across a $9 robot chassis. How can you go wrong for $9? I haven’t built a robot since Talus my sumo Roomba, so I thought why not. If you’re looking for something like the model I purchased, check out eBay and do a search for “Robot Chassis”. …

My @digikey #digiwish arrived!

Digikey selected my #digiwish as one of their daily winners! I asked or a new 3M mat for my work bench and it came out looking better than I has hoped for; Thanks Digikey. Unsolicited recommendation: About 90% my breakout boards and specialty items come from Sparkfun or Tindie, but for all my parts and…

The @JohnS_AZ Blogger Guilt Trip

There is a lot of content out on the internet… a lot.. but it’s amazing how much of it you can burn through on a day full of programming. I started picking up a couple more podcasts just because I’ve been running out my normal subscriptions. I started listening to ZombieTech; a podcast made by…

Wireless Plant Soil Monitoring: The Beginning.

I saw a little probe for monitoring soil on eBay.. $1.69 and free shipping.. purchased! Okay.. its a lame little PCB with some electronics I won’t use but still, nifty. I didn’t have much on my plate today and I was pretty sore from a solid hike yesterday so I was riding the bench seat…

Preparing Enameled Wire

I am doing some experimenting with some small signal magnetics and a thought crossed my mind to ask the super-cool @tymkrs IRC channel gang if I was missing the boat on stripping enameled wire. Turns out I was…. Warning: I will not be held responsible for wives who are upset about missing emery boards. The…

WWVB Time Signal Generator Test w/ HEX

[Edit: I’ve added the .asm code in the “Code” page in the menu above. Below you can find the .HEX file for easy programming] A successful test on my WWVB signal generator. I’m going to shy away from calling it a transmitter because I don’t think there is any allowances for any broadcasting on 60KHz,…

WWVB Transmitting Generator/Simulator

[Edit: a follow up post includes code] I owe it to my PICKit3 to give it a proper obituary. PICKit3-BUR123467218, 1, Side-kick PIC programmer worked long and faithful.  Assisted in countless re-downloads to facilitate troubleshooting poorly written software.  PICKit3 met it’s maker when inadvertently electrocuted with 12VDC. Leaves behind distraught hobbyist programmer companion. You’re gone…

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