The start of a hacker-friendly weekend

It’s winter and I’ve gotten a little lazy about hiking. My list of “must-hike” has shrunk and my list of “must-build” has grown… a lot. So this weekend I’ll be strapped to the bench checking out all the items I’ve gotten in the mail and then picking something to work on. I don’t know what…

PIC 16F1509 NCO code sample

I didn’t read a forum post all the way through (or maybe I was just tired) and I accidentally responded to question about PWM; however the question was specifically about using the numerically controlled oscillator (NCO). I decided to take a look at this module and wrote some quick code. I also have been testing…

My Electronics Read&View List

My current electronics-related online reading/viewing list: Please comment if you have some great additions! I was (and may consider in the future) rating all the sources based on my own opinion, but I decided against it in case I hurt some feelers. Full disclosure: My interests are mid-level hobbyists projects, test equipment and tutorials/code examples. In the…

Testing an LCD with the PIC 16F1509 and the XC8 compiler

Nuts and Volts, January 2014 had an article named “The (Nearly) Universal Process Monitor”. The whole magazine had a number of Microchip PIC based articles which is rare these days, as the articles win out to other platforms such as MSP430, Propeller, and Arduino. The article is a pretty nice project but I went to…

MC1377 Memories

My first working circuit that I designed was based on the Motorola MC1377. It’s a RGB to NTSC encoder. I am pretty certain I actually still have the chip stored away in my linear/analog microchip parts storage. Apparently they are still available NOS on eBay. I can’t claim that I designed it myself; I’m certain…

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