PICs are an enabling technology. All those logic, control, communication and display functions that our projects need can be packed into a single chip--a chip that can be reconfigured at your pleasure. PIC development can be done with just a handful of parts: as EPROM eraser, some kind of programming language and a low-cost PIC programmer. Here are some "getting started in development" articles and some "just build what I did" articles. Originally, a PIC was a programmable interface controller, but one can also see it defined as peripheral interface controller.
The Basic Stamp is a similar technology that is also discussed here.
Learning to PIC with a PIC-EL -- Part 1 by Craig Johnson AA0ZZ.
May 2007 - QST Pg. 37-42.
Learning to PIC with a PIC-EL -- Part 2 by Craig Johnson AA0ZZ Jun 2007 - QST Page. 33-36. A programmer for PICs that plugs into the serial port.
- PIC Development on a Shoestring
QST March 1999, pp. 49-51
Some ideas on how to develop PIC-based projects.
- Bridge the Digital Divide--Basically
QST April 2001, pp. 30-34
The Basic Stamp is a powerful, yet friendly, digital building block that puts scores of smart circuits at your fingertips. Here's how to get started.
- A PIC of an IDer
QST January 1998, pp. 36-38
A useful project and some tips on programming your own PICs.
- A Basic Stamp Morse Call-Sign Generator
QST October 2000, pp. 40-41
- A Universal Logging Computer Interface (Hints and Kinks)
QST July 2000, pp. 61-62
Have your automatic entry logging program get information from your rig even if the radio is not computer compatable!
- Using PIC Microcontrollers in Amateur Radio Projects
QST October 1998, pp. 34-40
Learn more about PIC microcontrollers.
Download software: picqs10.zip
Feedback: QST February 1999, p. 72
- A PIC SWR Meter
QST December 1999, pp. 40-43
Build a computing SWR meter.
- An Inexpensive, Remote-Base Station Controller Using the Basic Stamp
QST May 1998, pp. 33-37
Operate your home station from another location. Clubs can set up remote HF stations for all members to use,
- An Inexpensive KISS-Mode TNC
QST November 2000, pp.53-56
Only 4 ICs and a small PC board.