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Anyone using microcontrollers ?

Feb 6th 2012, 04:17


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Just wondering if anyone else is using any of the many microcontrollers out there like Basic Stamps, Arduino or PIC's ? I have done a lot of work with stamps and the Arduino and now I am getting back into Pic's. It would be nice to share some tricks or experiences with other users. I want to program the Pic's in basic like the stamps and I have seen a few programs out there but they are not cheap. So be fore I spend that much money I thought I could find someone else that has used the same stuff.

I have built a nice digital rotor control and a really neat weather station just to name a couple.

Hope to meet some other "hackers".
73 Jim

Feb 6th 2012, 13:53


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I am in the same boat as you are, I like to be able to use PICs after using the STAMP. The STAMP does not have the amount of ports I like to have and is relatively expensive. I have been on the Microchip's website and got completely overwelmed by the amount of information available. I have not been able to make any sense out of it, and therefore like to get in your circle of "hackers" to see if I can learn that way.
I bought the PICstart3 with the 44pin Demo Board Kit and found out too late that the Demo Board is not what I wanted. Also the CD that came with it, would not load. I have not been able to get the PICkit3 to work at all, I can not find the info how to use it. I had hoped that it would be on the CD, but no such luck.
I have not seen any BASIC for PICs in my searches, just assembly and C. But like I said, there is so much information that I could easily have overlooked it. I prefer Assembly, for I do not know C.
Feb 11th 2012, 21:14


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Boy that sounds familiar. I bought a PIC Kit 1 and had the same problem. I found out on Microchips forum the version of MPLAB was bad. I downloaded a later version and it does work but like you I am very confused.
Wayne WA5LUY
Apr 8th 2012, 22:54


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I play with arduinos. Now building a monitor for my solar system (and other equipment) that will key a transmitter and send me a morse code message when something gets out of spec. So far so good. Have the morse section programmed. Working on the data gathering/storage/reporting function now.
May 23rd 2012, 04:50


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Another PIC guy here. Have been hacking in them for over a year. Used the ARRL book on PIC programming -the first version to learn on. Did spend a lot of time figuring out the programming of the chips with the PicKit stuff. You do have to understand the MPlab software architectures to install some updates. A bit quirky for sure.

Have built a keyer with a PIC chip. Also playing around with Arduino stuff mainly for the cool add on modules you can get. It is another level up from PIC programming, though.


May 24th 2012, 02:31


Joined: Feb 28th 2012, 11:57
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I'm a professional Arduino programmer. I build process controls and equipment testing platforms based on the Arduino. For my Ham Shack, I built a weather station, and most recently, a battery monitor that reports volts, amps, watts, amp hours and watt hours.

Steve / KK4HFJ
May 25th 2012, 03:49


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I've been working with the BeagleBoard XM for a few months. It's more than a microcontroller. Really it's an 800 MHz ARM PC on a small board, running Ubuntu Linux. At $150, it's a little expensive, but not if you want HD video, audio in/out, 4xUSB, Ethernet all on board.

I just got an Arduino UNO to try. It has a very smooth development system, but only 16 Mips (integer) and 2K of SRAM. a lot less per dollar than the BB. Still, it should be just right for a lot of projects.

73 Martin AA6E

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