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by manuka
Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Microcontroller Programming
Replies: 10
Views: 2267

Re: Microcontroller Programming

Yet again I mention the esteemed PICAXE range of microcontrollers-'tis astounding how these UK sourced darlings have been "ignored" in the US! They're an electronics sensation in UK,Australia, NZ etc, & are especially suitable for educational use. Now eight in the range (PICMicro based),all high lev...
by manuka
Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PICAXE(s) anyone ?
Replies: 1
Views: 866

PICAXE(s) anyone ?

Am penning a few words (for a general technical audience) on the UK sourced PICAXE micro controllers & would appreciate experiences - espec. in USA/Can. In case you don't know,the 8 in the family are PIC based ,PBASIC high level programmed via a free editor & jelly bean cheap ( ~US$2-3 for the baby ...
by manuka
Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to test for hot (positive) wire?
Replies: 7
Views: 1941

Re: How to test for hot (positive) wire?

Well DON'T try this with MAINS voltages, but for 12V or so there's a simple electrochemical way to tell polarity/ac/dc . Come on guys - H2O = high school chemistry ! This is not a joke, since I had to do this in an off shore boat once when uncoded battery leads came loose on a 2 way radio !<p>Just d...
by manuka
Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transmitter Power in dBm
Replies: 9
Views: 2213

Re: Transmitter Power in dBm

8km ~5miles. After such a lucid dBm account too !
by manuka
Mon Aug 11, 2003 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PICAXE micro(s)= now industrial strength !
Replies: 0
Views: 1341

PICAXE micro(s)= now industrial strength !

Penned a few lines here on the UK sourced Picaxe range some months back - shame they've not been yet run with in US/Canada, since a sensation in UK + Australia/NZ. Why ? DIRT CHEAP ( start ~ US$1.50 !)/powerful/versatile & DEAD EASY to program ( free editor) One outlet here mentions "demand has exce...
by manuka
Tue May 06, 2003 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electrical Engineering as a College Major and Career
Replies: 11
Views: 2725

Re: Electrical Engineering as a College Major and Career

Yes- these PICAXE micros are brilliant for inspiring youngsters- we've seen all manner of BIG SMILES from students using them here in New Zealand ( all ages- pre teens to grandpa)! Circuits usually WORK first time = a big boost for learners confidence! Check all manner of pix & links at www.picaxe.o...
by manuka
Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Temperature readings into a PC?
Replies: 16
Views: 3832

Re: Temperature readings into a PC?

I know this may seem V E R Y simplistic, but we got round this ( using a trial webcam here in Wellington NZ ) by just placing a good size digital clock/thermo unit in the camera's field of view ! It also indicated if the image was "old" of course & needed refreshing. Electronically the Dallas Semi r...
by manuka
Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:25 pm
Forum: Robotics
Topic: PICAXE microcontrollers
Replies: 1
Views: 1811

PICAXE microcontrollers

Have posted enthusiatic General comments re these UK designed beauties. 3 types "08", "18A" & "28A ", all dirt cheap ( start US$1.50 !), powerful,dead simple to use, HLL programmable ( code similar to Basic Stamps ), FREE software & cheap extras. Gadzooks - what more can you want ( aside from a US o...
by manuka
Sun Apr 20, 2003 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PICAXE micros !
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Re: PICAXE micros !

Yes- know their kit OK. Although cheap it's buggy & perhaps over large. Official Australian agents are in fact MicroZed =>www.microzed.com.au . The UK Revolution Education "08 Starter Pack " is great value, but everything is soldered= ARGH when needing quick field tweaks( Red LED for green etc ) Thi...
by manuka
Sun Apr 20, 2003 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PICAXE micros !
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Re: PICAXE micros !

All PICAXE software is FREE, & the 3 wire serial cable is a DIY doodle ( ref. hot melt gun version at http://picaxe.orcon.net.nz ). I initially Visa ordered straight from UK, & goodies arrived here in New Zealand within 4 days ! However freight was more than the chips, so suggest you bulk order & sh...
by manuka
Fri Apr 18, 2003 5:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: rs232 & pic's
Replies: 1
Views: 1055

Re: rs232 & pic's

The ( ex. UK) PICAXE family ( 08,18a,28 ) are great on serial comms, dirt cheap & dead easy to use. All have onboard EEPROM too. Check www.picaxe.co.uk
by manuka
Fri Apr 18, 2003 4:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PICAXE micros !
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

PICAXE micros !

Guys - PICAXE micros ( ex.UK) are so easy to use even your dog can understand their HLL commands ! Outstanding power, dirt cheap ( start at US$1.50 ), & compact single chip. I've no idea why US outlets haven't developed, since here in Australia/NZ they've gone ballistic,& agents report "demand excee...