Category Archives: Construction

You’re just Multi-faced

A lot has been going on lately so I thought I’d update the blog with some of it. Starting with a small announcement. I secured the domain www.ProjectSPECCY.com It currently re-directs here. I am unsure as yet whether I will … Continue reading

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Old Skool Tape Loading

As I continue to explore the world of retro-computing, bringing back memories of my late teens and early twenties, I’m constantly amazed at just how big the retro-computing scene is. I’m also amazed that, given all the new interfaces for … Continue reading

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Electronic Film Clapper

By way of a break from the Timed Camera Cable Release, I chose to develop the Electronic Film Clapper further and learned a lot in the process. I had the first iteration of the boards fabricated by Hackvana as usual … Continue reading

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YouTube Channel

I’ve been setting up equipment to start a ProjectAVR YouTube channel for a while. Almost there now. Just a few more pieces of the jigsaw to put in place. In the mean time, I’ve been learning about video editing and … Continue reading

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Constructing an RC2014

Whilst working on the ZAViouR v1.02, I discovered a kit for a Z80 based micro-computer designed by Spencer Owen. Spencer called it the RC2014 since it was for the Retro Challenge in 2014. It’s a nice, simple modular design which … Continue reading

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New Boards On The Way

Finally, after being involved in non-electronic projects for a while, I’ve been able to finalise the new ZAViouR board v1.02 and the 7400 based I/O expansion board v1.00. Both have been sent to my favourite fabrication house, Hackvana and I … Continue reading

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ZAViouR Demo and plans

Development continues on ZAViouR Boards v1.01 and v1.02. With a simple bit of Arduino code, you can insert Z80 Hex coded machine code into the ‘Sketch’ via bin2h.exe then compile and run it. Demonstrated here with a simple routine to … Continue reading

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AVR/Z80 Hybrid

The AVR/Z80 Hybrid boards arrived yesterday. Excellent service as always from Hackvana, my preferred fabricator. I set about constructing the first board. I’ve not included the output port on the first one since I haven’t got the two relevant 74′ … Continue reading

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Universal Regulator Board

I have just published my design for a Universal Regulator Board in the Non-AVR Projects section. The idea behind it was that I was using much the same power supply for the majority of my projects, a 7805 and associated … Continue reading

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ESP’ecially good!

The ESP8266 ESP-01/03 Flash/Proto v1.4 boards arrived today. I set about building one up to test it and it all checks out. I used my usual SMD soldering technique of placing blobs of solder paste on each of the connections … Continue reading

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