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KiCad

KiCad is an EDA program, similar to Eagle, Altium and the like. I last tried it some years ago and found it to be very difficult to use, not least because of the inevitable steep learning curve that all CAD … 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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ESP8266 ESP01/03 Flash-Prototype Board

The ESP01/03 Flash-Prototype Boards arrived from the fabricator. Good quality boards in a reasonable time. Although not Hackvana (Sorry Mitch, I’ll be back for the next batch!). Here you see two of the boards, one populated with an ESP-01 module, … Continue reading

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Summer Developments

It’s been busy at ProjectAVR. I’ve been squirreling away, making up minDUINO kits for the Scouts JOTA event. They are almost finished now. Just a few last minute additions on back-order. The assembly instructions are complete with included circuit diagram … Continue reading

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ICSP to Breadboard Adaptor

Frustrated by having to poke jumper wires into the socket of my AVR ISP MkII every time I wanted to program a breadboarded AVR, I quickly built an adaptor from strip board. It consists of a 6-pin shrouded header plug … Continue reading

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ICSP Test Rig

On a whim, I bought a Maplin project to build. I needed an audio signal generator for something I’m planning and the £15.99 Function Generator Kit seemed to fit the bill. I have a very local Maplin shop where the … Continue reading

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Last of the line?

Having now designed and proved the minDUINO v1.6 board, I’m intending to mount one on a box with a breadboard for rapid prototyping. However, it struck me that it wouldn’t be too difficult to add either a daughter board that … Continue reading

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minDUINOs v1.5 & v1.6 are go

Having received the minDUINO v1.6 boards today, I’ve built one up and it’s all fine. I do like to prove a board before I publish it. I’ll be placing the design files online shortly. As with v1.5, the FTDI module … Continue reading

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v1.5 Arrival

I thought I’d post a quick update. The minDUINO v1.5 boards have arrived. They look great in red. Another excellent job by Hackvana.com The minDUINO v1.6 boards that can accommodate a ZIF Socket are also on the way. Stay tuned … Continue reading

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Something A Bit Different

Whilst waiting for the minDUINO v1.5/6 boards to appear, I took part in my local radio club’s DF Hunt (Direction Finding – Find the hidden station). As it is, myself and my team colleague, Ian G7PHD won the contest! Although … Continue reading

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