Go to advanced search

by W0LFIE
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 405
Views: 139254

Re: What was your first computer?

Pretty much all of the above modifications to mine too, add on PCB for memory, cassette baud rate doubled and video doubled, then rewrote some of the OS to clear it all at startup. I put a speech synthesizer PCB on it too and bought a Colour graphics PCB but never got round to fitting that.. one day...
by W0LFIE
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 405
Views: 139254

Re: What was your first computer?

Wow, this might have been even more interesting-er with a vote on peoples first computer, but the options list might have been a bit long.. :D The thread is too long now to read every single line but it looks like most of you started with one of the Sinclair offerings. Shows just how much Mr Clive h...
by W0LFIE
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Missing something - Kodi issues
Replies: 7
Views: 864

Re: Missing something - Kodi issues

.
by W0LFIE
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Rpi3 Car Reverse Camera/sensors
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Rpi3 Car Reverse Camera/sensors

Is that the actual Reverse select(ed) voltage? It sounds to be too obscure to be used for detection, It may even be part of the Databus for the vehicle and you'll be on shaky ground connecting anything to it. These days it's unlikely to be as simple as 12V to a switch then a wire to the Bulbs.. Oh ...
by W0LFIE
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Looking for a RF to DC module converter
Replies: 10
Views: 1617

Re: Looking for a RF to DC module converter

You would only need an ADC at the RF Frequency if you were wanting to record the actual RF waveform. By using the detector method there is no RF for the ADC to worry about? It is presented with a DC Level according to the incoming signal strength. The AD can simply get on with converting that Level...
by W0LFIE
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Looking for a RF to DC module converter
Replies: 10
Views: 1617

Re: Looking for a RF to DC module converter

A better Rectifier circuit shown here, using a single package double diode. RF comes in on the RHS, rectified and filtered by the capacitors then the OP on the two wires to the LHS has an amplitude relative to the incoming RF amplitude (goes to your ADC). [attachment=3]RF Detector.png[/attachment] ...
by W0LFIE
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Looking for a RF to DC module converter
Replies: 10
Views: 1617

Re: Looking for a RF to DC module converter

As above simple High frequency diode and small capacitor to filter out the high frequency will do this, there will probably not be a built unit as it's so simple. Or you can get complicated with cavities and tuned lines etc.. I just built an interdigital filter over the weekend, trimming tuned reso...
by W0LFIE
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Old School Fault Finding
Replies: 44
Views: 4989

Re: Old School Fault Finding

Is that 1K memory? :D laughable nowadays. Frightening, the amount of program you could get in the standard memory.. 4K? I removed the UK 50FPS PCB since my monitor would handle 60, gave it a voice using the BBC Micro Chip and got the memory up to a mind blowing 16K with a daughter board above the m...
by W0LFIE
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Old School Fault Finding
Replies: 44
Views: 4989

Re: Old School Fault Finding

Yep there are smaller ones (the package names mean now't to me though), if one drops on the Antistatic mat black side up, forget it, much simpler to pull another off the tape. Building prototypes up (even in mid air) can be pretty simple, the old mid air rats nest of wires is a distant memory and a...
by W0LFIE
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Old School Fault Finding
Replies: 44
Views: 4989

Re: Old School Fault Finding

Oh the nostalgia of it, I'm just restarting my 'radio shack' at home, using a Pi of course for Digital TV Transmission (on the cheap), it's the reason why I'm here on the Forum.. But working on stuff like that is bread n butter and much easier to chase components and wires around. I'm still working...
by W0LFIE
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Cctv
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: Cctv

Quite a few of the smaller DVRs require ActiveX to be running on the Browser, in my case this limits access to Internet Explorer only, I'm not sure if your DVR is the same or if those browsers support ActiveX but it might give you a lead.
by W0LFIE
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Nederlands
Topic: 433 Mhz
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: 433 Mhz

That's all fine Mahjongg, I have the full page translated now, and I cannot dispute any of what you say.

It's pretty much what I was also saying but said from a more legal standpoint.
by W0LFIE
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Nederlands
Topic: 433 Mhz
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: 433 Mhz

Sorry my Dutch is poor but Google translate seems to be saying you are asking if the Pi zero will transmit on 433MHz (Ham Band)? I can't be certain about the Zero but the standard (Later) Pi will transmit (and receive) at those frequencies using the wire on a GPIO Pin trick shown in the video, but....
by W0LFIE
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Soldering a Surface Mount Chip
Replies: 5
Views: 979

Re: Soldering a Surface Mount Chip

You'll need to be a top level solderer with the eyes of a nork and nerves of steel to solder one of those by hand, they will normally be soldered by machine. However they are cheap, buy several if you intend having a go. Since the tiny pads will be difficult to tin when next to the PCB I'd load the...
by W0LFIE
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: [SOLVED] rear view car screen no display
Replies: 6
Views: 932

Re: [SOLVED] rear view car screen no display

That makes everything worthwhile, glad to be able to help.
by W0LFIE
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: [SOLVED] rear view car screen no display
Replies: 6
Views: 932

Re: rear view car screen no display

Is the Yellow wire supposed to link the two pads on the RHS of the Display PCB?

The Red Link wire also appears to be very close if not shorting to the print beneath, north of the pad it is soldered onto.
by W0LFIE
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: False triggers
Replies: 9
Views: 1671

Re: False triggers

There are plenty of other ideas above all with different viable solutions to keep you busy.

But.. a software solution after all, obvious I suppose, hope that sorts your problem.








I like Hardware! :D
by W0LFIE
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: False triggers
Replies: 9
Views: 1671

Re: False triggers

The only way to be certain that the random triggering is coming from the input itself would be to monitor the pin with a Digital probe or similar. You could always try programming and using a different I/O Pin? If it is picking up Noise, that could be coming from anywhere.. and a Radio receiver mig...
by W0LFIE
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Things every hacker once knew
Replies: 22
Views: 3738

Re: Things every hacker once knew

Never classed myself as a 'Hacker' even though I did find a way onto some of the Travel Agents MODEM based systems simply by watching what codes they entered when we were booking holidays.. just being nosey though, no malicious intent. That aside, the fella that wrote the article has a classic way ...
by W0LFIE
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Weather station
Topic: My Pi 2 is toast, can I use Pi zero?
Replies: 6
Views: 1160

Re: My Pi 2 is toast, can I use Pi zero?

Just to return to your main Pi Andy.. Have you tried to clean off the PCB? unless tracks have been eaten away it may well still be recoverable if all or even most of the crp can be removed. Although powering it up in that condition may have seen Semiconductor things off, you just don't know until y...
by W0LFIE
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Happy Chinese New Year
Replies: 6
Views: 1908

Re: Happy Chinese New Year

gōng xǐ fā cái

At Last... I can order those bits from HK now.. How come the Chinese get two weeks off for their New Year? it just ent fair. :lol:
by W0LFIE
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: IR LED motion trap
Replies: 12
Views: 1950

Re: IR LED motion trap

I expect that you know you can "see" IR LED(s) using the camera on your phone?

Always a useful tool for testing such things..

Wolfie tip #112
:lol:
by W0LFIE
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: IR LED motion trap
Replies: 12
Views: 1950

Re: IR LED motion trap

The ones used in remote controls usually have a good output, actual power unknown, usually from a 3V Power supply from AA or AAA cells.

But if you have a scrap Remote kicking about... Robert could be yer mother's brother.
by W0LFIE
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Upgrading polyfuse...
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Upgrading polyfuse...

Best bet then would be to break into the incoming power wire and feed other items straight from the incoming power before the Pi and fuse/protect those external item(s) separately.
by W0LFIE
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Is my screen dead?
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: Is my screen dead?

Testing the screen may only be possible using another Pi, but someone else might know of a standalone test for it..

But it would be handy to know those PSU readings if you get a chance.

With and without the screen connected.

Go to advanced search