Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 • Category: Amplifiers
The amp is based on the Project 19 PCB, so uses a pair of LM3876 (or LM3886) power opamps, run from a ±35V supply. I used a cut-down P88 preamp PCB because I only wanted one preamplifier stage, but the entire board can also be used. Alternatively, the P19 amp can be run at higher gain than normal, alleviating the need for a preamp at all. The down side of this is that the noise level will be higher, and background noise may be audible with efficient speakers and/ or very quiet surroundings.
Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 • Category: Battery Chargers
Batwatch is a simple monitor for a solar panel battery charger, using an Atmel ATtiny13V. It periodically measures the charge current and battery voltage, and shows them by blinking two LEDs. I built this circuit into the plug of a VW solar charger panel that is used to prevent a discharge of the battery when a car is not used for some time. A modern car contains a large amount of electronics, and a quiescent current of 40-50mA (about 1Ah per day!) is considered "normal".
Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 • Category: PIC
When the device is connected to the computer, a Virtual COM Port (VCP) will be created. This is shown at the Device Manager Window under Ports(COM & LPT). In this case, COM5 was created when the PIC18F4550 was attached to the USB Port. It may be interesting to note that if you plug in your PIC in different USB ports, the VCP created will be different.
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