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    Default Re: Product Pre-annoucement

    Thanks for the note about the tester...

    Yeah, the photo is of a prototype and that was a bit different, and a different circuit, too. The prototype's design used only one resistor and all LEDs shared that common connection to the +V line. Because blue LEDs have a higher current and voltage requirement than the other colors, it didn't want to light up all the time. So the best (and right) solution was to go with a single color, red LED so that all circuits would require the same, low current/voltage and the tester's display wouldn't be misleading.

    Yeah... the "known good cable" thing got ya.... sorry....

    Here's a little video johnpdo made of his completed tester after assembling it....

    https://vimeo.com/117025175

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    Default DirkCheapDCSSR - New Product!

    Remember the original DirkCheapSSR? Well, this is the DC version of the same SSR, only it's cheaper still! This deal works out to only 75 cents per channel!

    SSR Features:
    ** Four channels per SSR
    ** 1A max per channel (500ma suggested, but periodic 1A shouldn't kill it)
    ** Tiny size: 2-5/8"L x 7/8"W
    ** Side-mounted RJ45 jack (or go without)
    ** Status LED for verifying pin7 ground connection back to controller
    ** Power-injection terminal block for 5-40vdc power (or solder wires directly to board)
    ** Can run power through cat5 cable (pins 3 & 5 available for remote power, connect via bottom-side solder pads)

    Kit includes:
    ** Boards and parts for four complete SSRS (16 channels) as you see it in the picture
    ** Cat5 cable not included

    Kit price:
    ** $11.95 includes shipping/handling. This is a special pre-order price!

    How to order:
    ** Purchase the number of kits you want in the DIGWDF Store. Kits are 4-SSRs only (16 channels); no single SSR kits are available. Here's a direct link to the store item: http://digwdf.com/store/product.php?id_product=158

    Delivery:
    As this is a pre-order program, preorders will be closed-off on April 2nd; most supplies have already been ordered. It's estimated we'll be able to begin shipping soon afterward. It's expected that you'd receive them by mid-April, in plenty of time to assemble them and build them into your shows.

    NOTE: This SSR requires the reversed polarity firmware settings so popular with the Ren48LSD! But hey, that's a simple change to make and an easy trade-off for the price -- after all, look at the money you're saving!!!
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    HOLY COW!!! DirkCheapDCSSRs are flyin' off the shelf!!!

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    Last reminder -- DirkCheapDCSSR pre-sale going on at the DIGWDF store.... this is your chance to pick up some really tiny, DC SSRs that can handle 1amp/channel.. But this special price is only available through April 2nd... that's only 3 days from now, sportsfans...

    http://digwdf.com/store/product.php?id_product=158

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    Default DIGWDF Store Spring Cleaning Sale

    We found a bunch of boards on the shelf and have decided to have a blow-out, spring cleaning sale. All are good boards -- some MiniRen controllers, a whole bunch of PIC Adapters at rock-bottom prices, some perfectly good RenBuss boards, Chelmuth's FAST controller, Phil Short's LEDancer controllers, XBee Snap-in boards... and more... You can't go wrong...

    They're all in the CLEARANCE department in the store and even at these low prices, shipping is included!!!

    Here's a link directly to the Clearance Sale:

    http://digwdf.com/store/category.php?id_category=16

    Here are a few pics of some of the clearance boards...
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    Default DIGWDF Soldering Practice Kit!

    As part of the engineers' spring cleaning tasks, they found a bunch of boards and parts that they didn't know what to do with, so they assembled a bunch of soldering practice kits! This is perfect for newbies or anyone who's unsure whether they can learn soldering, because after you've practiced with this kit, you'll be able to build most any electronic kit from any vendor!

    Will you have a working board when you're done? Nope. But you'll have improved your soldering skills! This is just a bunch of random parts -- resistors, capacitors, diodes, LEDs, dip sockets, header pins, etc. and you can put them anywhere you want on the board -- it won't matter because you'll just toss the board into the trash when done.

    But this is a REAL circuit board, and REAL parts and at only $3.75, it's a much better deal than spending $10 at Radio Shack! Shipping is included in the price, of course...

    Here's a link to the store item for this kit: http://digwdf.com/store/product.php?id_product=170
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    Default DirkCheap817

    Here it is. The DirkCheap817.

    Wirks guuuuuud!
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    Default DirkCheapController

    Was just screwing around and came up with this... Fantastic little controller, from start to finish it takes 10 minutes to make, flash and fire up....

    Ingredients for this super-cheap, $6 controller:

    1 - DIGWDF PIC Adapter (currently on clearance in the DIGWDF Store...)
    1 - PIC16F1825 chip, flashed with Renard LSD firmware for the 1825 chip
    1 - Non-polarized capacitor .1uf
    1 - DIP14 socket
    1 - header, 6-pin
    2 - RJ45 jacks
    1 - USB->TTL adapter (eBay, about $2, highlighted elsewhere...)
    1 - connect cable (comes with adapter)

    Connections:
    1. Connect +5v to +5v on both adapters
    2. Connect G to G on both adapters
    3. Connect RX to RX on both adapters
    4. Optional: plug TX from USB adapter to NC pin on PIC Adapter (TX is unused)
    4. Plug into USB port.
    5. Run your sequence.

    Caveat: As this is powered from the USB port, there are limitations on how many LEDs you can drive directly. But you still have 500ma available and if you need something quick-n-dirty, this is a pretty good solution...

    Other notes: It took longer to take the photo and type this post than it did to build it, flash the chip, connect it and test it.

    Ahhhh.... the ever-versatile PIC Adapter....

    EDIT: Here's a cool mod using this setup: Solder a jumper wire on the PIC Adapter from the G pin to pin 7 of each of the RJ45 outputs. Then plug in a pair of externally-powered DirkCheapDCSSRs and you don't have to worry about the current draw from the USB port to drive some serious dumb LED strips or other DC lights up to 30vdc and/or 2 amps/channel....

    Or flash the chip with normal Renard firmware for the 16F1825 chip and drive external A/C SSRs directly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    Was just screwing around and came up with this...
    I wonder what you could come up with if you really applied yourself.
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    Hah! At my age, screwing around is about all I've got left!

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