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    can I send mine to you?:-)
    Lou

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    Sure, Lou - I could use another 256 channels!

    I've got all 10 boards soldered up. Off to order a PickitII...and I'm waiting on the 6 volt regulators. Hopefully, won't be long before I shift from build-mode to test-mode.

    Two days to build - not too bad!

    Hopefully there will be smart people at the Ohio mini that I can brain-pick on the programming.

    Enjoy, folks. Fun project!

    R

    Quote Originally Posted by lbro View Post
    can I send mine to you?:-)
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    Programming:
    This is about the cheapest way to go. You must have a hardware serial port, a usb adaptor will not work.

    http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...read.php?t=501


    Here is an updated link:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Super-JDM-PIC-Pr...3A1%7C294%3A50
    Last edited by FireGod; 05-08-2009 at 01:49 AM.

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    JDM ordered - thanks, David.

    Now, as this is my first experience with PIC's, what would be a good recommended "extras" to buy, in case I mess one up, or have trouble over Christmas? I figure I could flash them, and have them sitting in waiting...I'd rather have them, and not need them, than need them, and not have them.

    Regulators didn't get here today - grrrr! No biggie, as I don't have programmed chips yet, anyway.

    Thanks,

    Roger
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    Figured since I was sitting around, waiting, I'd build some of the "fake" SSR's for testing. Had to dig pretty hard to find the info, so figured I'd post it again, here, in case you need it.

    From David:
    I also made myself a set of “fake” SSRs for one field module just for testing. You take a short piece of cable and four resistors (820 ohm). Connect each resistor to a channel (Orange, Blue, Green, Brown) and connect the other ends of the resistors to 5VDC (Orange/White) for sinking applications. A bit of electrical tape to insulate the resistors and crimp a RJ-45 plug on the other end. Make 8 of them and this will allow the addressing to work and will light up the LEDs for testing.
    I've also made up some quick boards, for anyone that wants some. They'll come in a sheet of 8, if you have a way of cutting them apart. If you need them cut apart, I'll do that, as well. They will come drilled. You need 8 RJ45 Jacks, and 64 810 Ω resistors. You'll also need a short cat5 cable, or, you can hard-wire a short piece to the board, using the RJ45 jack holes.

    Let me know if you would like a set. I can do a set of 8 6" Cat5 cables as well, but would have to charge a little bit for shipping, and don't want to step on any toes, calling it a "group buy" or anything like that. If you'd like a set of cables, PM me, and we'll go from there. I like etching, and I buy my Cat5 ends by the 1000, more than I'll EVER use in my lifetime! Pay it forward, I always say...

    EDIT: Someone asked about shipping - no charge for a board of 8 (or 8 cut apart), if you want the cables, I would send them in a $4.95 flat rate box. The nice thing about not cutting the board, is you can just plug 8 cables into one board...

    R
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    Quote Originally Posted by 51fordf2 View Post
    JDM ordered - thanks, David.

    Now, as this is my first experience with PIC's, what would be a good recommended "extras" to buy, in case I mess one up, or have trouble over Christmas? I figure I could flash them, and have them sitting in waiting...I'd rather have them, and not need them, than need them, and not have them.

    Regulators didn't get here today - grrrr! No biggie, as I don't have programmed chips yet, anyway.

    Thanks,

    Roger
    I would reccommend at least one but two would be better. I have had one bad PIC from the factory. I blew up channel number one once. I plugged in the PIC wrong (pin two into pin one socket) and destroyed the PIC. Stuff happens.

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    Where does the power LED go on the PC Interface?

    My bad

    http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...5705#post65705

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    The first "fake" SSR boards are done - here's what they look like. I have two people from the group buy, that want them, so far.





    I've seen worse...

    R

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    Looks like a million bucks to me!! :D

    Keep up the good work.

    Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by 51fordf2 View Post
    The first "fake" SSR boards are done - here's what they look like. I have two people from the group buy, that want them, so far.



    I've seen worse...

    R
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