Wireless ProjectI've been working with Amplitide Shift Keying receiver and transmitter radios for a home sensor project but there are issues.
One problem is that the automatic gain circuit on the receiver puts a lower limit on baud rate (signal changes per second).
If the signal stays the same for long, the AGC sensitivity changes and starts picking up noise instead of the real carrier signal.
I've tried using Manchester code to ensure a minimum baud rate. I've also worked at transmitting square waves of two frequencies.
The latter could improve noise resistance but I haven't worked out the receiver software yet. Frankly, I'd rather just get the project working so I've ordered a pair of JeeNode transceivers from Jee Labs which are Arduino-compatible and based on the RFM12B radio.
Jee Labs has an excellent blog. I've learned a ton of interesting things from that blog in the last couple weeks since I subscribed. Highly recommended.
Christmas for Data BusThanks to my very generous mother in law, I'll be soon purchasing an XBee radio pair from Radio Shack with a gift card. The radios will eventually find their way onto Data Bus for wireless telemetry and configuration.
I am still planning on entering the 2013 AVC. I may switch from the mbed platform (a ton of work but with some significant advantages). More important is improving accuracy of position estimation even at ludicrous speeds.
Assuming the same type of race next year, speed will once again be critical. Next year, 25 mph won't cut it. Will speed double again? Or just increase significantly? Above 30 all sorts of things start to get really hard.
It's likely that I'll upgrade the chassis for improved handling. I will definitely be upgrading the motor, ESC, and battery for higher speeds.
|Duratrax DRX8E (pic from Duratrax website)
I think (hope?) 1/10 scale still stands a chance, depending on the terrain. I hope so. No one makes a 1/8-scale school busy body. :)
Tindie NewsI'm really excited about the Tindie Fundraisers. A couple of them are doing pretty well.
- eeZee Propeller is 75% funded, 6 boards and 4 days to go! [edit: funded]
- eeZee microSD is
42%75% funded, 106 boards and 4 days left! [edit: funded]
- I sold out of the eeZee Tinys again, more in stock in a few weeks
- I still have some eeZee Crystals in stock
These are all designs I made for myself so I could spend less time dinking around with annoying, fiddly things, and more time getting to firmware. And, they're also as budget-friendly as I can make 'em.
Instead of just another microSD breakout board, the eeZee microSD plugs right in next to an Arduino/ATmega328P so I don't have to remember which line is MISO, MOSI, SCK, and CS. I've designed it to plug into the breadboard power strip too. And, it's designed to be 5V safe.
The eeZee crystal means I never have to fiddle with crystals and caps on the breadboard again. just plug it in and get busy making stuff.
I figured others would benefit too while at the same time helping to supplement my meager "allowance" from "the boss" for hobby electronics. :)