Micro MinimOSD – D4R-II RSSI using RC Filter

I'm running a Flip32+ using a D4R-II receiver and wanted to get RSSI into the Micro MinimOSD.   Googling yielded other results that did not work for me.  After digging deeper, I found this worked for my set-up.  The solution is an analog RC filter consisting of a cap and few resistors.  The idea is to convert the PWM signal to an analog signal so it can be interpreted correctly.  Analog will provide an analog…
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Arduino

10 Minute Project – Glowy Pumpkin

Here's a quick project to get some funky flashing / colour changing LEDs into your pumpkin. Just grab a set of addressable WS2812's and some Arduino code and your're done.    The 2812's are pretty easy to wire up.  Essentially, +5v, GND and data signal get daisy changed through the set of LEDs.  Each LED has 3 pins for IN and 3 pins out.  Wire from the Arduino to the first IN set, then from…
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Solder SmokeBGone – A DIY Fume Extractor

This is one of those DIY projects I should have done a long time ago.   I solder a fair bit and mostly use lead-free solder, but sometimes there are those projects where you need to use the bad stuff.   I cringe each time I do it and pop the gas mask on and bear through it.   I finally decided to do something about it . 10 minutes of DIY hacking and I…
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

CubCadet CC500 Electric Mower – LiPo Battery Conversion

I decide to go the electric mower route about 5 years ago.  I was hesitant as the 12V lead-acid batteries most electric mowers come with suck - and they are heavy.  At that time, the only better technology was Lithium Ion battery-based mowers, but they were very expensive.  I decided on the CubCadet CC500, which was a good balance of quality and price. It was a 48 Volt lead-acid unit. (more…)
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Cleanflight

Quads: Why you need Failsafe and a LOMA

I finally got my 250-sized quad ready to fly.    The last 2 things I did were to add a LMOA (Lost Model Alarm) and configure failsafe in Cleanflight.  Luck was on my side yesterday as Murphy's Law kicked in when I took the quad out for it's first full flight test in a nearby field.   Admittedly, I still consider myself a noob with much to  That said, I was flying FPV and decided…
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Arduino

IoT Garage Door Monitor/Opener with Finger Print Scanner

I've got a lot of stuff in my garage, and having 3 kids (one of them being me!) with forgetful minds, the garage door is sometimes left open over night.  I don't really like that sinking feeling after waking up the next day to find the door was left open.  Between loosing valuables and critters that make a mess of garbage, I finally decided it's time to take a stance!  I have an IP Cam mounted inside the…
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

DIY Speaker Build

The ShapeOko has been sitting idle for a while, so I decided to take a stab at making my own speakers.  I wanted to do something small that I bring outside and hang on my pergola when entertaining guests on our new patio.  After perusing the web and checking out some speakers and online enclosure calculators,  I landed on a set of HiVi B3N's (3") and tweeters.  Given that they won't be permanently mounted outside,…
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Logitech MX Anywhere Mouse – Fix That Click!

The Logitech MX Anywhere mouse is by far the best mouse I have ever had.  I currently have 2.  However, these mice have a common design flaw - the mouse button that is used most often (left in my case) for clicking dies after a while.  Maybe design flaw is a bit harsh. This is the only mouse that I have had for a long time and WANT to keep.  I don't want another mouse because…
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Arduino

Quadcopter – Enhanced Lost Model Alarm

Just 24 hours earlier I built my first Lost Model Alarm.  Not being satisfied with good enough, I've built an enhanced version.  Of course, you could just buy one, but where's the fun in that?!  As mentioned in my original posting, I wanted the alarm to have multiple modes.  First, I wanted to be able to have it triggered while the TX is on using one of the available aux controls.  Second, I wanted it to…
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Shipped Products Packaging Praise – Sparkfun / Adafruit

I don't often do posts that are off-topic to my projects, but I could not resists posting this.  Some of my schooling was environmental-related.  Paired with moral obligation, myself and my family try to do our part to be environmentally concious.  I wanted give praise to 2 companies that I often order electronics parts from for their effort to be environmentally concious with packaging and shipping.  Specifically Sparkfun and Adafruit.  I recently received my MicroView…
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