Arduino CAN Bus Interface

I’ve been working on an implementation of CAN for use in aircraft.  The protocol is called CAN-FIX and is a part of the MakerPlane Open Source Airplane project.  You can get more information on CAN-FIX here. The idea for this project is to build an Arduino shield that will let it communicate over the CAN…

 

Hangar Door Controls

I’ve been building a door for my hangar.  The door has been installed in the opening.  Now I have to finish installing the mechanical and electrical components that make it work. The motor is a reversible 2HP 220VAC single phase motor.  It has a brake installed between it and the right angle gearbox.  The gearbox…

 

Bifold Hangar Door

I’ve always wanted to own my own hangar.  I put it off for many years until I could afford to do what I wanted.  I didn’t want to settle on something that was too small, too far away or not built properly.  I was finally able to do that but I was not happy with…

 

VMWare Tools in Kubuntu 9.04

I tried several different ways to install VMware Tools on Kubuntu 9.04 there are many different instructions out there and some worked and some did not. I was somewhat successful with these steps. Fundamentally all the information that you need is on this page, but some of it is in the comments. I’ve tried to make this…

 

Do It Yourself Outdoor Wireless Access Point

My wife and I live on 44 acres here in Texas and I needed to get my network distributed around the place. I needed to have access at the barn because my wife has a small office there and I wanted to have a camera at the entry gate. The barn is about 500 ft…

 

AVR Dragon

I have been using an AVRISP mkII for programming my AVR microcontrollers since I started playing with them a year or so ago. I really like the AVRISP because it’s inexpensive, it works well and it’s small enough to carry around. I recently made a mistake on a little test chip that I was using…

 

ATX Power Supply Conversion

Commercial lab power supplies can be pretty expensive. For most of what I do in my little lab I don’t really need that level of sophistication. ATX computer power supplies are cheap and plentiful. I had an old one laying around and I decided to turn it into something that I could use in the…

 
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