BoatGPS – Firmware Update

A update on the BoatGPS, trying to complete it ready for installation – hopefully before the summer boating season. After getting a lot of inspiration of how to add features, such as selecting the speed unit (Mph, Knots, Kmh), displaying the clock etc, I needed to either implement some interrupts or monitor the digital input….

BoatGPS – PCB

Using Eagle, a great schematic and PCB layout program, I had a go at creating a PCB for building the BoatGPS that I prototyped earlier using some Veroboard. Here’s some photos of my first PCB attempt: The other side of the PCB, where the LCD panel will be attached:   After some soldering, here is…

Arduino Based RFID Reader

This is was a simple project to read the Honeywell/HID Corporation HID security badges that are used by a lot of businesses. I used this to quickly determine the badge’s ID so that I could get the security department to update the building access settings. The reader comprises of a ProxPoint Plus reader, initially connected…

BoatGPS – Breadboard to Prototype

Last year I acquired a boat. As the saying goes, if it floats or flies, be prepared to invest a lot of time and money! Since the boat had not been used in about 8 years, several parts of the boat needed servicing or replacing, so far this has included: replacing the trailer tires, outdrive…

LiveATC antenna

LiveATC.net provides audio streams of the various air traffic control (ATC) feeds from around the world. Since I find this system to be very beneficial in terms of education, tracking, and general geekdom! I currently run a small Linux server to provide the audio feeds from my location to the LiveATC servers. However, I thought…