Jack Stands – Welding Project

Using some 1″ square and angle stock, along with some 2″ I.D. tube, the following jack stands were built. Cutting the 2″ pipe – this will be used at the top of the stand to accept the axle that it is supporting. All of the parts cut, ready for some welding.   One stand welded,…

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…