The “Other” Half of the Eagle Has Just Landed . .

This may not look sexy, but it is. After some serious debuggery, I got the Elecraft KPOD to work with the Raspberry Pi 3 b. Thanks to Paul, N6HZ, the lead developer of the KPOD code, and also the KPOD firmware updater, a real thorny problem was solved. My advice to anyone who has a KPOD – download the KPOD utility and update the…

KY6R “Hackaday” and New Ideas for the BT1500A Remote Controller

http://hackaday.com/2017/06/27/the-pdp-1-the-machine-that-started-hacker-culture/ We are very lucky to have the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, and Kat and I were especially lucky to have attended a demonstration by the developers of “Space Wars” on the PDP-1. The most interesting thing is that my first job out of college was at Kodak in Rochester, NY, and I was an Octal Assembler programmer on PDP-11. After…

The Eagle Has Landed!

If all I did was add two SPST push button switches and one DPDT switch to my little control box: I would have all I need for the project. The software can set the speed and the travel of the stepper motors to something slow, safe and reasonable. I think the only thing I need to make sure is that the stepper on the…

Hello Stepper!

YAHOO! I am now on my way. Its so easy to wire up these components, download some code, flash the memory with the code and start the engines! The Maker Community is amazing – in fact, half of the battle is trying to decide which of many possible solutions would be best for your particular “use case”. All I can say Ham Radio Operators,…

KPOD to BT1500A Block Diagram

The KY6R “maker area” in the shack. The radio part of the shack is to the left. I was able to get a C program that the lead KPOD developer from Elecraft sent me to compile and run on the Raspberry Pi. I learned what a “HID” device is – Human Interface Device, and that the KPOD is not a standard HID (like a…

Announcing The Elecraft KPOD Open Source Remote Control for Arduino and Raspberry Pi Project!

After reading the Elecraft Technical Notes on their wonderful KPOD product, I’m so confident that it would be an absolutely awesome controller for my Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects that I just ordered a second one. The first one controls my K3, the second one will be used to develop software that sends input command packets to the Arduino or Raspberry Pi and then,…

Using an Elecraft KPOD as a KY6R Mod Bob BT1500A Remote Control

I use an Elecraft KPOD exclusively to tune my K3. I can never go back to the rigs tuning knob. It has everything I need ergonomically and in the way of connectors and data signals. I’ll double check with Elecraft, but the functions I would use with this would be: The tuning knob controls the L and C stepper motors The rocker switch (VFO…

This Weekend: StepperPalooza!

I’m starting to think that maybe I will just have one really nice control knob and switch between two stepper motors out at the BT1500A. This is because I only ever turn one control at a time when using an antenna tuner. Before I purchase an expensive Griffin Powermate Knob, I’ll play with the Adafruit Rotary encoders and try some of the different Stepper…

Amazing Maker Tool: Fritzing

Fritzing is an amazing application that can take a picture of a breadboard that you draw, and with one click: Show it as a schematic, and then: Show it as a Printed Circuit Board layout (that you can then send to a fabrication shop and order online, And show your code that is associated with your project. Now think about it – isn’t combining…

Tuning The Palstar BT1500A With Two Rotary Encoders

This tutorial gives me another part of the puzzle – it looks like a rotary encoder has 4 wires which tells me a lot about how I might use two of these in the shack. If they were wired, the wires would be 60′ long – and I’m thinking that that run is too long. I might try it as an experiment just for laughs…