Aoyue 932 Vacuum Pickup Station Review
A quick look at the Aoyue 932 Vacuum Pickup Station. Cheap and available at Amazon. If you are placing SMD components this is a must have for quick and easy placement.
In this video I build a prototype of the multiplexer board. Stencil process, placement and reflow of a double sided board with parts on both sides. PCB stenciling, placement and reflow by hand for the prototype process.
This is a multipart series of design, prototype and build of a small multiplexing system for UTV’s. Initially this will replace lighting and winch relays with solid state control. In this part 3, I go over the base software using OSX with the STM8.
I explain using OSHStencil to prototype a board with double sided parts. I also discuss high side switching with a MCU. The first testing happens with two development boards from STMicro using a STM8 Discovery board.
RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 1. This is a multipart series of design, prototype and build of a small multiplexing system for UTV’s. Initially this will replace lighting and winch relays with solid state control. The goal is to replace the traditional use of a relay in the rzr for winch and lighting control. Later I will integrate this with canbus work for speed and gear info from the Polaris RZR to turn on reverse lights based on gear selection and turn on rock lights at low speed.
I put this together for testing. Package download is below (At Very BOTTOM). You will need to homebrew a non-standard ngspice (doesn’t have ngspice lib by default). Its avail here https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jmaibaum/homebrew-core/8ac02ae933c4cd5d1f661b6a2bda2f429d5f1e87/Formula/ngspice.rb . Note the NGSpice homebrew is in flux and this version is done jmaibaum.
I’ve been using the BFDX TD-503 for several months on the local DMR repeater and NCPRN. The main reason I really like it and its found its place above my Mototrbo and Hytera is it the GUI by default shows the Frequency and Channel Name. Controls are standard and easy to use. The case is high quality and it has some heft to it.
It has been left out in the rain, taken on swift-water calls (submerged in the river), dropped, banged, and otherwise abused with no issues whatsoever.
Programming is easy and the cable is inexpensive. The audio quality is better or on par with both my Hytera and Mototrbo’s in both analog and digital mode. This radio works great on analog repeaters as well. I’ve been using this pretty much exclusively for any outdoor adventures (UTV’n, Rafting, Swift-water Rescue, Climbing) without fail, mainly because of its price point and performance. At $250 brand new its much less expensive than a used Mototurbo or Hytera.
I had some issues with the audio on this so bear with it. Also standard definition only.