6 February 2014

The Morse Thermometer - Part 3

Putting it all together
In part 1 and part 2 of this posts I investigated and designed the components for a solar-powered Morse thermometer. In part 3 everything gets connected.

In order to get the most out of the collected sunlight it is important to use as little power as possible. A red LED is a good choice here, because it only has a forward voltage of 1.7 Volts. So it will consume only about half the power of a white LED with a forward voltage of about 3.3 Volts.

Perhaps you remember that I had found out that even when the LED is not lit, the boost circuit from the solar lamp draws about 7mA. So it was important to switch it off during the time the thermometer is in stand-by.

Let's have a look at the original lamp circuit again.

24 May 2013

How to Do ISP Programming – Part 4: Fuses and Troubleshooting


Setting Fuses
 
As mentioned before, fuses are used to set a couple of things that might need to be set before the actual software starts to run. As a beginner you should not tinker with most of those settings, because it is possible to lock yourself out of in-system programming.

How to Do ISP Programming – Part 3: Software Usage


Installing the Software
As mentioned, there are many options when it comes to software. One standard program, which is available for many operating systems is avrdude. Unfortunately, it is a command line tool, which makes it less than ideal for beginners. But there are GUI frontends available. I decided to use AVRDUDESS for this tutorial. And it is quite easy to use.