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U-Blox LEA-6H Precision

This is one of the many tests I’m doing to compare GPS/GNSS receivers. I’ve had this u-box LEA-6H unit for about five years. It was the GPS that came with the 3D Robotics ArduPilot that I’ve been using…

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How precise is a circa 1999 Garmin eTrex?

This is the first of the tests I’m doing to compare GPS/GNSS receivers. I got my first GPS unit, a Garmin eTrex in 2001 and I used it to Geocache. It’s sat unused for over 12 years, but…

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Measuring GPS (GNSS) Accuracy and Precision

With the recent technological advancements, I’ve recently become interested in RTK GPS and decided it would be fun to compare all the different GPS/GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers I own. I ultimately plan to see how they…

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Powering and Grounding 1Wire DS18B20 with Digital IO Pins

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where your Micro-controller has plenty of spare IO, very little power & ground connectors, and you want to add a 1Wire DS18B20 device as tidily as possible. The classic Dallas 1Wire…

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Converting the pinout on a Tycon POE-INJ-1000-DINx PoE injector

Tycon power sell a relatively cheap high power gigabit PoE injector. The high power bit means that it inserts power on all four ethernet pairs. This is important when using PoE to power devices over long cable lengths,…

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Cheese fridge repairs

My cheese fridge was partially destroyed at the start of July. A car crashed into a power pole carrying both a 22kv distribution line and the 230v line for our house. They . touched . briefly It turns…

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Modifying float voltage of a TP-SCPOE-1224

Adjusting the float voltage of a Tycon Systems TP-SCPOE-1224 The Tycon Systems TP-SCPOE-1224 is a Solar and Power over Ethernet powered DC UPS. You connect it up to a 12v battery, power it over ethernet, add an optional…

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Power meter optical pulse detection

I’ve always planned to monitor my electricity usage. I had previously (about a year ago!) ordered some power transformers from seeedstudio and a six channel ADC for simultaneous three phase current and voltage measurement but never got around…

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Wiring up the ESP8266

Before you can program the ESP8266, you need to wire it up. First things first, the ESP8266 uses a 2mm pin spacing so you can’t use a standard breadboard as these use a 0.1 inch spacing. It also…

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Introducing the ESP8266

About a year ago I put up some money for the Wino-Board kickstarter project, received my Wino-Boards and did nothing with them for 12 months. They are effectively a tiny Arduino board attached to the innards of an…

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