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1995\01\26@104846 by John S. Kallend

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I'm John Kallend, prof. of engineering. I'm fooling around with PICs
with a thought of introducing them into freshman projects. I'm open
to ideas that will turn-on the students.  To educate myself I've
started a couple of projects related to my hobby/obsession - R/C model
airplanes (especially rocket powered).

1995\01\26@151224 by Tracy R. Reed

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On Thu, 26 Jan 1995, John S. Kallend wrote:

> I'm John Kallend, prof. of engineering. I'm fooling around with PICs
> with a thought of introducing them into freshman projects. I'm open
> to ideas that will turn-on the students.  To educate myself I've
> started a couple of projects related to my hobby/obsession - R/C model
> airplanes (especially rocket powered).

Hello, I am Tracy Reed. I am a sophomore at San Diego State University
majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I have not yet begun toying around with
microcontrollers yet, but I have recently decided to give it a try.  I am
looking at both the PIC and 68hc11, although I think I have just about
decided to go with the 68hc11. I hope to one day make a data logging
system for my radio control airplanes. Perhaps even get into flight
control if things go well. I noticed you were in RC, so I thought this
would be a good time to introduce myself. What are doing doing with PICs
and RC planes? I see you do boost gliders. I do model rocketry as well
(although I haven't launched anything in ages). I am mainly into gas
powered RC planes. I have designed a flying wing and I am in the process
of building it, althoug school has it temporarily on hold. Hopefully, I'll
finish it this summer. I want to have some sort of way to measure altitude
and airspeed etc to get some real performance data on my planes. At the
moment, I have absolutely no experience with microcontrollers. I know
enough assembly on the PC to make it print "Hello world" but that's about
all I can really do from memory. PC assembly has been a royal pain so far.
Microcontrollers seem to be quite a bit simpler than PC's (huge
understatement :), so it looks like they are a good place to start
learning about digital electronics.

Mr. Tracy R Reed
Aerospace Eng
SDSU

1995\01\26@173241 by Martin McCormick

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In message <spam_OUTm0rXc6S-0000mhCTakeThisOuTspamdc.cis.okstate.edu>, "Tracy R. Reed" writes:
>Microcontrollers seem to be quite a bit simpler than PC's (huge
>understatement :), so it looks like they are a good place to start
>learning about digital electronics.

       Yes, and no.  A good way to start learning about digital electronics
is to try to build some very simple logic circuits.  Get some 2-input nand
gates, flipflops, counters, etc and play with them.  These chips have been
around in one form or other for well over 20 years.  You can get many
interesting IC's for Pennies a piece.  There are countless books and magazine
articles around with circuit ideas and there is no law at all against just
sitting there and designing something on your own.

       If you get several different logic families such as TTL, CMOS, etc,
you will gain an appreciation for their advantages and disadvantages.
       When you get really tired of tearing up a circuit that is perfectly
good except for this one little logic problem, you will truly love
microprocessors.

       The practical side to this line of thinking is that it is almost
certain that accidents will happen.  CMOS IC's can turn to nothing in a
microsecond if exposed to static electricity and TTL chips will let all their
smoke out if you try to sink too much current through an output or somehow
manage to get 12 volts on the 5-volt line .  One tends to get much more
careful after a couple of such things and it is better to have learned on
cheap stuff than the latest and greatest VLSI technology.

       I am an amateur radio operator and am interested in electronic
communication and controls of all kinds.  I just got on this list to learn
more about the PIC.  I am familiar with the 68HC11 and hope that the PIC
can be used in those projects for which the HC11 would be overkill.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ   Stillwater, OK
OSU Computer Center Data Communications Group

1995\01\26@190833 by Timothy McDonough DIAL UP1

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Might as well add my abreviated resume as well...

I'm currently a design engineer for a contract design and electronics
manufacturer in Central Illinois (USA). We do a lot of 8-bit designs
and some 16-bit products. Our main processor of choice is the Intel
8051 family but we also use some Motorola, Zilog, and of course PIC
parts.

In several former lives I've worked in educational television, the
technical side of theatre, and done quite a bit of remote sensing and
monitoring work in the nuclear power industry.

Hobby interests include amatuer radio (N9PUZ, formerly WD9EDT), Radio
Control Airplanes, and old Ford 8N tractors.


Tim McDonough -- .....timmedKILLspamspam@spam@cencom.net

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