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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New HamStack Project Boards from Sierra Radio Systems

From Sierra Radio Systems (our sponsor):

We just got a batch of new boards that are a very handy companion to the HamStack CPU board. We call it a "Project Board". If you are embedding a CPU board into your own project, that works fine. However, if you want to build a stand-alone application, like a keyer, sequencer, DTMF decoder, reset timer, tone generator, whatever, you will need a power supply, connectors and some sub-circuits. That is what the project board includes. You plug the CPU board on top of the project board and you can program it to do all kinds of things.

The board includes the following sub-circuits...
- 2 digital inputs with 10 pullup resistors to +5v DC
- 4 analog inputs with a selectable voltage range of 0-5 or 0-22 volts DC
- 3 high speed, quiet, SPST reed relays capable of switching up to 500 ma.
- 1 opto isolated digital output
- 1 RS-232 serial port
- 1 analog signal output that can generate a sine wave 0-5kHz at 0-5v DC
- 8870 DTMF decoder chip
- 1 Temperature probe input
- 3 additional general purpose CPU IO connections
- 5v DC power supply (supply rail for logic and analog chips)
- 2.5v DC power supply (bias supply for op amps)
- 3.3v DC power supply (supply rail for 3.3v parts)
- 5 pole low pass filter to condition the analog signal generators output

For repeater builders, you can use the DTMF decoder and relays to make a master site reset controller that sits outside the repeater controller.
You can use the tone generation function to make a portable or bench top test tone generator.
You can use the reed relays to do timer based computer resetting.
Make a CW IDer or beacon transmitter controller.
Battery voltage monitor. Read the voltage, when low, one of the reed relays keys the repeater transmitter and the tone generator send a beep or CW message.
We are writing a really cool keyer app that will do iambic mode A/B, record and send programmable macros, with an LCD to show the speed and use a digital rotary encoder to set the speed.
The keyer will be open source and you can hack it to your hearts content.

Anyway, its the perfect platform to build a HamStack based ham radio project. The HamStack (and project board) supports programming in C or Basic.

Check it out on the web site www.hamstack.com


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