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February 2016

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Build A Raspberry Pi Wind Speed Tracker That Will Blow You Away

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Features

The Remarkable CSS555

The CSS555 is a micropower programmable version of the 555 family of timer ICs.


Why You Need an Analog Front End and How to Set It Up

How to make your sensors talk nice to your microcontroller.



Projects

Build a Digital Decade Box

Having the right tool makes any job easier. This decade box allows you to select a required resistance with a couple of switches — so no more checking with an ohmmeter to see the actual resistance value.


Build a Fun Wind Speed Tracker with a Raspberry Pi

The tiny plot on my Davis weather station’s LCD screen is not very resolved and I wanted it to be better ... a whole lot better. The solution: a Raspberry Pi!



Columns

PICAXE Primer
by Ron Hackett
Building A Simple Data Logger
Implement a simple 08M2 based data logger that monitors and records the real time temperature of a backyard grill.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
ARMed and Dangerous
If you’ve ever written code for any other microcontroller, you can write code for an ARM microcontroller.

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
North American/Guatemala Near Space Alliance
When an amateur radio operator from Guatemala asked for help in kicking off his first launch, the near space community couldn’t resist but help out.

Practical 3D Printing
by Chuck Hellebuyck
3D Print A Breadboard Base With Sidecar Supports
This 3D printed breadboard base with sidecar supports makes projects portable when all that connects the boards together is wires.

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
The Internet of Things. Who Needs It?
Now that most of the affluent world is connected to the Internet, why not connect everything else?

Q&A
by Tim Brown
Reader Questions Answered Here (2.2016)
Questions on Cat-5 cabling, plus the mysteries of electronic filters are explained.

Departments

Leaded Components: Reports of their death have been greatly exaggerated
by Bryan Bergeron
If you’re just getting into electronics, don’t be dismayed — or distracted — by the world of SMT. A traditional perfboard, a good supply of leaded components, and a few schematics to work from will get you started.