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April 2017

Nuts and Volts Magazine


Features

Computer Control and Interfacing with the NI MyRIO

Construct a temperature control system and data logger using the NI MyRIO.


Take a CAN Bus for a Spin — Part 3

Using Controller Area Network (CAN) controller interrupts and flags.


The Magic of the Gilbert Erector Set

Update a classic Erector Set Ferris Wheel with an Arduino.


Synchronizing a 60 Hz Crystal Controlled Oscillator to the Line

Sync a digital oscillator to an analog source.


Translational Reality Part 2: Control the World by Playing Pong

See how a classic video game can be adopted for use as a translational reality interface (TRI) to enable the player to monitor and operate a remote device by simply the classic game of Pong.



Projects

An Old-School Digital Clock

Build a digital “old school” CMOS clock.



Columns

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
A BalloonSat Photometer Flight Computer
See how to create a recording photometer for BalloonSats.

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
Personal Radio Technologies
Cell phones aren’t the only option for communication with your family and friends.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Get “Patriot”ic with Lemos’ LoRa Radio Module
We are going to dig through the datasheet, push the buttons, and turn the knobs on the new Patriot PW1-928 RF data transceiver module from Lemos International.

Q&A
by Kristen McIntyre
Reader Questions Answered Here (04.2017)
Find answers to questions on modernizing an old radio’s power and monitoring a tankless hot water heater.

Departments

My First Time Machine — Well, at Least My First Flux Capacitor
by Bryan Bergeron
With a circuit simulator and a basic knowledge of components and circuit theory, it’s possible to simulate just about any electronic device that can be built.