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October 2011

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Live Action Flasher, Gate, And Bell For Your Model Railroad

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Features

Legacy Communication With the 32-Bit Micro Experimenter

This article explores the use of legacy communication that exists between the Experimenter (as a terminal) and a PC.



Projects

Web Browser Control of Your Home Thermostat — Part 2

In this final installment, the physical connections, some construction details, and the software that makes the unit work will be described.


Build the LED Centerpiece Christmas Tree

Brighten the holidays with this colorful decoration that can be a table centerpiece or be modified for an outside display.


A Flasher, Gate, and Bell for Your Model Railroad

This simple PIC circuit will enhance your railroad display with live action and a realistic bell sound.



Columns

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
TechKnowledgey 2011
This month’s column covers memory going soft, speedier graphics cards, a studio in your shirt pocket, plus some other cool stuff.

PICAXE Primer
by Ron Hackett
PICAXE Primer
Introducing the new PICAXE M2-Class microcontrollers.

Q&A
by Russell Kincaid
Q&A
Get answers about gel cell charging voltages, a VFD filament driver, relay logic, and more.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
The Design Cycle
Invasion of the chipKIT Max32.

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
Open Communication
Whatever happened to CB radio?

Smiley’s Workshop
by Joe Pardue
Smiley’s Workshop 39: Digital I/O — Part 1
Digital I/O — Part 1-39