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  1. Hi Boltz, these panels have been given alot of care and attention. Top quality work, excellent [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  2. Very impressive work, looks great [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks Ian, DCS bios has made such a massive difference to my simpit and is such a fantastic tool to use. All the best, cheers [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  4. Hi SteenosMT, I think the starting point is to find a schematic that outlines the minimum requirements of an RS485 network. To then create that using breadboard and components, and run test after test until it works and you are comfortable with it. When I started, my initial point of reference was the post below created by Hansolo. https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=243611 His post is a great guide to creating this network. I would review this post and by all means combine it with my YouTube video. At 32 minutes I talk through the minimum setup. This covers an explanation of the dis
  5. Thanks for the positive comments, appreciated. Good luck with your simpit [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  6. Hi, I detailed the design / wiring of an A10C caution light panel in this video. It might be a good starting point. Cheers Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  7. Hi Les, at the point where the wiring connects from the stepper into the easy driver board you could try swapping motor A and B round. I had to do this recently on gauges that ran anticlockwise as opposed to the more common clockwise. Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  8. Looks amazing, well done [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  9. Hi BULLITT83, Sitting in between the arduino and 7 segment displays are four MAX7219 modules. A lot of the wiring wouldn't have been needed, but I used larger green 7 segment displays rather than those that came with the modules. I'd approach a little differently if did over again but it's worked well and I've been using it for some time now. Good luck with your project, the video goes into a fair bit of detail so will hopefully get you started Cheers Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  10. Hi, I did this video showing my (7 segment display) radio cluster for my A10C simpit. Might give a few ideas. Watch "Simpit A10C Radio Cluster Panel" on YouTube Sent from my SM-N975F using Tapatalk
  11. Hans, a few months back I made a PCB for the master but haven't had chance to fully test it yet. I'm hoping that, removing the large amount of wiring I had from my previous version will solve the problem. Fingers crossed. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  12. Hi Hans, I connected my 7 Segment displays through a MAX7219 board. It worked perfectly on my radio stack which was dcs bios straight to an Arduino uno. However, on my RS485 network, it would display the correct value initially and without even changing the frequency it would glitch slightly, and one of the digits would disappear or display an incorrect value. I can only think it was noise on my network. All the connections were good. Any ideas? In a few months time I'll be taking a look at these again, I'll drop you a video at the time to show you the glitch happening. Sent from my SM-G95
  13. I built my RS485 network for the EMI panel and it seems to drive gauges without issue. I've also tested it with indicator lights, toggles and push buttons and they work fine also. However, I encountered problems with 7 Segment displays on a master / slave setup and haven't tried oleds with it yet. The 7 Segment displays would output the data needed but keep having little glitches. Over time I plan to look more closely at this and hopefully overcome, however, currently from a time perspective I plan to use the RS485 network for all the gauges (steppers and servos), and also the TISL and circu
  14. Hi Les, I'd order new parts but keep playing with the ones you've got whilst you're waiting, to learn as much as possible. When I did my network I also tried to break parts of it to understand it more fully. I'd stick with the MAX487 chip rather than the other ones you mentioned. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  15. Hi Les, it might be worth using MAX487 chips that can be mounted into an 8 Pin IC socket which sits on your PCB. Soldering the MAX487 chip directly could damage it. Also if the chip becomes damaged in some other way you can easily replace them. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
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