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Old 09-11-2017, 11:16 PM   #161
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Hans, you are truly the Master! And thanks for this!
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:14 AM   #162
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Yes damn the cnc's..... they do not alway do what I had in mind The clearance between the top plate holes and buttons were too small. luckily it is possible to try again..

Will have to figure out if painint the backisde of the buttons white will work. Then it might be possible to have them backlit.

@Tom... the LCD is running on VGA so I expect it to be plug and play with viewport using a cheap video card just for the CDU
Hi! Tell me the process of making buttons. I don't
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So that is a real F-16 panel and not a Thrustmaster one?
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:53 PM   #164
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Hansangb and Mac you are both too kind. I am just utilizing DCS-BIOS and what Tekkx discovered.

Andreilo, this may be one of the best pictures I got https://forums.eagle.ru/album.php?al...pictureid=5556

The button was cut in in two steps. First the inner square was cut to 4mm in depth i.e. not all the way through. I then painted the top and after paint dried the text was engraved. Then finally the outer square was cut to full depth 6mm.

It may not be the most efficient way of making them. I suggest you check out Warhog’s thread. He has done some really beautiful buttons; https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=138740

Mr. Burns, yes its for a F-16 and the click sound is awesome
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Pit Porn Nice!!!
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Have to agree - nice work Hans

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Hansangb and Mac you are both too kind. I am just utilizing DCS-BIOS and what Tekkx discovered.

Andreilo, this may be one of the best pictures I got https://forums.eagle.ru/album.php?al...pictureid=5556

The button was cut in in two steps. First the inner square was cut to 4mm in depth i.e. not all the way through. I then painted the top and after paint dried the text was engraved. Then finally the outer square was cut to full depth 6mm.

It may not be the most efficient way of making them. I suggest you check out Warhog’s thread. He has done some really beautiful buttons; https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=138740

Mr. Burns, yes its for a F-16 and the click sound is awesome
Thank you very much! These links helped me a lot. Now I know how to make them yourself.
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Wow Hans. I must have missed this post. Top work my friend!
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Deadman, Peter and Calum thanks a lot for the kind words. Means a lot comming from you fine gentlemen. Much appreciated.

A little more pit stuff got done today. Got the ILS panel up and running. Acquired the panel a while back by coinsident. As DCS-BIOS is already prepared for it the programming part was piece of cake but my soldering skills played tricks with me this time. Eventually I got it running



Quite satisfied with the result.

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Code:
/*
  The following #define tells DCS-BIOS that this is a RS-485 slave device.
  It also sets the address of this slave device. The slave address should be
  between 1 and 126 and must be unique among all devices on the same bus.
*/
#define DCSBIOS_RS485_SLAVE 17

/*
  The Arduino pin that is connected to the
  /RE and DE pins on the RS-485 transceiver.
*/
#define TXENABLE_PIN 2

#include "DcsBios.h"

/* paste code snippets from the reference documentation here */
//ILS Frequency KHz
const byte ilsKhzPins[10] = {3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12};
DcsBios::SwitchMultiPos ilsKhz("ILS_KHZ", ilsKhzPins, 10);

//ILS Frequency MHz
const byte ilsMhzPins[4] = {A2, A3, A4, A5};
DcsBios::SwitchMultiPos ilsMhz("ILS_MHZ", ilsMhzPins, 4);

//ILS Power
const byte ilsPwrPins[2] = {A1, A0};
DcsBios::SwitchMultiPos ilsPwr("ILS_PWR", ilsPwrPins, 2);

//ILS Volume
DcsBios::Potentiometer ilsVol("ILS_VOL", A7);

//Master Caution light
DcsBios::LED masterCaution(0x1012, 0x0800, 13);

void setup() {
  DcsBios::setup();
}

void loop() {
  DcsBios::loop();
}
Panel and Arduino


This is a photo of the backlighting


I haven't connected the backlighting yet. Tried to map out the backlighting and several of the panels have, in DCSW at least, two light sources. For the ILS the channel window is controlled by ENG INST potentiometer and panel backlighting by CONSOLE potentiometer. Thats for later :-)

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Old 09-17-2017, 01:37 AM   #170
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Excellent work Hans.

That ILS is just fantastic. I love the clicks it makes as you change channels and the backlighting is perfect. There is something to be said about using original equipment as opposed to scratch building everything.

You're going to have a really nice pit when all is said and done.
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