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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:51 am 
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Wow, almost BIG enough! :lol: That would be nice



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:06 am 
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I am considering using 7-segment red LEDs to simulate the analog gauges on the overhead, but I hate it when digital displays jitter when the values change too often.

I found these 1.5" colour graphic LCDs on eBay. What do you think? Personally I prefer white gauges, I find it easier to read the text. And since this would be a LCD, backlighting is not an issue.

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The math behind rotating that needle would be a challenge though.



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:06 pm 
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Just a heads up on sourcing from China. There are times when they are better than eBay for small batches, rarely, but it happens.

16x2 character LCD:

China:
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1-9 pcs US$3.29; 500-999 pcs US$2.83; 1000-1999 pcs US$2.74; 2000-3999 pcs US$2.65.
This particular supplier accepts Paypal, no need for T/T (costs about $30 for small amounts).

eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hantronix-LCD-D ... 3f0cac39fa
US $19.95 + $2.00 shipping

Now even if you factor in shipping, brokerage fees and import taxes, China is going to cost a LOT less than eBay for 10 LCDs. Shoot, I could order 50 and turn around and sell some on eBay.

I start here for all parts from Asia:
http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?Sea ... t_en&fsb=y


EDIT: One thing about supplying by eBay, you are never guaranteed a steady and reliable source. You are guaranteed top quality from China as well as a wide variety of models.

Scroll down a bit and check all the LCD types and backlight colours available, and some are not even listed (like 8x1 yellow/green):
http://www.lcd-china.com/product.asp?bc ... E&txtid=82



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 3:55 am 
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Ouch

$1599 USD Plus Shipping!

(Darn mega sized pic)

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http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/content ... HROTTLETEK



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 4:05 am 
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There is one more to concider ..... It's a little less costly, not by much though

http://www.jetmax.ca/components/jetmax-737tq/



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:49 pm 
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Tadaa!

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Finally got around to interfacing FS-X, Level-D 767, FSUIPC and Lekseecon; clicking one shows up on the other.

I just have to shove in USB code to 2 buttons for preliminary test.



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:42 am 
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"I just have to shove in USB code to 2 buttons for preliminary test."

Hmmmmm. It's not French, but it's not English either. WTH!? :(



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:40 pm 
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INOPerative, INOPerable? :?



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:57 pm 
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Got some more work done on section 1 of the overhead:

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Have to put logic behind the keypad and finalize the IRS display at top.

At least now I know how to get to the information and change values using VB 6.



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:50 pm 
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mhooner wrote:
INOPerative, INOPerable? :?


Here's the definition from the manual:

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Yaw Damper Inoperative (INOP) Light
When the amber INOP illuminated the yaw damper is off or inoperative.



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 Post subject: Re: Home Cockpit, switches and buttons
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:17 am 
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Slowly moving forward in R&D. Hit a snag when I moved my application onto a network PC. I hope to get it going soon (have a post up on a Lekseecon support forum). Being able to have this run on a gaming PC or a network PC would be the ideal design.


In the meantime, I still keep an eye out for what is on the market. A 6-pack annunciator goes for $65 CAD:

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And here I am worrying about perfection, pfft. There's several of the details I am worrying about apparent on that product: light bleeding around edge, the text sheet is not cut straight. And that little thingy goes for 52 euros?

Holy cow, it's just a $3 micro-controller, tiny printed circuit, 6 Leds and a USB cable. The whole thing barely costs $5. Wow!

It's nice to see this, at least I know I'm in the right direction by targetting a low-cost all-inclusive solution. :)



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And here I gave up electronic engineering for goldsmithing.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:35 pm 
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I'm glad I have a ground crew, I'd be lost and insane if it weren't for a good ground crew. Believe me at the end of a day and if majority of flights where medical/SAR those darn instruments are the last thing I want to see at home. Just give a bottle of rum and a Cuban cigar and fire up FSX and relax :D



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:03 pm 
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Being a programmer by trade, I want to get rid of that damned mouse!

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mhooner wrote:
And here I gave up electronic engineering for goldsmithing.
Owa tana Siam. :roll: :mrgreen:



I had to google that. D'oh!


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