AS3935 Lightning Detector Breakout – Coming Soon!

Even before actual silicon was for sale, Michael and I have been wanting to try the AS3935 “Franklin Lightning Sensor™” from ams AG (formerly austriamicrosystems AG).  It comes in a very inconvenient MLPQ-16 package, and requires an on-board antenna, so it was a natural for a breakout board.  It’s been on the back burner for a few months, but I completed the PCB layout on Saturday and it went onto a panel this morning.  For those of you who, like us, can’t wait to experiment with this intriguingly unique part, we should have boards for sale within two weeks.  Price to be announced soon.

Here’s the board image (click to see the whole board):

Installing MRServo Switch Machines

A couple weeks back, I removed the old staging yard from my layout in the process of tearing out the old to make room for my new layout.   I didn’t need it for the new layout, so we decided to repurpose it for writing an article on complex turnout control using MRBus.  It was built ten years ago, long before MRServo was even a thought in my mind, and was consequently powered with a competitor’s large green switch machines.  I’ve gone entirely to MRServos now for the new layout, and we’re obviously going to try to show them off as part of any article we’re working on.

As we were installing them, it occurred to me that it might be nice to show folks how to reliably install MRServo, step by step.  The instruction sheet covers this all, but sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy and goes quickly.

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