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Wireless controller 2 months 1 week ago #2955

Just a quick update on the wireless controller. I've assembled one working pad controller and have been running it through some testing. Although the electronics are completely different, ninety percent of the control code was still useable. All of the logic works as before but I plan to tweak a few things to make it more user-friendly. One problem with the original design was a tendency to overheat. I changed the drivers to ones that don't put out as much heat on the new unit. I also put the drivers on two separate daughterboards so they are easy to replace (or update if needed.) I also added a small, low-speed, fan that can be turned on and off by the processor to avoid this. Today I turned the unit on and placed it on my asphalt driveway in full sun, after two hours the temperature only rose about four degrees above the ambient temperature. It never got hot enough to turn the fan on. Certainly, we will have days where the temperature will be such that the fan will be activated but it looks like that problem has been addressed.

The next step is to create a new panel that allows a proper antenna to be mounted and build enough pad controllers to run our range.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Jim Stum, Allan Howard

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