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About VinceMartyn

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  • Birthday 12/12/62

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  1. My dalek is radio controlled but I have an Arduino in between the radio receiver and the Sabretooth. It's main job is to extend the 6 channel radio into a 10 channel, as well as giving full failsafe detection and handling the brake solenoids. I am using the RS232 mode (my Sabertooth is the 25A model) and I was communicating too fast to begin with. I had a few issues with jittering until I slowed down the baud rate, so be aware that this might happen if you use that mode. Vince.
  2. I have been asked to invite daleks to the Robots Live event at the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre on 29th and 30th July. If anyone needs to stop over, the museum allows us to stay on-site overnight. This is your chance to see the Robots Live attraction and play night at the museum in one go. Get in touch for more info. See http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/robotslive Vince.
  3. For future reference the MartMod Mk5 has an option jumper that controls the 5v power feed to the microphone, the UK units are supplied with this configurable, I am going to produce a guide for this as an update to the instructions. It allows you to choose if and how the power is supplied to the microphone. Vince.
  4. Hi Ian, I am your contact in the UK for a Martmod (recently described as the Rolls Royce of voice modulators by isamu). Compared to other modulators, the Martmod gives you feedback reduction, gun sound and gun pump/lighting control and an option to have a press to talk switch. I do not know of another modulator that does all this. See martmod.co.uk or join the Martmod group on facebook, or ask questions here. Vince.
  5. Thank you. I set out to design a modulator that used modern components, that would handle all the features an operator controlled dalek would need and to make it easier to build so that the price could be lower. It was getting harder to buy the older components of the MK3 so I stopped whilst I had enough stock to support the existing customers, also it became obvious that feedback protection is a necessity now days. That is why I had no issue making the MK3 design available to the community and this started the PDF MK5 mod. So with the help of Glenn and Mark we got the Mk5 design to a point where I was happy to start buying stock, but it took Glenn's friend Stu to get us further down the road. His software is in the first of the MK5's. Then we had an offer from Mike (who you all know) to write the software that we still use. So I have to share this message of thanks with Glenn, Mark, Stu and Mike who made this happen. Vince. PS MartMods have their own group on Facebook now.
  6. Hi Don, I think it's me your looking for. (Did I just quote a song?) See www.martmod.co.uk, you will find the full product manual and I am available if you have any questions. Vince.
  7. The 700mA will be the maximum that the transformer can provide. The current that actually gets used will depend on the demands of the item that is being powered. Vince.
  8. Thanks Stuart, we have had a good response to this on Facebook, it's going to be the best one yet. Vince
  9. Something like this will convert your 12v supply to 5v without wasting the energy as heat... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-4-5-40V-To-5V-2A-USB-Charger-DC-DC-Step-down-Buck-Converter-Voltmeter-UK-FAST-/401264810148?hash=item5d6d3f18a4:g:zJ4AAOSwZQRYh7ja
  10. It sounds like you need another 5v source to run the receiver. I think the 5v output of the Sabretooth is fairly light duty. Vince.
  11. From what you are describing it sounds like one speed controller is back feeding 5v to the receiver and the other isn't. Vince.
  12. Just back from a very busy weekend, I am sorting Dr B out. Vince.
  13. Ooh that's an interesting specification. I might have to take a better look. I have reverse engineered a speed controller rated at 120A but ran out of time to make use of the circuit. A published one is a better starting position. Vince.
  14. On 12th and 13th August we will again be at FairyTale Farm (Chipping Norton) raising funds for a good cause (usually a children's charity). In 2016 we had 4 daleks, can we do better? All sci-fi characters are welcome and even though FairyTale Farm is a small family venture they are providing food and space for attendees to camp as needed. I have been assured we will have a TARDIS this year. Can you help?
  15. 3rd-4th June 2017

    I am scheduled to be on-call for work *again*. Let me see what I can do. Vince.
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