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#141767 - 10/03/2004 16:34 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
foxtrot_xray
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Registered: 03/03/2002
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
Okay guys. Sorry for the delay..
Here's what I gots..

It WAS due to reverse voltage. I'm not happy about it, and TEMPTED to take OUT the Power Plug altogether and make it so the board HAS to run on Empeg Power...(Ideas? Thoughts? I do NOT wanna see a news report on CNN or BBC because someone burnt down an apartment complex because they didn't read my warning.)

Assembly instructions have been finalized. A copy will be provided with each kit order, and is downloadable (URL coming soon.)

I will resume sending kits out. Once all outstanding orders are sent, I'll resume sending e-mails. Etc, etc.

A consideration, in the future, is to offer a second revision of the board. However, right now, I don't have the money. There's a few other things I'd like to change, for cost-saving and features, sich as:
1. Adding a diode, so if someone DOES plug in a rever-power adapter, it doesn't burn down the house.
2. Changing the DPDT switch to jumpers. This way, someone could use a little header and 'intercept' signals to/from the VFD.
3. Trying to get it on a slightly smaller PCB.

Me.
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#141768 - 10/03/2004 16:49 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
pgrzelak
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Registered: 15/08/2000
Posts: 4859
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Can you just leave the power connector out of the kit / not install it on the ones you are building? The pads will exist on the board, but you could always put a sticker over them with a warning / use at your own risk...
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#141769 - 10/03/2004 23:46 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: pgrzelak]
Daria
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Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3923
Loc: Somerville, MA
I'd rather see a barrel plug inverter you could plug into one, but I haven't found one yet.

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#141770 - 11/03/2004 21:24 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: Daria]
foxtrot_xray
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
Both good ideas. I seriously doubt that a barrel-converter exists, unfortunately. :/
I do have part numbers from Radio Hack for a power brick and a plug that works with the board.. (It's in my instructions.. somewhere..)

pgrzelak's idea is good, I may go for that for now, anyone that wants it will have to specifically request it.

Me.
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#141771 - 07/04/2004 17:36 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
pgrzelak
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Loc: New Jersey, USA
*bump*

How are things working out with the boards?
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#141772 - 07/04/2004 17:41 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: pgrzelak]
foxtrot_xray
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Rather well. Finishing up some orders that were placed, next patch of e-mails go out next week... All the ones that *I'M* assembling now will NOT have the external power plug, but will come with it if they want to put it in.
Kits will come with the part, it's up to the user if s/he wants to put it in..

Me, who's been rather idle on the boards lately..
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#141773 - 09/04/2004 05:28 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: brendanhoar]
frog51
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Registered: 09/08/2000
Posts: 2089
Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland
They did a TV version? Was it anything like the books? If so, I have to get it - I like his stuff. Wonder if it made it this side of the water.

Although conceptually, I prefer the Dayworld series.
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#141774 - 15/04/2004 15:36 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: rtundo]
Jerz
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Registered: 13/07/2002
Posts: 633
Loc: Jesusland
I'm the one with the 7000, anxiously waiting . If anyone wants ordering info I ordered it thru Digikey and would be glad to provide more info on the display or hooking it up etc.


Yes, more info would be awesome. I'm not sure whether to get the 7000, 3900 or 610. Are there any advantages or disadvantages of one versus the other? Any pics of your install?

Thanks

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#141775 - 15/04/2004 17:56 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: Jerz]
rtundo
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Registered: 27/02/2001
Posts: 569
Loc: Albany, NY
Oh boy, it's been awhile. I'll dig out the specs. In the meantime, the 7000 and 3900 use rs-232 connections, the 7000 is about 2 inches tall and 4 inches wide while the 3900 is about DIN size. Also, the 7000 is much faster but the 3900 can have multiple screens if set up. That's off the top of my head. I've deinstalled the 7000 and switched to a din size Kenwood touch screen which I'll use with Jules new program so I don't have photos. Right now there is no program available to interface the Empeg but V99 was working on one which he was planning on releasing when all 3 screens were ready to go.

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#141776 - 15/04/2004 19:59 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: rtundo]
Jerz
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Loc: Jesusland
In the meantime, the 7000 and 3900 use rs-232 connections, the 7000 is about 2 inches tall and 4 inches wide while the 3900 is about DIN size.

I suppose the 610 will have to do for me; those seem a tad too large for my application. No need to dig out your specs, thanks for the quick response. I'll wait to see what becomes of the 610.

The touch screen sounds nice


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#141777 - 16/04/2004 03:18 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: Jerz]
rtundo
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Registered: 27/02/2001
Posts: 569
Loc: Albany, NY
Though the touch screen is proprietary, it was easy to install and looked good in my Saab's dash. The 7000 will get transplanted in my friend's G35 (looks like it will fit where his ashtray is).

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#141778 - 17/04/2004 15:03 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
foxtrot_xray
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Registered: 03/03/2002
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
Hey guys.
Sorry for the delay, work shipped me out to Pheonix. Anyways, Monday will see more boards go out, and more e-mails go out, fishing for orders.

Me.
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#141779 - 17/04/2004 16:54 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
gbeer
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Registered: 17/12/2000
Posts: 2654
Loc: Manteca, California
Since you are fishing, I'll do a little back.

Would you trade a complete display, kit or assembled, for an absolutly mint, never had an Empeg in it, black carry bag.


Edit: If foxtrot_Xray is willing a 3way deal would work for me.


Attachments
212355-bag.JPG (511 downloads)



Edited by gbeer (17/04/2004 17:10)
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#141780 - 18/04/2004 02:48 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
V99
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Registered: 12/01/2002
Posts: 192
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Dude, you were in Phoenix and didn't come see my VFD, or collect your well done display board?

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#141781 - 21/04/2004 07:33 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: gbeer]
foxtrot_xray
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
ROFL.
That MAY be worth it, since I bought mine on the fire sale, and was never able to get one.

Me.
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#141782 - 21/04/2004 07:35 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: V99]
foxtrot_xray
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
I would have, and actually thought about it, save that I had *NO* time there, and my work completely messed up my trip. (My return flight went over the midnight mark, which confused the folks to rented my car and my hotel room, so I had to cram everything in one less day than I was expecting.)
Not to worry, I may be out there again.

Me.
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#141783 - 21/04/2004 20:05 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
gbeer
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Registered: 17/12/2000
Posts: 2654
Loc: Manteca, California
you are receptive to the idea. I'd never have offered it up for just plain cash. Well... maybe for Donald Trumph Lotto kind of money.

I do want a display, even if you decline the swap. A kit works for me.

Glenn
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#141784 - 24/04/2004 10:35 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
foxtrot_xray
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
Aargh.
Does anyone know of any legal loophole that allows me to destroy my office building, while maintaining my current income, and not getting arrested for it?

I'm getting shipped out to Vietnam in a week, May 2nd. I got a few UK orders out, and Hugo's (new) test board will go (back) out Monday. After that, I have to pause for a while so I can look about as out of place as anchovies on a pizza. (That's REALLY out of place, for those who LIKE that kinda thing.)

I'll be back on May 19th, and will resume then. If I didn't catch the Avian Flu thing.
(Hey! Any Empeggers here in Vietnam? Nope. Didn't think so. Darn.)

Thanks!
Me.
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#141785 - 24/04/2004 11:19 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
I advise you to watch Office Space. Difficulty: getting a cow-orker to embezzle and then feel guilty about it.
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#141786 - 31/05/2004 20:45 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
foxtrot_xray
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Registered: 03/03/2002
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
Hey ya'll. I'm back.

This week (after today..) I'm going to finish all the preorders. If you responded to my inquiry e-mail, you'll be sent how to pay. If your order was shipped incomplete, you'll get the rest of it; if you haven't been contacted yet, you will.

Mike.
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#141787 - 10/08/2004 21:10 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
pgrzelak
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Registered: 15/08/2000
Posts: 4859
Loc: New Jersey, USA
*bump*

Any news on these?
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#141788 - 11/08/2004 02:47 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: pgrzelak]
gbeer
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Registered: 17/12/2000
Posts: 2654
Loc: Manteca, California
Dang it Paul, I just about had a heart attack, seeing activity on this thread!
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#141789 - 01/09/2004 00:43 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: gbeer]
JayF
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Registered: 22/07/2004
Posts: 63

I want to order. Can I still get in?

Anyone have pics?

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#141790 - 01/09/2004 08:19 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: JayF]
pgrzelak
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Registered: 15/08/2000
Posts: 4859
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Actually, this thread / project has been dormant for a while. Has anyone heard anything recently?
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#141791 - 22/11/2004 12:06 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: pgrzelak]
Jerz
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*bump*

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#141792 - 12/12/2004 16:49 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: Jerz]
foxtrot_xray
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia
HEY GUYS!

[censored] (will that get censored?) I'm sorry. I didn't mean to pull a DarkStorm(*). Lost two jobs, got two new ones, and moved.

I did NOT die (in case anyone was actually *WORRIED* about that!) and I DID get the e-mails that were sent to me. Here's the status:

1. I have one board/ribbon set to get to UK that I've owned the poor guy for a year now. He'll be getting a refund as well, because the service on his order has been positively horrendous.
2. I need to get Hugo(**) a board so he can write software!
3. I need to resume taking orders!

I haven't been on here (or anywhere online) for a loooong while, and noticed that the number of forums tripled, and we have support for.. a whole slew of Rio stuff now.

I will get required e-mails out shortly, and will resume orders right after the holiday. Almost *EVERY* thread under the Empeg section is new to me now - anyone wanna send me an e-mail with the important things that happened? (New Facias? New software?)

Anyways, I see some familiar faces already, makes me feel better.

Cheers!!
Me.

Notes:
* - Don't mean to poke fun at THAT, nor bring up old worms. But my Roomie stated a while back, "Oh, so you did what that guy that has your lenses did. Niiice.." I hastened to point out that I only had one order paid for but not completed.
** - I've been gone fo so long, I need to make sure Hugo's still alive, and still interested in doing me this favor.
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#141793 - 12/12/2004 18:40 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
FireFox31
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Registered: 19/09/2002
Posts: 2491
Loc: East Coast, USA
Good to hear that you're back. This is the first time I've checked this thread and after reading the last 5 pages, it seems like a cool project.

<lazy>However, I did not read all 27 pages of this nearly 2-year-long thread, so I don't really know the details of the product being offered. Is there a website with info, pics, instructions; or maybe one or two posts in this thread which define the current product offering?</lazy>

Remote VFD will become inevitable in the future when new sytlish proprietary car dashboards prevent us from installing our empegs in their proper place. Thanks for creating this.
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#141794 - 12/12/2004 19:42 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: FireFox31]
foxtrot_xray
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No, there isn't. But I'll get one up before the holidays (read: before I start taking 'real' orders.) That is, of course, assuming I haven't lost everyone's interest after two years!

(Wow. Does not feel like I've HAD an empeg for over two years, much less start this little project..)

Me.
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#141795 - 13/12/2004 16:08 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: foxtrot_xray]
mtempsch
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Registered: 02/06/2000
Posts: 1992
Loc: Gothenburg, Sweden
For sure haven't lost my interest!

I think I emailed you ages ago, but I'm currently unable to monitor that email address
(was probably tempsch A T telia dot com) due to being "locked up" in stroke rehab :/ (see the "status of mtempsch" thread in Off Topic...) so if you stumble upon a mail fro that address, I can instead be reached on tempsch A T gmail dot com
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#141796 - 23/12/2004 03:30 Re: Project: External VFD Display [Re: mtempsch]
gbeer
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Posts: 2654
Loc: Manteca, California
Quote:
For sure haven't lost my interest!


Ditto! Glad to hear you are back on your feet.
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