I’m a huge fan of the platform. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the projects I think are just too simple and can be done on a PIC for a lot less cash. That being said, there are some REALLY neat Arduino projects out there and I’ll be Highlighting more ham related projects here in the future.
Just in case you’re really not sure, here’s a snip from the Wikipedia entry on Arduino:
Arduino is a popular open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring platform, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open hardware design for the Arduino board with an Atmel AVR processor and on-board input/output support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.
Arduino hardware is programmed using a Wiring-based language (syntax and libraries), similar to C++ with some slight simplifications and modifications, and a Processing-based integrated development environment.
The whole entry can be read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino
The Geek Group is a hacker/makerspace in Michigan that does a lot of really neat things (and they have one hell of a machine shop as well!). In this video, they give a good basic introduction to what Arduino is, what sets it apart from a PIC and how you can get started programming and tinkering with Arduino.
If you know of any great ham radio related Arduino projects, post them in the comments and share! I may add them in a future post.
Here’s “The Geek Group” video: