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About =VG= SemlerPDX

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    Portland, OR
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  1. A tiny little Arduino project wot I did late last night... Road America lap timer & avg. speed calculator
    (charging circuits for the wireless TrackClip should arrive Wednesday)


  2. DIY Wireless TrackClip Pro
    Haven't had time to spend on this project for awhile....  Been trying to find batteries that will power these 3 LED's, and previous tests required at least 4x 1.5V AAA Batteries which is way too large for a battery pack that will sit velcro'd to my headphones.

    I just found some rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries with 3.7 Volts each in a "AAA" form-factor.  These things are great!  I tried running a single battery, but the LED's didn't illuminate in any noticeable way so I had to wire a second battery in serial, and they light up just fine.  They are 350mAh each, which is less than half the capacity of a standard rechargeable Li-ion AAA battery, but the trade-off for a higher voltage in such a small size is exactly what I need for this project.

    I left this thing plugged in overnight and it was off in the morning, I guess I'll time it to see how long it lasts.  Next step will be to rig a recharging circuit with a micro-A USB female plug-in for easy re-charging, and then cram it all in a small black box with a velcro strap to easily attach to my headset.  To start, I'm not going to cut the TrackClip Pro wire, and I'll leave the female USB connector shown below on the battery pack.  I may shorten the TrackClip wire near the end of this project, at least to remove the heavy USB pass-through dongle hanging off it.

    We'll see where this goes, I've never done anything like this before so it's a small challenge.


    1. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      Next parts are on order now --  if I ramp up the voltage from one single 3.7V battery, I can achieve 5V @ 1A for the 3 LED's on the TrackClip, and should retain a duration of more than 4 hours (overly hopeful estimate).  I'll need to do some testing, if I have to, I'll use the second 3.7V battery like in the image above just for longer time between charges.  Conversely, the new parts I ordered come in a 3 pack, so I could use one battery, and make up 3 separate powerpacks, and could have pre-charged ones sitting in reserve in the event one cuts out during use.  This would allow me to retain the very tiny form-factor which is one of my goals.

      I suppose I should note those goals moving forward:

      1. Tiny form-factor, less than 5cm long, less than 2.5cm wide & tall
      2. Can power TrackClip for between 4-8 hours continuously
      3. Tiny on-off slider switch
      4. Rechargeable via micro-A USB female plugin
      5. Output to TrackClip via USB (type A) female outlet plug (as in picture above)
      6. Encased in semi-rigid form like shrink wrap, adapted plastic case, or custom 3D printed plastic case
      7. Velcro strap to easily mount on headphones
      8. Total cost for one single powerpack unit less than $10 USD

      These will arrive in about a week for $8 USD includes 3x charging boards with protection, 3x voltage step up circuits (variable with potentiometer 2-24V in to 5-28V out) and 5x 3.7V 18650 Battery holders (though I'll still be using the much smaller AAA style 3.7V batteries and holders shown above):


    2. WCCBadploy


      Well done and Congratulations!!

  3. Sorry I haven't been around (Good bye).

    Best wishes and good luck to you!
  4. Hello guys!

  5. AHH!! I keep throwing money at my screen but nothing's happening!!



    1. =VG= Kavelenko
    2. =VG= kiwirambob
    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      ooh... this is awkward... sorry, I do not believe Justin Roiland or his humor would be popular "in the land down under".... not mainstream, anyway.  He's famous for his show Rick & Morty here in the US.  I forget how diverse this crowd is sometimes ;)


  6. Crab People are REAL!

    1. WCCBadploy


      Genetically modified sea food.... I worry about you Yanks... Sure there is no micro plastic in that item? LOL!!



      Yer thats wild meat : ) i know, 100 year old teeth on the claw, owwww hahah..... they sneak up on you, underwater if you have been eating them.  

      Im sooo hungry now, and i have a hard on as well ,, blush ...


    3. =VG= kiwirambob

      =VG= kiwirambob

      OMG .. the craw


  7. Discord keeps kicking me?

    Once again, I have reviewed all Server Settings and permissions, and there is no VG specific setting or Bot that is kicking you out. We have no AFK monitor, and no system in place to do anything to people who have gone AFK. I have gone ahead and googled your problem and found many users who have experienced your exact issue, of course, not on the VG Discord. This issue seems to be part of the Discord code itself, in one such post I saw that the user reported it gone after a Discord update. Basically, we have no control over this, Discord does not operate like our TeamSpeak where we have direct control over everything from a program that is actually installed on our server. Best wishes and good luck to you!
  8. See you later!

    Keep your feet wet and your powder dry! Don't be a stranger
  9. Ban Appeal!

    Hey, no worries, guys -- it's a video game and it's not perfect; glitches happen. Seems you were somehow able to rejoin, but you are indeed banned for now, and it has not been lifted yet (for the record). Please do not attempt to rejoin the server until someone from this forum thread has informed you that you're unbanned. Rejoining our server and playing while banned (by taking advantage of some glitch in the code) will not look good on your record as we investigate your Unban Request. Please be patient and respect our PR Admin's wishes. Thank you! This is the stage we are at now:
  10. Peanut Gallery!

  11. Teamkill Ban Appeal (CicadaPeepee IG)

    I'm just gonna say this once and hope that both players and our PR Admins learn something -- sometimes we ban someone when necessary to cease behavior knowing that it will open up a dialog in the forums during an Unban Request thread, as we are doing here. Not saying that is what happened in this case, but we're here now, so why waste an opportunity... The constructive criticism being raised here is not intended to hurt your feelings but to get a word in edgewise to tell you how to move forward if you continue to play on our server(s). Regardless of the matter of your ban, assuming your are unbanned after all of this, you must understand the following things or you'll find yourself right back here before too long: This is not a training server - while it's okay to play while you learn as Infantry, this is not okay in vehicles and we expect you to learn how to operate those proficiently offline or elsewhere. Your use of the in-game chat system is bordering on spam because you average at least 3 messages every minute, and it's easier to count the minutes you didn't chat up than those you did while you were online. While we encourage communication, we also encourage brevity. Doesn't matter if it's Squad Chat or All Chat - you need to dial it way back. Our Admin Team will expect you to learn and adhere to the rules of our server, and while some information may be offered, the burden is upon you to educate yourself in our rules and SOP's, and you're expected to avoid any discussion or arguments about rules/SOP's with Admins during gameplay.
  12. GOG has a decent sale going on right now; picked up a pair of classics for less than a fiver -- Sid Meier's Pirates (the 2004 remake) and Railroad Tycoon 3
    Always nice to put a few more cheap titles in the rainy-day games bin :dirol:

  13. wrong ACDATA files

    First, you list 4.33.4 U5 -- if there is a typo, that is okay, but U5 is: 4.33.5 Build 16084 Let's be sure we are on the same page with the updates, so launch BMS and check the lower right corner of the main menu - be sure it looks like this: One easy thing you can do is to copy and move your modded Acdata folder to the side, and use a clean un-modified version for use on Public Servers such as ours. When you want to play offline or elsewhere using mods or custom items, you can move the modded Acdata folder back into position. Be sure BMS is not running when you move these folders around. The path to this folder is: (your programs folder)\Falcon BMS 4.33 U1\Data\Sim Here's a copy of a default un-modified Acdata folder for 4.33.5 (U5) from my own installation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m7v7oxvid329ped/Acdata.zip?dl=0 I keep that folder at that link until the next update, and usually do it for every update - if you ever get mixed up and need a fresh unmodified Acdata folder, just refer to that link. I might get it into the Downloads section here for easy reference, because basically it's the go-to fix for the error you posted.
  14. AFK?

    Take care and fly safe! See you when you get time!
  15. BMS CTD

    Not sure off the top of my head, cannot remember the last time I had to deal with a crash log. You may find more selective help on THIS issue on the BMS forums, as the devs themselves (as well as several long time members) have far more collective knowledge between them. We could try all day here, but I'd feel you'd not be getting the expert help you deserve cuz we're just taking shots in the dark. Chances are, over at the BMS sim's actual forums, someone has helped someone else out in the last 18 years who had your exact set of issues and PC hardware.