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A welcome from John ...

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Hi my Name is John, I am really interested in your projects particularly the Arduino projects as I am using with Model Railways and a number of other projects, My other passion is Electronics, 3D printing, CNC routing and Cad Cam design work for the 2 latter hobbies... I am of what you would call the older generation i.e of pension age but have lots of things to keep my happy

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Hi John

Awesome to have a model railway enthusiast onboard, welcome to the forum!

Back in the '90s, when my son was young, we built an HO-gauge model railway (some old Triang stuff that I had as a kid in the '60s) in the basement on two 4x8 sheets of wood. Modeled a lake and a tunnel and a few streets with crossings, and of course a couple of stations and a bridge. 

Stank the basement up for a week making the lake, I used dozens of layers of that clear coat stuff they use on tables!

Back then there was no Arduino so I built a controller using a 6502, the same chip that the Apple II used. I put magnets at the bottom of the train cars and used hall-effect sensors (salvaged from an old keyboard) to pick up the train position.

I'd love to automate a train set with modern microcontrollers, you could do so much more these days than I did back then. And no programming in machine code also!

I'm just behind you John, turning 60 at the end of the year.  And I hope to be experimenting with this stuff for the next 40 years. Just think what power the Raspberry Pi model 75 will have!

Again, welcome to the forum, hope to see you here often.



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Hi John,

Model Railways have always been a fascination for me but has never turned into a hobby.

I live in Hamburg, and as you may know, we have the biggest model railway in the world.

I have been there a many times during its development and a few times, have taken the backstage tour to see how it all works.

If you have never heard of it, a peek at this website may interest you.



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Hi all

I started off in electronics but have been doing computer/systems support for the past 30 years. I am loooking at making a Rover with RTK GPS and other sensors. I am building it from the ground up. I could use a lot of help around this. I am hoping that Bill's rover will provide a lot of the info I require.

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I've been playing around with microcontrollers off and on for a few years but seemed I wasn't getting anywhere , until I found the Dronebotworkshop on youtube . I found it easy to follow along with Bill and reproduce his projects in my workshop .I'm looking to forward to meeting likeminded people in this forum .   

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Welcome to the forum.

You'll find lots of helpful people and interesting topics here.

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

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Hi ,

Welcome aboard (no pun intended,  ha,  ha).

I,  like you, am new to the forum and already finding it very rewarding.



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@john40131, Welcome to the forum John... your in good company as there are quite a few "oldsters" here

You'll find many with various skills and experiences, that are willing and able to help you, and learn from you.

Good luck on you projects, have fun and be safe!