I need someone to explain this to me.

Lego modded antenna tuner

legomoddedtunner

This antenna tuner is controlled remotely using geared motors and legos. The tuner needed to be closer to the antenna for performance reasons. This created a problem; most of the radio gear is inside while the tuner is outside. The gear motors and Legos combine to form a closed loop servo, operating two air core caps and an inductor switch. A control box placed near the radio is hard wired to the modded tuner outside. We would like to see something like this under gesture control using the Wii MotionPlus + Arduino.

Comments

  1. cirictech says:

    really cool. i’ll be simple but pure genius.

  2. macegr says:

    having a hard time agreeing that this project would be improved at all by using wii gesture control.

  3. dirk says:

    “having a hard time agreeing that this project would be improved at all by using wii gesture control.”

    quoted for justice.

  4. cynic says:

    “having a hard time agreeing that this project would be improved at all by using wii gesture control.”

    quoted for truth.

  5. Steve Watkins says:

    you guys don’t see the humor in twisting the wii mote around ehh… i would lmao watching someone fine tune this thing with a wii mote :)

  6. cynic says:

    Well if you put it like that, it would be pretty funny seeing someone twisting and turning a wiimote trying to tune a radio in the next room. Probably a job for the motion plus attachment

  7. pokey says:

    I’m not sure Dan would appreciate having his transmitter finals go up in smoke because his dog decided to run off with the Wiimote and screwed up the matching.

  8. Rolf says:

    “legos”

    No. “Lego”

  9. TheKhakinator says:

    Goddamn it.
    Hackaday gets better: Produces cool shit like the Bus Pirate
    Hackaday gets worse: Contributors that think Wiimotes should be involved in finetuning antennas BECAUSE THEY ARE CLEARLY WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR USE IN ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES A HIGH DEGREE OF PRECISION

  10. Alex says:

    Hackaday gets worse:
    People lose their sense of humor, and start hating on everything in range when a tongue-in-cheek reference to all those “let’s motion-control this shit” projects comes along.

  11. Richard says:

    hackaday makes me grin:
    as a lego-loving radio amateur who’d like to get their atu closer to the action, i have a use for this…

  12. strider_mt2k says:

    hey hey now.

    you all suck equally :p

    happy 4th.

  13. bort says:

    “legos”

    No. “Lego”

    qft

  14. static says:

    I’m surprised Dan didn’t use electric screw drivers. A wholenew take one “screw driver” antennas. :)

  15. N3OX says:

    I did eventually build an Arduino into my antenna system:

    http://n3ox.net/projects/stepperswitch/

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