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Hi All,

New here, hoping somebody out there can help me witha very small request.

I discovered the RC-CAM project "Nav-Lights" which is just perfect for my one-off modelling application. It uses the Microchip PIC12C508A Microcontroller and some code from the website....

...the PIC12C508 is obtainable locally at a mere £0.86, but I have no way of actually burning the chip unless I invest in the necessary kit, of which I can only find starter kits for the PIC12F series of chips (Microchip have advised that they are not suitable for the older PIC12C chips. This is a one off project, so investing in a programming is not finacially viable for me as I'll probably never use it again.

Is there anybody out there who is able to burn a chip (or 2) for me so I can complete my project - of course I am willing to pay for the chips, the postage to the UK and of course your time in burning the chip , pacakging it and mailing it to the UK

I can email a Paypal Payment

If anybody can help me obtain the programmed chip, please let me know (sparkyman-AT-spark.orangehome.co.uk).

Many thanks for you help with this - thanks for reading this post.



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.....Many thanks to Terry......I now have a couple of programmed IC's and will be sourcing a few other components over the next week or two.

Is anybody familiar enough with the Nav-Lights project to help me with a question?

I won't be using the Landing Light feature, (Only really after 2x authentic twin blink strobes)mso have no need to use the Throttle channel as the Landing Light command switch - I can simply power the board from a spare channel on the Rx.....but;

..as Pin 4 of the IC is reliant upon the Throttle pulse signal in order to operate, can I pull this pin up to Vcc (or down to Vss) in order to trigger the Ic into operation ?

I was hoping to provide a simple jumper as an on/off switch, but not sure if this is possible ( as I have no idea of the code used, or how the PIC12F IC operates), and if it is possible to eliminate the throttle i/p, what components I need to hang off Pin 4 to limit the sink/source currents etc etc and get the device working with just an on/off switch??

Can anybody advise if It is poosible to do this and how to achieve it ?

Please excuse my ignorance - electronics is not something I have a lot of experience with...I'm learning all the time though !

Many Thanks


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..as Pin 4 of the IC is reliant upon the Throttle pulse signal in order to operate, can I pull this pin up to Vcc (or down to Vss) in order to trigger the Ic into operation ?

Sorry, but a simple logic level won't work. The device expects a real R/C servo signal.

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pm me Will, I should be able to help.


Me too me too :) I'll pay via Paypal. I live in Australia and only need the programmer for one time use. Would you be able to do it for me as well?

my email is aelk5579-AT-gmail.com



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pm me Will, I should be able to help.


HI Terry,

Im looking to build the nav lights project, but Im looking to keep it cheap. Could you suggest the lowest cost suitable programmer. I would like to learn how to use pics and when if this project works out, I would like to do others. Ive downloaded the MPLABS software. What else would be required to program these chips? Would it be too cost prohibitive?

Thanks for your help.


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