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What time and date is it?

After my vacation I finally found the time to extend my DCF77 project to the next stage. The previous version was only able to decode the time and did not properly deal with leap seconds. The new version fixes all … Continue reading

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A Travel Hack

This month I was on vacation. Therefore the post to this month’s hack is slightly delayed. Nevertheless the people who follow my blog where able to see the content page at the first of the month. So in case you … Continue reading

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What time is it?

After last month’s Lighthouses experiment I am back on track with my DCF77 clock. The Second Decoder is now extended with additinal decoders for decoding time data. From the architecture point of view this adds just two more boxes. But … Continue reading

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Light my Fires

My DCF77 project is making good progress. However it will require at least 3 more articles. So I thought I should give it a short break. After all this project drifts a little bit to the signal processing side. So … Continue reading

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The Second Decoder

This is the second post for this year. And it is the second part of the improved DCF77 decoder. And it decodes seconds. So I think it is most appropriate to call this the Second Decoder. I even renumbered my … Continue reading

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Happy New Year DCF77 Project – Get ready for the real thing!

Last year I started my binary clock project for the Blinkenlighty. This project gathered significant attention. Of course a lot is to be attributed to the project being mentioned by Hackaday. However this attention usually settles quickly. The DCF77 project … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2012. If it were … Continue reading

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DCF77 Project

This month I will start a series of experiments geared to develop a DCF77 clock decoder. The idea is of course to establish a binary clock for the Blinkenlighty. You might wonder why I need a series of experiments for … Continue reading

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The Blinkenlighty

As I already anounced last month there is now an Arduino clone designed by me. This month it finally got available in numbers. Since the board was released in Germany I have run a small naming contest in the German … Continue reading

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Power Grid Monitoring Revisited

My first take on monitoring the power grid was basically focused on clever exploitation of the capabilities the Blinkenlight Shield. As it turned out this gives a really nice experiment. However some of my readers commented that they would have … Continue reading

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