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    GarSim530

    Hi

    I just thought I'd say hello, I've been working on a Garmin530 hardware panel.

    I am in the throws of completing the GarSim530 design and thought you may like to see my progress so far.

    Basically I am making a glorified "joystick/input controller" which interfaces via FSUIPC to FSX or more specifcally to Reality XP's fantastic GNS530 software add-on


    Here is the overall design using Solidworks 3D Cad.


    and without the face plate


    This is the PCB Panel with the various encoders and push buttons laid out around the LCD screen


    Here is my printed circuit board which is currently in manufacture by Tecbridge circuits (I designed this on freepcb - yes its free!)


    The LCD screen is a 5.7" VGA unit - I resized the Reality XP gauge to fit just the map to the screen


    The Interface card is from Leo Bodnar - its a BU0836X



    Various encoders and bushbuttons

    As soon as I have more done and as the other parts arrive I will keep you updated.

    All the best

    Steve.

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    Re: GarSim530

    Very nice Steve, these Garmin GNS series-based projects keep appearing and each one looks absolutely fantastic. Keep us posted!

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    Re: GarSim530

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyGerrard View Post
    Very nice Steve, these Garmin GNS series-based projects keep appearing and each one looks absolutely fantastic. Keep us posted!
    watch this space, full details to follow, parts will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

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    Re: GarSim530

    Hi All,

    My PCB arrived today, here are some pics, been busy soldering but off to the pub now with my better half! Will test tommorow, fingers crossed all will work fine!


    The PCB I designed on Free PCB and manufactured by Tecbridge circuits, have a couple of spares due to minimum order requirements





    Soldering, with the good old lead stuff!! forget the lead free, it is so hard to work with.

    Thanks for viewing
    Steve.

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    Re: GarSim530

    Hi Steve,
    It looks very nice indeed.
    Do you have an extra unit and a faceplate, I`m very interested
    greetz

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    Re: GarSim530

    Quote Originally Posted by kermit View Post
    Hi Steve,
    It looks very nice indeed.
    Do you have an extra unit and a faceplate, I`m very interested
    greetz
    Hi Kermit,

    Give me a few weeks to finish my design and then I can let you know. I would like to make some changes as this is my first attempt at something like this, so I may need to redisign the PCB to include some better switches and bascklighting if required.

    thanks steve.

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    Re: GarSim530

    Hi All,

    Just an update, starting to look a bit like gps






    Thanks

    Steve

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    Re: GarSim530

    That's looking awesome. Great job..
    Up Up and away in my beautiful my beautiful - Amphibian

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    Re: GarSim530

    Hi All

    Finally finished my Garmin 530 box. I will be posting a PDF document in the next week or so, containing all the information needed if you fancy building one yourself.

    Thanks,

    Steve







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    Re: GarSim530

    That is the best looking GNS 530 I have ever seen so far!

    Simply amazing!

    I would love to order the faceplate if you have any more!

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