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I just finished reading Bryan
Bergeron’s October 2012 column. It was
very appropriate since I have been
thinking about getting on board with the
Arduino wave. I first started as a hobbyist
with the PICAXE microcontroller and
followed along with Ron Hackett's initial
articles from N&V. I read through the
column and went to the various websites
to find out some basic information and
have a few questions:
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1. Which is a better choice regarding
which platform to go with for a
beginner/hobbyist: the ATmega or the
2. Is the code compatible between
the different IDEs (didn't see any info
regarding this on the websites)?
3. Can I assume all the shields out
there can be used with either?
4. Can I also assume Pmods are
compatible with the ATmega Arduino?
If this is your first venture into Arduino
territory, I'd go with a vanilla Arduino
UNO. Tons of support and virtually every
shield designed for the Arduino will work.
The chipKIT is nice — I use both the
standard Arduino and chipKIT — but the
IDE is different and the code is often just
slightly different. Enough to cause
confusion if you're a beginner. Sort of like
learning to drive in a little sports car.
Unless you really need the 80 MHz clock,
I'd go with the 16 MHz Arduino.
The chipKIT works with the shields
I've tried, but I'm sure there are
exceptions. Have fun!
Thank you for a great magazine!
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I am writing to express my concern
over the article titled "A Simpler-To-Make
Near Space Flight Computer," by L. Paul
Verhage in the November 2012 issue.
The article discusses the use of a
transmitter module which is a transmitter
operating in the licensed amateur radio
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