[amsat-bb] Re: PIC rotator control

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Thu Oct 22 15:24:31 PDT 2009

I have used MPLAB and an imitation picstatrt programmer

I use OLIMEX development boards and my role out is very quick

I decided to use assembly because it made me think and understand how a PIC 

These days I have a code bank and just copy and paste

Cool hobby tho

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Magliacane" <kd2bd at yahoo.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 6:59 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: PIC rotator control

--- On Wed, 10/21/09, Gordon JC Pearce <gordonjcp at gjcp.net> wrote:

> The PIC microcontrollers are frankly *dreadful*, without a single
> redeeming feature. What makes me like them even less is that you're
> forced to use the bloody awful Windows software to program them,

I've used "gpasm" for assembly, and "picprog" for serial port programming, 
both under Linux, with excellent results.

I generally select the PIC I use in my projects based on the functions I 
require, and how well it is supported under the assembler and programmer 
indicated above.

This approach has worked extremely well for my purposes.

73, de John, KD2BD

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