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  1. premelec

    interface with 3x4 keypad

    Note you can read a key pad using single ADC pin and a few resistors [q.v. one wire keypad]
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    Calculate Square Root to two decimal places

    Not sure if it's of use - I used to use a routine on a Friden mechanical calculator [60 years ago] which involved subtracting 1-3-5-7-9 counting subtractions and shifting... Also taught my kids about squares with Y by Y marble arrays having them see how many marbles needed to be added to get...
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    Solar powered robot - Charging suggestions requested.

    FWIW there have been PV designs which use a cooling fluid [sometimes air] to use the thermal excess for heating water or house air etc and keep the panels cooler so they then have better efficiency.
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    Solar powered robot - Charging suggestions requested.

    Is weight a factor for your battery needs? lead acid is still cheaper and heavier... more tolerant of charge and discharge - however with all the lithium cell use good battery management systems are available - more information on how much power you need compared to how much is available would...
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    Switching positive volt

    PNP or PMOS transistors can be used to switch positive line.... mechanical relays still work ;-0
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    Automotive ignition pulse sensor

    Don't know if OP has resolved this... I have at times used an opto isolation structure made with neon tube [Ne2] shining at a distance on an LDR in dark sleeve or pipe insulated casing - with fiber optic or lucite light pipe if long.. The neon tube can take the HV stuff ok -Slow response ...
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    Thoughts on a Unique I2C-DAC Interface.

    Can you reduce Vref on the DAC? Or use a 10 or 12 bit DAC ;-0 - Possibly the fvr has too high source impedance for setting the DAC chip... you can use an LDR to reduce your 5v source... What is the driver's input impedance?
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    Pushbutton slew control with acceleration

    Welcome to this forum - an approach could be using a variable which is incremented or decremented depending on which button is pressed and that variable is involved in the timing... or if you need two different rates for which way you are going then use two variables... Decrement a timing...
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    Automotive ignition pulse sensor

    I think OP just wants to know if engine running or not... You can find the LM2907 in many OLD floppy drives for salvage... [If I recall correctly - been a while since I was into my piles of old drives... ;-0 ].
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    Automotive ignition pulse sensor

    Welcome to this forum... In past tests I found that putting a coil taped to the outside of an ignition coil gave a good signal; almost any pickup coil will do - old headphone or relay coil etc.... then put a 5 volt clamp on the signal - zener diodes etc to protect your microcircuitry - this...
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    AXE401 Out of stock. Is this a temporary situation ?

    @Buzby - an opportunity to get a neighbor kid into soldering addiction... ;-0 Ah the smell of flux smoke and hot epoxy etc... I'm with erco and built my first Heathkit about 1950 - I solder something pretty much daily though now it's often disassembly rather than assembly.
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    Non picaxe question - audio voltage divider

    Sometimes it's worth having small amplifiers at point of use and just distribute the audio on telephone wire... Lpads work and are energy inefficient.... We don't have any idea of what power level you are running... or the needed quality of the signal to be heard...
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    Best Solder and flux to use

    I like Ersin multicore .... 63/37 or 60/40 - haven't gone lead free... mostly smaller diameter - it's easier to not put on too much solder - fine solder and tip certainly help with SMD... I chase solder bridges with wooden toothpicks... [the smoking wood helps part the solder...].
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    Variable power laser

    Please give more information with regard to actual speeds / timing. Also note you likely will need a gate driver for a switched MOSFET if you use that to switch current [overcomes gate capacitance lag].
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    Free 9v Duracell coppertop batteries

    Hi Pongo - I'm not against the policy - just what happens to the partially used batteries by the thousands - I don't think they have any program to put the partially spent AAs to any good use... I am opposed to ear splitting alarms anywhere, anytime... ;-0
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    Free 9v Duracell coppertop batteries

    I have seen in a hospital that AA alkaline batteries on portable patient monitors are often changed to "fresh" ones without regard to old battery status. So much recycle re-use potential... "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without"
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    Can I control the brightness of 2 or more LED's with PWM?

    No... that should limit current from pin ok - but you need determine why the LEDs are so much brighter - presumably with the 330 ohms in series - when put onto your power pins...
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    Picaxe touch sensor for ham CW keyer?

    I've built many keyers from vacuum tubes to all relay & capacitor types in past... recently [Jan 2017?] there was a keyer with same PIC chip as 08M "Hamcrafters K16-EXT Kit" described in QST. Has LOTs of fancy features and configurable options... I don't recall if HEX files available etc... but...
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    Disability Aid

    I'm reminded of "Simon Says" game - q.v. ;-0
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    Long Loading Time for PE6?

    Takes about 1 minute on Optiplex Win7 to load and faster to back out... more features than 83 year old guy can comprehend... ;-0