Archive for the ‘Electronics’ Category

Ford Remote Control Conversion for Pioneer Head Unit – Stage 1 Dissection

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A while back, I decided I’d had enough of my factory fitted Ford stereo… no aux input, only a single CD (changing discs at motorway speeds is not a good idea) and an analogue radio. I’d had enough of my earbuds falling out when I was listening to my iPod in lieu of a decent stereo and I was sick and tired of stuffing an ear piece in to get hands free for my phone. So I took the plunge and treated myself to a Pioneer DEH-X8500DAB. Bluetooth, digital and analogue radio, CD (with MP3 capabilities), two USB ports, SD card slot and proper iPod integration. Only one problem… no easy direct remote integration with the steering column stalk. Well… not yet anyway. Turns out Pioneer use a resistive remote system… as do Ford (at least on the model I have in my Mondeo). Now there are boxes that can sit between them and do the conversion, but these are really quite costly. So, this is going to be the start of a little series of articles about converting a standard Ford stalk to control my Pioneer head unit. This is stage 1, removing and opening the Ford remote. (more…)

My Electronics

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

With my former employers departure to sunnier climes, one of my ‘leaving presents’ was all the prototypes I developed for them since I joined the company. Digital electronics is one of my interests, and has been for a long time, but this job was the first time I’d actually had to design something to earn my crust. I had great fun doing it and am really proud of what I achieved, so heres some snaps of my handywork. (more…)

Faulty Caps = Equipment Hell

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Just thought I’d mention this as its something I’d never considered before when diagnosing problems with faulty electronics and if it saves someone else a headache, then its all good. (more…)