The Randall Museum in San Francisco hosts a large HO-scale model train layout. Created by the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club starting in 1961, the layout was donated to the Museum in 2015. Since then I have started automatizing trains running on the layout. I am also the de-facto layout maintainer. This blog describes various updates on the Randall project and I maintain a separate blog for all my electronics not directly related to Randall.
2018-01-05 - Activation ButtonsCategory Randall
Issue: short push on activation buttons are not detected fast enough by the AIU01 polling.
Solution: use a basic RC to make the signal seem longer.
Experiment at home:
- Use a 1000 µF between GND and the input.
- Use a 110 Ω R in serie from input to button (to avoid shorting the capacitor).
- This results in a hold time of about 5-7 seconds when fully charged.
- When powering up, this also activates the input while the capacitor charges.