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From: "Toast" <toast-at-shadowsofchange.com>
Subject: RE: Joe Sommer/Anvilus [TANKS]
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 08:19:39 -0500
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Any comments on this from Joe?  If I could get the PIC on a PCB with heavy
connectors for offboard SSRs instead of the 4 onboard SSRs that would be
great.  If it's too much to ask, then maybe just the PIC and I'll use mount
it all myself.  And ...what about price?  It should be cheaper than the $100
dollar mark because if I remember right the SSRs where a lot of the
manufacturing cost.  I'm tempted to email Joe directly instead of here to
ask these questions.

-----Original Message-----
From: tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com [mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com] On
Behalf Of flier
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 6:09 PM
To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com; tanks-at-rctankcombat.com
Subject: RE: Joe Sommer/Anvilus [TANKS]

Why don't you simply buy the PIC off Joe and do your 
own if that's the issue??  The logic wiring is simple 
and you can use whatever gage you need on the 
switching side to carry your current.

I can't imagine that Joe wouldn't just sell you a PIC.

--- Original Message ---
From: "Toast" <toast-at-shadowsofchange.com>
To: <tanks-at-rctankcombat.com>
Subject: RE: Joe Sommer/Anvilus [TANKS]

>Ok.. Before I posted I reread the manual at
>http://anvilus.com/h_050412_manual.pdf.  So if I 
provide a bank of outboard
>SSRs that will handle 100a at 12v am I then limited 
by the onboard relays to
>a 30a handling capacity?  My whole thing is I wanted 
more current then the
>30a so that's why I was talking about the Anvilus 
Mini.  I want control like
>the RC Relay SSR Motor Controller gives but I need 
more than 30a.
>Any solutions?  Do you think Joe could produce one 
for me with out relays so
>that I could use several in parallel?  The part I 
can't do is the PIC
>programming.  I'm analog ac and dc circuit savvy but 
digital circuits aren't
>my best friends.  
>-----Original Message-----
>From: tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com [mailto:tanks-
admin-at-rctankcombat.com] On
>Behalf Of Frank Pittelli
>Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 12:01 PM
>To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com
>Subject: Re: Joe Sommer/Anvilus [TANKS]
>Toast wrote:
>> Well crap.  I'm beaten by the RTFM response 
again.  I'm telling you I 
>> read that manual about 2 weeks ago and I swear I 
saw graphs of throttle 
>> position realative to stick position and such.  I 
scanned over them at 
>> the time.  I'm guessing now that I was reading 
something else and got 
>> the two mixed up.
>Bingo ... you combined two different products into 
>The "Anvilus RC Mini Relay Controller" (commonly 
called the Anvilus 
>Mini) is basically a drop-in replacement for two 
servos with 
>micro-switches.  The Mini S simply provides two 
independent dual relay 
>controls (a total of 4 relays), while the Mini M 
also mixes the servo 
>signals together to provide "one stick steering".  
The Mini M is 
>essentially an all electronic version of the Tri-
Pact Speed Control, 
>which uses servos, diodes and switches.  
(Interestingly, both solutions 
>cost about the same, but the Mini is more compact.)
>The important thing to remember about the Mini S or 
Mini M, is that *you 
>supply your own relays (or SSRs)* so they can handle 
whatever load you 
>want.  However, they don't provide PWM, just on-off.
>The "Anvilus RC Relay / SSR Motor Controller" is a 
complete motor 
>control solution.  The basic system provides "on-
off" control for two 
>motors, with "one stick steering".  The system comes 
with 30 amp relays 
>installed on the board, eliminating the need for 
wiring.  The boards are 
>professionally done, with sufficient traces to 
handle the load.
>The Anvillus Motor Controller also provides an 
optional PWM signal that 
>can be used to drive SSRs, thereby providing 
proportional control of the 
>motors.  Joe graciously sells D1D40s at just above 
cost whenever he can 
>acquire them, but any properly rated SSR will do.
>       Frank P.