Parts in the mail

Somedays the mail can be a beautiful thing....

 iPhone photo - four Arduino Nanos

iPhone photo - four Arduino Nanos

iPhone photo - 20x4 I2C LCD
iPhone photo - 20x4 I2C LCD

On 1/27/13 I ordered some more parts for Arduino (and PIC) prototype work. Today 2/4/13 some of those parts arrived via eBay from China. (Faster than some parts that I ordered in the US on the same day that have not arrived--yet.)

I really like the Arduino Nano since it fits onto a standard breadboard for prototyping.  I have several Arduino UNOs but they just don't get as much attention from me as the Nanos do. That probably has something to do with the fact that so far I have not really used my shields very much. (UNOs are good for Shields, Nanos are good for breadboards)

I also have some existing 16x2 LCDs with parallel interfaces. They are fine other than they take quite a few pins to wire up and it creates somewhat of a mess compared to the simplicity of I2C with four wires.  I have some I2C-->Parallel interfaces on order that should be here in a few days.  

I did not own any 20x4 LCDs until another package showed up in the mail today.  I some ideas (projects) in mind for the 20x4 display for radio interfaces, a Field Day logger, and some switch/routing matrix projects... all of which need more display real estate than a basic 16x2 LCD can easily display. (Easily being the key term) 

I am not sure that I will have much time for Arduino projects tonight due to prior commitments afterwork.

73 de NG0R