PIC Programmer is an essential tool if you wish
to learn or build a project that uses Microchip PIC Micro Processors
such as DDS, Repeater Controllers and LCD Power Meter.
This programmer is built around Microchip’s
PICKIT2 programmer, which is basically a surface mount, fully
assembled, ready to use product. It’s called a “Kit” but it is
not!! This one is a true kit for radio amateurs.
Benefit of making PICKIT based programmer for
amateur radio is further supported by freely downloadable PICKIT2
software for windows. Microchip keeps this software updated for new
devices that they launch.
In this project, to make it simple, I have
removed the voltage level change capability of firmware for VDD 3V.
Means, this programmer will only program 5V PIC Micros.
Project uses a PIC16F2550 in 28pin DIP package.
All diodes are standard lead type & FETs are either in TO92 or
HEXDIP packages, to make assembly smooth & easy.
Kit is supplied with FD-PB1 Programming board.
PB1 uses standard IC Sockets for 40, 28, 8,14, 20 & 18PIN DIP
In view to make a suitable metal case for this
programmer, FD-UPP has two headers H1 & H2, which will be used
by “piggy back” Programming board I will design later.
For complete intro on PICKIT2, documents &
PC software, please visit: Microchip's
PICKIT2 Web Page