The hexadecimal rotary switches

A project log for SPDT16: 16-bits arithmetic unit with relays

Let's imagine I could get about 200 SPDT relays. Of course I would know what to do with them :-D But will 200 be enough ?

Yann Guidon / YGDESYann Guidon / YGDES 05/01/2016 at 18:020 Comments

A series of rotary switches provides a rather convenient data input of addends.

This is an old eBay find and it's very handy !

I've torn one apart to show the internal wiring, and it's a pretty simple binary encoder :-)

I've used some of these for the (semi-aborted) attempt at a front panel for the #Quick & Dirty Frequency Generator

For this project, though, there will be no mode push-buttons or bypass '595. TIL311 are perfect for the desired futuro-vintage look and feel of hexadecimality.

I'll keep the "one lamp in series with each coil" idea but it's good to visualise the hexadecimal value. I might create "slices" of 4 or 8 bits on the perforated proto board (I'll use bakelite for extra "oldtimer" feel).