Posted by Dave… at 2/2/2001 8:29 PM EST
Engineer on team #5, Robocards, from Melvindale, MI and AFL (Alcoa Fujikura Ltd).
In Reply to: Re: Last year they gigged us…
Posted by Thomas A. Frank on 2/2/2001 4:37 PM EST:
I agree. Having some difficulty finding the allowable use of DB15 solder cups (they were on the original AWL, but an update superceded the AWL and left them off), I too contacted Eric. He stated that in update #5 any off-the-shelf electrical component (wire, cable, connector) was allowed in order to connect I/O’s to the OI or RC.
Team Update #5 didn’t exactly state that, so hopefully in the next update.
For now, be assured that you may use purchased cables and ribbon cables.
: : FIRST made us remove it as an illegal electical device. We found another way around the problem (short of replacing our RC which was going to be a nightmare), but the bottom line is that FIRST did not allow us to use even a 6 inch ribbon cable for the purposes of reducing an intermitent radio problem. I suppose that a simple thing like no room will meet with equal sympathy.
: Hi Joe;
: I spoke with Eric Rasmussen last Friday, to clarify something, and I think I’ll ask him to make it clear in a team update.
: He assures me that according to the rules, we are allowed to use ANY electrical connector we chose, so long as the pins/wires are the right size for the application. So that which caused heartburn last year is apparently OK this year.
: The reason I wish this clarified is because I’ve mounted my RC on a panel I wish to make removable, and plan on routing all the connections through one 54 pin MS (bendix) connector, so I don’t have to unplug all the PWM and Spike connections individually. So I really need to be sure
: Tom Frank