Ammo Box Sequencer

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

This is the Sequencer circuit. Power to the Logic portion of the circuit is provided by a standard commercial `wall-wart` power adaptor supplying 6 VDC. The 555 timer IC provides the pulse train that drives the chase; the timing is adjustable with the 100K potentiometer. The two 22K resistors and the 1uF capacitor were selected to run the 555 in a

Ammo Box Sequencer
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syncronous mode where it constantly emits pulses (at pin 3) as soon as and as long as power is supplied. The pulse train from the 555 is connected to the clock of the 75175 (Quad D Flip-Flop) IC. The 75175 is the heart of the chase logic. A pulse from the Start switch is fed into D1; at the next clock pulse Q1 is turned on. D2, D3, and D4 in turn are set, depending on the settings of switches S1, S2, and S3. The not-Q outputs of each flip-flop are used to drive the A, B, C, and D LEDs to let the operator see the chase independant of any AC-powered lamps. The Q outputs drive the opto-isolators (MOC3010) into triggering the triacs that switch the AC power. I built this Sequencer using a standard military 50-cal ammo box for the case. The ammo box is water tight and weatherproof, and I used toggle switches with waterproof covers on the control panel so that this controller could be safely used outdoors. One long side of the box held all the controls and indicators; the AC power cords and outlets were mounted on one end. The circuit is designed to use four independant, dimmable, power feeds - one for each circuit. If needed, the triacs and fuses for each circuit can be rated for up to 20 amps. The square symbols with two Vs on top represent terminal blocks with spade lugs; these allow the circuit board to be unplugged and removed from the ammo box. The power to the wall-wart is via a fifth power cord, the hole for which is not...

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