Who are we?
Gooligum Electronics is a small business based in Sydney's South West. It is owned and operated by David Meiklejohn and family.
What do we do?
Design, development and sale of development and training boards and electronic project kits, many of which (all so far!) incorporate Microchip's PIC microcontrollers.
Our aim is to create projects that are fun, or useful, or (preferably!) both.
We also focus on creating PIC tutorials and development and training boards. There is plenty of material available on PICs, which can make it daunting to get started. And some of the available material is dated, originally developed before modern "flash" PICs were available, or based on older devices that are no longer the best choice for new designs. Our approach is to introduce PIC programming and design in easy stages, based on a solid grounding in theory, creating a set of building blocks and techniques and giving you the confidence to draw on as we move up to more complex designs.
We can also offer electronic design consulting services - not as a primary focus, but if you have a problem to solve or a device you'd like to have, let us know and we'll see if we can help.
This site was inspired by my journey into the world of PIC microcontrollers several years ago.
I had been involved in electronics as a hobby since I was about 12 years old (back in the late '70s!), studied electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, and had designed a couple of commercial products. But then I entered the world of IT, and had little to do with electronics for 15 years.
In that time, electronics had changed. When I was young, the main electronics magazines in Australia were Electronics Australia and Electronics Today; now it was Silicon Chip. And when I tried to get back into electronics in 2004 by buying electronics magazines, I found many projects based around PICAXE, PIC or AVR microcontrollers. Microcontrollers had existed back in the Eighties, but they weren't the sort of thing you'd find in projects for hobbyists. Suddenly, they had become cheap, and accessible. So I bought some books on PIC microcontrollers, but found it hard to work out just what I really needed to get started, in terms of programmers and development systems. Eventually I bought a PICAXE starter kit. Quite an eye opener! So easy! And yet, after a while, quite limited. I found that to do the sort of things I wanted to be able to achieve, I needed to get at the underlying PIC hardware. And after diving in, I learned that that wasn't really so hard either!
My aim with this site is to make this journey easier for anyone else who wants to get their feet wet with PICs but doesn't know where to start, or may not even have much knowledge of electronics.