Stand-alone usage


This guide assumes that you are using Pulse Pal as a stand-alone device, with no governing computer.

Starting Pulse Pal

  • Pulse Pal automatically boots when it is powered.
  • When used as a stand-alone device, Pulse Pal can receive power from either a USB-mini cable, or a USB-mini accessory charger.
  • Pulse Pal loads the last program it used from its EEPROM memory automatically.

Programming

The menu tree is navigated with the clickable thumb joystick, and is organized as follows:



The pulse train parameters are described in depth in the parameter guide.

Triggering

  • Depending on the LinkTrigger1 and LinkTrigger2 parameters of each output channel, pulses received on each trigger channel will begin pulse train playback.
  • Each output channel can be manually triggered from the trigger menu - either a single pulse, or the current pulse train.
  • Each trigger channel can be manually triggered from its sub-menu. The "Test trigger" function is equivalent to arrival of a TTL pulse.
  • All ongoing pulse trains can be stopped at any time by clicking the thumb joystick.

Reset

  • A hard-reset function is provided in the base menu. This causes a power cycle.

Settings Files

  • For Pulse Pal 2 only, the top-level menu contains 3 additional options:
    • -Save Settings- (save the current channel parameters to a file on the microSD card)
    • -Load Settings- (load the current channel parameters from a file on the microSD card)
    • -Delete Settings- (delete a file from the microSD card)
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