Hobby Projects - Insulation tester, LED Circuits, Meters.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Radio Electronics Magazine

Radio-Electronics was an American electronics magazine that was published under various titles from 1929 to 2003.You can Read them all here .

Radio Electronics Magazine at The Internet Archive

Recently i found a collection of those mags at Archive.org .....

Radio Electronics Magazine at Archive.org

Hugo Gernsback, sometimes called The Father of Science Fiction, started it as Radio-Craft in July 1929. The title was changed to Radio-Electronics in October 1948 and again to Electronics Now in July 1992. In January 2000 it was merged with Gernsback's Popular Electronics to become Poptronics.

Radio Electronics Magazine at SWTPC

Gernsback Publications ceased operations in December 2002 and the January 2003 issue was the last.

Over the years, Radio-Electronics featured audio, radio, television and computer technology. The most notable articles were the TV Typewriter (September 1973)[1] and the Mark-8 computer (July 1974). These two issues are considered milestones in the home computer revolution.

Radio Electronics Magazine at SWTPC

Radio-Electronics was aimed at electronics' professionals such as radio and TV repairmen. And they were men, the tag line on the cover was "For Men with Ideas in Electronics".

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bluetooth Multimeter - Seeed Studio

"Bluetooth Multimeter is an intelligent peripheral of android phones, specially designed for engineers. Not only can it easily collect data such as voltage, current and resistance etc., this multimeter can also communicate with phones via bluetooth. Thus, the data gathered will be displayed on your phones."

Bluetooth Multimeter - Seeed Studio

Totally open source, including hardware, software & Android API. Learn how to create a Platform to connect smartphones with the real life.

Bluetooth Multimeter - Seeed Studio

The Bluetooth Multimeter is based on Atmega328 - Arduino Pro. It measures the voltage and resistance and current input from the headphone jack, and then sent these data via the Bluetooth frame.

Android UI for Bluetooth DMM

This Bluetooth Multimeter is a portable multimeter, a device that gathers the voltage, resistance and current. and then sent these data to other device via Bluetooth, so, we could display the data through other devices, such as Android, PC and so on.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quadcopter of Harald Sattler

The top of the sNQ Shorty looks much tidier than its big brother, here the experience gained with the first work increases. The cables between the control unit and the LEDs and the motors are now laid on the underside of the circuit board and lead through the holes to the pads provided for this purpose.

sNQ Shorty - Quadcopter of Harald Sattler

"After initial flight tests I can confirm the function of the Mega328 with 16 MHz at 3.3 V operating voltage. Of course, one must be aware that the chip is operated outside its specification and no one can guarantee that the two chips and the μC function are compatible with all possible conditions. It may well be that the shorty in the living room at 20 ° prima flies, then one opens the door and there comes cold air into the room, the copter simply crashes."

Quadcopter of Harald Sattler

"With the sNQ Stretcho, we pushed the motors down as far as possible through the brackets, because this would dampen or even suppress vibrations due to the engine running, and disturbances of the IMU chip largely fall away. In the case of the sNQ Shorty, this can only be implemented to a limited extent, ..."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Online Museums of Hewlett-Packard

HP Archive  - This site is run by Glenn Robb, an Electrical Engineer and HP aficionado. It's goal is to help others collect, preserve and enjoy vintage HP equipment and literature.

Online Museum of Hewlett-Packard - Ken

"This web site is devoted to the history of test equipment produced by the Hewlett-Packard Company which is now known as Agilent Technologies. I own a huge collection of vintage Hewlett-Packard test equipment, catalogs, equipment manuals, and Hewlett-Packard Journals" -  Kenneth A. Kuhn.

HP's Instrumentation and Technologies Division became Agilent, Recently Keysight a new firm sprang from Agilent as the Heir to the Scopes, Meters, Oscillators and Counters. So in this blog we are relating to Keysight as the continuation of the old HP tradition of Test and Measurement.
(The present hp is a computer company and agilent a health care firm)

Online Museums of Hewlett-Packard

Their first business location in the Santa Clara Valley is the now iconic garage located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. Here they manufacture the company's first product, the 200A Audio Oscillator. Disney Studios becomes interested in the 200A and orders eight to be used in the production of their movie, Fantasia.

Keysight Technologies History

"As the company moves into this decade it undergoes a major transformation. In 2013 Agilent Technologies announces that it will split into two separate pure-play measurement companies. The name of the new electronic measurement company is announced later in the year as Keysight Technologies."

The HP Garage is a private museum where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. It is located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California. It is considered to be the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley"

HP Memory Project - Vintage Hewlett Packard
"The HP Memory Project is, first of all, a collection of vintage Hewlett-Packard hardware, software, documentation and other technical and marketing materials from HP's early years in the instrumentation and computer industry (beginning in 1939).

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Microohm Meter with LED Analog Bar

This indicates like LM3914 in dot-mode. It is a drawing i made made to troubleshoot a gadget, around two decades ago. Strangely it had a echo of a design i had made into a 7107 dpm years before that. Now i am scanning all my drawing and notes, useful or not. Clean or with errors. Many Errors = 1 Blunder. Some projects i made have been expensive Blunders. So see them with a skeptic eye, fix them, try them. Thats all for now.

See the Circuit Full Size - Microohm Meter with LED Analog Bar

Microohm Meter with LED Analog Bar

This has a 9V battery power. The 555 spins and a negative voltage for Opamp is created. This is a Low Offset amp of OP37 of Precision Monolithics, Inc PMI an early innovator. This diff-amp amplifies the uV of a 4 wire resistance measurement.

Now the current pump is the 2N2222 you see above the OP37. The FET and 555 do synchronous rectification. The LM324 is the Indicator and Analog to LED Dot-Bar Converter. The probes are Gold Plated, or use solid gold pins if you have them in plenty.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Mikes Optical Timer Counter

"This page is the result of a lot of effort over the past couple years to develop a quality, inexpensive device to test shutters on the classic film cameras that I have been using..." .. Mike

Mikes Optical Timer Counter

Once built, this counter timer/device is easily adapted to a wide variety of applications, simply by construction of a new sensor.  Although designed to be used with photo-transistors, this device can also use relays, transistors and many other kinds of electrical switches as a sensor.

Mikes Optical Timer Counter

Other Projects

Model Railroading, 3 Transistor Audio Preamp for a Dynamic Microphone

Configuration and control of this counter/timer is through a RS232 port. Cable configuration for a usual PC compatible would consist of a null modem cable, with a female connector on the timer/counter end of the cable. The correct cable for a PC or usb to serial adapter with a DB-9 interface is listed in the bill of materials.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Development boards and Tools - OLIMEX

Designs, prototypes and manufactures printed circuit boards, sub-assemblies and complete electonic products.

Development boards and Tools - OLIMEX

64MB SDRAM, 512MB NAND Flash. Ethernet 100Mbit controller, USB host, USB device, RS232 and 40 pin extension port with all unused SAM9261 ports available for add-on boards. Runs Linux, WindowsCE and other RTOS natively. RTC - 3V Li battery.

SAM9-L9261 Development Platform with ARM9

SAM9-L9261 Development Platform with ARM9

SAM9-L9261 is development platform with ARM9 microcontroller, TFT LCD 3.5" 320x240 pixels with TOUCHSCREEN.
  • MCU: AT91SAM9261 16/32 bit ARM9 180MHz operation
  • On board voltage regulator 3.3V with up to 800mA current
OLIMEX Ltd.
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