Hobby Hound

Practical Electronics Learning with DIY. Practical Experiments forge the book, college or web learning into a Skill.

Search This Blog

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Hobbyist Dream - Weller Soldering Iron

Rework/repair tools, soldering guns and irons and accessories. 60 Watts, 240v Temperature Controlled Soldering Station. This is My Iron and a stand i made.

Hobbyist Dream - Weller Soldering Iron

There’s no mystery about soldering; it’s as easy as you make it. Follow a few simple rules, and metal joins metal like magic. This little book gives you the rules in pictures—with as few words as possible. All you need do is follow through, step by step, and youll solder sound joints. 

 Weller Soldering Tips : Your Guide to Easier Soldering

 History - "Cooper Industries origins extend back more than 170 years to a small iron foundry in Mount Vernon, Ohio, started by brothers Charles and Elias Cooper in 1833. Today, Cooper Industries has become a leading worldwide manufacturer of electrical products and tools and hardware."

Electronic Product Production and Manufacturing

Some Features

  • PU240T power unit,
  • TC201T soldering pencil,
  • PH1201ESD stand and sponge
  • A lighted rocker switch indicates on/off status
  • Comes with PTA7 tip
  • ESD safe to protect sensitive components
This is close to what i have, which is WTCP-S

QRP and homebrew by DL2YEO

"My name is Udo and I am living in the small village called Spenge, about 15 km north of Bielefeld. The DARC radio club is 'OV Widukind - N59' and the locator is JO42FD. I spend a part of my freetime with designing circuits and home-brewing electronic devices..."

QRP and homebrew by DL2YEO 
  • Front Panel Design
  • Some useful Tables
  • 13.8 V / 15 A from a PC
  • 250 W S.M.P.S.
  • Analogue Frequency Display
  • Oscillators

QRP and homebrew by DL2YEO 

"The electronics industry uses several methods for labelling front panels and enclosures, including screen printing, press forming, erosion, lasers etc.. The common factor of these techniques is that they are generally beyond the home constructor. Having these parts specially made commercially can be very expensive, and the only alternative is standardized scales and fonts."

Sunday, October 04, 2020

PY2WM JK De Marco Projects

An Amateur Radio Enthusiast from Brazil. JK De Marco. In these pages Hams will find his ideas on QRP, Antennas and Complete circuits.

PY2WM JK De Marco Projects

“One test result is worth a thousand expert opinions”. This has been attributed to a range of people, but most authoritatively to Wernher von Braun, the rocket scientist.


PY2WM JK De Marco Projects

A 40 dB RF Attenuator - "To measure power of a high power transmitter, or to be able to observe the output signal on an oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer, it is necessary that the signal is attenuated in accordance with the instrument, while it must be ensured that the transmitter is "seeing" the correct impedance. So it requires an attenuator that works with three ports (input, output, and output attenuated), all while maintaining the correct impedance of 50 ohms.

The circuit assembly and is shown here in EMRFD and also in the QST. When properly calibrated can be used for precision measurements in section 0-500 MHz, or a a calibration capacitor C1, can be used for the range of 0-50 MHz with reliability."

Other Projects and Ideas

  • Simple Homebrew Coil Winding Machine
  • Qrp-Br Spectrometer
  • Simple ESR meter
  • Swr Power Measuring mW To KW
  • 5 Volts Reference Voltage Calibrator

Saturday, September 05, 2020

PJ Tool & Supply - Papa John’s Toolbox

They have unique variety of  tools for professionals, hobbyists, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.The Business started 50 years ago by buying and selling of surplus merchandise from the US Military

PJ Tool & Supply - Papa John’s Toolbox

The Helping Hands magnifier is a great hands free device for holding small items in a fixed position for soldering and other intricate work.

Helping Hands Magnifier

Helping Hands Magnifier

PJ Tool & Supply
40-H Corbin Ave. Bay Shore, NY 11706, USA

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Step Down Capacitor - No Heat

Sometime in the eighties, I had to change a blind timer design due to non-availability of a component. A high resistance relay 600 ohm coil was not in supply, 150E was available. The Power to timer was derived from a resistor, I put a 0.47uF 630V and it Worked !. This design of mine, deriving a low voltage from a capacitor shown on right adaptation became popular. I used a 0.47uF 440V AC or 630V DC Plastic Capacitor.

This circuit has been drawn from my memory and i have not tried it out again, just see if it is ok and then try. You should use the fuse of 100mA a slow blow if you want but it is very important. This circuit has to be enclosed in a plastic sealed enclosure to avoid contact.

Mains Voltage Indicator with a LED
Mains Voltage LED Indicator

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Cornfield Electronics - Mitch Altman

Mitch Altman, president and founder, invented the company's hit product TV-B-Gone® and turned the product into an international success practically overnight.

Cornfield Electronics - Mitch Altman

Solder your ArduTouch kit together, and it works! You can make way wonderful music, sound, and noise.

Cornfield Electronics - Mitch Altman

Use the ArduTouch Library or hack the existing sketches to create your own cool synthesizers.
The documentation is getting good enough to learn how to use Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to make your own sounds for your own projects.

Cornfield Electronics, Inc.
1800 Market St. #123 San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Beetle Robot guided by Light

First have a look at this How to Build a Robot a BeetleBot. This sparked the long lost memory of a book i read around 35 years back. My age was in single digits. This was when i had neither an idea of electronics or could afford any parts.

I had built many physics projects like weighing scale, gramophone, telegraph system, crystal radio. I will try to explain these later. Calling bells, gears and magnets from the flea markets my source of electricity & magnetism.

Beetle Robot guided by Light

I read a hobby book from UK for children. It was a Beetle Car Bot, with four wheels and 4 light sensors. It could be LDR or photo-transistors, i do not remember. The light sensors were at the four corners of the car. The maneuvering was by variation in the speed of each wheel. It was based on germanium transistors mostly.

Four large lamps like 40W, had to be mounted on the ceiling, at the four corners of the room. By turning on and off these lights, this bot could go anywhere in the room. The whole book with pictures was dedicated to one bot and how-to build one.

Now that we have PIC and AVR; we can use Dimmable LED Lightning arrays to guide the bot. The challenge is in the mechanics of the bot, we have to forget that we have wireless for some time. Try this out.

Friday, August 07, 2020

GainClone Chipamp Audio Amplifier

Gainclone or chipamp is a type of audio amplifier made by do-it-yourselfers, or individuals interested in DIY audio. It is a design based on high-power integrated circuits, particularly the National Semiconductor Overture series.

GainClone Chipamp Audio Amplifier

The Gainclone is probably the most commonly built and well-known amplifier project amongst hobbyists. It is simple to build and involves only a few readily accessible, inexpensive parts. As an amplifier it is highly regarded by many in the DIY community.

GainClone Chipamp Audio Amplifier

GainClone Amplifier Rod Elliott (ESP)

"The amp is based on the Project 19 PCB, so uses a pair of LM3876 (or LM3886) power opamps, run from a ±35V supply. ...........The power supply is conventional in almost all respects. I used a 160VA transformer, a 400V 35A bridge rectifier, and a total of 20,000uF per supply rail - 4 x 10,000uF caps in all."