A couple of completed kits…a few more to go…

When I finally get warmed up and ready to start banging out my Boldport soldering kits. Of course, my Hakko FX888d soldering iron flakes out on me. I definitely wasn’t preparing to buy another soldering station. After changing out the soldering tip and resetting the device it seems that the iron will no longer hold…

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Saturday morning warm-ups

I’ve collected my fair share of soldering kits but a large majority of them have been sitting in the bin of “good intentions“. If you were to take me at my word, there is always something else that comes up preventing me from pulling out a kit and finishing it (procrastination). Well, I’ve recently joined…

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Make: Electronics Chp3 Experiment 13

Experiment 13 “Roasting an LED” provides more explanation and continued experience with heat. In particular how heat can cause issues or severe damage to sensitive electronic components.  As you know, we just finished an experiment related to soldering; it is only fitting to drive home the point of how destructive heat can be. Overall this…

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Make: Electronics Chp3 Experiment 12

Experiment 12 “Joining Two Wires Together” is the introductory step into soldering and also the start of chapter 3. Depending on what you currently have on hand in your lab. In order to move forward, you will need to purchase a few more items both equipment and component wise.  For what it is worth. This…

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Make: Electronics Chp2 Experiment 11

Experiment 11 “Light and Sound” is a continuation of Transistors.  The experiment itself is broken up into several phases whereas the first consists of a circuit that flashes an LED on and off for approximately one second. The next phase of the circuit introduces a coupling capacitor which in turn creates a pulsating effecting via…

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Arduino and Visual Code

Dusting off my blog here…it’s definitely been a while.   Today I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I could use the Visual Code with Arduino Sketches. I did, however, run into a couple of hiccups that were easily solvable. For example, the browse path inside c_cpp_properties.json appeared to be incorrect. With the default path,…

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Make: Electronics Chp2 Experiment 10

Experiment 10 “Transistor Switching” involves one of the most important electronic component in all of electronics. The transistor. To truly appreciate how the transistor has impacted technology. I highly recommend Googling about the importance of the transistor. As this will hopefully foster a deep appreciation for this piece of technical genius. So many things that…

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Make: Electronics Chp 2 Experiment 9

Experiment 9 “Time and Capacitors” is a soft introduction to the capacitor. The capacitor is a very interesting component and with it you can measure time. However, this is the first component that actually requires that you pay full attention to how it is placed on the bread board. Failure to check the polarity can result in…

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Make: Electronics Chp 2 Exercises 6-8

Exercise 6 “Very Simple Switching” introduces manually operated switches. The circuit  you will construct can use either a SPDT or DPDT toggle switch. For what its worth, this circuit will require some patience if you have big hands and your toggle switch doesn’t have screw terminals. One of the things you have to get used…

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Make: Electronics Chap 1 Exercise 5

When life gives you lemons, make electricity. OK…that was kinda corny. The last experiment in chapter one presents us with an old school kitchen table experiment; making a battery from lemons. For the exercise I actually had to run out and grab some supplies, mainly the lemons, lemon juice, and some zinc coated brackets from…

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