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Linzee
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Re: Possible alternatives
Linzee   1/14/2015 1:23:39 AM
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@MhRackin, Max the Magnificent and David Ashton-

 

This may be more feasible than we think. Donations are taxed in different ways than import products. Your best bet is to get in touch with Oyster & Pearls. The woman in charge of that outfit is ALWAYS on the lookout for kind people interested in helping. You never know where it all might lead- http://www.oystersandpearls.org/

They could definitely use an oscilloscope and a power supply unit. Anything else would be greatly appreciated and highly utiilized.

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David Ashton   1/13/2015 5:52:58 PM
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@MHRackin, Max....great thoughts there, but be aware that most African countries charge heavy duty on almost anything that is imported, and this may not be economically viable.  I'm sure Lindsay wil be aware of any restrictions for Uganda and can advise accordingly.

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Max The Magnificent   1/13/2015 5:41:12 PM
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@mhrackin: I just had a thought (amazing as that might seem at my age).  I know that I will have to start "downsizing" my basement warehouse soon; perhaps others might think about that also.  Is there a way to get some of our collective "surplus surplus" to the Fundis?  Maybe even some test gear?

Oooh -- that's a great idea. I think Lindsay is currently out there -- I'll try emailing him, plus I'm sure he'll be checking this column. Maybe he could run a Kickstarter to raise the money to ship all our surplus stuff over there....

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Possible alternatives
mhrackin   1/13/2015 5:06:46 PM
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I just had a thought (amazing as that might seem at my age).  I know that I will have to start "downsizing" my basement warehouse soon; perhaps others might think about that also.  Is there a way to get some of our collective "surplus surplus" to the Fundis?  Maybe even some test gear?

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Re: Components
mhrackin   1/13/2015 5:02:24 PM
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There are still quite a few of us around, who became interested in electronics ar a very young age.  Obviously, few if any had any significant amount of disposable income; thus we too used primarily "scrounged" components salvaged from scrapped radios and TVs (at that time there were hardly any other types of consumer electronics!).  It's amazing what a combination of ingenuity (the real root word from which "engineer" came) and perseverence can accomplish with that sort of "parts box."

A large fraction of my "parts box" (actually a collection of empty shoe and cigar boxes) held components from pre-WW2 devices (some of which I still have).  Figuring out how to use series and parallel combinations to get needed resistance or capacitance values was part of the learning experience.

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Electronics in Africa
David Ashton   1/13/2015 3:57:12 PM
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I too grew up in Africa, and also appreciate the difficulties of "electronicking" there.  One thing that many people remark about in Africa is the keenness of kids and young people to learn - knowledge is often a ticket out of poverty.  Kudos to Lindsay - and Solomon - for tapping into this.  I'd certainly donate to these guys (when I have a few spare $, which does not happen often) - it's a very deserving cause and I know it would be appreciated.

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Components
antedeluvian   1/13/2015 3:14:13 PM
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Having grown up in Africa, I know how difficult it was to find any equipment. There was no Radio Shack equivalent, no easy source of something as simple as a resistor. I know many things have changed in 50+ years, but trips back don't give me much encouragemnet that it is any easier for your fundis.

I seem to remember in a previous blog you spoke about how they had to scrounge parts. I have to admire that and I wonder how easy it is for someone who always has ready access to parts to adjust to making do with what is at hand.

Kudos to them all.

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