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Re: #4: A breadboard
Aeroengineer   9/5/2013 1:06:22 PM
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Max,

What is that you are building?  I am guessing from the link title that it is an ADC made from discrete components.  It looks very interesting, also very well laid out with the jumper wires.

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#4: A breadboard
Max The Magnificent   9/5/2013 1:01:47 PM
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I like your setup -- I love using breadboards myself -- here's one of my on-going (ever-growing) projects (Click Here to see the image)

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Re: A lot of little
Aeroengineer   9/5/2013 12:55:52 PM
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Duane,

I like that idea as well.  I have taken to either making a breakout PCB for those types of circuits, or to build them up on a small donut board.  I got 100 boards that are about that size that you mentioned for about $5 from Aliexpress. 

 

On a side note, I hope to see your posts continued over here about prototyping with BGA.  I was really enjoying those.  I need to find out if OSHpark supports filled vias, and if because they are filled if I can get away with smaller anular rings.  I really would like to use the Freescale KL02 in some of my projects.

 

 

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Re: #3: A computer
Aeroengineer   9/5/2013 12:50:57 PM
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Max,


That looks like a nice event.  I have looked, and the closest I can find to an event like that is about 2 hours away for me.  I do think, though, that I might look into getting my technicians license one of these days to be able to play with some different frequiencies for my RC stuff.

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A lot of little
Duane Benson   9/5/2013 12:45:18 PM
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I find that rather than one big solderless breadboard, a lot of little breadboards are a necessity for me. The ones I get are 2.2" x 3.4" and snap together to make a larger board.

The one you've got looks incredibly handy, but what I tend to do is wire up a small section of a circuit on the solderless breadboard, like a sensor or two. I'll then use that with one of my existing PC boards. I typically have a half dozen either in use, or built up and set aside for later use, at any given time.

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#3: A computer
Max The Magnificent   9/5/2013 12:07:09 PM
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@Aeroengineer: How would you perform tasks like programming and PCB layout without a computer? This item is a must. It does not need to be dedicated to electronics design, but you can pick up a cheap laptop or desktop for around $300.

I think most folks who want to get into this stuff already have a computer -- but it may be a good idea to have one that's dedicated to one's hobby projects. In this case, if one is looking for a really cost-effective option, I really recommend a visit to one's local technology recycling store -- or to a local Hamfest like the Huntsville Hamfest I attended a couple of weeks ago. So long as you can live with something that's not quite state-of-the-art, you can pick up a very reasonably powered notepad computer for around ~$50...

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Re: #2: A desk or a workbench
Aeroengineer   9/5/2013 11:32:17 AM
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What impressed me was that they shipped the thing for ~$7.  It was a 108lb box and it came in less than a week just before Christmas.  That is about the best price I have paid for shipping on such a large item.  I do feel bad for the FedEx guy that had to deliver it.

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Re: But what about...?
Aeroengineer   9/5/2013 11:28:59 AM
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You know, I had not considered that because I already had these from doing the mechanical work and modeling that I do.  I guess that I took that for granted.  I have a really wonderful set of screwdrivers that my wife got me for my birthday.  When I get home, I will look it up and see who makes it.  They store all the bits in the handle, though not in the way that most do.  This one is almost like a pump action loader.  At first, I thought that it was a bit lacking, but then one day they were the only screwdrivers taht I had available, and I found out how useful they really were.  Now it is my go to set.  They come in a set of two.  There is a larger one, and a smaller one.  It comes in a nice case.

 

As to wire strippers, I usually just use an exacto blade that I have lying around.  I know that there are better things around, it has just been hard to beat a $.10 blade.  The ones that are slightly dull for regular work are the best as they still cut the plastic insulation fine, but are less prone to cut the fine wires.

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#2: A desk or a workbench
Max The Magnificent   9/5/2013 11:24:06 AM
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@Aeroengineer: This is a fantastic addition. It does not need to be fancy -- it's a place to leave your projects in between your working sessions.

I agree -- I would love to have such a workbench tucked away somewhere in our house -- as I mentioned before, I end up doing most of my projects on the kitchen table.


We (my wife and I) keep on talking about building a little studio for me at the bottom of the garden ... but I think she knows that if we did that, she might not see me from one week to another LOL

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Re: Mistakes, I've made a few...
Aeroengineer   9/5/2013 11:23:08 AM
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MP, I am glad that you found it useful.  It has taken me about 5 years to get to the point that I am at now, but I have enjoyed it, and I have found it to be very useful.  Now I am working on developing projects with the ARM Cortex M series uC's.  Funny now that I was so scared to jump into electronics so long ago.

 

I do like your idea, though so far, I have been blessed with 20/10 eyesight, so I can actually do deadbug soldering on a .5mm pin spacing part with unaided vision.  I am sure that will go soon enough, so you suggestion is worth considering here in the near future.

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