Old-timer who grew up with vacuum tubes and therefore have been amazed and fascinated by the many advances in the electronics industry since.
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- Milliohm Squawker great at finding shorts and reverse engineering PCBs
- Nice to have an IR imager. But lacking one, a similar 'poor man's' approach is to spray the board with freeze-mist until a layer of frost forms, then watch the route where it thaws out first.
- Everyday household scope uses
- There was that Samsung microwave mess with fried connectors (2 weeks after the warranty) that I described on The Connecting Edge, and of course that Horrific Hellscope by Atten. For household use, how about checking the drive level and timing to the fuel injectors in your car, or loosely couple a probe to the plug wires (a short antenna wire OUTSIDE the insulation for small capacitive coupling) to see if any sparks are abnormal, as in different from the rest.
- Vintage test equipment: Not just for old engineers
- A real, true hands-on engineer in the making, fer sure. You rock, Daniel!
- Give me those old-tyme displays
- "My parts stash includes some incandescent seven-segment displays; but I've never seen them used in an actual product" One of the products in which these were used was a Heathkit Digital (as opposed to rotating disc with flashing neon lamp) Marine Depth Sounder, forgot the model number. IIRC the 8th segment was a little X of incandescent wires to form the decimal point. Can't recall if they were used in any other Heathkit products.
- Bouncing short beats clean one for power system testing
- Oh, forgot to mention 10GSa and 1GHz BW each channel :^} But that Pico scope looks very interesting, and would have served nicely for this purpose. Plus it has current probe options, when doing the blogged power debugging the companion 4 ch scope was a LeCroy with a couple current probes. By printing the 2 plots on paper triggered from the same event, juxtapositioned vertically and sized to match horizontal timebase graticules, it sort of resembled an 8 channel scope.
- How did you learn PCB layout?
- College 40 years ago touched briefly on this subject - red and blue tape on transparent film. That was it. But over the years I learned, and sat with the layout tool operators for days on end getting them to place the copper and layer thickness exactly the way I wanted. This was the result of one overly-zealous layout guy that worked over the weekend and presented me with a totally botched job Monday morning. Never happened again. Recently learned the basics of KiCad for my latest product. It's not rocket science - operating the CAD tool is one thing, but knowing where to place the copper is a whole different skill. Unfortunately most management types do not comprehend that.
- Simple circuit indicates a low battery
- Nice idea! Innovative and elegant.
- The last half-century: Wirewound resistors Part two
- What an interesting and informative story! Will never look at resistors the same way again. Would be nice to see more related blogs about the trials and tribulations of developing other types of parts, there must be those out there with stories to tell...
- Resistor combinations: How many values using 1kohm resistors?
- @xienwolf, Right, you are an astute reader. Noted these 2 errors in previous comments: "Oops! I goofed on the group of 5 lower right corner - is 500 ohms, not 333 ohms. Sept 17, 2013 4:41 PM EDT" "Also there is a 2nd goof in the groupings of 5. Can you spot it? Sept 17, 2013 4:46 PM EDT"
- Counterfeit threats for electronic parts
- Simple solution - do not buy ANYTHING from China
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