Category Archives: Electronics

Nifty SD Card Gadget

I recently purchased, on eBay, a nifty little SD Card gadget. You can plug either a regular or micro-size SD card into it and then plug into either a standard or micro USB port. It is pretty handy, especially for … Continue reading

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Solar Garden-Light Failure Autopsy

About a year ago I placed a Dollar-Tree Solar Garden-Light, (Fig 3, below) in a sunny place of our yard. From a previously identical light I knew that the battery contacts were thinly plated steel which would corrode and cause … Continue reading

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Macrofab Pick and Place (PnP) – musings

NOTE: This post has some significant update of January 28, 2018 I have been doing some PCB SMT design using pcb-rnd with a goal of trying a board assembly shop.  I’ll do a few prototypes but that is all. Macrofab has … Continue reading

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SMD Temperature / Humidity Sensor

I made a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for a project that I have been working on that a temperature and humidity sensor. My initial PCB had mostly Surface Mount Devices (SMD) parts but three parts were discrete through-hole parts. Through-hole … Continue reading

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All SMD Radio Transmitter

In a current personal(1), i.e., not for sale or distribution, project I have been using a Chinese ASK radio transmitter module – the STX-882, which I posted about back in February of this year. The STX-882 works well BUT being … Continue reading

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Chinese SOIC-8 test clips for in-Circuit Programming – Part 2

Last April I wrote about the cheap Chinese SOIC-8 test clips. In that post I primarily discussed the wiring – specifically that, as wired, it isn’t useful for in-circuit programming of the ATTiny85 SMD SOIC-8W chip. Ultimately, I rewired the … Continue reading

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COB Removal – Fail !

I have some  PCBs with a Chip-On-Board (COB) chip that I was curious about. A website stated that this COB contained a QX5252F chip but it was not stated how this was determined. I didn’t really believe it and decided that … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor – SOIC8/SOP8 test clips

My mistake may benefit you if you are into budget surface mount PCB creation. I recently purchased an 8-pin  test clip for SOP8/SOIC8 surface mounted chips. My goal was to use my USBasp programmer to flash in-circuit ATTINY85-20SU chips. I … Continue reading

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CE012 Step-Up Boost – What’s Inside?

I am getting ready to design a circuit using the ME2108A Step-Up voltage converter, but first I wanted to closely examine the CE012 Voltage converter that I recently posted about – HERE. Since Canton Electronic’s  CE012 module performed so well … Continue reading

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Manchester for Arduino

There are several Manchester Coding libraries for Arduino wireless transfer (See http://tinyurl.com/jh95cju), I have gotten two of them to work satisfactorily for communicating a single byte of data. Both the “Mchr3k” library “http://mchr3k.github.io/arduino-libs-manchester/” and cano64’s library “https://github.com/cano64/ManchesterRF” worked for singly … Continue reading

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