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All SMD Radio Transmitter

In a current 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 a module, it is a through-hole device … 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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Macrofab Pick and Place (PnP) – musings

I have been doing some PCB SMT design using pcb-rnd with a goal of using a board assembly shop. My current, semi-commercial, project will simply have too much volume to consider self-assembly. I’ll do a few prototypes but that is … Continue reading

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Arduino Teaches Old Coder New Tricks

In September, 2012, my article of this title was published by Linux Journal magazine. A blog version of the article is below. Background The first significant electronic circuit that I designed and implemented was in 1973 and consisted of several … Continue reading

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Universal Adapter for Arduino/ATmel USBasp programmer

A while back I fabricated a socket adapter for my USBasp programmer for use with the eight pin ATtiny85 DIP package microcontrollers. I used a RadioShack Catalog #: 276-150 prototype board, an 8-pin socket, some header pins and wires to create … Continue reading

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DIY PCB Etching

Having read much of what is readily available on the web concerning DIY PCB Etching, when the need arose, I decided to etch a board two ways – first with the Vinegar & Salt method and second with the sponge and Ferric … Continue reading

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