06/17/16

5 Tools Everyone Tinkering In Electronics Should Be Using

1. Soldering Iron — Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering Station
For me a good soldering iron is really a necessity, specifically something with changeable tips and a flexible cable. I now have the best solder iron I have ever owned. The Weller WESD51, a digitally controlled iron with a max output of 50 watts. The iron is microprocessor controlled with a temperature range of 350F-850F. Digital LED display provides temperature setting and actual tip temperature readout in degrees. If I leave my iron on for some reason, it has auto power-off after 99 minutes.
https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000ARU9PO
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2. Xuron — Cutters and Pliers
Nippers, cutters and precision pliers make life so much easier. You can cut closer to your solder points and hold small parts better. I normally would be a little more general in my recommendations, but I really these tools compared to my Kobalt needle nose.
http://xuron.com/index.php/main/consumer_products/3
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11/18/13

DIY Webradio – RadioduinoWRT

Raffael Herrmann from en.code-bude.net stuffed the guts of his RadioduinoWRT project into an old piece of stereo equipment. Inside the box he has about $100 worth of electronics including a WRT router, an Arduino Mega and an ethernet module. The result is a great looking component that can stream internet radio without having to keep a computer running to play it.

“Once the basic idea to build a web radio myself was fixed, I thought about the components to be installed. So initially I also included a Raspberry Pi to discussion. Finally, I have decided on a combination of the TP-Link WR703N router (about which I have already reported several times in my blog) and an Arduino Mega.

This decision had several reasons – first, I had both the router and the Arduino still in my parts box and on the other I wanted to implement the projectas cheap as possible and on minimal hardware. Certainly a realization with a Raspberry Pi would have been possible, but this would have been more expensive than the TL-WR703N and the Arduino Mega together. Furthermore the hardware of the Raspberry is almost “oversized” for the project requirements.”

 

The full article from hackedgadgets.com can  be found at this link: http://hackedgadgets.com/2013/11/06/diy-webradio-radioduinowrt/

10/14/13

How To Build a Cooler Stand from Pallets

http://charlesandhudson.com/how-to-build-a-cooler-stand-from-pallets/

My sister Jackie and her friend Becky recently built an awesome cooler stand from pallets that they gave to my other sister as a gift. I was amazed by the craftsmanship and detail they put into this stand and I can imagine the possibilities of painting the stand based on a team color which would make it the ultimate weekend football accessory.

Becky and Jackie have taken some step-by-step photos which are fairly easy to follow along but it will take some engineering on your part to work out the dimensions in regards to your individual cooler and the pallet lumber that you are working with.

Everything depends on the size of the ice cooler. The ice cooler that is a straight up rectangle works the best because the chest is built around the cooler rather than the ice cooler fitting the chest.

Follow this project from the photos and you’ll be on your way to cool brews from your own cooler stand.

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From the website of: Charles & Hudson

09/15/13

A mini microphone preamplifier

http://dangerousprototypes.com/2013/09/10/a-mini-microphone-preamplifier/

Via: dangerousprototypes.com

Boris Landoni from Open Electronics has written an article about the design of amicrophone preamplifier:

This Mini Microphone Preamplifier could be used as the first stage to amplify any audio signal. The device is equipped with a microphone plus clips to be connected to a 9V battery. Amplification is achieved by using an operational LM741 amplifier. The volume level could be adjusted via a trimmer.

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