Raspberry Pi model A vs Model B

Raspberry Pi model A vs Model B

Posted Wednesday 06 February 2013 17:36 Page View Counter 58

The new Raspberry Pi model A arrived today after a mixup where Farnell sent us another model B yesterday. The new Model A on the left with a Com Pi board and Wifi dongle. Older Model B on the right. As the new Model A is supposed to use a lot...

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Yaesu FT 817 Cat Control Headaches

Yaesu FT 817 Cat Control Headaches

Posted Wednesday 23 January 2013 10:49 Page View Counter 56

After treating myself to a new Yaesu FT 817 HF, 6m, 2m & 70cm transceiver, I also ordered a CAT to USB control cable from Radioarena (Yaesu USB Programming / CAT Cable for FT-100 / 817 / 857 / 897) which arrived 8 days later. After struggling to...

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Small Space Workshops

Small Space Workshops

Posted Saturday 05 January 2013 10:46 Page View Counter 27

After seeing other blog posts about people’s workshops, I thought I should add a post about our small home workshop which is in the loft of our terrace home. The loft space is 4.1m long, 3.2m wide at its widest point and 2m high in the middle. At...

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Automatic component feeders DIY pick and place Part 1

Automatic component feeders DIY pick and place Part 1

Posted Saturday 01 December 2012 20:08 Page View Counter 46

Following from the Panasonic component feeder mods and the build of our manual pick and place machine (pick and place part 1 & pick and place part 2) we have started to build an automatic stepper motor driven controller for the component feeders which...

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Magnetic PCB holders

Magnetic PCB holders

Posted Saturday 01 December 2012 19:46 Page View Counter 27

While building pcbs on our manual pick and place machine we have been looking at various options to hold the PCB boards still while placing the components but without having to use complex clamps to hold the boards in place. To solve the problem we tried...

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Google Talk and Google Chrome Windows 8 Bug Fix

Google Talk and Google Chrome Windows 8 Bug Fix

Posted Sunday 25 November 2012 22:11 Page View Counter 27

Since installing Windows 8 earlier this month I haven’t been able to use Google Chrome as the default browser for links when opening from Google Talk. Even when the Defaults control panel was showing Google Chrome as the default browser any links...

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New Raspberry Pi Analogue to Digital converter

New Raspberry Pi Analogue to Digital converter

Posted Tuesday 20 November 2012 23:15 Page View Counter 53

Following feedback and supply problems with the 16 bit ADC chip we had been using on our popular ADC Pi board which we sell on www.abelectronics.co.uk we have been working on a new version of the ADC board and we have now launched version 2 of the ADC...

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Panasonic Pick and Place Feeder Hack

Panasonic Pick and Place Feeder Hack

Posted Tuesday 13 November 2012 19:02 Page View Counter 70

To replace the diy surface mount component feeder used on the pick and place part 1 & pick and place part 2 posts, I was able to source 11 x 8mm Panasonic Ratchet Type Component Feeders (part no 10488BD059, specification 8WX4P Emboss) from eBay for...

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Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine part 2

Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine part 2

Posted Sunday 28 October 2012 19:18 Page View Counter 105

Following from the previous pick and place part 1 post we have completed the initial build on our semi automatic pick and place machine. The air / vacuum supply nozzle was made on the lathe using a section of 10mm steel and has a 4mm hole approx 3/4...

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Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine part 1

Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine part 1

Posted Friday 19 October 2012 00:04 Page View Counter 107

After discovering the cost of buying a ready made manual Pick & Place Machine was over £5,000 and an automatic one well over £20,000 we decided to try to make our own manual pick and place system with a motorised component pen. We sourced...

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