Random projects and posts - page 2

Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K Heatsink mod

02 MAY 2020

We recently purchased a Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K video capture card for capturing the display output from a Raspberry Pi. While the capture card works well and does what we need it did have one small annoying problem....

Phone cradle with Garmin Quarter turn mount

13 APRIL 2020

I have been using Zwift with my first generation Wahoo Kickr bike trainer for several months now, firstly due to bad weather over the winter months and now due to the current Covid19 lockdown in the United Kingdom. I run...

Yaesu VX-6 New Data Cable Fix

07 APRIL 2020

Last week I purchased a Yaesu VX-6 is which is an ultra-rugged 144-430 MHz FM Hand-Held with wide receiver coverage of 504kHz to 998.99MHz. As programming the radios via the keypad is very time consuming, I purchased a...

PartFinder component inventory manager

29 MARCH 2020

For several years we have been using PartKeepr https://partkeepr.org/ to keep track of the thousands of components we have in our workshop. Over the past few months, we found the daily backups from PartKeepr are taking...

Amazon Echo Flex Teardown

28 MARCH 2020

At Christmas we purchased an Amazon Echo Flex which was on special offer at the time.  The Echo Flex is a plug-in smart home controller using the Amazon Alexa ecosystem. After having it sitting on the shelf for 3 months,...

When lightning strikes

17 MARCH 2020

Today whilst sorting through my old 35mm film negatives, I found some photos of the damage our home suffered when we had a direct lightning strike to the aerials on our roof in September 2004. On the night, we all went...

Pioneer SX-N30 Stereo Receiver 12V Remote Output Mod

11 MARCH 2020

For several months now we have been looking at ways to reduce the energy consumption in our house. One item we found that was using power when it wasn’t in use was a Yamaha subwoofer that is connected to a Pioneer...

Synology DiskStation DS411+II Repair - Blue Flashing LED

28 FEBRUARY 2020

Around two years ago my Synology DS411+II network attached storage drive developed a fault where it would randomly fail to boot or power on with a flashing blue power button light and then after a random number of minutes...

The importance of checking your data backups

22 JANUARY 2020

I thought I would write a short post about the importance of checking that your computer data backups are working correctly and if you experience a drive or computer failure only to find your backup system did not work! This...

Sony Bravia 55XE90 KD-55XE9005 Teardown VR Damage

15 JANUARY 2020

Last week my 55 inch Sony Bravia KD 55XE9005 LED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart Android TV suffered an unfortunate accident with a friend who was playing Richie's Plank Experience on my Oculus Rift. While playing one of the bonus...

Collecting old photos of my hometown of Swanage

30 DECEMBER 2019

For the past few years I have been collecting vintage photographs, slides and postcards of my hometown of Swanage which is on the South Coast of England. My interest in historic photos started with our tourism website,...

Amazon Echo Input Teardown

03 DECEMBER 2019

In the black Friday sale at Amazon we purchased an Amazon Echo Input which is a small voice-controlled device that requires an external speaker and uses the Amazon Alexa voice command service. As this is the second Amazon...

Developing a new product to sell

29 NOVEMBER 2019

Since launching our AB Electronics UK shop in 2012 we have expanded from our first Raspberry Pi analogue to digital converter to over 40 custom boards and accessories we sell online at  www.abelectronics.co.uk/. This...

12V SLA Battery Testers

21 NOVEMBER 2019

We use 12 Volt sealed lead acid batteries (SLA) for many different uses from shed lighting to running radios and other 12V equipment which needs a portable power supply. To check the charge status of the batteries we usually...

Trying to Save Power and Lower our Energy Bills

04 OCTOBER 2019

This is a very text heavy post but I thought I would share our efforts to save on our energy usage in our home. With the constantly rising costs of energy we have always tried to use as little electricity and gas as possible...

Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter Internal PSU

02 OCTOBER 2019

We have an Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter on our test equipment shelf and this uses an external plastic plugin power brick to power the frequency counter. After cutting the plastic case from the power supply we found...


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Brian Dorey

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I make websites and manufacturer and sell expansion boards for the Raspberry Pi range of computers.

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