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03 DECEMBER 2015

Starting your own ecommerce business

When we launched our ecommerce shop AB Electronics UK selling the Raspberry Pi expansion boards which myself and my brother Andrew have designed and hand built we thought that we knew all the potential issues and pitfalls...

30 NOVEMBER 2015

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Three years ago we designed a solar data logger based on a Raspberry Pi which monitored the solar heating and PV system in the house as well as measuring the amount of energy we were using.  This system has served...

14 NOVEMBER 2015

Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking

Update 17th June 2016: There is a new version of this code on http://www.briandorey.com/post/Google-Analytics-server-side-ecommerce-tracking-V2 A recurring issue we have on several of the ecommerce websites we...

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Optical Interface Noise Fail

Since we solved the RF interference problems http://www.briandorey.com/post/mastervolt-soladin-rf-filtering with our Mastervolt Soladin 600 mains inverter we had planned to use the data port to link to our Raspberry...

11 NOVEMBER 2015

USB MultiComms Part Four Case

This is part four of the USB MultiComms project, you can view part one, two and three from the links below: USB MultiComms Part One - USB Board USB MultiComms Part Two - RS232 Board USB MultiComms Part Three - UART Board With...

11 NOVEMBER 2015

USB MultiComms Part Three UART Board

This is part three of the USB MultiComms project, you can view part one and two from the links below: USB MultiComms Part One - USB Board USB MultiComms Part Two - RS232 Board With the main controller board and the RS232...

31 OCTOBER 2015

USB MultiComms Part Two RS232 Board

This is part two of the USB MultiComms project, you can view part one where we built the controller board at USB MultiComms Part One - USB Board In part one of this USB MultiComms I detailed the design and construction...

15 OCTOBER 2015

USB MultiComms Part One USB Board

Designing a USB communications box. Several of the projects we have been working on recently needed some form of serial communication with our PC, either through RS232, UART, I2C or SPI and at the moment we use a handful...

13 OCTOBER 2015

Sinclair ZX81 Kit Build

Several years ago we purchased a mint conditioned unopened Sinclair ZX81 Computer Kit from eBay with the intention of building it sometime and having another classic ZX81 computer which was the first computer I had when...

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

Hope One LED Light GoPro mount

With the dark winter evenings drawing in we are starting to use the bikes more at night than in the day time due to work commitments to try to keep fit. We purchased a set of Hope One LED lights earlier this year and they...

22 AUGUST 2015

QuietPC Silent Fan Upgrade

Last week we ordered a new compact pc for the loft workshop and a new wide screen monitor to use for our electronics development and also to use with our SDR radio.We purchased a Quiet PC Sentinel Mini system from www.quietpc.com...

11 AUGUST 2015

USB Smart Charger with Bluetooth LE

For the past few months we have been working on a set of new USB smart chargers which run from our off grid 12V system to be used for charging tablets, smartphones and other devices which charge from a USB port. The aim...

01 AUGUST 2015

HackRF One Shielded Case Installation

In 2014 we purchased a HACKRF One SDR radio and quickly found that the receiver was being swamped with local interference from nearby transmitters and other equipment. We installed the optional HACKRF EMI Shield which...

31 JULY 2015

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board Case

Since building the Powerpole fused distribution boards we have been planning to make a case to prevent accidental short circuits on the pcb boards when power is applied. We looked at commercial cases and found some suitable...

08 JULY 2015

Designing a PIC24 Development Board

Several of our recent projects have used a 16 bit PIC24 microcontroller from Microchip.  The PIC24FJ128GC006 contains two 16-bit ADC channels which makes it useful for measuring voltages more accurately than the 10...

07 JULY 2015

July Storms and Flooding

Lightning over Poole from the Studland road viewpoint The full size image of the photo above is on my Flickr pages. On the 3rd July we had a huge thunderstorm and rain storm in the evening which resulted in over...

15 JUNE 2015

Windows 10 IOT Libraries for Raspberry Pi

Since the announcement that Windows 10 IOT was being released to use on the Raspberry Pi model 2 we have been experimenting with the platform and Andrew has been busy converting the Python 2 and 3 libraries he had written...

19 MAY 2015

DIY Pick and Place Speed Updates

Since adding the various modifications to the DIY pick and place machine in the past few months we have now been able to tweak the speed and acceleration of the stepper drivers to improve the machines placement times. We...

04 MAY 2015

DIY Soldering Robot Project Completed

The DIY soldering robot which we have been building in our spare time over the past few months is now working and we have been able to solder some test Raspberry Pi expansion board headers with the machine. Before starting...

07 APRIL 2015

Soldering Robot Designing the Motor Driver Board

For several months now we have been working on a new soldering robot to solder the 40 pin headers onto the raspberry pi expansion boards we build and sell on our AB Electronics UK website.  The mechanical side of the...

06 APRIL 2015

Soldering Robot Temperature Controller

With the mechanical side of the soldering robot well underway the next stage was to begin work on the electronics that will control it.  In a previous post I wrote about our decision to use the Antex TCS230 soldering...


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