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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...

25 MARCH 2015

Soldering Robot Solder Feeder

Today we finished the machining and building of the first of two solder feeders for our DIY soldering robot project. The main body of the feeder was milled from 10mm aluminium and the tensioner roller assembly was milled...

23 MARCH 2015

HackRF One SDR EMI Shield installation

In September 2014 I pre ordered a HackRF One SDR radio from Passion Radio Shop and on the 13th March 2015 it arrived! Initial testing with the HackRF showed that it was being swamped with external RF from nearby transmitters....

14 MARCH 2015

Soldering Robot Head Assembly

We have finished the soldering iron element slider system and stepper mount for the new soldering robot project. The soldering iron element slides on a pair or 6mm rails, drylin® accessories, precision aluminium shaft...

08 MARCH 2015

Antex TCS230 50W Temperature Controller Part 1

We are working on a new project to make a dual headed soldering robot to automate the soldering of the dual in line header pins on the Raspberry Pi expansion boards we design, manufacture and sell on our shop at www.abelectronics.co.uk We...

26 JANUARY 2015

Cycle Training with Video Routes

In November 2014 my brother and I decided to buy a pair of Specialized CruX E5 cyclocross bikes to use in addition to our full suspension mountain bikes. We decided to buy cyclocross style bikes rather than pure road bikes...

21 DECEMBER 2014

Raspberry Pi board Test Jigs

Since starting to design and manufacturer our own Raspberry Pi expansion boards which we sell on www.abelectronics.co.uk we have found that the testing phase of the board production has always been very time consuming as...

22 NOVEMBER 2014

Postal Address Parser

On our ecommerce shop we needed to be able to format customer addresses in the correct format and layout for the destination countries, to do this I have written a simple C# postal address parser to format the input address...

09 NOVEMBER 2014

Cateye Micro Wireless Bike Computer interference

We recently purchased a pair of Specialized Crux E5 cyclocross bikes from Primera Sports in Bournemouth which we plan to use for longer road rides and some off road and keep our full suspension mountain bikes for just off...

06 NOVEMBER 2014

Do not return batteries via the Royal Mail

On the 15th October 2014 I ordered a pair of Voltz 5300mAh 8.4v Stick Pack with Traxxas Connector NiMH batteries from www.modelsport.co.uk which they sent to me via Royal Mail at a cost of £76.90 When the batteries...

19 OCTOBER 2014

Maynuo M9812 Serial to USB Adapter

We recently purchased a Maynuo M9812 programmable DC electronic load to use on various projects and one of the features of the M9812 is a serial connector that can be used to connect the load to a pc for external control...


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