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09 DECEMBER 2016

CIF CF02 Reflow Oven Upgrade to Zallus Learning Controller

For the past four years, we have been using a CIF CF02 reflow oven to reflow and cook our circuit boards which we sell on www.abelectronics.co.uk and for our own projects. The oven initially needed a lot of tweaking...

22 NOVEMBER 2016

Knowlton Chruch Night Photography Trip

After a busy day building Raspberry Pi boards, we took a drive tonight to Knowlton Church and earth works to try to get some night time photos with the stars behind the Norman church. Knowlton Church was built in the 12th...

02 NOVEMBER 2016

Lyme Regis Sunset Photography trip

Went for a drive this afternoon down to Axmister Tools to pick up a few new tools for the workshop and stopped off at Lyme Regis on the way back to try to get some photos of the sunset from the cob and harbour wall. Larger...

30 OCTOBER 2016

Nextbase 512G low profile mount mod for Ford Focus

After picking up the new Ford Focus last week I wanted to install a dash cam so in the event of us being unlucky enough to be involved in an accident there will be video footage of the moments before and after the event. After...

28 OCTOBER 2016

Trip to Sturminster Mill in Dorset

Since picking up the new Ford Focus last week I can now drive again thanks to its Powershift six speed transmission and this afternoon after a couple of meetings with customers, I went for a drive up to Sturminster Mill...

22 OCTOBER 2016

Ford Sync 3 USB Drive Music Playlists

Our new Ford Focus arrived on Thursday this week and the 2016 model in the United Kingdom is now shipped with Fords latest Sync 3 multimedia system which has been available in the USA for some time. I have a large music...

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

Home Energy Solar Logger Update

Since updating our home solar data logging system to the Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2 in November 2015 we planned to add additional indoor and outdoor sensors to the system.   We ordered additional...

04 SEPTEMBER 2016

10Mhz Frequency Standard Distribution Project

Several months ago we purchased a FE-5680A Rubidium Frequency Standard from eBay, part number P/N 217400-30352-1. We planned to use the frequency standard as a reference for our frequency counter, spectrum analyser and our...

29 AUGUST 2016

Camera Carry Grip Handle

Last week I decided to upgrade my old Canon 5D Mk1 to a new camera as I wanted a higher resolution and better autofocus system for wildlife and landscapes. I had been waiting for the new Canon 5D Mk IV which was officially...

19 JULY 2016

Summer 2016 Workshop Update

Sorry for the lack of new blog posts in the last couple of months but we have been very busy with the slate roof on our home being replaced and the work involved with refurbishing the roof and associated outside lead...

23 APRIL 2016

CIF Relflow oven forced air cooling fan addon

When building our Raspberry Pi expansion boards we use lead free solder paste and a C.I.F FT02 batch reflow oven to cook the boards. The C.I.F promotional videos show the oven being used on a workbench without any...

16 APRIL 2016

5uH LISN Tester Project

We needed to be able to test some of our circuits for EMI issues via the power lines and after some research we found a product called TBOH01 5UH Line Impedance Stabilisation Network LISN from Tekbox (http://www.tekbox.net/test-equipment/tboh01-5uh-line-impedance-stabilisation-network-lisn-cispr25)...

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Garmin Edge 810 and GoPro Hero 3 GPS Interference

I often record my bike rides on my GoPro Hero 3+ to use on our local tourism website Virtual Swanage (www.virtual-swanage.co.uk) and use the GPS data from my Garmin Edge 810 bike computer to make downloadable routes for...

13 JANUARY 2016

Gas Meter Hall Effect Sensor

In a previous blog post we wrote about our new mains energy monitoring system which reads the values from our electric and gas meters and stores them in an online database.  The gas reading was done using a reed...

01 JANUARY 2016

ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

In November of last year we finished work on our Raspberry Pi based solar data logger, a part of our ongoing smart home project that we have been working on for several years now.  The solar logger monitors all of...

01 JANUARY 2016

Virtual Swanage 20 years old

20 years of Virtual Swanage promoting our town and local area at www.virtual-swanage.co.uk In 1996 we first launched our local tourist information website for our home town of Swanage. The first version of the website...


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