TAUTIC’s 20 Pin Development Kit

I am a sucker for development kits/boards; they are cheap and if you have the room in your project they shave tons of room off your development time. Semi-recently, I was looking for a 18 or 20 PIC development board to plug into a main board. There are tons of boards that have various relays…

GSM Remote Control and Monitoring

While building my homebrew home automation I wanted a way to monitor it remotely with my iPhone as cheap as possible. Well a land line was out, despite an extensive search I couldn’t find a way to make my iPhone 4 a dial-up modem for remote terminal access. I then went on to looking for…

Cap Exploded in an ATU

I got called from a small AM station to help them out with their power problem. Their “first-gen” solid state Nautel transmitter was outputting a wimpy 400w output as it had backed itself off on on high SWR. A quick look at the transmitter showed some gross neglect as everything caked in dirt the problem…

Homebrew / DIY Boiler

Warning: Boilers can explode and kill you. See:   http://youtu.be/fCej2OQSKnY Making/using your own boiler may cause issues with your homeowners insurance, etc. Have I talked you out of this enough? I have build my own hydronic hot water heater for my “retreat”. In an attempt to have an option to run my farm house off…

Back to magnetic basics

I was picking through my pile of books which I want to get to sooner-than-later and read through a bit of Field and Wave Electromagnetics. I decided I shunned magnetics and inductors too much when I was in school and decided I needed to suck it up and become better versed. The last time I…

Raspberry Pi Give-Away

Fish Fry announced that they are giving away a Raspberry Pi B through Element 14. If you have the time there is a short interview about the Gertboard add-on or whatever you want to call it with Gert van Loo  — More information can be found on google or my favourite place https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11773 Not an…

Stacking Pi plates MacGyver style

Using the stacking SIP connectors for Arduino’s works enough to get me by stacking these boards. One thing to note, this isn’t soldered in place, it actually needs a temporary spacer while soldering it so that the depth of the connector to the raspberry pi matched the original connector. (put the connector in place without soldering…

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