CQ Amateur Radio

THE HAM NOTEBOOK

Using Those Harvested Parts

Just about every electronics maker, builder-ham or other electronics tinkerer has a stash of new and used parts, assemblies and discarded (rescued) gadgets. Including me (see Photo A). But having all this stuff doesn’t do anyone any good if parts are stashed away and taking up space.

So, about a year or so ago I began a mission to start using my inventory. This led to one of my most popular Maker Faire displays (Photo B). In fact, the name of the creation is “Inventory Reduction.” I used eight switches, 40 LEDs, 11 pilot lights and lots of Teflon®-insulated wire in the project. It will be mounted on a wall and will function as a lamp as well as a drawer and shelf to charge my phone, camera, GPS, and other items.

Surface-mount as well as through hole parts can be harvested and reused, but many components, such as SMT resistors and capacitors, are relatively cheap and are best purchased new.

Other, more exotic parts such as a microprocessor (µP), Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), or Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC)

Você está lendo uma amostra, registre-se para ler mais.

Mais de CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur RadioLeitura de 2 mins
Behind The Bylines …
Ken Goetz, N2SQW (“Optimizing On-the-Air Practices in FT8,” p. 10) is retired from the New York State Office of Emergency Management, where he served as a radio engineer and State RACES Officer. Currently the Deputy State RACES Officer, Ken is also a
CQ Amateur RadioLeitura de 5 minsTechnology & Engineering
Analog Adventures
I obtained my first oscilloscope as a going-away gift from one of my nerdy friends after my freshman year in high school, as I prepared to leave Silicon Valley for “Surf City.” (Actually, all my friends were pretty nerdy. –EN) It was a rather decrepi
CQ Amateur RadioLeitura de 5 mins
Ham Radio News
While there won’t be an in-person Dayton Hamvention® this year, the Hamvention Awards Committee continued its tradition of honoring the achievements of outstanding amateurs, and three of its four 2021 awardees have their heads in the stars … literall