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2019-11-16 Fixing a Driver Transformer With An Open Primary

Also FB group Building Transistor Radios 2019-11-16 I was working on an AM radio that had a driver transformer with an open primary. I slit open the wrap and found the tiny fine wire on the right was loose so I soldered it to the heavy wire. But it was still open. ☹️😱 So I

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2019-11-12 Kicad and ExpressPCB Printed Circuit Board Software

From FB group, 2019-11-12 I hope Kicad has improved in the few years since I tried it. Then it really wasn’t a single app, it was several programs that kinda sorta did something. I didn’t expect much – it was about what I paid for it. I came to the conclusion that if I wanted

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2019-06-30 Cellphones Will Take Over PCs

from FB group Bell Telephone of.. June 30 GeOrge Christensen There are only a few issues standing between the cellphones being equal to the PCs. If the touch keyboard was as comprehensive as a PC, that would help a lot. But the biggest obstacle is getting app developers to port apps to Android. Once cell

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2018-08-31 An Old Software Saying

From FB group Bell Telephone… 2018-08-31 Gary Stoutenburg I love that comparison. 👍 There’s an old IT adage: “The first 90% of the software takes 10% of the time. The last 10% of the software takes 90% of the time.” The user interface is a big time and money sink, so a lot of corner

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2018-06-20 Don’t Ask To Share Software!

From FB group Arduino Projects Marcos Tulio Junior I think it is unethical for others to expect the coder to reveal his IP (intellectual property). There is nothing wrong with asking the coder for a link to open source software. But you are out of line when you expect others to do for you what

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2017-12-15  Royal 500 Capacitors Replaced

From FB group Electronics Hobbyists, regarding the Zenith Royal 500 radios. Clyde Hendrickson  There are two 50 uF, 10V electrolytic capacitors under the battery holder.  Replace them with 47 uF, 10 or 16 volts. There is also a smaller capacitor next to the other, it might be a 3 uF, or a 16 uF, 10V.

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2017-08-27 A 555 Is Easier And Cheaper Than a PIC

From a FB group post. “primitive transistors” I think that’s ironic.  The 555 makes the design easier for the builder.  It has all the parts so the builder doesn’t have to build from scratch.  Like making a cake using Betty Crocker’s cake mix instead of flour, eggs, etc, and no need for a recipe.  It’s

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2017-07-12 It Worked!  Arduino Pro Mini Programmed

This homemade PS is smaller than an ATX PS, but the best thing is it’s quieter, because no fan is runningThis homemade PS is smaller than an ATX PS, but the best thing is it’s quieter, because no fan is running.

2017-06-23 Transistor Tester Arrived

I received the transistor tester that I ordered a week or so ago.  I ordered this one preassembled (the price was only a few dollars more) and with the plastic case, which I have to assemble.  I ordered it from a seller on eBay for $20. This is different than the component tester I bought

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2017-01-17 

From email sent by Peter, 2017-01-17 Good to hear from you, Peter.  I forgot about telling you that last year, I wasn’t able to read a message you sent me.  I don’t remember why. I apologize for not replying. I wrote this up in a blog, but the blog isn’t accessible right now.  So I’m

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