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2020-09-05 Capacitive Dropper Failures In 240 VAC countries

From a comment I left in Big Clive’s youtube video https://youtu.be/jgaCYRc1-og In the past I’ve seen Clive having to replace “used up” capacitors in the ‘capacitive dropper’ circuits of low cost line operated devices. The problem seems to be common in other countries but here in the US I haven’t seen any problems with the

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2020-06-13 MLCC Replacements For Electrolytic Capacitors

Reply from FB comment Mark French I got a roll (on tape) of 22 uF, 10V and 47 uF, 10V tiny surface mount MLCCs. They’re not polarized, but I’ve heard they tend to be microphonic. I’m going to try leaving the old caps in and bridge a MLCC across them. They’re small enough to to

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2020-06-11 Optocouplers Don’t Always Protect

From FB comment Monty Ross It’s true that optocouplers are used for isolation. But I have seen whole sections of PC boards with a hole burned where the optocouplers used to be. It is incredible how much damage the power lines do to the PC boards due to high voltage spikes in the power. Transformers

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2020-06-01 Motorola HEP Catalog Transistors pp 10-12

These are scans of the specifications for most of the Motorola HEP line of replacement transistors. Germanium and Silicon. Pages 10, 11, 12.

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2020-03-10 Simple AM Band Antenna Tuning Coil 240 Microhenrys

The standard ferrite antenna loopstick for a 365 pF tuning capacitor has an inductance of about 230 microhenrys. This in combination with the tuning capacitor tunes across the full AM broadcast band. It’s useful to be able to wind your own inductor so it can be used for an antenna coil, a trap to attenuate

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2020-02-21

I found that 100 uH was a good all around value for these solar garden light circuits. But at the time I made these around 2009 the 5252 4 legged chip was uncommon and almost all the garden lights used 2 discrete transistors. I don’t know why they started using the 4 legged 5252 –

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LED Indoor Motion Sensing Lights – Decrease On Time

I bought two of these motion sensing LED lights for my hallway. They have a rechargeable cell that is charged through a micro USB port. To see one inside watch big Clive’s YouTube video – the ebay link to buy them is in his description. The charge lasts for more than a week with frequent

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2020-02-08 60 LED Solar Lights Stopped Working – Dead Diode!

From FB group electronics hobbyists Over the holidays I installed two solar 60 LED lights I bought on eBay. They stopped working just a few weeks after. I finally got up on the ladder and took them down to see why they died. Well, spit! The solar panel is plugged into the jack on the

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2020-01-23 DIY Variable Capacitor 90 to 3400 pF

The beginning isn’t clear about how it looks. First, scroll to end and look at the photo. https://www.randombio.com/capacitor.html

2020-01-20 Costs of Radio Assemblies and Parts

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios A thought occured. Do you think that Motorola may have had a lot of parts for tube sets and they decided to use them up by putting a transistor chassis in them? If you break down a radio into its assemblies and/or parts, which of them has the highest

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