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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - December 2011

Silicon Chip - December 2011

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new December Issue of Silicon Chip, with plenty of exciting, state of the art projects. This month's projects include a digital audio delay for perfect Lip Sync, the use of an external sound system or using the sound signal from your DVD/Blu-ray Player to the sound system, can result in the picture being out of sync with the sound. This unit will solve this problem and allow the audio signal to match perfectly with the sound. Also this month a magnetic stirrer, for those that love to brew your own beer, this is perfect. The unit produces a rotating magnetic field and by placing a liquid on top of the unit, a resulting stirring action will be achieved. Finally this month a simply adjustable voltage regulator to build, this unit works between 1.3V to 22V and is ideal for testing or as a fixed supply instead of batteries.

This month's articles include a look at the plans to build a huge radio telescope in the Australian outback. By combining a number of telescopes greater accuracy and resolution can be achieved. Connecting a large number of dishes over a wide area connected with a high-speed network results in an array many kilometres in diameter and can observe and take measurements of objects in very deep space. Also this month a look at some of the new Maximite clones on the market. These units expand on the easy to program operating system and wealth of add-on units available for the Arduino series.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.


Features

  • The Square Kilometre Array
  • The Alternative Maximite World
  • How To Do Your Own Loudspeaker Measurements

Projects

  • Digital Audio Delay for Perfect Lip Sync
  • Build a Magnetic Stirrer
  • MiniReg 1.3-22V Adjustable Regulator
  • Ultra-LD Stereo Preamplifier & Input Selector, Part 2


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - November 2011

Silicon Chip - November 2011

by Silicon Chip

In this month's features, we have a look at a great new design for an electric bike. This unit can be easily mounted on a standard mountain bike and incorporates a Magic Pie 48V motor on the wheel, with a battery pack mounted on the back carry rack. The unit will provide plenty of assistance going up hills and also stores the energy when you are braking or going down the hill. Also this month a look at the invention of the Steadicam, this unit has been around for more than 30 years now and provides a stabilised picture when on the move to shoot movies or action sequences.

This month's projects include a G-Force Meter, great for your racing car or or testing carnival rides. This compact unit displays the g-force directly on an LED Display and the unit can be easily mounted in a car or boat. Also this month the miniMaximite, following on from the Maximite Computer published in March, this small compact unit uses the same easy to program BASIC programming language and can be used to interface to wide range of external sensors. Finally this month, a Low Noise Stereo Preamp which is designed for use with the very popular Ultra Low-Distortion Amplifier Modules. This unit features a high performance design with very low distortion, remote input selection together with remote volume control. The unit can also be used with other Class-A Stereo Amplifiers.

Plus all the regular great columns.
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Features

  • Power Your Pedal Pushie (Build an eBike)
  • Steadicam: Taking the Bumps Out of Movies, Part 1
  • Review: Tektronix MDO4104-3 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

Projects

  • Build A G-Force Meter
  • The MiniMaximite Computer
  • Ultra-LD Stereo Preamplifier & Input Selector, Part 1
  • 2.2-100V Zener Diode Tester


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - October 2011

Silicon Chip - October 2011

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new October Issue of Silicon Chip, with plenty of exciting, state of the art projects. This month features an intersting quiz controller unit, ideal for parties and schools. The unit allows up to four contestants with a QuizzMaster, each contestant has a unique sound, which can be programmed. An internal speaker is included with the option for external speakers, an SD card slot is provided for downloading sounds. The unit also includes adjustable time settings for answer period as well as for answer sounds. Also this month a Christmas LED Lighting Controller, this allows the lights to be controlled, to run in sequence, the unit also allows modules to be daisy-chained for making large arrays of lighting effects. If you want to protect your expensive speaker sets, a simply to build Loudspeaker Protection unit is also included in this month's issue. Finally this month, a MIDI interface for PC's as wekk as the second part of the Stereo Headphone Project.

This month's articles include an interesting how-to for measuring the performance of audio gear. This can be done simply with your computer and a sound card. Need to check the frequency response curve, the distortion etc, this can all done using your PC and some software. Finally this month, a look at the latest version of the very popular Eagle PCB softwre, this includes a simple introduction to laying out schematics and then producing ready to build PCB layouts.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.


Features

  • Measuring Audio Gear Without Spending Big Dollars
  • Review: CadSoft EAGLE PCB Layout Software

Projects

  • Let's Get Quizzical: A Quiz Game with a Difference
  • Digital LED Controller for Christmas Lights
  • Build a Loudspeaker Protector
  • The USB MIDI-Mate: A MIDI Interface for PC's
  • High Performance Stereo Headphone Amplifier, Part 2


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - September 2011

Silicon Chip - September 2011

by Silicon Chip

This month's features include a detailed look at the new LED Lighting technology. LED Lights are increasingly replacing led bulbs and standard downlights in a wide variety of installations. We look at the technical terms and comparisons between different types. Also featured this month is a look at power supply reduction technologies, a lot of products promise to reduce your electricity bill, but do they really work ? We look at the different technologies and some of the products that are currently available.

This month's projects include the third part of the very popular Ultra Low Distortion amplifier. In this installment the construction of the Power Supply is covered and also how to test and adjust the completed amplifier. Also this month an easy to build Ultrasonic Water Tank Level Gauge, this interesting project fires an energy burst to bounce off the surface, the reflection time is measured and the height of the water is then calculated. The unit is easy to build and the display is shown on an easy to read bargraph display. Ideal for use in rain water storage tanks and remote farm water tanks. This month also includes a high-performance Hi-Fi Stereo Headphone Amplifier, this unit will deliver the same performance as larger professional amplifiers and has excellend performance specifications.

Plus all the regular great columns.
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Features

  • LED Lighting Explained
  • Can you Really Reduce Your Electricity Bill
  • World Record 111-Gb Photograph
  • The Electronex Show is Coming to Melboune

Projects

  • Ultra-Low Distortion 200W Amplifier Module, Part 3
  • Ultrasonic Water Tank Level Gauge
  • Improving the GPS-Based Frequency Reference
  • High Performance Stereo Headphone Amplifier, Part 1
  • Upgrading a Mark 2 Amplifier to Mark 3


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - August 2011

Silicon Chip - August 2011

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new August Issue of Silicon Chip, with the second part of the very popular Low Distortion Amplifier project. This month includes the assembly details, with how to lay the board out for proper assembly, details are also given of preparing the 10uH Inductor, plus mounting of the transistors on the heatsink, together with an expanantion on Music Power, Dynamic Headroom & Slew Rate. Other Projects in this month's edition, include a very useful stethoscope, while this unit can be used to listen to your heartbeat, it can also be used in a wide variety of other applications, including checking engines or motors for vibration sounds etc. The unit is battery powered and includes a volume control and selectable tone frequency. Finally this month, a digital spirit level, this is ideal for accurately measuring the amount of an incline, ideal for gardening and building work. The unit provides a fully digital display of angle and measures from 00 to 360o. The unit is based on the new MEMS accelerometer chip as found in the latest mobile phones for games and position indication.

This month's articles include a look at the new Asus EeePad Transformer Tablet. This new computer is an interesting combination of tablet and PC. With a removable display and docking keyboard, the unit is an interesting solution to fit between standard PC's and the newer tablets. Also this month, we review the new Hakko FA-430 Fume Extractor, this compact unit can be placed on your workbench and removes soldering fumes safely. Finally this month, a look at a new 3D printer, this unit available now and allows objects to be created in ABS plastic, ideal for models and prototypes.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.


Features

  • Asus EeePad "Transformer" Tablet PC
  • Safely Removing Solder Fumes & Other Pollutants
  • Review: UP! Portable 3D Printer

Projects

  • Ultra-Low Distortion 200W Amplifier Module, Part 2
  • An Electronic Stethoscope
  • Digital Spirit Level
  • Rudder Position Indicator for Boats, Part 2



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - July 2011

Silicon Chip - July 2011

by Silicon Chip

This July issue has just arrived, with a great new Amplifier Design and Heaps of other interesting articles. In this issue, we look at some new digital hearing aids from an Australian company, these units feature excellent performance at a fraction of the cost of comparable units. Also this month, how to use Linux to control your home and the real world. The Linux operating system is available cheaply and can be easily programmed to control and switch various devices around your home. This article is a great introduction to the basics. Finally, for the Electronics Engineer, a look at designing Amplifiers and the theory behind the new Low Distortion amplifier module. Brush-up on your college electronics course, with this easy to read article.

This month's projects include the new high performance Ultra Low Distortion Amplifier Module. This unit will deliver up to 200W with just 0.0006% distortion. The unit also boasts a much improved thermal stability and flatter frequency response over the audio range. This project can be easily built and can be incorporated into PA Systems, Disco Equipment or just Home Listening. Also this month an easy to build Portable Lightning Detector, ideal for the outdoor enthusiast, including golfers, fisherman, footballers and hikers. This handheld unit will provide an early warning for the approach of a Lightning Storm. This month also features a useful rudder position indicator, this is useful when you are manoeuvring out of a tight position at low speeds. Finally, a compact, easy to build Voice Operated relay, for switching on lights, sound recording equipment etc, when the sound level reaches a certain point.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90


Features

  • New Digital Hearing Aids
  • Control Your World Using Linux
  • A Look at Amplifier Stability and Compensation

Projects

  • Ultra-Low Distortion 200W Amplifier Module
  • Portable Lightning Detector
  • Rudder Position Indicator for Boats
  • Voice Activated Relay (VOX)


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - June 2011

Silicon Chip - June 2011

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new June Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include an interesting look at a new Energy Saving device for Pool Pumps, promising dramatic savings in the energy consumption of these units. Also this month, after the devasting floods in Queensland, we look at how a lot of the water damaged electronic equipment was repaired and brought back into service.

This month's projects include a 20A 12/24V DC Motor Controller, ideal for adjusting speed in a variety of equipment. This controller features efficient PWM control with soft starting and low battery protection. The unit can be built easily and housed in an attractive utility box. Also this month a USB Stereo Recording & Playback Interface, this will allow your computer to make high-quality stereo sound or audio recordings using standard balanced microphones. The unit features excellent performace specs and is equal to a lot of professional equipment costing many thousands of dollars. Finally a Versatile Timer and Switch with Low Current Consumption. This unit is designed for applications requiring switching of a load in a low battery situation and then not consuming too much of the available power from the energy source.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.

Features

  • The FutureWave Energy Saver
  • Rescuing Electronic Gear after the Flood
  • Review: Marantz CD6003 CD Player

Projects

  • 20A 12/24V DC Motor Controller
  • USB Stereo Recording & Playback Interface
  • VersaTimer/Switch with Self Latching Relay
  • USB Breakout Box for Project Development



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - May 2011

Silicon Chip - May 2011

by Silicon Chip

This month a basic introduction on selling antique technical equipment on ebay. If you have old cameras, sound equipment and other vintage equipment, the best place to get top dollar for this is on ebay. This article looks at cleaning up and presenting the various pieces for maximum benefit. Also a look at Memory Cards and the new problems with some of the compatibility issues with reading and storing data on different cards.

This month's projects includes a SportsSync Audio Delay Module, for those who like to watch the cricket or football on TV and listen to the Commentary from Radio, this unit delays the audio from the radio to be in-sync with the TV Broadcast. Normally the TV Broadcast is delayed a few seconds and this unit will store and playback the radio audio commentary to match the TV image. Also this month, the third installment of our very popular Maximite computer, based on the PIC Microcontroller, in this installment, we look at the programming language and how to develop basic programs for the unit. Finally this month a 12V 100W inverter for stepping up the voltage from a 12V to between 15 and 35V. Ideal for when you want to power laptops or other DC equipment from a Solar or Battery System.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90

Features

  • Selling Surplus Tech Stuff on eBay
  • Jaycar is 30 Years Old
  • Memory Card Compatibility Issues
  • USB Data Logger Firmware Improvements

Projects

  • The SportSync Audio Delay Module
  • The Maximite Computer, Part 3
  • 12V 100W Converter with Adjustable 15-35V DC Output
  • Phone Line Polarity Checker


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - April 2011

Silicon Chip - April 2011

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new April Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include an interesting look at the possibility of detecting earthquakes using low frequency radio signal variations. We look at the background and the different techniques available at present to monitor earthquakes, as well as showing a basic VLF Preamp which can be used to measure the amount of noise present for monitoring seismic activity. Also this month a look at the history behind the very popular Electronics Today International magazine from the 70's to the 80's.

This month's projects include a high performance headphone amplifier. Most earphones allow a large amount of noise and distortion to enter the output stages of your portable music player. This compact, easy to build unit, provides low distortion and limits the amount of noise passing to your earphones. Also this month, how to cure the low level buzz on the very popular 20W Stereo Class-A Amplifier project from 2007. This easy to implement solution will reduce the noise and ensure pleasant listening. This month, we also have an easy to build speaker or line checker. Ideal for use when setting up a PA for a meeting or sporting event. This unit can test each line and prevent annoying sound problems during the event. Finally this month, the second part of the Maximite Mini Computer project, this month we show how to build and test the unit.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.

Features

  • Can Earthquakes be Predicted by VLF Signals ?
  • The Rise and Fall of Electronics Today International
  • Review: Agilent's InfiniiVision 4-Channel Oscilloscope

Projects

  • Portable Headphone Amplifier for MP3 Players
  • Fixing Transformer Buzz in the Class-A Amplifier
  • Cheap and Simple 100V Speaker/Line Checker
  • A Speed Controller for Film Projectors
  • The Maximite Computer, Part 2



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - March 2011

Silicon Chip - March 2011

by Silicon Chip

Just arrived, the new March issue of Silicon Chip, loaded with useful articles and projects for the electronics hobbyist. This month's articles look at the new Microchip PIC32 Microcontroller, this microcontroller is loaded with features as well as large program memory storage. The microcontroller has a high performance core, which enables it to perform complex calculations quickly and easily, as well as a host of peripherals, including ADC, PWM, USB, CAN and much more. Also this month, we look at the new Community TV Station, TVS, this features a wide range of local programming. We have a behind the scenes look at what is involved and the equipment used to bring this station to the air.

This month's projects include a very powerful embedded computer, the Maximite. This project is based on the new Microchip PIC32 microcontrollers and is loaded with features. The unit runs at 80MHz and includes 128k of program memory, with peripherals for connecting to USB, SD Cards or a computer keyboard. The unit can be easily programmed in Basic using MMBasic. The unit also includes video output to drive a standard VGA display. The Maximite is ideal for control of a complete system, such as irrigation watering systems, home automation control, machinery or generator control. Also this month a Universal Voltage Regulator Board, for providing positive and negative voltages from 5V to 24V. This month also includes a 12V 20-120W Solar Panel Simulator, this allows solar charge controllers to be tested easily without the need for solar panels. Finally this month, a Microphone to Neck Loop Coupler for hearing aids, this allows hearing aid wearers to better hear in noisy environments.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90

Features

  • Microchip's New PIC32 Microcontroller
  • Community TV Station TVS
  • Salvage It - A Vacuum Pump from Junk

Projects

  • The Maximite Computer, Part 1
  • Universal Voltage Regulator Board
  • Mains Moderator: Stepping Down the Volts
  • 12V 20-120W Solar Panel Simulator
  • Microphone to Neck Loop Coupler for Hearing Aids


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - February 2011

Silicon Chip - February 2011

by Silicon Chip

In stock now the new February Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include a look at the electric vehicles just released. Firstly, we have an indepth look at the Mistubishi i-MiEV Electric Car, this is a fully electric car and has a range of around 100km. In this article, we test drive the car and have a detailed look at the specifications of the vehicle. Also this month, a look at the new Greenline, hybrid electric Power Boat. This boat utilises the latest in green technology, with a solar roof panel to collect electric power for both the applicances within the boat and running directly on solar power.

This month's projects include a driver circuit for really bright LED's. Star high powered LED's are increasing in polarity as both a light source and for lighting effects. This unit will drive LED's up to 10W and includes the necessary circuity to control the brightness output of these LED's. Also this month, a high performance 12/24V 3-stage Solar Charge Controller, this unit features the latest in technology to deliver a maximum amount of power as well as protect your batteries from overcharging. The unit delivers up to 10A and can be used with up to 120W 12V panels or 240W 24V panels. Finally this month, the third part of the Digital/Analog USB Data Logger project. This details the operation of the Windows software for reading and editing the data.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.

Features

  • Test Drive Mitsubishi's i-MiEV Electric Car
  • The Greenline 33 Diesel / Electric Hybrid Power Boat
  • How Switchmode Controllers Work

Projects

  • Dazzler, A Driver Circuit for Really Bright LED's
  • Build a 12/24V 3-Stage Solar Charge Controller
  • Simple, Cheap 433MHz Locator Transmitter
  • Digital / Analog USB Data Logger, Part 3



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - January 2011

Silicon Chip - January 2011

by Silicon Chip

This month we have a look at Australia's new Digital TV Service, this new digital TV Satellite System enables reception in all areas of Eastern Australia and provides High Definition, as well as standard Digital reception. Initially 17 channels will be available and these can be accessed with a Digital set-top box as well as a small satellite dish. Also this month, how to convert a standard computer power supply into a high-current bench supply. This supply provides a 3.3V, 5V and 12V supply with both negative and positive supplies available. Conversion is quite easy and the cost of the resulting supply is much less than a standard bench power supply.

This month's projects includes an easy to build 433MHz Sniffer. This unit can check whether supsect units are working and can track down interference. The unit is based on a standard 433MHz receiver module and can be built in under an hour. Also this month a Cranial Electrical Stimualtion unit, this unit is based on the theory of passing small amounts of current through the head, which is believed to create chemical changes which will then influence mood. This month, also includes the second part of the Digital/Analog Data Logger, this covers the assembly procedure and how to install the Windows drivers. Finally this month, a hearing loop signal conditioner, this unit drives a hearing loop from a conventional amplifier.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90

Features

  • VAST: Australia's New Digital TV Satellite Service
  • A Cheap High-Current Bench Power Supply
  • Review: Tekway DST1102B 100MHz DSO

Projects

  • Cheap and Easy, 433MHz Sniffer
  • Cranial Electrical Simulation Unit
  • Data / Analog USB Data Logger, Part 2
  • Hearing Loop Signal Conditioner


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