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Silicon Chip - December 2014

by Silicon Chip

The December Issue of Silicon Chip has just arrived, in this months issue build a new design High-Energy Multi-Spark CDI for performance cars. This improved design provides a high-energy, multi-spark discharge each time a spark plug is fired to ensure complete mixture combustion and is especially effective with engines that run at high RPM. The unit is suitable for 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines. The unit can work with points, reluctor, engine management systems or Hall effect signals for spark firing. The unit is housed in a solid metal enclosure and can be easily installed in cars. Also this month, build a WiFi Server for just $5, this unit can easily connect with our controller boards or the Micromite mini computer. The unit incorporates a 2.4GHz transceiver, TCP/IP stack and a web server, simply connect the unit to your network and you can send and receive data to any location over the web. This month, also includes the construction details for the Currawong Valve Amplifier, detailed instuctions are provided and you will soon be able to complete a very professional valve amplifier you built yourself. Finally this month, a TDR Dongle, for cable fault finding. Easily track down faults, and cable cracks in coaxial and other cables, using time-domain-reflectometry.

In this month's articles, a look at the amazing ARGUS-IS Sureveillance System, this system is designed to monitor a fixed area for days, months or years. It can see and record data continuously and can identify objects as small as 15cm. Also this month, plenty of new equipment reviews, including a DSP Receiver, Debug Meter and the new Icom 2-Way Radios. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPDEC2014


Features

  • The Amazing ARGUS-IS Surveillance System
  • Movies on a Stick
  • Review: Tescun PL-880 PLL Synthesised DSP Receiver
  • Review: The WENS 540 Debug Meter
  • Review: Icom's New IP 2-Way Radios

Projects

  • Currawong 2 x 10W Stereo Valve Amplifier, Part 2
  • WiFi Server for $5
  • High-Energy Multi-Spark CDI for Performance Cars
  • A TDR Dongle for Cable Fault-Finding

Great Value at only $7.90   



Silicon Chip - November 2014

by Silicon Chip

The new Currawong Valve Amplifier has arrived, for all those valve enthusiasts, this valve amplifier delivers terrific performance using readily available valves and other components. Each channel uses two 12AX7 twin triodes for the preamp and phase splitter stages and two 6L6 beam power tetrodes in the class-AB ultra-linear output stage. The results are a high-performance, low distortion, attractive looking Valve Amplifier that can be built at home. Also this month, build a Programmable Mains Timer with Remote Switching, this unit can be used to switch mains equipment on and off after a set interval, as well as being programmable to turn on equipment at a certain time of the day. The unit includes an LCD for easy programming and setting up the system. Finally this month, a one-chip Mini 2x5W Stereo Amplifier, this unit is compact and can be easily mounted in radios, USB playback units, etc. This unit is based on the ST Microelectronics TDA7226 Class-B audio amplifier IC, which delivers excellent performance for a small SMD IC.

This month's features look at Gorilla Glass, the new technology in glass that is ultra-tough and flexible. This glass is now used in many smart phones and laptop computers. This excellent article looks at the composition of the glass and how it is made. Also this month, a look at finding coaxial cable faults using time-domain reflectometry, cable faults can be located easily without needing to inspect the full length of the cable, this article explains the technology in detail. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPNOV2014


Features

  • Gorilla Glass: Unbelievably Tough & Flexible
  • Watch TV on your Android Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop
  • Solar Smoothing: What Happens When the Sun Goes Out?
  • How to Find Faults in Coaxial Cables Using TDR
  • The State of Play with Electric Vehicles

Projects

  • Currawong 2 x 10W Stereo Valve Amplifier, Part 1
  • 48V Dual Phantom Power Supply
  • Programmable Mains Timer with Remote Switching
  • One-Chip 2 x 5W Mini Stereo Amplifier

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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - October 2014

Silicon Chip - October 2014

by Silicon Chip

In the latest issue of Silicon Chip Magazine, build a Digital Effects Processor for guitars and musical instruments. This unit provides 10 different musical instrument effects, including echo, reverb, tremola, fuzz, compression, flanging and phasing, ideal for bands or solo performers. The unit has very low noise and the distortion is less than 0.02%. Each effect has adjustable parameters and is a great way to add a wide range of effects to your music. The unit requires only a few components and is built around the WM8731 CODEC IC. Also this month, build a Courtesy LED Light Delay for cars, this compact unit is designed to work with the LED Lamps and will provide an adjustable 1-133s delay once the car door is closed. The lights will automatically switch off, when the ignition is switches on and the unit will work with both positive and negative door switches. Finally this month, build a Passive Direct Injection (DI) Box, the unit converts unbalanced signals from a musical instrument into a balanced output signal. This unit does not require power and can perform as well as a powered unit.

In this month's articles, a quick look at 'The Currawong', this amplifier is a combination of both Valve technology and modern solid state technology. The output stage consists of a ultra-linear class AB configuration with 4 valves in each channel, the full design and production details will be published in coming issues. Also this month, a guide to assembling the popular Velleman K8200 3D Printer, for those tackling this assembly project this article is a must read. The article provides plenty of practical hints and assembly information for building this kit. Finally this month, a quick introduction to electrolytic rust removal. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPOCT2014


Features

  • How to Remove Rust by Electrolysis
  • Review: Building the Velleman K8200 3D Printer
  • Review: Signal Hound USB-SA44B Spectrum Analyser
  • Review: Rohde & Schwarz HMO1002 2-Channel Scope

Projects

  • Currawong Stereo Valve Amplifier: A Preview
  • Courtesy LED Light Delay for Cars
  • Digital Effects Processor for Guitars/Musical Instruments
  • Passive Direct Injection Box
  • Create Eerie Music with the Opto-Theremin, Part 2

Special Price of only $7.90   



Silicon Chip - September 2014

by Silicon Chip

The new September issue of Silicon Chip has just arrived. This month, build a high-performance, tiny Class-D Audio Amplifier, that can deliver up to 10W per channel in Stereo Mode and more than 25W into a single speaker. This amplifier is more than 91% efficient and does not require a heatsink for normal operation. The unit is loaded with features, with selectable gain control, on-board volume control and low-power shutdown. Full protection is integral to the unit, with over-temperature, over-current, short-circuit and speaker protection all built into the unit. The amplifier is based on the high-performance Texas Instruments TDA3113D2 IC with very low distortion and PWM operation. Also this month, build a Opto-Theremin unit, this unit provides a wide range of eerie sounds by just moving your hands around the sensors of the unit. This easy to build project, offers many hours of fun and is great for kids. Finally this month, build a Wideband Active Differential Oscilloscope Probe, this unit is suitable for bandwidths of up to 80Mhz.

This month's features include a look at the old Omega System, this system was based around the world and provided radio navigation information before GPS. Also in this month's features, a review of the Blamey & Saunders Bluetooth Hearing Aid Programmer. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPSEP2014


Features

  • How Omega Ruled the World Before GPS
  • The Sydney Electronex 2013 Show & PCB Design Tips
  • Review: Incus Bluetooth Hearing Aid Programmer

Projects

  • Create Eerie Music with the Opto-Theremin, Part 1
  • A Wideband Active Differential Oscilloscope Probe
  • Mini-D Stereo 10W/Channel Class-D Audio Amplifier
  • An Improved Tweeter Horn for the Majestic Loudspeaker

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Great Value at only $7.90   



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - August 2014

Silicon Chip - August 2014

by Silicon Chip

In the August issue of Silicon Chip Magazine, build a Valve Sound Simulator, this unit simulates a typical valve amplifier without the problems of heat and fragility normally associated with valve amplifiers. The completely solid state design simulates the frequency response of typical valve amplifiers with mainly even-ordered harmonic distortion, as well as typical clipping on overload. Also this month, the new 44-Pin Micromite, this unit expands the number of I/O points available, with 33 I/O pins of which 13 are suitable for analog inputs. The unit integrates a USB-to-Serial bridge for programming and data transfer. The on-board BASIC interpreter provides an easy to program Basic Programming solution with many predefined commands for input and output. Finally this month, the Tempmaster Mark3 unit for controlling the temperature in a fridge, fish tanks, home-brew units and hatcheries. The unit will switch the connected load based on the setting of the unit. The improved design ensures reliable switching with hysteresis and an external temperature sensor.

In this month's articles, a look at the dangers of water pipes within the home and how they could become live. This article looks at the design of house wiring using the current M.E.N. Wiring System and how it should be checked regularly for safety. Also this month, a look the many different Digital Audio Formats, such as MP3, WAV, WMA etc. This article explains in details the theory and performance of each of the different audio formats. Finally this month, a quick look at the Atlas DCA75 Pro Semiconductor Analyser, this unit quickly checks your transistors, Mosfets, diodes, LEDs and Voltage Regulators. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPAUG2014


Features

  • Your House Water Pipes Could Electrocute You
  • Digital Audio Formats Explained
  • Is Your Wireless Microphone Soon To Be Illegal ?
  • Review: Atlas DCA75 Pro Semiconductor Analyser

Projects

  • Nirvana Valve Sound Simulator
  • The 44-Pin Micromite Module
  • The Tempmaster Thermostat Mk 3
  • Build a Resistor/Capacitance Substitution Box

Special Price of only $7.90   



Silicon Chip - July 2014

by Silicon Chip

The new July issue of Silicon Chip has just arrived. This month, build a simple Threshold Voltage Switch, this easy to build unit, will switch a relay once an input voltage exceeds a preset voltage threshold. Ideal for switching on fans or exhaust systems once a certain condition is reached. The unit provides an adjustable trigger threshold with triggering on either upper or lower limits. A heavy duty relay is incorporated in the design with standard pcb terminal connections for easy wiring termination. Also this month, part 3 of the Micromite BASIC Controller article, in this issue build an ASCII Video Display Terminal for easy display of readings and selecting various options on a dedicated control solution. Finally this month, an add-on board for the 12-Digit High Resolution Counter. This board provides for gating times of up to 10,000 seconds.

This month's features include an interesting look at the Argo monitoring program for the Oceans temperature and currents. These drones are spread throughout the worlds oceans constantly monitoring the water temperature, salinity levels and other parameters. The units regularly descend around 2000m collecting data and then transmitting this by satellite to monitoring stations, when the unit surfaces. The units are providing detailed information on ocean flows and climatic changes. Also this month, a look at the Eye-Fi cards now available, these units provide the ability to download your photos from a standard size SD card without having to remove the card from your camera. Ideal for a wide range of applications where higher quality pictures are required without the need to constantly connect and download the large photo file sizes. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPJUL2014


Features

  • Argo: Drones of the Deep Oceans
  • Eye-Fi Mobi SD Wireless Camera Cards
  • Review: AmScope Stereo Microscope

Projects

  • Threshold Voltage Switch
  • Micromite: Build an ASCII Video Display Terminal, Part 3
  • Touch-Screen Digital Audio Recorder, Part 1
  • Long Gating Times for the 12-Digit Counter

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Great Value at only $7.90   



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - June 2014

Silicon Chip - June 2014

by Silicon Chip

In the June issue of Silicon Chip Magazine, build the new High Performance Majestic Stereo Speaker System. This new D-I-Y Speaker System delivers exceptional performance, rivalling many high-end systems. The speaker system delivers up to 300W's of power, with a sensitivity of 97dB per Watt. The frequency response curve is flat over the wide frequency range, with very little roll-off in the bass frequency response area of around 20Hz. Distortion is quite low, typically less than 0.5% in most of the frequency range. The speaker system can be driven by both small and large amplifiers, with the loudspeaker system suitable for both hi-fi use in the lounge room or for use in a large auditorium or hall. Also this month, build a Touch Screen Digital Audio Recorder, this unit has an easy to use touch screen interface, with an SD card socket for playing back music files or transferring files to your computer.

In this month's articles, a look at some of the developments of the new Electric Superbikes for racing. These bikes have come a long way in just one year and this year's racing series will include a number of new teams. Also a quick look at the new Micsig MS510S Multi-Function Oscilloscope, this portable unit is ideal for the serviceman or service technician. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPJUN2014


Features

  • Australian Electric Superbikes
  • Fast Ethernet Connections Via 230Vac Mains
  • Review: Micsig MS510S Handheld Multifunction Oscilloscope

Projects

  • The Majestic Loudspeaker System
  • 2-Way Passive Loudspeaker Crossover Network
  • Touch-Screen Digital Audio Recorder, Part 1
  • The Micromite: An Easily Programmed Microcontroller, Part 2
  • 40V Switchmode Bench Power Supply, Part 3

Special Price of only $7.90   



Silicon Chip - May 2014

by Silicon Chip

The new May issue of Silicon Chip has just arrived. This month build a easy to use RGB LED Strip Driver. Red-Green-Blue LED Strips are now available cheaply in long lengths and can provide a very interesting visual display. This unit can easily control the series of LED's to produce attractive multi-color display and light sequences. The unit has Six 3-Channel Outputs for each LED, the unit is powered by 12-17Vdc, so there are no mains voltages on the board. The unit has 10 different pre-programmed patterns with a auto-cycle mode for switching the patterns periodically. Also this month, the new Micromite microcontroller, this is a PIC Microcontroller preloaded with a BASIC intepreter, making programming very easy with simple BASIC Commands. This month build a GPS Digital Clock with schematics and code provided to build a highly accurate clock with just a few parts and a few lines of code. Finally this month, a Deluxe Fan Speed Controller for 240Vac Mains Fans, this unit provides full speed control from a smooth slow to maximum speed, with no radio interence.

This month's features include a quick review of some of the Andriod Apps available for the Electronics enthusiast, with Oscilloscopes, tone generators, circuit simulators and much more available to download to your smartphone. Also a look at the new GertDuino board, which combines both the Raspberry Pi and Arduino Boards. Finally a review of the latest Mixed Domain Oscilloscope from Tektronix, this powerful unit combines a four-channel digital storage oscilloscope, logic analyser, protocol analyser, spectrum analyser and frequency counter into a single unit. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPMAY2014


Features

  • Android Apps for Tech-Savvy Users
  • The GertDuino Board from Element 14
  • Review: Tektronix MDO3054 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

Projects

  • RGB LED Strip Controller/Driver
  • The Micromite: An Easily Programmed Microcontroller, Part 1
  • 40V Switchmode Bench Power Supply, Part 2
  • Deluxe 230VAC Fan Speed Controller

Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - May 2014

Great Value at only $7.90   



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Silicon Chip - April 2014

by Silicon Chip

In the April issue of Silicon Chip Magazine, build a High Performance Switchmode Bench Power Supply, that can be powered from a 12V or 24V DC Power Source. The unit can supply 0-40V at up to 5A and features an LED Digital Readout for the Voltage and Current Output. The design utilizes a combination of switchmode and linear circuitry to reduce the size and weight of the unit. The unit also offers a smooth voltage output with very little output noise and also a current limiting feature. Also this month, build a USB to RS232C Serial Interface, ideal for your old equipment with just a RS232 output. The unit reliably converts RS232 to a USB output to connect to your new PC or laptop.

In this month's articles, a look at the annual Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition (AGVC) held near Geelong. These vehicles have to navigate an obstacle filled track loop without any remote control. Also a look at some of the hands-on training courses for soldering and also a review of the new Thermaltronics TMT-2000S-K Soldering Station. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.
(Note: Catalogue Not Included)

Part Code: SILCHIPAPR2014


Features

  • Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition
  • So You Think You Can Solder?
  • Review: Thermaltronics TMT-2000S-K Soldering Station

Projects

  • 40V Switchmode Bench Power Supply, Part 1
  • USB to RS232C Serial Interface
  • A Rubidium Frequency Standard for a Song

Special Price of only $7.90   



Silicon Chip - March 2014

by Silicon Chip

Now in store the March issue of Silicon Chip. This month build a remote monitoring system using an Arduino board and a GSM module. This useful monitoring unit, monitors five analog inputs and five digital inputs. The unit can send an SMS on a predefined alert condition. The unit is easy to build and utilizes readily available modules, only a small amount of assembly is required. This monitoring station is ideal for use with home burglar alarms, remote wind/solar systems, isolated pumping stations and much more. Also this month, build a Burp Charger for NiMH and Nicad batteries, this charging method is a more efficient way to charge these batteries and ensure a longer life for you batteries. The unit is loaded with features and is housed in a sturdy case, the unit also provides top-up and trickle charging.

This month's features include an look back at the beginnings of digital cameras and how far they have now developed. Also in this month's features a look at some of the Retro Radios now available, they have the look at feel of old classic radio units, but are loaded with advanced digital radios for receiving AM/FM and new Digital Radio. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPMAR2014


Features

  • Digital Cameras Come of Age
  • Retro Round-Up: A Look at Nostalgic Radio
  • Review: Cadex C7400ER-C Battery Analyser

Projects

  • Arduino-Based GSM Remote Monitoring System
  • Precision 10V DC Reference for DMMs
  • Burp Charger for NiMH and Nicad Batteries
  • 230V 10A Speed Controller for Universal Motors, Part 2

Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - March 2014

Great Value at only $7.90   



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Silicon Chip - February 2014

by Silicon Chip

In this month's Silicon Chip, build a Super Smooth Full Range Motor Speed Controller for brush motors. This unit features start of the art technology, with a microcontroller-powered full wave rectifier circuit to give exceptional performance at low-speeds all the way up to the maximum speed of the motor. The unit is ideal for use with Electric Drills, Lawn Edgers, Circular Saws and Routers. The unit is designed for 230Vac motors with currents up to 10A. Also this month, build a Stereo Echo and Reverb unit for sound recordings and PA systems. The unit has fully adjustable echo with an inveral of 0-640ms and delay and attenuation adjustable via the front panel controls together with excellent signal to noise performance. The unit has a separate microphone input with also audio input and output sockets. Finally this month, build a high performance entertainment centre based a car radio with coaxial speakers. Car radio units can be purchased quite cheaply and some units have excellent radio units and sound performance, housed in an attractive box, they make an ideal Mini Entertainmenr Center.

This month's articles cover a miniature satellite controlled by a PICAXE microcontroller unit. Also a look at some of the new Ribidium Frequency Standards Units, now available for under $150. Finally a look at replacing some of the power hungry Mercury lights in a factory, with low power LED units. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPFEB2014


Features

  • PICAXE in Space, Controlling a Miniature Satellite
  • Rubidium Frequency Standards: How They've Shrunk
  • High-Bay LED Lighting for Warehouses
  • Review: Triacrchy USB Mini Spectrum Analyser

Projects

  • 230V 10A Speed Controller for Universal Motors, Part 1
  • PortaPAL-D: A Powerful, Portable PA System, Part 3
  • Stereo Echo & Reverberation Unit
  • Build a Start-Of-The-Art Mini Entertainment Unit

Special Price of only $7.90   



Silicon Chip - January 2014

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the January issue of Silicon Chip. This month for the HiFi buffs, build the new revised Bass Extender. This unit provides a much deeper bass out of your loadspeakers, extending the bass as much as an octave, with a bass response down to 20Hz. This unit uses readily available parts and is housed in an attractive professional case, construction is quite simple, with the project taking only 2-3 hours to complete. Also this month, for the Disco and Party enthusiasts, a new LED Party Strobe, this unit features a lot of improvements over previous designs, providing a new safer design with low power LED's in a sturdy case. For the constructors of the Porta Pal portable PA System, this month includes the construction details, with each of the pcb's covered and also connecting the various boards together. Finally this month, the final assembly of the Tiny Tim Stereo Amplifier with testing and setting up covered.

This month's features include an interesting look at developing a fuel injection unit for small engines, this unit uses an Arduino board to control a small 4-stroke engine, making the design ideal for use with lawn mowers and go-karts. The unit increases the power and performance of these small engines. Also in this month's features, a quick look at the Sydney Mini Maker Faire and a review of the new Rigol 4-Channel Digital Storage Oscilloscope. All the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPJAN2014


Features

  • Arduino Controlled Fuel Injection for Small Engines
  • The Sydney Mini Maker Fair
  • Review: Rigol Digital Storage Oscilloscope

Projects

  • LED Party Strobe
  • Bass Extender Mk2 for HiFi Systems
  • PortaPAL-D: A Powerful, Portable PA System, Part 2
  • “Tiny Tim” 10W/Channel Stereo Amplifier, Part 3

Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - January 2014

Special Price of $7.90   






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