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Review: Quantumdata 780 HDMI Tester

1 Nov, 2009

Now that HDMI sockets are standard on a wide range of LCD and plasma TV sets, set top boxes, DVD players and many computers, there is a need for a standard HDMI test source that can test this equipment. The Quantumdata 780 Handheld Test Instrument is a comprehensive solution which also provides digital audio test signals for DACs and Home Theatre receivers.

Mailbag

3 Nov, 2009

Letters and emails should contain complete name, address and daytime phone number. Letters to the Editor are submitted on the condition that Silicon Chip Publications Pty Ltd may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. This also applies to submissions to "Ask SILICON CHIP" and "Circuit Notebook".

Circuit Notebook

5 Nov, 2009

Interesting circuit ideas which we have checked but not built and tested. Contributions from readers are welcome and will be paid for at standard rates.

Milling Prototype PC Boards With The Roland EGX-350

6 Nov, 2009

We take Roland's EGX-350 CNC milling machine on a test run making fast prototype PC boards. We found it surprisingly good ? it can route, drill and cut out a complete PC board quickly, without using chemicals. It lets you move from concept to working prototype in a matter of hours.

Twin-Engine SpeedMatch Indicator For Boats

9 Nov, 2009

Avoid unnecessary noise and vibration in twin-engine boats by using this Twin Engine SpeedMatch Indicator. It comprises a meter that is centred when both motors are running at the same speed. When the motors are not matched in revs, the meter shows which motor is running faster and by how much.

Moore's Law Marches On At Intel

11 Nov, 2009

Servicemans Log

13 Nov, 2009

There is a famous line in the "Yes Minister" series where Sir Humphrey is attempting to block the minister's latest scheme. "But minister", he vehemently protests, "I foresee all sorts of unforeseen consequences".

High-Quality Stereo Digital-to-Analog Converter, Part 3

14 Nov, 2009

The final article this month shows you how to assemble the various modules for the Stereo DAC into a low-profile steel case. We also tell you how to get the remote control working and how to customise the configuration.

Vintage Radio

16 Nov, 2009

Last month, we looked at the development of AC mains power supplies for domestic radios and the all-important power transformer. In Pt.2 this month, we look at some of the other aspects of power supplies that a restorer needs to understand.

GPS Synchronisation For Clocks With Sweep Hands

17 Nov, 2009

The GPS Synchronised Clock described in the March 2009 issue only worked with crystal clocks that ticked once a second. The more upmarket clocks have silent sweep hands, which are much more acceptable in a quiet lounge room situation. Now, with just a few simple modifications, you can upgrade to one of these.

A Dead-Simple Masthead Amplifier

19 Nov, 2009

Decided to take the plunge and get into digital TV? For most people, it's simple - just plug the new TV or set-top-box into your existing antenna. But for many, the old TV antenna and cable just won't be up to it. Here?s a new kit from Oatley Electronics which could solve your digital woes . . .

Picaxe Update: The Latest Releases

21 Nov, 2009

Many SILICON CHIP readers enjoy using the PICAXE range of microcontrollers within their projects because of their low cost and ease of use. Clive Seager, Revolution Education's Technical Director, takes us through the recent PICAXE updates and new releases, including the eagerly anticipated new PICAXE-20X2.

WIB: Web Server In A Box, Part 1

25 Nov, 2009

We're very excited about this project. It will let you house your own website with possibly hundreds or even thousands of pages, all in a little box connected to the internet via your modem/router. You don't need a computer to operate and house a website - this little box does it for you and it can be accessed from anywhere around the world, at any time, even from a mobile phone which has a web browser. In fact, it is a complete web server in a box - so we've called it WIB (Web server In a Box).

Publishers Letter

26 Nov, 2009

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