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Soldering SMDs: It's Becoming Unavoidable

2 Dec, 2010

Serviceman's Log

4 Dec, 2010

Beauty may only be skin deep but it takes machines (and a whole industry) to maintain it. Too hairy? Zap! ? problem fixed. But who fixes the machines when they stop working?

A Hot-Wire Cutter With Inbuilt Heat Controller

6 Dec, 2010

If you've ever tried to cut polystyrene (especially!) and polyurethane materials using a saw, razor blade or knife, you'll know that the results are invariably less than satisfactory. If you are after a clean, precise cut, a hot-wire cutter is the answer. The hot wire actually melts the material and results in a very neat, very fine cut, without the thousands of bits of foam flakes you normally get.

Recycle Your Cordless Drill - Make It Corded

8 Dec, 2010

Handyman cordless drills are very cheap - most readers probably have at least one or two in their tool collection. But their big weakness is the battery pack and associated charger. What do you do when the battery pack dies? Just convert the drill to corded operation. It's a simple conversion and ideal for working close to 12V power.

Circuit Notebook

10 Dec, 2010

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.

Digital/Analog USB Data Logger

12 Dec, 2010

Based on a PIC micro, this simple project can log lots of data to a memory card. It can read from many types of digital and analog sensors and features a real-time clock and calendar to "time-stamp" the data. It has a USB port and comes with a PC host program, allowing you to configure the sensors, change settings and charge the battery.


14 Dec, 2010

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Digital Lighting Controller For Christmas Light Shows, Pt.3

16 Dec, 2010

Christmas is just about here! Have you got your Digital Lighting Controller ready yet? In the first two articles we explained how the Digital Lighting Controller works and how to build it. This third article explains how to use the software - primarily the Windows-based sequencing program.

A High-Quality DAB+/FM Tuner, Pt.3

18 Dec, 2010

In this month's final part, we explain how to use the DAB+/FM Stereo Tuner and describe the menu system. We also show you how you can upgrade the firmware if necessary and describe various features of the tuner in detail.

Ask Silicon Chip

20 Dec, 2010

Got a technical problem? Can't understand a piece of jargon or some technical principle? Drop us a line and we'll answer your question. Write to: Ask Silicon Chip, PO Box 139, Collaroy Beach, NSW 2097 or send an email to

Build A Hearing Loop Level Meter, Pt.2

22 Dec, 2010

Last month, we described the circuit for the Hearing Loop Tester and gave the assembly details. This month, we show how to build a calibration coil and adjust the tester so that it gives accurate results. We also describe how the unit is used.

Vintage Radio

24 Dec, 2010

Designed as a "wartime special", the Philco 40-40 is simple 4-valve receiver that was manufactured in Sydney in 1940/41. It's a compact reflexed design with some interesting features.

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