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Converting The F&P SmartDrive for Use As A... Motor

3 Feb, 2012

Recycled smart drive washing machine motors have been used in countless projects. They can be found in wind turbines, water turbines, and every other type of generator imaginable. This article takes a radical new direction and uses a Fisher & Paykel SmartDrive as... a motor.

A Really Bright 10W LED Floodlight

5 Feb, 2012

Light level rivals halogens - at MUCH less power!

Serviceman's Log

7 Feb, 2012

You've got to have a good system in place

DCC: Digital Command Control For Model Railways

9 Feb, 2012

While it has been around for some years now, Digital Command Control or DCC is now becoming increasingly popular as more and more manufacturers incorporate it into their new models, along with various accessories such as complete locomotive sound systems.

Crystal DAC: A High Performance Upgrade

11 Feb, 2012

For the very best performance from 24-bit/96kHz recordings - uses the Crystal CS4398 DAC and a discrete transistor output stage

Circuit Notebook

13 Feb, 2012

Interesting circuit ideas which we have checked but not built and tested. Contributions will be paid for at standard rates. All submissions should include full name, address & phone number.

Homebrew PCBs Via Toner Transfer

15 Feb, 2012

Here's a method for the hobbyist to produce near-professional PCBs at home with consistent results. The equipment and materials required are readily available, reasonably priced and well within the capabilities of the average constructor.

SemTest: A Discrete Semiconductor Test Set; Pt.1

17 Feb, 2012

Check all those semiconductors in your collection with this easy-to-build test set!

Vintage Radio

19 Feb, 2012

This is how radio receivers looked in the 1930s


21 Feb, 2012

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Simple 1.2-20V 1.5A Switching Regulator

23 Feb, 2012

This tiny regulator board outputs 1.2-20V from a higher voltage DC supply at currents up to 1.5A. It's small, efficient and cheap to build, with many handy features such as a very low drop-out voltage, little heat generation and electronic shut-down.

Ask Silicon Chip

25 Feb, 2012

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Publisher's Letter

27 Feb, 2012

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