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October 2014

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Repair & Refurb Vintage Hi-Fi Gear

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Features

1963 Zenith MK2670 Stereo Repair

Vintage gear is very special, and has the advantage of simplicity so that even hobbyists can work on it. See how this particular stereo console got a facelift with a mix of old and new technology.


Prop Dropper 2

Check out this upgrade to a favorite project that will give you twice the scare power for Halloween.


Haunting with Video Projectors

A new trend in creating holiday displays is using digital decorations.



Projects

Hotrod Your Electric Guitar with Active Tone Controls

Retrofit your plain Jane guitar with the controls it deserves to give you a fuller range of bass, mid, and high end color.


Build the Light Appliance

This IR remote controllable 32x32 RGB LED display does way more than just flash pretty lights.


Beware the Ghost Phone

Build a Ghost Phone for your Halloween Trick Or Treaters.



Columns

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
Events, Advances, and News (10.2014)
Some of this month’s topics include different types of refrigerator magnets, better satellite images, adding Wi-Fi to your Arduino, and wearable cameras, just to name a few.

Q&A
by Tim Brown
Reader Questions Answered Here (10.2014)
It's Back! Issues regarding measuring current with a clamp-on ammeter and outdoor reception of TV audio are discussed.

The Spin Zone
by Jon McPhalen
Propeller Reanimator
Bring your Halloween (or any holiday) props to life with the magic of circuits and code using the Propeller.

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
Wiring and Testing the BalloonSat Extreme Flight Computer
More progress is made on our platform that will give advanced students practice integrating experiments into a single near space vehicle.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Building a ZigBee HAN
ZigBee has finally come home. This month, we will lay the groundwork for installing a ZigBee Home Automation Network. Our HAN can be accessed from the living room LAN or from anywhere in the world via the Internet.

Smiley’s Workshop
by Joe Pardue
The Arduino Classroom. Arduino 101/Chapter 9: Keeping Time
Take a much higher level look at computer time keeping, and learn to use some very novice-friendly applications available for the Arduino.