Get free access to our online edition!


Show issues for


January 2016

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Are your capacitors suffering from diminished capacity? Build this ESR meter and find out!

SUBSCRIBE    DIGITAL EDITION         Purchase This Issue


Features

SmartThings and the Device Maker

How about a home automation platform with a cloud-based development environment that lets you create custom apps and microcontroller-based devices to talk to over Zigbee that you can control with your smartphone.


Beyond the Arduino — Part 8

Power: Less is definitely more here as we focus on ways to reduce the power consumption in our projects so they can run for longer on less.



Projects

Build an ESR Meter for Your Test Bench

Test your stash of capacitors with this ESR Meter and weed out any bad ones before you install them in your projects.


Rock It with a MIDI Keytar

Using a Rock Band 3 keyboard, you can construct a very inexpensive, yet very capable MIDI controller for use in the studio or on stage.


Vintage Computing — Five Easy Projects for Your Mentor’s Friend

Utilizing the Amigo retro computer, here are some fun projects to get you started on a technology adventure, exploring computers and programming.



Columns

The Ham’s Wireless Workbench
by H. Ward Silver
Transmission Lines and SWR.
Learn about a basic element of transmission lines: the standing wave ratio. Find out why it’s important and how to measure it.

Q&A
by Tim Brown
Reader Questions Answered Here (1.2016)
Scanner frequency change, a simple remote control, and a telephone off-hook indicator.

Departments

Developing Perspectives — Easing Into STEM
I’m often asked what the best way is to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education with electronics.