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August 2016

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Build the Router Restarter

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Features

A Solar Energy Story – Design, Installation, and Performance

The Solar Revolution is here whether we like it or not. I came to this realization last year when it became apparent how many solar companies were going out of their way to annoy me by calling night and day.



Projects

Low Cost PC Two-Channel Oscilloscope

Build an easily portable and cost-effective two-channel oscilloscope that hooks up to a PC.


A Router Restarter

This device is actually a universal on-off machine that can be used remotely and also be controlled via a smartphone.



Columns

Q&A
by Tim Brown
Reader Questions Answered Here (8.2016)
Discussion on solar heating system controls and inertial navigation system basics.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Getting Graphic(s) with the A40 Mesh Networking Alarm Controller Project
If you can generate a standard 24-bit BMP image using a graphics editor program, you can integrate that image into a professional touch screen application.

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
Virtual Instruments Improve Electronic Experimentation
Virtual Instruments: How to get a bench full of test equipment for only a few hundred dollars

Practical 3D Printing
by Chuck Hellebuyck
Soldering Wires with a 3D Print
Design a versatile “third hand” with your 3D printer to hold various sizes of wires. A little bending and the ends of the wires are touching, ready for solder.

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
Quadcopters to the (Near Space) Rescue
Quadcopters can help make a huge difference in the time required to recover near spacecraft after landing.

Departments

Make History: Keep a Logbook
by Bryan Bergeron
Notes, sketches, and snapping photos of your circuits/projects can be a time-saving reference, as well as historical documentation for yourself and others.