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October 2017

Nuts and Volts Magazine


Features

Designing Your Own Digital ICs (FPGAs) — Part 1

Who would have thought that we would be able to progress from discrete components, to integrated circuits, to eventually being able to create our own ICs inside a reusable universal chip know as an FPGA?


The Care and Feeding of Analog Meters

In a digital world, there are still quite a few uses for an analog meter, but these beasts require special TLC.



Projects

Build the Irrigation Watch — Part 2

Exploring the software for the Irrigation Watch system.


Build the Digital Impressionist

The Digital Impressionist creates simple, impressionist-style light “paintings” that change over time.


Build the StroboDuino

Build this Arduino-based strobe light for fun technology experiments on your workbench!



Columns

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
The Near Space Eclipse
It’s one thing to see a solar eclipse. It’s another thing altogether to see one from near space!

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
Going All The Way With QRP
Talking around the world on a kilowatt is easy. How far can you go on less than one watt?

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Is This Thingy Your Key to IoT?
Nordic’s new “Thingy”— a compact, power-optimized, multi-sensor development kit!

Q&A
by Kristen McIntyre
Reader Questions Answered Here (10.2017)
Help with a Hit-and-Miss Engine and Overheating Band Pass Filters.

Departments

Electronics: A Multipurpose Modeling Tool
by Bryan Bergeron
Modeling Systems using Electronics.