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Current Issue - May 2014

Make Your Own Surface Mount PCBs

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re: Reader Questions Answered Here
I also found the oscillator in Mr. Wandishin’s letter of interest (ref your Figure 7).  A bit of internet sleuthing found that (1) the “4584N” is a CD4584 Schmidt trigger (six devices), and that Schmitt triggeers can be used as oscillators—see, for example, A Schmitt trigger is a bistable multivibrator,… ~ LL
re: The Lost Art of Strip Board Prototyping
1.Veroboard has recently become available at Amazon in the US. 2. I prefer creating opens in the traces with a 2.5mm drill instead of scratching with a knife - looks much nicer. 3. A viable alternative are prototyping boards which have the same hole/connection pattern as the plugin-breadboards. Tweak your… ~ Privatier
re: Hack an LED Desk Lamp
Jim, In a Wiki article at: it lists the ratings using 500mA for AA batteries of various types. Let’s assume your LEDs and circuits are 50% efficient for the 12 Volt battery running it up to 20 Volts, so it uses 300mA @ 12V to get the 150 mA… ~ PhilKE3FL
re: Events, Advances, and News (3.2013)
RE: TECH Knowledge 2013, March Pg 10, “Slicing with sound” The photo comment says, “Artificial kidney stone with 150 m opto-acoustically created hole.” That must be some extremely large kidney stone to be able to sport a 150 meter diameter hole! I hope it’s not a 150 meter radius hole!… ~ PhilKE3FL
re: Build Your Own PIC Trainer from Surplus
Hi, Thanks for the interest in the Trainer. I design all my own PCBs with an archaic program (runs under Windows 3.1!) which doesn’t support Gerber or other exports. So, sorry, but I can’t help you out. I’ve always just etched my own boards with a homemade affair, using PnP… ~ Thomas_Henry