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January 2017

Nuts and Volts Magazine


The Retro PIC Single-Board Computer

Put some of your historic chips to work in a new “computer” system with a PIC acting as the CPU.

ESP8266 RSS News Reader

Utilize the versatile ESP8266 module to get your daily dose of news.

REVIEW: Bench Werx Offers a Versatile PCB Holder

Check out the new PCB Rax system for help soldering your circuit boards.

Computer Control and Interfacing with the NI MyRIO

National Instruments’ MyRIO is one of the best units available for computer interfacing and data acquisition. Plus, it can be utilized for a variety of teaching applications in controls, robotics, mechatronics, and embedded concepts.


An Electronic Chessboard Using RGB LED Strips and Hall Effect Sensors

This chess game keeps track of the board and the rules for both players.


by Kristen McIntyre
Reader Questions Answered Here (01.2017)
Find answers to questions on phantom power, extending Wi-Fi range on the cheap, and PBX and auto dialers.

The Ham’s Wireless Workbench
by H. Ward Silver
Ham Metrics and the Decibel
Learn the decibel (abbreviated as lower-case ‘d’ followed by an upper-case ‘B’ or ‘dB’) and you and your signal will go a long way!

The Spin Zone
by Jon McPhalen
Making Menus
The user interface on any system is important — especially the menus.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
A Look at the nRF52832’s SPI Peripheral
The ARM-based nRF52832 blinks LEDs, speaks SPI, UART, and I2C just like any other microcontroller, so we will continue our exploration of the nRF52832’s peripherals.

by Jeff Eckert
Events, Advances, and News (01.2017)
Information on current events, advances, and news in various technology fields.


The Zombie Apocalypse — Are You Ready?
by Bryan Bergeron
How prepared are you for a disaster — man-made or otherwise?