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AT WHAT POINT DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO USE A PCB OVER A BREADBOARD?
 
It usually starts as a small prototype, but somewhere along the way the mess of wires gets to be overwhelming and you spend more time troubleshooting pulled loose wires or poor breadboard connections than you do on actually designing a circuit. At what point do you give up and reach for a CAD program to make some proto boards? 
    
 
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WHEN LESS IS MORE: DESIGNING FOR MINIMUM MASS   
 
If you're a typical N&V reader, then sizing a component means defining its value, precision, power handling capacity, operating voltage, physical size, and precision.

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THE PID CONTROLLER - PART 3       
Digital PID Controller


Let's take the training wheels off and construct a fully functional digital PID controller, using a ZILOG microcontroller as the brain of our control system

SIGNAL GENERATORS - Part 1
 
Signal generators are devices used to make the signals used in testing and troubleshooting of radio receivers and other circuits, so are of primary interest to almost everyone interested in electronics.

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The General Radio Standard Signal Generator 805-C  (pictured here) was one of the largest ever built. It weighed in at about 117 lbs and was considered the industry standard from the end of WWII through the early '60s.
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Take that breadboard prototype, generate a schematic design, convert it to a printed circuit board (PCB) layout that can be manufactured - all using Fritzing.

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Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio
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Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio        
Get set up on an Arduino board, then veteran ham radio operators Jack Purdum (W8TEE) and Dennis Kidder (W6DQ) start off with a simple LCD display and move up to projects that can add hundreds of dollars' worth of upgrades to existing equipment. Detailed instructions, helpful diagrams, parts and suppliers lists, and hardware and software tips make building your own equipment even more enjoyable. After all, isn't that what it's all about?
 
Do-it-yourself projects include:
  • LCD shield
  • Station timer
  • General-purpose panel meter
  • Dummy load and watt meter
  • CW automatic keyer
  • Morse code decoder
  • PS2 keyboard CW encoder
  • Universal relay shield
  • Flexible sequencer
  • Rotator controller
  • Directional watt and SWR meter
  • Simple frequency counter
  • DDS VFO
  • Portable solar power source
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