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Digital Capacitance Meter
A Digital Capacitance Meter
It could be time to build your own!    
Over the years, I have amassed quite a selection of air variable capacitors and trimmers. Starting a project that used one of these devices used to feel like it required an Act of Congress to select the right one, since they were of unknown values. I finally decided it was time to add a capacitance meter to my test bench. However, I couldn't justify the cost, so I decided to build one myself.
Arduino Projects Kit
AVR C Programming Workshop - Part 11
Getting Started With The Arduino Projects Kit.

These workshops are written with the idea that the reader already knows a bit about electronics. But that isn't always a valid assumption. For instance, some folks have never used a solderless breadboard. I tried to remember the first time I used one and it just seems like I was born knowing how these things work.


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Dual-gate or tetrode MOSFET.
FET Principles And Basics - Part 3  
Practical applications of MOSFETs and CMOS-based devices - Part 3 of 4


MOSFETs are available in both depletion-mode and enhancement-mode versions. Depletion-mode types give a performance similar to a JFET, but with a far higher input resistance (i.e., with a far higher low-frequency input impedance).


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Steampunk Planetarium Clock


Steampunk Planetarium Clock
This unique timekeeper will have you seeing stars ... even the same skies the Spanish missionaries observed back in the 1600s!

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  • Set up a workbench and equip it with tools and test instruments
  • Ensure personal safety and avoid electrical and physical damage to devices
  • Understand electrical units, circuits, and signals
  • Use test equipment, including a digital multimeter, signal generator, frequency counter, and an oscilloscope
  • Repair circuit boards and replace parts
  • Work with components, from capacitors and ICs to transistors and zeners
  • Learn to read block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble devices and identify sections and stages
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose to the component level
  • Perform reverse-order reassembly
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