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2015 Workbench Challenge Redux
All the entries have been reviewed and the judges have made their decisions.
The winners are:
Joe Fulton - Oscium iMSO-204L mixed signal oscilloscope
Nelson Moye - Parallax Starter Kit
Dan Lavin - BitScope Micro with Rasp/Pi Test & Measurement workstation
Dave Hunter - $50 gift certificate to the Saelig online store
Cory McGinnis - Measurement Computing BTH-1208LS Wireless DAQ
Joe Menard - Oscium WiPry-Pro 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer

Our thanks go out to the great companies that donated prizes for this challenge!
Oscium * Parallax * Measurement Computing * Bitscope * Saelig

Check out the results here!

Thanks again to our friends at Sphero for stepping up. Great products and great people!

That's it, Enjoy!
Good Things Come With Small Packages
A good friend drops by your place and, knowing that you're an electronics enthusiast, asks for help with a new handheld gadget that suddenly stopped working. You pop the case and find a tiny circuit board populated with a dozen unmarked solid-state components. With your friend looking on, you suddenly feel dread and powerless to help. Sound familiar? It shouldn't and needn't be.

The Incredible Christmas Tree Dipstick_
Build The Incredible Christmas Tree Dipstick!

Checking the water in the Christmas Tree need not require laying upside down getting poked in the head by pine needles! Let your Christmas tree tell YOU when it needs a drink.

Read It Now!
Sphero BB-8
BB-8 app-enabled Droid 
This is the Droid™ you're looking for.
Meet BB-8™ - the app-enabled Droid™ whose movements and personality are as authentic as they are advanced. Watch your Droid explore autonomously and show a range of expressions, guide BB-8 yourself, give voice commands, or create and view holographic recordings. BB-8 is more than a toy - it's your companion.
555 Monostable Circuits
555 Monostable Circuits
The best known timer ICs are the '555' family of devices, which are available in both single (555) and dual (556) bipolar packages and also in CMOS forms (7555 and 7556); they use a mixture of linear and digital IC technology. This article explains 555 basics and shows ways of using the IC in monostable applications.
Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop 27
AVR Memory - Part 5: Bootloaders

We've learned how AVR Flash memory is structured and how to write to it. We tested that knowledge with the SmileyFlashWriter.c program. So now, let's build on this to create our own bootloader.

Electronics Workshop Companion For Hobbyists 
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
Electronics Workshop Companion for Hobbyists
Set up your own home electronics workshop and invent, design, build, test, and repair electronic circuits and gadgets.
If you consider yourself a "Hobbyist," then this one is for you. (It says so right in the name.) One of the things we like about it is that it's filled with "Tip" and "Did you know" boxes on almost every page, pulling out interesting and important factoids you'll find useful. (Cool word of the day: factoid)

Check It Out!
  • Setting up Shop
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Inductors
  • Transformers
  • Diodes
  • Transistors
  • Integrated Circuits and Digital Basics
  • More Components and Techniques
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It's Holiday Time Again!

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For The Electronics Hobbyist
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