The Wi-Fi went down for 5 minutes, so I had to talk to my family... They seem like nice people.  
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With the recent passing of American hero, John Glenn, there has been a lot of reminiscing on the space program in the '60s and '70s. Since many of our Long Time readers got started in electronics during this era, it seems only right to take a moment and share some thoughts on the technology of the time.
What do you think were some of the more remarkable accomplishments with the available technologies that we would take for granted today?
Were/are you involved in the space program?
If so, in what capacity?
What unique challenges did you face and how were they resolved? 
Footnote - Our Nuts & Volts founder was an engineer on the Apollo project. If that were not the case, you might not be reading this right now! 

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A computer, some powerful software, and a shortwave receiver combine to make decoding many types of radio transmissions possible.

Listening to shortwave radio is very interesting, and filled with the voices and music of far-off lands. Digging a bit deeper, there is another world of shortwave radio that does not use conventional sounds. It is the realm of data transmissions. 

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Ready to transfer a program from your computer to a PICAXE chip but don't have the necessary (and sometimes pricey) USB cable? Well, here's how to make one!

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PicoTech PicoScope 2000

The PicoScope 2000 Series, an entire lab in one hand.  

Designed as an advanced PC-based 2-channel, 4-channel or mixed-signal oscilloscope, PicoScope 2000 series instruments can also operate as a spectrum analyzer, function generator, arbitrary waveform generator and serial decoder.

Effectively a full electronics lab in one low-cost, USB-powered unit with memory, bandwidth and waveform update rate options available by model.

PicoTech PicoScope 2000

Whether you need to flash an LED, energize a relay, turn a buzzer or alarm on or off, or invert a voltage level, the NPN transistor switch can easily solve your problem. This article shows you how to use a transistor as a simple SPST switch.


Reverse engineering is one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors in electronics. I'm talking about replicating the functionality of a device that you've seen or read about but that's too expensive or otherwise unavailable. There are numerous issues involved in reverse engineering - from creating a schematic to locating parts. Moreover, you have to understand what's going on.

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Making Things Move
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
Making Things Move  
DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists 
Build moving mechanisms using off-the-shelf components, readily available materials, and accessible fabrication techniques
  • Rube Goldberg breakfast machine
  • Mousetrap powered car
  • DIY motor with magnet wire
  • Motor direction and speed control
  • Designing and fabricating spur gears
  • Animated creations in paper
  • An interactive rotating platform
  • Small vertical axis wind turbine
  • SADbot: the seasonally affected drawing robot
Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors_ Hobbyists_ and Artists
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It's Holiday Time Again!
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