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DIRTY CABLES: Cheap custom cables available now

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Dirty Cables is a drag and drop cable builder that gives you access to cheap custom cable services from China. Build a custom cable, get an instant quote, and checkout. Your custom cables should ship in 3 to 7 work days. Huaqiangbei is full of cheap custom cable vendors with...

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DIRTY CABLES: What’s in that sample pile?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Massive sample piles advertise the custom cable manufacturers in Huaqiangbei market. A sketch and a few part numbers is enough to get a quote on the spot. These piles reveal which connectors are standard and readily available in the Chinese manufacturing ecosystem. To avoid sourcing problems and production delays its...

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Tiny ESP8266 Breakout Board

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Stavros made a very small ESP8266 breakout board: A very small breakout for the ESP8266. Includes all necessary pullups/pulldowns for it to boot to your code, a LDO regulator, a 3V3 output pin and enough breadboard space for one row on each side on a standard breadboard. Full details on...

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FONA808 USB interface

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jesus Echavarria published a new build: For several months I’m working with FONA808 modules from Adafruit to make a portable, web-based locating system. This modules are based on the SIM808 module from SIMCOM manufacturer, and integrates both GSM and GPS transceivers in one 24x24mm package.  The Adafruit board includes this...

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ESP8266 LED lighting: QuinLED v2.6 PCB

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Quindor designed and built an ESP8266 LED lighting QuinLED project with Dirty Board PCBs: It’s been a long time in the making but I’ve finally put the final touches on my newest revision of QuinLED! This makes it version 2.6 rev 1.00. Let’s check it out! This post is part of...

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DirtyPCB X-mas tree

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Matthias created a X-Mas tree project using the DirtyPCB boards: The project features an USB capable PIC16F1549 µC with: USB FS device 48 MHz internal Oscillator 2 PWM modules 10-bit ADC with Voltage Reference Integrated Temperature Indicator Module The LEDs are connected to the 2 PWM outputs via N-mos drivers....

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Ultrasonic Anemometer

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Lukas Fassler has designed and built an Ultrasonic Anemometer project with Dirty Board PCBs. Full details at Soldernerd homepage.

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Bi-directional voltage level translator – Board house test

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Lukas Fassler from Soldernerd shares his experience with DirtyPCBs: I can think of a lot of situations where it could be useful. But the main reason for this project was to gain some experience with getting a PCB professionally manufactured by a board house. For several years I have done my own...

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OTGW panel

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Onno designed and built his own OTGW panel with Dirty Board PCBs: Added all together and had a working gateway. This gateway has also connections for status LED’s. However, I didn’t find anything about getting the LED’s connected and build in the housing. So there started the first idea of designing my...

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ESP8266/RFM69 wifi gateway

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

James Coxon writes: The aim was to use ESP8266 and reflash the onboard processor with the Arduino development environment to allow easy porting of the current UKHASnet code. The ESP would act as the main microprocessor and control the RFM69 over SPI. Any packets received by the RFM69 would then...

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Tote – Quadruped robot

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Radomir Dopieralski has a nice build log on his quadruped robot - Tote: Tote is a small (fits inside your palm), four-legged, walking robot, with three degrees of freedom per leg, Arduino for its brains and controlled either with a TV remote, or by additional electronics added on top of it....

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215 Hopper FPV rebuild

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Andrew Taylor documented his 215 Hopper FPV build: I finally have the design of the 215 Hopper at a point where I think it is fit for purpose as an FPV copter. It can now sustain a heavy grounding without terminal damage. I still won’t claim that it is as...

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Dirty PCBs review from Big Mess o’ Wires

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Dirty PCBs detailed review by Big Mess o' Wires: Now for the key question: were the boards any good? From my inspection, I’d say mostly yes. I spent a long time examining the boards under 10x magnification, and comparing them to my original EAGLE files, and to the Gerbers using gerbv....

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La Skala Arduino controlled ladder attenuator

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Dimdim has designed and built his own stepped ladder attenuator, controlled by an Arduino: A few years ago I had an encounter with a ladder volume attenuator. I loved hearing the relays clicking away as they dialed-in the desired attenuation. Ever since then I wanted to design and build one for...

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DIY 32ch FPV 5.8ghz LCD

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Spikey made his own DIY 32ch FPV 5.8ghz LCD with Dirty Board PCB’s: If you’re like me, you don like buying stuff that’s ready-to-go, but rather build one yourself. We usually spend more money, but it’s way more satisfying I really didn’t want to buy an overly expensive FPV LCD receiver, so...

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Capacitive battery charger

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Marcus Jenkins made a capacitive battery charger using Dirty Board PCB's to revive rechargeable batteries: This is really a basic, bare-bones circuit. I’ve prepared the PCB with a view that it could be used as a module in a rather more-sophisticated charging system. You could imagine using a microcontroller (e.g....

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Using Altium for a DirtyPCBs order

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Jarrett  has written an article describing a technique of using Altium for a DirtyPCBs order: This is a pretty rare combo: using a premium PCB package with the budget board house. Kinda funny. Generally these small run PCB houses provide DRU and CAM files for EAGLE design rule checking and...

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Dual USB serial and I2C converter

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Jesus Echavarria has developed a dual USB-Serial converter for debugging serial and I2C communications: Hi all! After a couple of months with a lot of work, I come here again with the last board I develop before Christmas. It’s a dual USB serial and I2C converter based on two MCP2221...

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Owning DirtyPCBs: an opportunity lost

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

With the Chinese company out of the way, I've had some time to work on projects and plan what to do next. One thing I have to do is own DirtyPCBs, I've failed at some basic stuff. DirtyPCBs.com was a joke. It started as a quick script so our team...

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C64/SX64 RAM Cartridge (SD2IEC part)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Sjaak designed and built a C64 RAM/ROM cartridge, which has a 6264 SRAM chip and an Atmel 644.  He did program an Atmega with a Bus Pirate: Today came in the Atmega644P’s in TQFP package I scored on eBay. Today I’m focusing on the SD2IEC part of the RAM cartridge. I was...

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