Acorn BBC Master and electron cartridge breakout

The Acorn Master cartridge breakout board by Simon Inns: This project provides a simple breadboard adapter/breakout board for prototyping cartridges for the Acorn BBC Master and Acorn Electron 8-bit computers. The design consists of two PCBs, the first plugs into the computer’s cartridge slot and the second is designed to plug along the edge of […]

uMesh – A self-contained, battery operated ESP32 module

Jarrett published a new build: I’ve been working on an ESP32 module. Part of the problem I’ve been seeing with inexpensive IoT dev boards, is that the design around the power system hasn’t been very good. Here’s my attempt to fix that. This is a battery-ready module with a proper lithium battery charge circuit, lithium […]

Scott’s Z80SBC: Z80 single board computer

Dr. Scott M. Baker published a new build: When I was first getting started with electronics, wanted a Heathkit ET-3400 Microproccessor trainer, but could never afford one at the time. Eventually both I and the world moved on, to fancier more capable computers. However, I’ve still always wished I had an iconic trainer, complete with […]

Open source Agilent 53132A 53131A OCXO ultra high stability oven upgrade

Gaurav Singh made an open source 53132A OCXO Ultra stability time base, that is available on github: While i was working with my own GPSDO project. i need to have a frequency counter with descent stability so purchased my self a Agilent 53132A which is a 12 digit frequency counter, big brother to 53131A 10 […]

Wavecatcher

Anfractuosity published a new build: “Acoustic cryptanalysis is a type of side channel attack that exploits sounds emitted by computers or other devices” Wavecatcher is a simple PCB that makes use of a MEMS ultrasound microphone, in order to capture audio to around 80kHz, with the goal of finding interesting ultrasound sources and playing with […]

StyloCard

Stylophone business card project from mitxela.com Printed Circuit Boards as a business card are a great gimmick. I’d seen ones with USB ports etched into them, which enumerate as a keyboard and then type a person’s name or load up their website. It’s just about possible to build them cheap enough to hand out as a […]

Small motor controller with integrated position sensor

Ben Katz writes: A while ago I added the hall effect encoder IC I’ve been using directly to the motor controller PCB.  The controller sits directly on the back of the motor (with a magnet added to the motor shaft), and the phase wires solder straight in.  I also have a pair of board-mounted XT30 […]

DIY through hole plating of PCBs

Jan Mrázek documented his experience experimenting with DIY through-hole plating of PCBs: I’ve been thinking about though hole plating for several years. The general procedure is simple – you have to activate non-copper surfaces (make them conductive) and then you apply standard electroplating procedure. You can find many tutorials on the internet, however, most of […]

Pimp your PCB businesscard full color

Here is a nice PCB businesscard @ smdprutser.nl As a good electronic hobbiest tradition I started to design a businesscard from PCB material. Downside of all the businesscards (and PCBs in general) is the limited number of colors you can use: FR4, soldermask (with or without copper behind it), silkscreen or bare copper. Since the […]