Experiments with a Hydrogen Thyratron

Kerry Wong did some experiments with a TGI1-50/5 hydrogen thyratron: The one I picked up is a TGI1-50/5 hydrogen thyratron. As the name suggests, it uses ionized hydrogen gas as the switching medium. Hydrogen thyratron typically utilizes titanium hydride in it’s reservoir and the hydrogen gas is released when the reservoir is heated and recombined […]

Testing the TPS61092 boost converter

Testing the TPS61092 boost converter from LuckyResistor: For my current project I searched for a good boost power converter which is able to deliver continuous 400mA power for various sensors. There are an endless number of good boost converters around, but not many can be hand soldered to a board. I would really like to […]

Simulating 3-phase AC for energy monitor testing

Tisham Dhar blogged about his 3-phase synthesizer: Finding 3-phase is difficult, convincing the owner of the said supply to test some home made hardware is even more so. After building a 3-phase energy monitor my testing options for it appeared very limited. So I set about making my own low-cost 3-phase energy monitor calibration system. See […]

Build your own testing/programming jig

Sjaak has published a new build: Inspired by an old article from sparkfun and some tests I conducted myself I came up with a PCB that holds the pogopinholders and an lasercut acrylic fixture for the PCB on top. Using the dirt(y)cheap services from dirtypcbs.com the cost for this jig, including pogopins and their holders is […]

Pogo pin test board for ADB-USB Wombat

A pogo pin tester for the ADB-USB Wombat board from Big Mess o’ Wires: Here’s a test rig for the ADB-USB Wombat board: my first-ever project whose sole purpose is to facilitate testing of another project. It uses spring-loaded pogo pins to create a bed of nails that fit into test points on the Wombat board. […]

Simple crystal tester

Dilshan Jayakody writes: This is simple Colpitts oscillator to test commonly available passive crystals which range between 2MHz to 27MHz. This unit must connect to an oscilloscope and/or frequency counter to get the frequency of the crystal. This circuit is design to work around 9V to 12V DC power source. Both 2SC930 transistors can replace […]

LM2596 DC-DC converter module testing

Kerry D. Wong writes: In the video below, I tested this DC-DC converter board under various operating conditions and measured its efficiencies. To conclude, these switching regulator boards are well suited for low to medium current draw digital circuitry but for higher current applications a heat sink is needed and even so I would not […]

Talk SPI to EEPROM part3: Test SPI Protocol with Bus Pirate

Jan Cumps tested out SPI Protocol using a Bus Pirate: It wasn’t my initial intention to use the Bus Pirate. But my first naive attempts to talk from Hercules to EEPROM failed. I could create the SPI instructions with the LaunchPad, but I didn’t get a reply back from the 25LC256. It’s in these cases that […]

Visualizing comparator and Op Amp hysteresis

Kerry Wong writes: Hysteresis can be added to a comparator circuit to improve its stability, especially when the input signal is noisy. In this post, we will examine the hysteresis characteristics of some common comparator and Op Amps using an oscilloscope. Perhaps the most intuitive way to visualize the hysteresis in a circuit is to […]

Tektronix RSA306 IF frequency verification

KF5OBS writes: After posting the teardown video of the Tektronix RSA306 USB 3.0 Spectrum Analyzer on my YouTube channel, someone asked me to verify that the IF sampled by the Linear Technology 14-Bit / 125 Msps ADC is really at 140 MHz. Using the Tektronix MDO4104B-6 and a passive RF probe, I gladly did so.

Temperature data logger using PIC12F683 and DS1820

Rajendra over at Electronics Lab wrote an article on his temperature logger based on a Microchip’s 8-pin microcontroller, PIC12F683: A data logger is a device that records measurements over time. The measurements could be any physical variable like temperature, pressure, voltage, humidity, etc. This project describes how to build a mini logger that records surrounding temperature […]

BJT in reverse avalanche mode

Kerry Wong writes: Transistors operating in their avalanche regions are often used to generate fast rise pulses (see avalanche pulse generator using 2N3904). Many transistors can also avalanche when the connections to collector and emitter are reversed. When operating in reverse avalanche region, these transistors are sometimes referred to as negistors. Because the asymmetry and […]

Testing of two three-phase BLDC motor drivers

Kerry Wong writes: I was doing a project that needed a driver for hard disk spindle motors. While I could use a microcontroller to generate the required driving waveform sequence, keeping the waveform in sync with the motor rotation is actually quite tricky especially at higher rotation speeds. To ensure the correct timing sequence, a […]

Testing switch mode voltage regulators

Bajdi did some tests for switch mode voltage regulators: There are different types of DC-DC regulators. The most common are linear and switch mode regulators. Everyone that has tinkered with electronics has probably used a 78xx series linear regulator. They are easy to use since they don’t need any special components. With most linear regulators you […]