VisualMicro: An Arduino IDE that doesn’t suck

Occasionally I get asked to build or modify boxes or prototyping platforms using open-source or off-the-shelf components. There are multiple reasons to do this: Sometimes a client wants to get more hands-on, so I get them started with a platform that works, then they take over from there. Access to documentation Speed of implementation Ease

Repurposing a video distribution amplifier – part 1

Lots of timing-type instruments, such as frequency counters, AWGs and oscilloscopes have the option to be tied to an external frequency reference, most commonly 10 MHz. This enables correlation of measurements from different instruments, as well as vastly improving their accuracy and repeatability. Impedance and Termination It is a useful at this point to mention

DIY workbench

Workshop Update

I’ve taken the opportunity during the latest COVID-19 lockdowns to shutdown my main workshop and rebuild from the ground up. The storage rack is in, and is quite full of all my parts, projects and tools. This worked out well. The next area of concern is my working space. My previous two workbenches were too