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Offline Aodhan145

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What to get for Christmas?
« on: November 18, 2015, 07:57:34 pm »
Hi,
  I know this is early but if I'm ordering anything from china I would need to order it soon. I have around £100 - £150 (Will stretch to £180) thats pound sterling. My current bench consists of:
  • Tektronix 2235 2ch 100MHz Analog Scope
  • Multimeters:
    • Isotech IDM 105RMS Handheld
    • Isotech IDM 205RMS 4000 count Bench
  • Tenma 72-10495 PSU 2ch. 30V 5A
  • Aoyue Int 768 Soldering Station (Soldering Iron and Hot air)
  • Farnell LF1 Function Generator 9Hz-1.1MHz (Just Sine and Square wave fixed duty cycle)

These may not be the best equipment but they suit my needs except for the function generator but I am going to build my own one in the future anyway. I am going to buy the art of electronics and I was considering getting a desoldering station. Can anybody suggest equipment / things I might need?
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Offline fivefish

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Re: What to get for Christmas?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2015, 08:31:22 pm »
Yup... You need a desoldering gun/station.
A Wiha 26190 is a good starting point to acquire some Wiha drivers. $20 and you get a long nose pliers as bonus.
Banana jacks, BNC to BNC cables, BNC to alligator clips... you get the idea.
 

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Re: What to get for Christmas?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2015, 08:33:28 pm »
A project to work on, and the parts to build it!

Development boards for whichever MCU's, FPGAs or other complex parts interest you.

Programming adapters... PICKIT, ST-Link, that kind of thing.

Some good quality hand tools, pliers, cutters, magnifier, crimp tools, screwdrivers.

CAD software

Offline Aodhan145

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Re: What to get for Christmas?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2015, 09:08:39 pm »
Some good quality hand tools, pliers, cutters, magnifier, crimp tools, screwdrivers.

CAD software

I luckily have a Solidworks key from my school and I have eagle which I use a lot and I fabricate my own pcbs. I have access to decent quality tools already.

A project to work on, and the parts to build it!

Development boards for whichever MCU's, FPGAs or other complex parts interest you.

Programming adapters... PICKIT, ST-Link, that kind of thing.

I am actually working on a  music visualiser project. I will upload it onto these forums soon as it is quite neat. There was a lot involved in this and all the parts have arrived. So I am quite busy on the project front for the mean time. I also have a small side project where I am making a very slim portable DC Electronic load inside a old 2.5" hard drive enclosure. 

Great ideas I need a PICKIT. I actually have 2 pics without a programmer. I was going to build one using a attiny but I would prefer a real one. I also need a real atmel programmer as I have always used an arduino as ISP and I want to try using Atmel Studio.

I know I should probably try to get better with micro controllers but I want to start using FPGA's at some point nothing crazy just something with a small amount of gates to get my head around parallel programming. Do you have any good starting point for FPGA's.

Thanks this is great help.
 

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Re: What to get for Christmas?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2015, 10:21:01 pm »
BNC to BNC cables, BNC to alligator clips

I need these thanks.
 


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