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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #100 on: June 11, 2015, 03:09:38 am »
After missing the first round of closures, my local "Shack" got put on the close list a couple of months ago.  I ponied up for one of their component cases but had to wait until it had emptied out before picking it up. They called me yesterday so I stopped by to get it .  That thing is heavy!  Definitely made to last.

While there, with everything 70-80% off, I couldn't help buy some uneeded things, including 2 of their "top of the line" multimeters.  6000 count true RMS and PC interface for $21 each (marked down from $70).  The last thing I need is another multimeter but for the price I couldn't resist.  One will probably end up as a Xmas present for my 9 year old son, but the other? --  I haven't decided yet.
 

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« Reply #101 on: June 11, 2015, 03:13:05 am »
So how much did the shack let that thing go for?  Any idea on how to find out which ones are closing, what are the tell-tale signs?
 

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« Reply #102 on: June 11, 2015, 03:32:33 am »
So how much did the shack let that thing go for?  Any idea on how to find out which ones are closing, what are the tell-tale signs?

$175 :-[  I hemmed and hawed about the price but I do think it is worth it. It is one of those lasts-a-lifetime pieces of gear - likely passed on to my kids.

Tell-tale signs?  Well, in the case of the store here a large sign appeared outside saying  "Store Closing".

I've been stopping by once a week or so since they announced it. Each week or so new signs show up on the windows -- 30-50% off then 40-60% and so on until now 70-80%.

I've picked up a few things along the way as the stock was whittled away.  The exact close day is top secret but the manager told me that they'll but a sign up that says "last 10 days" when the time comes.

I've got my eye on a few more things if prices drop more, I'd love to pick up a boat load of rechargable NiMH batteries. They've go a ton of them in stock but at 70% off their still a bit pricey.
 

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« Reply #103 on: June 11, 2015, 04:09:32 am »
I've picked up a few things along the way as the stock was whittled away.  The exact close day is top secret but the manager told me that they'll but a sign up that says "last 10 days" when the time comes.

The manager at my local Radio Shack says they will be open until the end of the month.  There isn't much left but a ton of batteries and headphones (mostly ear buds).  Oh, and HDMI cables.  A wall full of HDMI cables.  He also said that for their last 10 days they plan to have a bag sale.  Buy a bag for $10 and stuff it full of anything that fits.   I'm wondering what will be left and if I should stuff the bag with things for myself or things I can unload on eBay like cell phone cases and phone batteries.  I'm thinking I'll have to be there on the first day of the 10 days to get anything good.

With as many ear bud headphones as I have had go bad, the wire breaking at the plug, I should fill a bag for myself and quit spending time on re-soldering the plugs.

As for my purchases, last time I got a crappy clip on smartphone microscope that doesn't even work.  Shows an image about the size of a dime in the middle of my 5 inch phone screen.   Previous trip I picked up 4 rolls of kynar wire wrap wire and a tube of somewhat conductive ink for less than $10.

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #104 on: June 11, 2015, 09:33:46 pm »
I just finished "Calculus For the Practical Man" after a year so to reward myself with more toil, I bought Feynman Lectures on Physics volume 1, some 0.5mm Rotring leads and The Songs of Distant Earth (CD version) by Mike Oldfield.

The most fun you can have for £30 these days.
 

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« Reply #105 on: June 12, 2015, 04:31:27 am »
I was hungry, so I bought these today (random internet image below, not actual victim. I ate mine before I got it to pose for me)

 

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #106 on: June 12, 2015, 05:04:21 am »
I just finished "Calculus For the Practical Man" after a year so to reward myself with more toil, I bought Feynman Lectures on Physics volume 1, some 0.5mm Rotring leads and The Songs of Distant Earth (CD version) by Mike Oldfield.

The most fun you can have for £30 these days.
 

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« Reply #107 on: June 12, 2015, 11:48:43 am »
haha :)
 

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« Reply #109 on: June 13, 2015, 11:29:49 am »
this thread should really come with a warning... Make sure you pay the rent and bills BEFORE you buy shiny new gadgets... I forgot them in the excitement. In fact the forum should have a warning of such and how addictive it is.  |O :-DD
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« Reply #110 on: June 13, 2015, 01:28:57 pm »
Deathwish, I just got the same LA.  I haven't actually used it yet, but I installed the Saleae Logic software, ver 1.1.15 and the software reports it as a Saleae LA and it paired up immediately.  Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit also installed the driver without an issue.
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« Reply #111 on: June 13, 2015, 01:42:55 pm »
Deathwish, I just got the same LA.  I haven't actually used it yet, but I installed the Saleae Logic software, ver 1.1.15 and the software reports it as a Saleae LA and it paired up immediately.  Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit also installed the driver without an issue.

I loaded mine up with the new 1.1.34 software and it loaded up and recognised it the same, win 7 ultimate 32 bit as well.
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« Reply #112 on: June 13, 2015, 04:44:36 pm »
I loaded mine up with the new 1.1.34 software and it loaded up and recognised it the same, win 7 ultimate 32 bit as well.
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I will try the same, thanks.

Edit:  I tested it with the clone and my Arduino and it all plays well together.  Now for the learning.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #113 on: June 16, 2015, 11:42:31 am »
Came this morning, plugged it in, it all lights up.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hot-PICkit3-PIC-KIT3-Debugger-Programmer-Emulator-Chip-Programmer-PIC-Controller-/271799867505?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3f4888d871

For a cheap Chinese import I am well pleased, MPlab even recognises it as a genuine programmer.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #114 on: June 16, 2015, 04:48:10 pm »
Bought THIS a few days ago. It's on its way here now. Surprised me when my offer of $100 was accepted!   Can't wait to play with some high voltage (low energy) circuits... >:D

BTW - the same seller has another one - slightly less pristine looking - listed for $149...

 

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« Reply #115 on: June 17, 2015, 09:44:33 am »
Considering Daves review of the pickit 3, against the pickit2, I figured I better get the 2 as well. So I did. All I need now is some icsp adapters to use them  :-DD

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271901403206?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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« Reply #116 on: June 18, 2015, 11:00:52 am »
Cant recall exactly why I got these two, I think it was something to do with a timebase and gps receiver and a dds sig gen output.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291140312483?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300772326198?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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« Reply #117 on: June 21, 2015, 10:50:13 am »
Four 50W LEDs. One each R, G, B & Cool White.
I'm starting on my next 'microscope light' project. This one a bit more powerful than the last. http://everist.org/NobLog/20150510_Olympus_bhm.htm That was 10W, this one will be 200 to 300W max, adjustable for normally lower output.

The aim is to get all the light from these mixed and steered down to a small diffuser aperture about 3mm diameter. Or less, maybe. I think it will be something unwise to look at when lit.
Lens coupling from the small aperture to the microscope.
Maybe I'll be adding 50W UV and IR LEDs too. Still looking for R & G 50W LEDs that are not pathetic in output compared to the Blue/White ones. Seems sad that R & G LEDs lag so much in efficiency.
Anyway, the idea is to have individual current drivers, for an adjustable spectral distribution.

Pics are the bare LEDs, then mounted on heatsinks with fans.

Oh, and I bought 200 ordinary 5mm Red-Green bicolor LEDs, for that 'magic LED ball' experiment. In the post.
See https://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/magic-led-ball/

Edit: Correction. I take back that bit about the green having pathetic efficiency. Also that these would be eye hazards once concentrated to a near point. Powered up, the green is completely impossible to look at. I made the mistake of looking at it for a very brief instant just before leaving to drive to pick up a pizza (at night.) Mistake.

These were from ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111299756188
50W Color: Cool White    USD$2.99   AU$3.85
50W Color: Red           $3.13   4.03
50W Color: Green         $2.89   3.72
50W Color: Blue          $2.99   3.85

Operating: DC32-36V   1750mA

Red         620-625nm   500-550lm    <---
Green       520-525nm   500-550lm    <--- perhaps these '500 lm' are plain wrong?
Blue        450-460nm   2500-3000lm
Amber       585-590nm   2500-3000lm
Cool White  6000K-6500K 6000-7000lm
Warm White  3000K-3500K 6000-7000lm

It's interesting how much more sensitive eyes are to green than blue. On the same drive power, the green looks *much* brighter than the blue (going by reflections, not directly looking at it.) Yet the simple 'how close can I hold my fingertip' test says the blue is outputting easily twice the radiant energy. 'Ouchy' distance is about 2 cm for the blue, 1cm for the green.

I still find the idea of an LED you can't hold your finger next to amazing.
It's a relief to find these heatsink-fan units are adequate for 50W LEDs.  But only with fans going at full 12V. Dropped to 5V, they warm up fast.

Hmm... I'm starting to wonder if all of these actually have blue LEDs under the phosphor. When I put the Red, Green and White LEDs (unpowered) in the light from the Blue one, their cover materials all fluoresce brilliantly. The Red and Green ones are not just tinted covers over Red and Green LED chips.
Pics below don't capture the effect 



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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #118 on: June 21, 2015, 11:14:30 am »
I recently bought some 320x340 SPI 2.2" LCDs for something below 5€ which I wanted to use as default display for future projects.
Now I found some 2.4" displays with the same controller (ILI9341) and additional touchscreen (also kinda SPI) for slightly below 6€.
Couldn't resist.
http://www.ebay.de/itm/321496984341

And yeah well, some ultracheap FT232L with additional pinout and 3.3/5V jumper. Let's see if they are fake
http://www.ebay.de/itm/201332938880

ANd while I'm confessing my shopping addiction, this was my latest expensive purchase (Maynuo 9812 300W DC Load):
http://www.maynuo.eu/power-supply/m98-series-dc-led-load/m9812-150v-30a-300w.html
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« Reply #119 on: June 21, 2015, 11:23:01 am »
New ( to me) computer, Fujitsu Empriso. Was $150, and currently sitting in the corner after doing an overnight run of diagnostics, and busy now doing a new OS install of Linux Mint. About an hour to go till it finished install and reboots.
 

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« Reply #120 on: June 21, 2015, 12:00:04 pm »
Just scored a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 Camera from Officeworks for $40, they were clearing these out for $58 and the only one left locally was as new but missing the 240 to 5 volt USB charger so I took one that I had for my phone to the store and asked to test it first, worked a treat, happy as larry I was.

Basic auto focus point and click camera with 3 inch screen, looked bigger in the pictures, next time I will take more notice of the dimensions in the specs. Also it uses a proprietary 8 pin micro type USB connector for charging and data transfer, one manual said no charging through the port and other documentation indicated that USB charging through the supplied cable was fine, didn't risk it so checked before hand.

I despise proprietary connectors and hate conflicting documentation even more so.


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« Reply #121 on: June 21, 2015, 01:08:10 pm »
A new drain pump for our Bosch Nexxt 300 series washer.  Damn washer broke down just before company came to visit.  A new pump was $75 shipped, 4 days to the door and was fairly simple to change out, outside of the traditional bloodletting along my arm from squeezing into a tight place to remove hoses.  After almost all the towels in the house were used up going to the beach, it took 2 full days to catch up on all the laundry.  I should have listened to SWMBO and used the local laundromat and get everything done at once. :palm:

As a side note, the Bosch Nexxt 300 series combo is the worst combo we have ever owned.  The washer has been finicky since day one and the dryer blows the temperature limiter once a year.  Luckily the part is cheap and easy to change after getting the 1/2 ton of screws out of the back.  Any setting other than regular dry results in the clothes smelling like they were burnt.  I wouldn't be surprised if we could smelt metal on the extra dry setting.  All this for only $1600 USD for the set.  When these finally die, we will get anything but Bosch.
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« Reply #122 on: June 21, 2015, 03:35:31 pm »
Ooopz  :scared:

Guess i have Opamps for while.

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« Reply #123 on: June 21, 2015, 04:10:04 pm »
I dropped a few grand this past week to get back into HF radio

Alpha Antenna   6-80 Meter Alpha EzMilitary rated 500W in a 16" bag   $225.00   http://amateurradiostore.com
Alpha Antenna   Top of Mast Adapter for Alpha Matches   $15.00   http://amateurradiostore.com
Alpha Antenna   NVIS Kit   $20.00   http://amateurradiostore.com
Icom   IC-718   $599.99   http://www.hamradio.com
LDG   IT-100   $159.95   http://www.hamradio.com
Astron   RS-35M   $199.95   http://www.hamradio.com
Bencher   BY-1   $79.95   http://www.hamradio.com
Alpha Delta   DX-EE   $139.95   http://www.hamradio.com
Alpha Delta   Delta-4B Antenna Switch   $89.95   http://www.hamradio.com
MFJ   MFJ-260C   $39.95   http://www.hamradio.com
West Mountain   Rigtalk-CIV 58202-1005   $56.95   http://www.hamradio.com
Dog Park   MacLoggerDX   $95.00   online
MFJ   MFJ-931   $113.00   http://www.amazon.com
West Mountain   RigRunner 4005   $69.95   West Mountain Radio
MFJ   MFJ-4602 Window Feedthrough   $69.95   AES
MFJ   MFJ-112B Clock   $29.95   AES
         
Cables         
ABR Industries   RG8X, 218XATC-PL-50   $37.95   http://www.hamradio.com
ABR Industries   RG8X, 218XATC-PL-3   $18.95   http://www.hamradio.com
Cable Xperts   CXP08XC-18IN   $79.80   AES
Storm Copper   SCGB-HAM-6SK   $49.95   AES
Cable Xperts   235 12' Copper Braid   $22.08   AES
         
         
Total:      $2,213.22   

I could have bought a used Icom 746Pro for the same price or cheaper than the IC-718 + IT-100 but I have not had good experiences with others used radios.

I plan to mostly work CW, Contest and get some Awards.  I plan to add a few more antennas to it.   One thing that attracted to me to this radio is the portability, so I will likely be operating portable a few times, probably from a beach (Atlantic Ocean) location.
 

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« Reply #124 on: June 21, 2015, 04:27:39 pm »
Something tells me that you're not into homebrew  :-DD
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