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Offline ez24

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you must design a complete, fully-operational, entry-level electronics workbench for under $200.

Lots of fine print and I do not know what the prize is

http://www.nutsvolts.com/pages/the_workbench_challenge_2015?

Maybe if there is interest in this - we could get Nuts and Volts to have a higher limit next year.  It would be nice to see a level that would include an oscilloscope.

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They've updated it with the prizes now  :D

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GRAND PRIZE
Oscium iMSO-204L mixed signal oscilloscope (Retail Value $399.97) - https://oscium.com/oscilloscopes/imso-204

OTHER PRIZES INCLUDE
1. Oscium WiPry-Pro 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer (Retail Value $199.97)  https://oscium.com/spectrum-analyzers/wipry-pro
2. Measurement Computing Corporation BTH-1208LS Wireless DAQ  (Retail Value $199) - www.mccdaq.com/wireless-data-acquisition/BTH-1208LS.aspx
3. Parallax Starter Kit (Retail Value $197) consisting of:
  • Basic Soldering Kit
  • Propeller Activity Board
  • Assorted 3-Wire Extension Cable 30-Pack
  • WS2812B RGB LED Module 10-pack
  • Capacitor Care Package
  • Emergency Resistor Kit
  • Digital Multimeter DVM810
  • Circuit Overlay Board
 

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They've updated it with the prizes now  :D

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GRAND PRIZE
Oscium iMSO-204L mixed signal oscilloscope (Retail Value $399.97) - https://oscium.com/oscilloscopes/imso-204

OTHER PRIZES INCLUDE
1. Oscium WiPry-Pro 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer (Retail Value $199.97)  https://oscium.com/spectrum-analyzers/wipry-pro
2. Measurement Computing Corporation BTH-1208LS Wireless DAQ  (Retail Value $199) - www.mccdaq.com/wireless-data-acquisition/BTH-1208LS.aspx
3. Parallax Starter Kit (Retail Value $197) consisting of:
  • Basic Soldering Kit
  • Propeller Activity Board
  • Assorted 3-Wire Extension Cable 30-Pack
  • WS2812B RGB LED Module 10-pack
  • Capacitor Care Package
  • Emergency Resistor Kit
  • Digital Multimeter DVM810
  • Circuit Overlay Board

Nice -  When I first saw this, I thought they meant actually building a workbench, ie tables, shelves, screws, nails, etc.  But now I think they mean equipment, like meters, wires, soldering iron, tools.

Does anyone know which it is?  But it seems this subject is not popular on this forum >:(   Too bad because there are a lot of talented people here that could put something together (on paper).

I think I will start a post on a multimeter for this, that should get some response (after I make sure what is going on here)

Notice one of the prizes is a "kit" valued at $197 - I wonder if this is a hint?  I think I will submit an entry using this prize  :-DD

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Notice one of the prizes is a "kit" valued at $197 - I wonder if this is a hint?  I think I will submit an entry using this prize  :-DD

You should do that! Haah :)
I actually just submitted my take on it. Kind of a fun challenge!

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Notice one of the prizes is a "kit" valued at $197 - I wonder if this is a hint?  I think I will submit an entry using this prize  :-DD

You should do that! Haah :)
I actually just submitted my take on it. Kind of a fun challenge!
Can you share you selection?
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Can you share you selection?

I guess it won't hurt :) I would appreciate that people don't simply copy it though  :-/O

$49.9  Oscilloscope & first project   http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/Digital-Storage-Oscilloscope-DIY-Kit-with-Panels-p-515.html
$100   Tools      http://www.adafruit.com/product/136
$5.95  Solder     http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/smd-4/solder-wire-63/37-tin/lead-no-clean-0.020-1oz./1.html
$24.95 Parts      https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13110
$16.9  Arduino    http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/Seeeduino-Lite-p-1487.html

TOTAL  $197.7
REST   $2.3   
   

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I'm so going to lose this contest. I'm about to rebuild my desks and redo the mains wiring. I already have all the materials and I'm quite sure I spend $200 alone on the wiring and outlets  :scared:
There are small lies, big lies and then there is what is on the screen of your oscilloscope.
 

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I'm so going to lose this contest. I'm about to rebuild my desks and redo the mains wiring. I already have all the materials and I'm quite sure I spend $200 alone on the wiring and outlets  :scared:
At first I thought the same as you - but I am sure now that they mean only electronic parts, not "building" something
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I guess it won't hurt :) I would appreciate that people don't simply copy it though  :-/O
I thought about this after I asked.  But this post has low reads and good members so I hope not.

I thought about the same scope but passed on the kit part.  I do not think a kit will pass the muster because of the "beginner" thing.  Some other good selections.
The toolkit almost includes everything - good pick.

I think it would be fun if Dave would come up with a contest.  Can you imagine how much fun that would be.  We would just have to talk him out of using used stuff.  :)

Did you enter other than Twitter or YT?

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Did you enter other than Twitter or YT?

I sent an email with the list. I did not enter for the part 2. Also, the non-kit version of the Oscilloscope is cheaper (but the you don't have a clear first project laid out which I think is a good idea when starting out) so the individual newcomer could choose to simply swap it out. It was probably a mistake selecting the kit for the competition. Anyways. I entered just for fun :)

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The terms of this challange are too vague.
What's an entry-level electronics workbench?

As a kid mine consisted of a fixed temperature soldering iron, some solder, a side cutter, a fixed power source, and the equivalent of todays 5$ multimeter.
It was great, surely entry-level and up to my needs in those times...
For 200$ I could have gotten at least 5 of those benches...
 

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The terms of this challange are too vague.
What's an entry-level electronics workbench?

I agree - this is why I started another post
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-do-you-think-%27electronic-workbench%27-is/

If you have time, how about enter the contest and share your entry with us.
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how about enter the contest and share your entry with us.
thanks
You should too mate :)

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how about enter the contest and share your entry with us.
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You should too mate :)
Couldn't be better than the prize  :)

Parallax Starter Kit (Retail Value $197) consisting of:

    Basic Soldering Kit
    Propeller Activity Board
    Assorted 3-Wire Extension Cable 30-Pack
    WS2812B RGB LED Module 10-pack
    Capacitor Care Package
    Emergency Resistor Kit
    Digital Multimeter DVM810
    Circuit Overlay Board

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What you need is a $20.00 DMM, a $50.00 soldering iron, solder, wire, protoboards, wire stripper/cutters, tweezers.

And an internet-connected computer to order parts, look at datasheets, make schematics and boards.

Prediction:
Winner will include stuff like:

Bus Pirate
Arduino-anything
Open-source-anything

I'd be scouring Adafruit, Sparkfun, and Seedstudio for open source consumerish products.

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