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Offline AF6LJ

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #100 on: November 10, 2015, 01:28:24 am »
I always use my neighbor's computer to send threatening E-mails  :-DD  :popcorn:


Route it through 10 cities and off 2 satellites....

There ya go..
Just like the good old days of Phone Phreaking.
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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #101 on: November 10, 2015, 02:45:11 am »
This thread does have some :popcorn: aspects, but mostly its just a giant  :palm:

I wouldn't buy ANYTHING until you need it for an actual project. Taking equipment advise from random (well meaning I'm sure) people on the internet and spending money on random gear you will most likely NEVER use is just crazy  |O

Grow your lab empirically!  After a few years you'll end up with a lab full of equipment that is useful to you for your projects rather than a bunch of useless crap you've never used. Spending money on random gear could prevent you from even starting the first project if, for example, you need a fancy jtag device programmer but spent the money on an AC clamp meter  :palm:

FYI the first piece of equipment I turn on in the morning, and the last thing I turn off at night, is the espresso machine.
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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #102 on: November 10, 2015, 08:29:40 am »

FYI the first piece of equipment I turn on in the morning, and the last thing I turn off at night, is the espresso machine.

... unless placing 0201s ... but then there's an exception to every rule.
 

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #103 on: November 10, 2015, 08:37:32 am »

FYI the first piece of equipment I turn on in the morning, and the last thing I turn off at night, is the espresso machine.

... unless placing 0201s ... but then there's an exception to every rule.

You just need to add enough Baileys or Kahlua to even out the caffeine :)
 

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #104 on: November 10, 2015, 08:39:30 am »

FYI the first piece of equipment I turn on in the morning, and the last thing I turn off at night, is the espresso machine.

... unless placing 0201s ... but then there's an exception to every rule.
I have single malt for those jobs.
 

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #105 on: November 10, 2015, 08:58:22 am »
I did try that once, well, to see how much I could drink alcohol-wise before I was a worthless lump when placing parts, on even a small run it's a boring task doing this by hand, at least you should be able to enjoy yourself, right? One glass of wine didn't make any noticeable difference. Two, and I might as well sit on the sofa and watch the TV instead, the difference in dexterity and concentration was startling. It was an experiment not worth repeating.
 

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #106 on: November 10, 2015, 09:04:53 am »
This thread brings to mind the phrase 'All the gear, no idea,'
 

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #107 on: November 10, 2015, 09:16:38 am »


FYI the first piece of equipment I turn on in the morning, and the last thing I turn off at night, is the espresso machine.

... unless placing 0201s ... but then there's an exception to every rule.
I have single malt for those jobs.

This topic is for $5000 lab. Which single malt would you recommend for this budget? My lab is in the $200 category and I'll have to manage with Lagavulin. Sure, it cuts into the DMM/DSO budget, but you can't realistically think working with empty Glencairn.

(I lied a bit about my lab, I've 87V + DS1054Z + FX888D and I think it's a great starting point for a beginners lab.)
 

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Re: $5000 Electronics Lab Challenge
« Reply #108 on: November 10, 2015, 01:39:05 pm »
I just built my lab (some of you may have seen the thread) and in total it ended up close to that amount. Though, at least $1000 of that was to build the actual lab desks and static matting and things you may have already. There is a thread on it here, though some changes were made to the list on the first image. Furthermore I spent around $500 on the first project (my take on the word clock project, with 28x28cm PCB and laser cut aluminium front plate). I think including a first project to get the lab set up is a good thing to do.

If I did not have to spend money on desk and anti static matting etc I would've gotten a spectrum analyzer for that last $1k, and in retrospect I'd go for a MSO. Having the LA on the same unit as Osc makes so much sense. I get by with the separate one but it's those small things you learn along the way I guess...


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