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SILICON CHIP MAGAZINE


Silicon Chip - September 2017

by Silicon Chip

In this month's edition build an Active Crossover for Loudspeakers. This Stereo 3-Way Active Crossover for Loudspeakers can be integrated into a 2-way or 3-way Active loudspeaker system, to set the crossover frequencies and really enhance your listening pleasure. The crossover points and levels for tweeter, midrange and woofer are fully adjustable with separate controls for each driver. The unit also features an overall volume control, as well as balance control. The technical and design theory for the unit is fully explained and the project uses readily available parts.

Also in this month's projects, build a Superhet IF Alignment Unit using Direct Digital Synthesis. This unit is based on the Micromite Signal Generator project and makes aligning the IF stages of a superhet easy, whether they are valve or transistor based. For the Arduino enthusiast, there are plenty of hands-on guides and projects, including the second part of the Arduino Data Logger with GPS project, plus an introduction to using the ESP8266 to log data onto the net from a remote location, finally a look at the AD9850 DDS Module.

In this month's main feature a detailed look at the Cassini mission to Saturn. A look at the trip and some of the information this remarkable mission has returned. Also this month, the Electronex exhibition is on in Melbourne this year, a look at what's happening and some of the exhibitors displaying their products at this year's exhibition. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPSEP2017


Features

  • Commemorating Cassini's Demise and Sputnik's Birth
  • The unclear future of radio broadcasting in Australia
  • Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM): what's it all about?

Projects

  • Fully adjustable, 3-way active loudspeaker crossover
  • Superhet IF Alignment using Direct Digital Synthesis
  • Arduino “ThingSpeak.com” ESP8266 Data Logger
  • Arduino Data Logger, Part 2
  • El Cheapo Modules Part 9: AD9850 DDS Module

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Silicon Chip - August 2017

by Silicon Chip

Now available, the August issue of Silicon Chip Magazine. In this month's issue build the an Arduino Data Logger with GPS. This compact easy to assemble unit, is ideal for real-time monitoring of data at a remote location or when on the move. The unit has four analog and four digital logging channels and will record the data at intervals from one second to one minute. The unit is powered by a small lithium rechargeable cell, which can also be recharged via a solar cell ensuring long life. The unit incorpates a highly accurate DS3231 Real Time Clock module and also includes a microSD Card Module, for storing up to 32GB of data. Also this month, build a power supply for battery-operated valve radios. Finding batteries for old battery powered valve radios can be extremely difficult, plus the reliability of these old batteries can be doubtful. This power supply unit is the ideal replacement, providing a steady and reliable supply for the valve radio.

Finally this month, how to build and calibrate the RapidBrake project. Detailed and clear easy to read instructions are provided for setting up and testing the unit.

In this month's feature article, a look at radio telescopes. Astronomers can now search deeper into the galaxy than ever before with larger dishes and more telescopes combined into a larger array able to sense ever the smallest of signals. Also this month, the second part of the article on the “LTspice” software engineering tool. This month's magazine also includes all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPAUG2017


Features

  • Radio Telescopes and Interferometry
  • LTSpice - simulating and circuit testing, Part 2
  • Lithium-ion cells - What You Need to Know
  • Review: Rohde & Schwarz RTB2004 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Projects

  • An Arduino Data Logger with GPS
  • Mains Power Supply for Battery Valve Radio Sets
  • El Cheapo Modules: Li-ion & LiPo Chargers
  • Deluxe Touchscreen eFuse, Part 2
  • Building and Calibrating the RapidBrake

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Silicon Chip - July 2017

by Silicon Chip

In this month build the upgraded RapidBrake unit. This unit senses rapid deceleration and will flash your brake lights or hazard lights to give the driver behind a few extra seconds of warning to avoid a rear-end collision. The unit is based on the ADXL335 Accelerometer and complies with Australian design rules for flash rates and signalling. The RapidBrake also incorporates adjustable deceleration settings and LED indication. The project can be built easily with mostly through-hole components used with the accelerometer available as a plug-in module.

Also in this month's projects, build a Deluxe Touchscreen eFuse. This unit is basically a DC Circuit Breaker, providing very accurate cut-out times and also precise cut-off points for voltage and current. The unit features a touch screen display with real-time voltage and current readings. Finally this month, build an Arduino Music Player, with just the addition of the VS1053 MP3 Music Shield, together with a keypad and LCD display, you can have a complete playback unit, similiar to modern off the shelf playback units.

In this month's main feature a look at Incat. Incat build a wide range of state-of-the-art high-speed catamarans for use as passenger ferries or navy patrol vessels. In this article a quick look at the production facility as well as some of the catamarans that have already been built. Also this month, how to use dimmers with the new LED lights now available for your home. Conventional dimmers are mainly designed for incandescant lamps and will not work well with the new LED lights, this article looks at the theory and how to select the correct dimmer. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPJUL2017


Features

  • We visit Incat - another Aussie sucess story
  • LED lights/downlights and dimmers
  • ‘Over-The-Top’ rail-to-rail op amps
  • Review: Tecsun's new S-8800 “AM listener's receiver”

Projects

  • Rapidbrake - giving the guy behind extra stopping time
  • Deluxe Touchscreen eFuse, Part 1
  • VS1053 Arduino Audio Playback Shield
  • 10-Octave Stereo Graphic Equaliser, Part 2

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Silicon Chip - June 2017

by Silicon Chip

Now in stock, the June issue of Silicon Chip Magazine. In this month's issue build the new Stereo Graphic Equaliser. Fully updated, improved and also cheaper, this 10-Octave unit not only looks good but sounds great too. The unit provides excellent channel separation as well as very low harmonic distortion. The project features mainly through-hole components and can be assembly easily. Also this month, build the Arduino-based Digital Inductance and Capacitance Meter. Based on a wide range of easily available Arduino units, this project adds a shield with some components together with an LCD display, to provide a highly accurate, easy to use meter, that can offer superior performance to most DMM's.

Finally this month, the second part of the popular Marine Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit Project. The construction details are provided, together with installation instructions and some common frequently asked questions, about the project.

In this month's feature article, a look at the Flettner Rotating Sail. This technology has been around for over a century and is now seeing a revival, as a way to reduce energy costs for ships. Also this month, a look at the popular engineering software tool “LTspice”, this excellent introduction, shows how to get started with this program and test a number of circuits without having to build them. This month's magazine also includes all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPJUN2017


Features

  • The Flettner Rotating Sail and the Magnus Force
  • LTSpice - simulating and circuit testing
  • Getting Started with the Micromite, Part 4
  • Review: Keysight's 9917A 18GHz Spectrum Analyser

Projects

  • 10-Octave Stereo Graphic Equaliser
  • Arduino-based Digital Inductance & Capacitance Meter
  • El Cheapo Modules, Part 7: LED Matrix Displays
  • New Marine Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit, Part 2

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Silicon Chip - May 2017

by Silicon Chip

In this month build the upgraded Marine Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit. This easy to build unit is ideal for boats up to 14m and can be used with fibreglass, steel or aluminium hulls. The unit will greatly reduce the amount of algae and marine growth on your boats hull, improving speed, fuel economy and the need to remove the boat from water regularly for cleaning. The unit is powered from the boats battery and is housed in a solid waterproof pvc box. The unit can also work unattended for many years and provides visual indication for operation, low battery and faults.

Also in this month's projects, build a RF Prescaler for radio frequencies up to 6GHz. If you already have a frequency counter up to 10Mhz, you can add this compact unit for expanding the frequency range. Finally this month, build the Microbridge, an inexpensive PIC32 programmer. This miniature unit connects to the USB port of your computer and can be used to download programs directly to a Micromite or other PIC32 Microcontroller.

In this month's main feature a look at Industrial Robots, these have virtually taken over the modern factory and are expanding into new areas at a fast rate. This article looks at some of the theory behind their operation and also some of the new areas and applications the robots are being used for. Also this month, a look at tyre pressure monitors. These amazing devices simply replace the tyre caps on each of your tyres and transmit the tyre pressure to a display inside your car. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPMAY2017


Features

  • Technorama - a Community Radio Station Initiative
  • Industrial Robots - coming to a workplace near you
  • Micromite Tutorial, Part 3: strings and arrays
  • Check your type pressure from inside the car

Projects

  • New Marine Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit
  • The Microbridge: Universal PIC32 Programmer Plus
  • Turn your 10MHz Counter into a 6GHz+ Counter
  • Micromite BackPack V2 with touch-screen and USB

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Silicon Chip - April 2017

by Silicon Chip

Now in stock, the April issue of Silicon Chip Magazine. In this month's issue build an Spring Reverberation Unit for musicians. This unit provides great echo effects for your guitar or vocals and simulates the echo normal in a larger auditorium. The unit uses readily available parts and can be combined with an inexpensive spring tank, to provide more professional sounds for any musician. Also this month, build the eFuse, this unit can temporarily replace a conventional fuse and is ideal for use when trying to locate the a fault or problem on the supply lines. The unit acts like a circuit breaker and can be quickly reset by a press of the button on the front of the unit. Only a few parts are required and the unit can be built in an hour.

This month also includes a digital LCD Audio Scope that can easily be built for under $40. Finally, for your Micromite build a high accuracy touchscreen DDS signal generator.

In this month's feature article, a look at DRED. This technology is now being built into air-conditioners to enable supply authorities to reduce the power drawn by the air-conditioner, remotely from the control center. Also continuing a look at inexpensive modules, this month a look at the miniature signal generator module featuring the Analog Devices AD9833 DDS chip. This month's magazine also includes all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio, providing stacks of great reading.
(Note: Catalogue Not Included)

Part Code: SILCHIPAPR2017


Features

  • DRED: they can turn your aircon off
  • El Cheapo Modules, Part 6: Direct Digital Synthesiser
  • Review: Keysight DSOX1102G Digital Oscilloscope

Projects

  • New Spring Reverberation Unit
  • The eFuse: never replace another blown fuse
  • A Digital LCD Audio Scope, for less than $40
  • Micromite BackPack Touchscreen DDS Signal Generator

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Silicon Chip - March 2017

by Silicon Chip

In this month build a Pool Lap Counter. Ideal for the swimming enthusiast, this bright LED Pool Counter, features an easy to read display, together with an easy to obtain sense pad. The unit can be simply placed at the end of the pool together with the sense pad. The sense pad is mounted by using standard suction pads. The display will last for 12 hours of continuous use and is powered by 4 standard AA batteries. The unit is housed in a standard project box and can be assembled in a few hours.

Also in this month's projects, build the updated Stationmaster walk-around throttle for your model railway. This unit features an easy to hold unit, with forward and reverse speed control, together with inertia adjustment and an emergency brake. The unit uses standard easy to obtain parts and will provide great fun for the model train hobbyist. Finally this month, the construction details for the SC200 Power Supply section, as well as the performance specs for this new amplifier.

In this month's main feature a look at the Philips BDM4350 Monitor. This huge 43-inch display is great for when multiple windows are open and moving content between various windows, without having to minimize and maximize the windows. Also this month, the second section of programming the Micromite, this month learn how to use the display to create a wide range of different and moving objects. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPMAR2017


Features

  • Vale Maurie Findlay: Australian Electronics Royalty
  • Putting a big 43-inch 4K monitor to the test
  • Getting Started with the Micromite, Part 2
  • Australia's Largest Vintage Radio Exhibition

Projects

  • Pool Lap Counter
  • The Stationmaster: PWM Train Control
  • New SC200 Audio Amplifier, Part 3
  • Giving the Ultrasonic Theremin a Volume Control

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Silicon Chip - February 2017

by Silicon Chip

Now in stock, the February issue of Silicon Chip Magazine. In this month's issue build an Analog Clock Driver with GPS Synchronisation. This unit ensures your wall clock or shelf mounted clock is very accurate, without the need to manually adjust the time every few months, the unit even works for Daylight Saving. The unit runs from 2 AA batteries and synchronises the time with the GPS signal every 44 hours. Also this month, build a Ultra Low Voltage LED Flasher, this unit requires just 0.8V and is ideal for small applications, when a low-voltage flashing unit is required. Only a few parts are required and the flash rate is also adjustable.

This month also includes the assembly details for the 200W Power Amplifier module, as well as how to drill and prepare the heatsink. Finally, the construction details for the High Power DC Motor Speed Controller from last month as well.

In this month's feature article, a great look at autonomous flying cars, there has been a lot of discussion about these recently and this article looks at what is being developed and what is possible. Also this month, getting started with the Micromite, this article introduces some of the basic programming commands for this module, including switching and cycling the various output ports. This month's magazine also includes all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPFEB2017


Features

  • Autonomous Flying Cars
  • Getting Started with the Micromite
  • First look: Aussie-made battery soldering iron
  • First look: Icom's VE-PG3 Radio over IP Gateway

Projects

  • GPS Synchronised Analog Clock Driver
  • Ultra-low-voltage Versatile LED Flasher
  • High Power DC Motor Speed Control, Part 2
  • New SC200 Audio Amplifier, Part 2

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Silicon Chip - January 2017

by Silicon Chip

In this month build the new high-performance SC200 200W Amplifier Module. This new amplifier is easy to build, with only commonly available through-hole components used. The amplifier features excellent performance specifications with very low distortion (less than 0.01%) and low noise (Signal-to-Noise Ratio -116dB), together with the ability to operate at specified power output levels without the addition of cooling fans. On-board DC Protection fuses are provided with LED fuse blown indication, as well as power indication LEDs and clipping as well. The module is ideal for use in high-power music amplifiers for concerts, discos and also for use in PA equipment.

Also in this month's projects, build the updated 60V DC Motor Speed Controller. This unit is suitable for large DC motors from 12V to 60V with the ability to supply up to 40A of current. The motor controller is loaded with features, including soft start, speed regulation with motor feedback, minimum and maximum throttle rate adjustment and much more. The unit is based on the PIC16F88 microcontroller and is built into a heavy duty diecast box, using mainly through-hole components for easy assembly. Finally this month, how to program an Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller with an Arduino program. Many useful projects can be made quickly and cheaply with just a few components and software written using the Arduino IDE. This project shows you how to program the 8-pin ATtiny85 microcontroller with an Arduino program.

In this month's main feature a look at Hydroelectric Power Storage. This type of power storage can provide power at an time and is ideal for providing back-up power when renewable sources such as solar or wind are not available. This article looks at the theories and some of the plants currently operating around the world. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.

Part Code: SILCHIPJAN2017


Features

  • Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity
  • Viewing Radio Waves in Colour
  • Using Breadboards
  • Real-Time System Modelling

Projects

  • New SC200 Audio Amplifier
  • High Power DC Motor Speed Control
  • Programming the ATtiny85 with an Arduino
  • Giving the Ultrasonic Theremin a Volume Control

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