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Welcome. I wanted to provide stripboard layouts I've made to help people new to electronics and even the more experienced get into different aspects of electronics.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

May Queen Overdrive (originally by Runoffgroove.com) Stripboard layout

I used to make this pedal a lot and sell them on eBay so I thought I'd revisit it as it seems that I sold the one I made for myself too.
Anyway this is a pretty cool effect, it has a lot more drive than a standard treble booster and it layers up really nicely.
I have been quite busy with recording music - my bands second album (on a real CD not a CDR) and other bands which is one of the reasons that things have slowed down on here - I've also been working on a lot of high voltage industrial designs so I couldn't really share them!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Where Have You Been?!

as you may have noticed, I've not posted any new projects on here for ages; well there's a few reasons for this.
1. A label released my bands album last August (see previous post shilling it) and leading upto that I was spending a lot of time recording it and mixing it etc. and after that, promoting it.

2. Google screwed up my domain renewal - I had it set to automatically renew as with previous years, my card details were up to date however they arbitrarily decided to not automatically renew it and not warn me so one day I noticed my stats had dropped to zero and they just won't let me renew my domain now - I've spent hours and hours going through their circular "help" menus. I've tried to contact anyone but obviously there's no one to contact and this completely sapped my enthusiasm for this site for a good few months.

but most importantly;

3. I can't think of anything to make, I like to keep these projects moderately easy for the sake of people new to the hobby or people who just want to do weekend projects. normally I would just do some kind of audio related thing when I can't think of anything but my friends at tagboardfx have usually beaten me to anything guitar related - sometimes I will do something they've done if I think I can make it more compact or I have the original pedal and I can check unknown resistor/cap values (like the Nathan East pedal for example)

Anyway if you can give me some suggestions or ideas of stuff to make/design, I can start doing some new stuff. not limited to audio stuff, test gear, LED stuff etc. welcome.

TL:DR - Google is shit & suggest stuff to make

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Red Wizard Fuzz Stripboard Layout

this is the 3rd guitar effect in the "wizard" collection.
As anyone who has followed this site for long enough will know, I always make my pedals very minimal when it comes to controls but if anyone does add to this circuit I'd love to see what you've done.

anyway, enjoy.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Maxon Treble Booster Stripboard Layout

I came across this interesting little thing so I thought I would make a clone of it.
it's a maxon treble booster.

they also did one called the power booster and as far as I can see the only differences between that and this is that the power booster has 2 470n capacitors in place of the 2.2n capacitors.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Electret Microphone Preamp Stripboard Layout

someone asked me to do this, so I did. it's a useful little circuit to power those little electret microphones.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Piss Off batteriser

when doing the admin part of this site,nothing infuriates me more than having a company trying to advertise their snakeoil products in the comments section.
I often get comments where someone has copied a bit of the text from my blog post and then shoved a link to some crappy product after it and usually I just delete it but given the fact that Batteriser has been so underhanded and dishonest about everything they do and claim - I thought I would call this one out.

Dave Jones from the EEVblog has debunked their product in just about every way imaginable and they've done some hilarious reply videos to him where some "engineer" is sat at a table with an oscilloscope hooked up to its own 1Khz reference/cal signal (with very badly compensated probes), some wires and boards and a suspiciously new and cheap looking soldering iron; explaining why Dave is wrong. then, when that failed they just paid people to downvote his videos.

so Batteriser, do not advertise your shitty, useless products on my site.

Daves Videos

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Very Accurate 10volt and 5volt Reference For Testing Multimeters etc. Stripboard Layout

I thought this would be a good project to keep around to see if my digital multimeter has drifted out of calibration.

I power it from a normal bench power supply but it would probably be better if you used 2 9v batteries in series.

The LED on it displays when over 100mA is being drawn from it - basically if the LED is lit disconnect it or things will be getting very hot!

I tested it in free air with open windows over 2 hours and it was very stable so I can rely on it.

Linear Tech do a few different drop references for this IC
the 2 I've tried are the 10 volt reference and the 5 volt reference
the part numbers are
10 volt reference; LT1021BCN8-10
5 volt reference; LT1021CCN8-5

it stayed at 10.0006 for over 2 hours - the least significant digit moved around but that's 10's of uVolts!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Frequency Meter Stripboard Layout

I built this as a rough frequency meter to make sure a bunch of oscillators were oscillating in the right ballpark frequency.
it uses the lovely 555 timer IC.

it responds best to squarewave signals (maybe triangle too, I forgot to test it with triangle waves)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Quick And Dirty Laser Driver Stripboard Layout

This was just a quick little circuit I built to test all the salvaged CD/DVD lasers I have.
essentially it is a adjustable constant current power supply.

the Vin is 7.2 volts.