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All About Ham Radio

An introduction to the world of amateur radio.

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A walk-through of building what turned out to be a complicated prop.

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We all know that women are not only a minority in technical fields, but are often not encouraged to go into such fields. Here are a few ways to encourage and support the girls/women in our lives who are interested in technical fields.

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Flashlight Kit

October 11, 2018

This is an assembly guide for the SparkFun Flashlight Kit, a basic learn to solder kit.

Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless

July 13, 2017

Learn how to setup, configure and use the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, the Raspberry Pi Zero - Wireless.

TB6612FNG Hookup Guide

September 29, 2016

Basic hookup guide for the TB6612FNG H-bridge motor driver to get your robot to start moving!

SD Cards and Writing Images

June 4, 2015

How to upload images to an SD card for Raspberry Pi, PCDuino, or your favorite SBC.

Installing an Arduino Bootloader

December 4, 2013

This tutorial will teach you what a bootloader is and why you would need to install or reinstall it. We will also go over the process of burning a bootloader by flashing a hex file to an Arduino microcontroller.

How to Use a Breadboard

May 14, 2013

Welcome to the wonderful world of breadboards. Here we will learn what a breadboard is and how to use one to build your very first circuit.
  • It is the same just without the case.

  • The SparkX process is different in many ways other than quantity of boards built. They also have a lot less constraints on what they can and can’t do and that can be reflected in their pricing. For example all SparkFun boards come fully tested with full documentation and live technical support while SparkX boards don’t come with any guarantee. When doing pricing we calculate what pricing should be and then compare it to SparkX and try to find a happy medium. Sometimes pricing goes down, sometimes it goes up, but from what I can tell $200 is still a pretty good price for an RTK GPS.

  • I was hoping they were and we could use up all those silly connectors but they are not. One is 70 pin, the other is 80 pin, but they are the same manufacture and the same series.

  • That is correct.

  • This board is just a breakout for the XBee module. There is no microcontroller or anything other than what is present on the XBee module. So, the answer really depends on your XBee and knowledge of how to use it. I know some of the modules can read an analog or digital signal and mimic that signal on another XBee on the network. There are also other modules out there that use the XBee footprint and may have additional functions. So, this board was designed to be used with a Lilypad microcontroller, but it is not necessarily limited to that function.

  • I did consider using the WE1010 that we carry, but I wanted to keep the price on the kit affordable (and it is still over $200). The WLC is still a pretty good iron for people getting started, and if you aren’t just getting started you probably have enough stuff that the kit isn’t cost effective for you anyway. In other words it was a matter of trying to find a balance which is always tricky.

  • Fixed, thanks. We had a lot of products from Mouser this week. Looks like a few might have gotten swapped.

  • Yes, I’m pretty sure you are the only one :) now that you mention it I can see it, but you do have one active imagination!

  • Sorry, we’ve tried EU versions of things in the past because of requests, and they don’t sell. I recommend checking out our distributor sites for a EU based distributor near you. They are likely to be an electronics distributor with their own selection of soldering irons.

  • Also, while it doesn’t break out extra pins it does break out the UART, SPI, and I2C pins. Once you pick your protocol the other 2 are free pins to use for the most part. Since the code is open source you should be able to modify it to use those pins for whatever you want.

micro:bit SIK lite (no micro:bit or cable)

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The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for micro:bit is a great...


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Parts needed for “Breadboard Tutorial”


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Components that would be in the Hack HD starter kit. We’ve...

Analog Projects Kit

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Magnetic Switch - ESCP p67 Magnetic Music - ESCP...

DIY IR Beacon

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Wish list for DIY IR Beacon. There are a few changes based...

Deluxe Tool Kit

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Probably not for beginners, but everything you would would...

E-textile Basics Lab Pack (LAB-13165)

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“The E-textile Basics Lab Pack is a basic wearables learning...


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Class D Amp SFE = $7.95 each, Adafruit...

Sensor Kit - DEV-13754

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This kit includes a sensor for just about every job. With...

101 Kit

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This will need headers on the motor driver, sound detector...

Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kit - SparkFun Thing

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Microsoft and SparkFun have gotten together to bring you...

Drone landing base

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Pro minis come in 3.3V and 5V (as do FTDI boards). The...

Itty Bitty Maker Kit

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Add your own microcontroller and get building…

Hardware (4-40)

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Basic 4-40 parts Sell in new parts kit Include a screwdriver...

Prototyping Kit - Idea

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Add new parts box and new 4" jumpers. Maybe without the...

Inventor Parts Kit

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This is designed to be used in all SIK type lab packs and...