Member Since: March 8, 2008

Country: United States

  • News - Little Box Stores | about 2 years ago

    Southern California:

    JK Electronics in Westminster (Don’t let their outdated website fool you, it’s a great mom-n-pop shop. Mom and Pop are usually in the back of the store doing the accounting while their son manages the front).

    Orvac Electronics in Fullerton and Pasadena.

    North/South CA: Marvac Electronics in Costa Mesa/Santa Barbara/Sacramento.

  • News - SparkFun Visits Scaled Co… | about 3 years ago

    I was out there in 2004 as well (managed to go to all three launches). Absolutely the most inspiring thing I’ve ever witnessed as an engineer.
    Where are you building your plane? I’m working on my own in Corona. I too have been thinking about DIY electronics for my homebuilt, most specifically an engine monitor and data logger. I have to overhaul my engine before it will fly, and I would love to have its complete life logged from the new 0-hour to evaluate performance and trends over time. I’d also like to toy with an air data display and maybe even integrate an IMU at some point (non-primary instruments and non-IFR of course!).

  • News - The AVR Treasure Chest! | about 3 years ago

    I love it! I especially like the idea of having the boys play a tune on the Ocarina. That dimension of interaction makes the whole operation its own puzzle video game. Never mind sitting in front of the TV playing songs on a virtual flute, make them do it for real!
    With some serious planning and effort, you could put together a Myst-like quest for kids around the house and yard. I am definitely doing that when I have kids! Better get started today…

  • Product TOL-09672 | about 4 years ago

    I picked one of these up at my local electronic shop a few weeks ago (did someone import a whole lot of these surplus recently?). Sadly mine didn’t have the SparkFun logo. I’m a hobbyist who has made due with Radio Shack specials for soldering irons for the last several years, so this was my first controllable station.
    I’ve been very happy with it so far. It heats up quickly and has allowed me to do SMD parts without issue. Haven’t checked tip temperature accuracy and can’t vouch for how steady it holds it. A little trial and error lets you dial in a comfortable working temperature pretty quickly. The tips are proprietary I believe, but the line card is pretty extensive.
    One thing to note: I got mine for $20 from my local shop (normally $30-$40 like this one). This is because there is a plastic collar that more or less holds the whole iron together. This probably should have been made of metal, because the shop has had several come back with that part broken. It’s easy enough to fix (I overwrapped a broken collar with string and epoxy), but it might put some people off. Then again for the price, it does its job just fine.

No public wish lists :(