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BatchPCB

I have previously raved about BatchPCB, a low cost prototyping service run by SparkFun out of the USA. However, it seems that you now can't select shipping to the UK (and perhaps other parts of Europe) and they don't seem

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PCB antenna design

One of the circuit boards I'm developing would benefit from an onboard antenna, so I started hunting for design tips.  The following three PDF documents do a great job of explaining the basics: Freescale "Compact Integrated Antennas" Kent Smith "Antennas

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PCB0002 - LED matrix

It has been ages since I have updated this site. I have started to document some of the PCBs I have created The first is an 8x8 LED matrix, with code for some whizzy effects. More information and downloads on

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Cooking with gas, my first SMD board

My first bunch of boards arrived back from BatchPCB and I'm really impressed.  Great printing for the silkscreen and a really professional looking product.  One of the boards I ordered was a breakout board for the SMD PIC 18F2321, the

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Using the hardware USART with BoostC and a PIC

This post looks at what is needed to get a serial connectiong working with BoostC using a PIC with a hardware USART. A later post will cover the BoostC software implementation, when I have finished figuring it out. By the

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Eagle components library added

A very short note to say that I have (finally) published my Eagle components library on this site. Right now it doesn't contain many parts, but I will add to it as I make more boards.

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DIY pcb making - my first board

After getting back into electronics recently, I decided to have a go at making a PCB.  A friend pointed me to Pulsar Pro FX, a special toner release paper. I learned a few things along the way

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