Pic-A-Star Project Build – Part 3

In episode 3 of our Pic-A-Star Build, we install the components for the RS232 interface and start installing the components for the DSP and CODEC section. I find that I made a mistake and installed a 10K thermistor instead of a 10K resistor in the audio amp section, so first… Read more »

Pic-A-Star Project Build – Part 2

In Part 2 of our Pic-A-Star build, we assemble the “Buzzer” tool and install the components of the AF audio amp. Since it is my first real experience with soldering a large amount of SMD parts, I have to take it slow and perfect my soldering skills with these types… Read more »

Power Management Unit Build – Part 5

Part 5 of our Power Management Unit Build will cover the final physical construction and some information on the sketch we did for the Arduino. I show you how I wired up the front panel LEDs, Buttons and the project board.  I used the following sources from the internet to… Read more »

Power Management Unit Build – Part 4

In part 4 of our Power Management Unit Build, we start to wire things up.  There are essentially two separate sections we have to wire. First we wire the power to the power supply and then to the relays, fuses and power poles.  I have a fuse that protects the… Read more »

Hallicrafters S-38B Restoration – Part 2

In part 2 of our Hallicrafters S-38B restoration, we will media blast the cabinet and then prep and powder coat it with Black Winkle powder coat from the Eastwood Company. We show the steps we take to prep the metal after we have media blasted it and how we apply… Read more »

Hallicrafters S-38B Restoration – Part 1

Just to show that we like the old as well as the new, we have started a restoration project on a Hallicrafters S-38B.  This particular radio we purchased off of Ebay a year ago.  It is in pretty rough shape, so this should be interesting. Whene we got it, it… Read more »

Power Management Unit – Build Part 3

Part 3 of our Power Management Unit Build covers mounting the switching power supply, circuit boards, Arduino and cutting some more holes in the back panel. First I mask off the back panel and measure the holes for the USB port and Ethernet port.  Then I use a Dremel tool… Read more »

Power Management Unit – Build Part 2

In part two of our Power Management Unit Build we are going to start constructing the front and back panels of the case. To start I apply painters tape to the front and back panel in a semi successful attempt to prevent marring of the panels. Then I use product… Read more »