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August 2012

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Strobe

Club Jameco Project Build Your Own Popcorn Strobe

For less than $20 you can create your own flashing light effects. Create the illusion of slow motion or other cool theatrical lighting. This new electronics kit from Club Jameco is perfect for any electronics enthusiast wanting to add flash to their life. Follow designer Trowelfaz's and build your own flashing circuit strobe light, designed to fit into a gum ball vending machine capsule.

Be your own special effects master with this DIY project!
RJR Electronics

Customer Profile: RJR Electronics & Props

Jameco Customer Makes Electronics Sparkle at the Movies

Imagine the stress of having to dress a movie set in 1980s technology props. You would need everything from a huge cell phone brick to a green screen Apple 2e. Where would you turn? As proof that there is a company for every need, Jameco's customer Rich Rappaport and his Atlanta - based business. RJR Electronics & Props supplies a wide range of classic (don't call it old) technology that brings back fond memories for most of us.

See how Rappaport's collection of odd gadgetry led to the big screen.
African Safari

Greg's Corner: The Hunt

By Greg Harris

I just got back from a once in a lifetime experience. My mother decided to spend my inheritance and take the whole family on safari to Africa. For eight days we slept in tents, awoke at dawn and bounced through the dirt roads of Kenya in search of wildlife.

I learned an important life lesson hunting African wildlife with my camera lens.

You shouldn't have to hunt for the right electronic component. If you don't find what you need let me know and we'll do the hunting for you.

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Share your electronic component story, project, or challenge, and we'll share it with the world. Send your story to [email protected]
Biola University

Club Jameco Perfect for Engineering Students

When Biola University engineering professor John Silzel heard about the Club Jameco program where anyone can design an electronics project, he knew it would be a perfect fit for the university's in-house internship program. What better way to simulate real life engineering than to do real life engineering!

Find out how kit building with Club Jameco became part of the engineering curriculum.
Multimeter Basics

Workhop Essentials Multimeter Basics

A multimeter is a technician's best friend arming him with the ability to read electrical measurements for resistance, voltage and current. Although harmless looking, if not used properly and with care, the multimeter could potentially cause major injury. Take time to get familiar with its form, function and a few safety tips to avoid destruction.

Multimeter basics to keep you in check and un-zapped!
mosfet

Results from the Circuit Symbols Quiz

Last month we issued a circuit symbol quiz to the Jameco community. We quickly realized that we have to work much harder to stump you in the next Electronics Challenge.

See if you breezed through our quiz.
Club Jameco

Club Jameco Kits & Briefs

Members are creating fantastic, fun and functional electronics kits. Take a look at the latest member designed project – now available for sale as a kit!

Mote-Lite | By TeeGee
Mote Lite Having trouble seeing the buttons on a remote control in low light conditions? By simply giving the remote a little shake, the circuit energizes and instantly charges a capacitor to switch on a LED.

Order today...

Club Brief: Fishing Bite Detector | By rverm
With the fishing detector you can turn a bite on your fishing line into sound. This device uses the line tension to create a voltage spike. A dip in movement from the average value will emit an audible sound.

The Glasses Finder | By Daniel555
This project uses a powerful IR LED and an IR Receiver. Two small circuit boards attach to the glasses and to a wrist band. When you click a button on the wrist band, a buzzer sounds on the glasses' circuit board.