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September 2014

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Senses

My Story: The Secret to Successful Troubleshooting

How many engineers does it take to figure out what's wrong with a transmitter? Jameco customer Archie Stulc answered that question when he worked as a radio engineer. Although he asked many other experts for help, not one could identify what was causing a transmitter failure. Archie decided to start using his eyes, nose and ears to find a solution.

A "cautionary tale from hell" and what he learned.

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Send your electronic component story, project or challenge to [email protected]

Customer Appreciation Day

Jameco is celebrating its 40th anniversary and as part of the festivities we’re hosting a Customer Appreciation Day event on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to visit Jameco Electronics at 1355 Shoreway Road in Belmont, California for refreshments, tours and a customer raffle.

Details on Jameco's Customer Appreciation Day.
Gas Puzzler

Jameco Puzzler: How Can You Measure the Most Important Greenhouse Gas?

By Forrest M. Mims III

From science to politics, climate change continues to be a hot topic in the news. We don't have the answer to increasing temperatures, but we do know that if you removed all the water vapor from the atmosphere it would make our planet considerably cooler. That makes us wonder... how much water vapor is there in the sky?

What electronics instrument would you use to measure water vapor?

RadioJameco Memories: Grab Bag to the Rescue!

Jameco customer Dan Herrington searched high and low to get the perfect birthday gift for his wife, only to discover it didn't work as he was gift wrapping it. After attempting a repair and making some calls, Dan gave up salvaging the perfect gift... until he walked to his mailbox.

Find out how a Jameco surprise grab bag saved the day.
Hollywood

A Race Against the Clock

Hundreds of thousands of people pour into Hollywood every year with the hopes of being "discovered." When a producer from a popular TV game show recently contacted Jameco for help we just couldn't say no. Tight deadlines, broken bits and a race against the clock was what it took to make it to Tinseltown...

Then again, maybe not.
Capacitors

Product Update: Identifying Capacitors

Capacitors are used in just about every electronics project, regardless of size or scope. There are several different types of "caps," but which is the best for your application?

Bookmark this handy capacitor reference page to figure out which capacitor type to use.
Night Light

Hot Club Jameco Kits and Projects

USB Powered RGB Color Shifting Night Light
Using a light sensor and a small AVR microcontroller (ATtiny85), this Arduino-based kit lets you control a color shifting night light. It's the perfect kit for a cost-conscious hobbyist.

Build this kit now!

Super Simple Low Power AM Radio Project

Build this simple AM radio transmitter and get a great introduction to basic radio frequency concepts. After completing the project, you can experiment further with signal amplification by adding a small signal diode.

Build this kit now!
Jameco Catalog

New Catalog Now Available

By now you should have received Jameco's special 40th anniversary catalog. If you haven’t, you can order or download one today! This catalog’s cover is a montage of catalog covers from previous years – all the way back to 1974!

Request your free catalog today.