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November 2011

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Circuit Skills

Circuit Skills: DIY Adjustable Power Supply

By Collin Cunningham

Our favorite builder is back shedding new light on the source of power. Power up with Collin as he teaches you how to build an adjustable power supply kit. Learn the basic principles of creating power for almost anything in your lab. The build is simple, and the power of the knowledge is endless!

Learn about power supply electronics and assemble your own power supply.

My Story: The Clock That Keeps Ticking 40 Years Later

By Jerry Lowe

Jameco customer Jerry Lowe built his own bulb clock in 1970 and over the years, with a few bulb replacements, his design keeps ticking! Check out Jerry's story about old school technology that is still holding its own against newfangled technology.

Check out Jerry's homemade bulb clock.
Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished: You Figured it out

In last month's newsletter we sought help from our readers to solve the mystery of the unidentified part. We were stumped, but no part is too obscure for our customers. We are glad to announce the mystery has been solved.

Find out what it is and just how whacky our customers can be.

Out of Work and Not Sure Why

By Greg Harris

Greg's Corner I recently exchanged a few emails with a Jameco customer from Redding, California and thought his was a story worth sharing. We know our customers have great technical capabilities, but when life throws curve balls, sometimes engineering skills are just not enough.

Bruce was clearly born into technology. He had been earning a living designing things since the age of 19, but forty years later he found himself unemployed and wondering if he was still employable. He faced a challenge that couldn't simply be fixed by plugging in a soldering iron.

Read about the journey of an engineer looking for a job.

If you are facing career challenges, drop me a note with your name, what type of job you are looking for, what makes you unique (one sentence), your city, state and email address. We'll publish a list of smart people in next month's newsletter with the hope of making a connection in the Jameco community.


Greg Harris
Vice President, Marketing
[email protected]
Lego Robogator

Build Your Own Mindstorms Robogator

It's a bird, it's a plane... oh no it's the Robogator. What's a Robogator you ask? Well, if you own Lego's NTX Mindstorms kit, you too can build your own Robogator. Check out Jameco's latest and greatest morph from Lego brick to finger munching gator.

This kit takes a big bite out of fun!


Component Engineering: Resistors

By Douglas Alexander

Douglas Alexander had his first lesson with resistors in the fourth grade. The Dodgers were up; bottom of the fourth inning, two on, two out... is that smoke he smells? Learn everything you need to know about resistors and their role in electronics.

Follow Doug as he provides an easy to follow Resistor 101.
Holiday Gift Ideas

Hot DIY Kits: Great for Giving & Receiving

Put the fun back into electronics with these super cool holiday kits perfect for the DIYer in your life. Rated by ability level, we've got something for every skill level.

Check out our holiday gift list with these cool kits.

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]