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September 2011

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Circuit Skills

Jameco Circuit Skills Video: Fiber Optics

By Collin Cunningham

Collin is at it again, this time explaining the high cool factor of fiber optic basics with a dandy demonstration on a voice transmission kit. Optical over copper, interference immunity, cross talk, single mode, what's it all mean and what does it do?

Fiber optics that you can do yourself.
Pumpkin Kit

Light up the Halloween Night

By Kelly Nash

This beginner soldering project is perfect to spookify your window for the upcoming trick-or-treat celebration. The kit comes with everything you need for an introductory electronics project (except a battery and soldering equipment). The LED pumpkin can be used year after year, no fire danger and no replacement candles needed!

Build your own LED pumpkin kit for some Halloween fun!
Geroge C Devol

A Jameco Salute to George C. Devol

In 1938, a radio broadcast warned the listening public of an invasion from outer space. The War of the Worlds had begun. The war proved to be a hoax, but the ideas of futuristic machines, laser beams and artificial intelligence shaped the generation. Science fiction inspired George C. Devol to bring light to brilliant ideas that still play a big part in technology and innovation today.

Learn more about the father of robotics.

The Fountain of Knowledge

By Greg Harris

Greg's Corner The ability to record knowledge and transfer it to future generations may well be the human species' most important trait. Jameco customers in particular seem hungry for knowledge, ideas and solutions that can tickle their senses so that each of us can contribute to our collective wisdom.

The repository for our knowledge has historically been entrusted to libraries. But in this Internet age... is the library still relevant today? I think libraries are still relevant and, in fact, they've frequently embraced new technology at a faster rate than many of their users.

I'm far from a book worm, but I've connected and reconnected with this institution at least half a dozen times in my lifetime and every time I'm reintroduced, I'm amazed to see how well the library embraces technology. Like an old friend, I've recently reconnected and the relationship has never been better.

Read about the important role the library has played in my life and my new library relationship.

Can you think of an institution that has lived as long and changed as much as the library? Drop me a note; I would love to hear what you are thinking.


Greg Harris
Vice President, Marketing
[email protected]
Imparting Knowledge

Im-PART-ing Knowledge: Live and Learn Product Assembly

By Douglas Alexander

I once had to stop a production line because we detected a high incidence of board failures just before the next level assembly step. Did the line stop in time or did the faulty components end up disastrous? Do counterfeit or faulty components always have to end up so costly? Understanding design and manufacturing basics can go a long way especially with saving money, and in cases of medical device products, end-users' lives!

Faulty components are costly lessons!
Induction Loop System

MyStory: DIY Induction Loop System

By Philip Kane

Wireless systems have been around longer than you think. Check out Phillip Kane's "My Story" to see how to create your own, at-home-wireless-system, no router required! This simple project provides a good overview to magnetic communication systems and results in a quick, listen-anywhere radio system.

Is it really possible to create your own wireless system?

Product Update: ICP DAS Automation for the Future

ICP DAS Visions of the future used to be all about robots and flying machines. Flying machines may not be common place outside of Hogwarts just yet, but robots are practically passé. Industrial automation innovator ICP DAS has a new generation of controllers, ethernet modules, data loggers and even SMS controllers to launch your business applications into the future.

See why industrial automation will never be the same.

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]