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hpr2394 :: The Lost Episode

NYbill talks about building an inexpensive transistor tester... a year after the fact.

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Hosted by NYbill on 2017-10-05 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Electronics, kits, testers.
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Part of the series: Hobby Electronics

Building electronic devices and kits, repairing electronics and learning about components and their uses.

NYbill puts up a ‘Lost Episode’ recorded in October, 2016. A comment for Ep. 2369 asking if I have ever built one of the many Transistor Kits available jogged my memory. I still had the recording so, I’ll just throw it up. I’m not sure how many pics I can find for the episode. I’ll put up what I can.

And just for Mike Ray, I’ll leave in some bench noises I would usually edit out. ;)

The soldering vice being used:

Solder sucker:

The kit (This looks like the one I ordered. But, it's been about a year gone by now. This one shows firmware running on the chip in the pics. You can take a gamble on it if you’d like):

Pics for the episode:


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Comment #1 posted on 2017-10-09T18:00:50Z by NYbill

New Version

FYI: Seems there is a new version of these kits for 2017. There are multiple options of ordering just the kit, just the parts, or fully assembled boards. I might pick up the $16 kit with the plexiglass case just for fun.


"2017 English DIY Mega328 Transistor Tester LCR Diode Capacitance ESR meter PWM Square wave Frequency Signal Generator"

On Aliexpress.

I still plan to try and flash this 2016 kit I have. Then I can do a followup to this episode.

Comment #2 posted on 2017-10-11T06:36:54Z by Ken Fallon

"Then I can do a followup to this episode."

*cough* You owe me a show *cough*

Comment #3 posted on 2017-10-11T23:10:24Z by NYbill


Task Master! :P

(I'm on it buddy. I'm waiting for an electronics shipment that should let me program the thing.) episode is inbound in... 3... 2...

Comment #4 posted on 2017-12-20T18:52:52Z by Ken Fallon

All set but ....

Got the kit but it has surface mount components - PANIC.

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