We’re still alive! November and December have been very busy months. In that short time I both decided to find a new job, found a new job, and started the new job. I’m back into doing what I love best: Fixing things, and writing things. I guess you could just say I’m wired that way.
Speaking of wiring, I have a project coming up that I’ve been wanting to build: The PSSST-20 from Pete Juliano. You can read about it over at Hackaday, where I wrote an article about it. It’s no surprise that writing for Hackaday has impacted my time to write here at MiscDotGeek, but that’s not the only thing: The YouTube channel is where I’ve been having a lot of fun.
If you haven’t subscribed to the MiscDotGeek YouTube channel, by all means please do! I’ve all but given up on keeping parity between this site and the YouTube channel, so you’ll want to follow me there too for all the content. Alright, on to the main content!
A new PCB for Prototyping
Everybody loves the Manhattan method of making circuits, but it’s a lot of work. What if there was a board that had all the work already done for you, and it was even pre-tinned?
Enter the W7RLF Proto Board! It has pre-tinned pads interspersed with smaller diamond shaped pads that are all tied to a ground plane as seen below:
This is Rev 1, which needed a little more spacing between the diamond pads and the square pads. Rev 2 is already out, and you can even buy them at PCBWay, who sponsored this project. Its $5 for 10 boards, which are 92x92mm. Pad spacing is .2 inches, and at the sides has .1″spaced thru-holes for pin headers that can be used to join two boards. In the picture above you can see how easy it is to mount components! Here’s the link to buy them on PCBWay:
A full tour of the board can be found on my YouTube Channel:
If you build something with these boards, let me know! I’d love to see what projects you do.