My Overflowing WorkbenchPosted: November 14, 2010
I’ve had to put aside my home electronics activities for a long time due to nearly losing my eyesight several years ago. While things are better for me now, it’s high time I took advantage of my long-time love of electronics and technology. This is my workbench. It’s cluttered but before I cleaned it for a house inspection, it was much worse.
Tools. The small box at the lower left had the cabling tools I used at SATV.
Some of my test equipment. You may have seen the small Triplett DMM on my workbench. Here is a decibel meter, a Kill-A-Watt, and in the reused Norelco pouch, a Bus Pirate (a very useful tool for connecting to serial buses.)
And I have a scope cart.
The scope and frequency counter work—the scope is a HP 1722 with good 275 MHz bandwidth. The counter only does 60 MHz so I’ll need a new one for my ham radio work. (Someday) The DMM at the bottom is a sick HP 3440—it has a broken switch in the signal path, but I do expect it to be fixable.
A collection of microcontroller development kits. One Z8 Encore I played with and bought at ESC some years ago, and three MSP 430’s, one of which is a wireless module.
I never had time to really use them. I really got into the Z8, but when I looked into getting a network stack for it I had sticker shock. I could really use a Ethernet module such as the Spinneret Web Server coupled with an cheap GPS module. SATV has wanted a GPS NTP source for a very long time. I’d like to be able to get the Ethernet and controller for less than $50 with a network stack and a toolchain (compiler/linker/debugger) that goes well with my Windows background.
I even have a “new” 12V worklight, of sorts:
It’s the lamp from one of my old broken scanners. It works. The hardest part will be building an enclosure. I never have enough lights.
I’m just glad to be tinkering again.