Cornwall trip

I was told that I must take a weeks leave from work, so I thought I’d MoT my Land Rover. I also visited friends and family.

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 I also went out walking with dad and family.

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Volvo coming of age

So the Volvo ticked over 30k miles today. A sad moment for all.

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I used some cold tinning solution to put a protective coating which is easier to solder to.

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 Also we went to the gadget show at the Birmingham NEC. It was good, I purchased a tablet, for a whopping £29.95. Android operating system. YES IT IS BRAND NEW. Using it to write this post!


Etched PCB

Today I etched the PCB board using ferric Chloride.  It worked a treat, but probably showed that I should have cleaned up the board better and taken more time and had more patients when doing the ironing of the print. Either way it has worked and I now have some tinning solution in the post so that I can coat the bear copper with something to making soldering to the board easier and also to protect the copper from corrosion.


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PCB Printing

I printed the circuit onto photo paper and cleaned the PCB board using a kitchen scrubber thingy, brand new. I then ironed the print onto the PCB board, I don’t think I ironed it for long enough or hard enough, so I wound up spending my evening colouring in the blackness using a Staedtler Permanent marker pen as supplied by the etching solution people from Ebay.


Easter Weekend

We didn’t get up to a great deal over the long weekend, we did have Lynn and Gerry to visit on Friday and on Sunday visited Portsmouth where Hannah cooked a great roast! We visited Basildon Park (NT) on Saturday, which was pleasant but busy. Mowed the grass and kept busy around the house the rest of the time.

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 I started to design a printed circuit board for the shift registers to expand my Arduino board on Monday.


Sweden again

Spent last week in Sweden. Also we painted the bathroom and sorted out Hannah’s wardrobe.

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