10 Feb 2016

Electronics Workbench – Part 4 – Putting it together

Here is the design and build of my compact DIY electronics workbench. This is located in the garage / workshop in a house that I’m renting, so I’m building it to be portable and transportable in future. In this forth episode I complete the hutch shelving, mount some component trays, and more!

9 Feb 2016

Electronics Workbench – Part 3 – Design Review

Here is the design and build of my compact DIY electronics workbench. This is located in the garage / workshop in a house that I’m renting, so I’m building it to be portable and transportable in future. In this third episode I temporarily install the lighting and load the shelving to assess the design so […]

8 Feb 2016

Electronics Workbench – Part 2 – Shelf system modifications

Here is the design and build of my compact DIY electronics workbench. This is located in the garage / workshop in a house that I’m renting, so I’m building it to be compact and transportable in future. In this second episode I modify the hutch shelving system to raise it’s height and mount the peg-board […]

7 Feb 2016

Electronics Workbench – Part 1 – Cabinet modifications and lighting

Here is the design and build of my compact DIY electronics workbench. This is located in the garage / workshop in a house that I’m renting, so I’m building it to be compact and transportable in future. In this first episode I describe how I will convert a cupboard into the workbench and my ideas […]

22 Oct 2015

Protek 608 original Windows software

Protek 608 Windows software v1.02

I’ve finally managed to fire up the original Protek 608 software on an old Dell Inspiron 8100 I found stowed at the office. My previous attempts to run this software failed on Windows 8 and 10, and there’s very little information about how this software looks and operates (it’s quite niche). I decided that it […]

30 May 2015

Protek 608 RS-232 details

Protek 608 RS-232 login analyser

This is following on from my previous post introducing the Protek 608 multimeter and my software project. In this post I detail the communications hardware, an important consideration for future development. The Protek 608 uses an RS-232 connection to allow for interfacing with a PC. This is a very common connection that most DMMs used. […]

30 Mar 2015

Protek 608 multimeter overview

Protek 608 multimeter

The Protek 608 is a 5000 count digital multimeter made by Hung Chang, who have since changed their name to GS Instruments. I’ve owned one of these since about 2009. This multimeter is now discontinued and no longer available new, although they occasionally show up on the second-hand market from forums and eBay. This DMM […]

26 Mar 2012

Home-made GPS and compass update

GPS and compass project - Breadboard prototype

After posting my project I had a number of questions online. I thought this is a good opportunity to update the blog to share more information on this project. GUI concepts I’ve made some more progress on the software side of things, mostly just playing around with the graphics display. The Nokia 3310 LCD screen […]