What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Sherlock Ohms 4/22/2013 10 comments It was OK when a radio station ran a tad above frequency limits. But when other radio operators in the area used the station's frequency as a base, things could get crazy.
Screws Mess With Filter Design
Sherlock Ohms 4/18/2013 3 comments The filter had more rejection at the low end than at the high end since the equivalent capacitance coupling did not provide a transmission at high frequencies.
The Least-Obvious Signals Sometimes Bite You
Sherlock Ohms 4/15/2013 4 comments When is a digital circuit not a digital circuit? When somebody forgot that ultimately everything is an analog circuit, and things like L, R, and C combine in the most insidious ways to derail a design.
Car Radio Fires Up Check Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 4/12/2013 19 comments Apparently the 2003 Saturn Vue has some interconnections between sensors that depend upon the integrity of the radio ground strap for proper operation of the engine and transmission control computers.
Antenna Tower 4 Has No Base Current
Sherlock Ohms 3/22/2013 19 comments Engineering problems in the broadcast field can range from defective components, operator errors, snakes, or a combination of factors. Sometimes you need to call Sherlock in to solve the case.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 1/4/2013 24 comments An unsuspecting driver was startled by another driver's horn, after the brake lights on his vehicle did not illuminate before he turned. A $20 switch solved the problem.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
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