About

I have a passion for electronics, practical design and manufacturing. I can learn things quickly and take pride in my work.

It was back in the early 90s I started with Electronics. Back then I had no internet just reference and project books.

Velleman kits from Maplin Electronics were the first things I did. Any components I needed I had to get over the counter if they had stock, the nearest branch was in the city about an hour away from me.

Needless to say many projects I tried to build myself didn’t work at first, I had no means of making circuit boards, only stripboard. I had success with the kits, but as long as you follow the instructions you aren’t going to go far wrong.

The Internet

Probably around 1998 I got dial up internet, I could research things and talk to people online. I started chatting with an engineer Alan Lord from Dundee College, radio ham, I don’t know if he has now retired but his website has gone.

From him I got a simple single ended valve amplifier circuit, I built it and it worked, well after blowing up a rectifier valve because I’d no current limiting (straight to the mains… never a good idea) My dad taught me electrical safety from a very early age so I was very careful with it.

Then for some reason I can’t really remember, late teenage years perhaps..I gave up, which I now regret.

Fast forward to 2017 and I suddenly re gained an interest, starting from watching videos of a certain popular youtuber who builds synthesizers. I thought I can do this, now with the internet and all that is available, so I did.

These days things are much easier, eBay is a good source of components and so are suppliers like Rapid Electronics (in the UK anyway). I can design PCBs and have them made in China, so my projects have just come to life.

I have setup this website to help you in the Electronics world… There’s lots more interest now because of the Arduino and other such devices you can buy and program.

However I think that anyone can get a board and some shields and make something, it’s good to know the theory and what is actually happening.

Please follow my Instagram and Youtube, and look at my projects and articles on this site, also the services I provide.