The Amp Hour
An off-the-cuff radio show and podcast for electronics enthusiasts and professionals

WOTW Kibi (a WOTW alum!) send in pictures of a past bench! And a past beefy power amplifier! Jeremy Blum (@sciguy14) submitted pictures of his work workbench on his personal site! Great toaster SMT reflow! Not submitted, but Steve Liebson did a video interview with Jim Williams and we get to see Jim's lab. Events [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-30-FundingFusionIsNotFutile.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

This week on The Amp Hour, Dave and Mightyohm Jeff Keyzer join forces to talk about: Jeri was naughty and got thrown out of the Designcon conference! Workbench of the Week from SnakeBite & Jeff's buddy Tony The new one-stop EE shop, Jeff rants about Eagle and the lack of IPC footrints Forest Mims [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-29-DJandJazzyJeff.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

The 555 contest continues onward! Everyone is getting excited! Dave's classic 1976 vintage Signetics 555 timer chip (which he destroyed! RIP). Can anyone beat it? WOTW William L-shaped bench photos Laurence White Photo tour of the workshop Mr. J from Boston Home workbench Radio gear Rants Dave doesn't like how all those cupcakes he's sending [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-28-BowieAndTheBrownNote.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

Shoutouts Thanks to Mitch (@mitpatterson) for linking to us from his site! Alexander linked here too and asked about what to do when family and friends might not be interested in hearing about your latest project. Octopart now indexes Digikey as well! Electronics porn! Hi res photos of an old Microchip part. Light can get [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-27-TheGreenPenHornswoggle.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

WOTW None! C'mon people! But we did hear that some people have been building benches, such as John S. Can't wait to see them! Chris is planning a new bench as well! And has been doodling in Google Sketchup to get an idea of what he wants: View from the front From afar with the [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-26-TheBenandJeriShow.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 9:37pm EST

. WotW JP Wack from Santiago,  Chile Bench with awesome labels! Other work Troy Rank from Rochester, NY Bench page Stynus from Belgium Project page (tons'o'projects!) Workbenches And workbenches with Stynus in the picture Followup The 6502 was laid out by hand by one person! A new study out found that ASUS was the most [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-25-TheNASANostalgia.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

. Shoutouts Sparkfun has a new "grab bag" program for all their pick and place cast off parts. Could be some good pickins! Rants Why does the IEEE still charge membership fees to unemployed engineers? And why does the cutoff for waiving the fee occur at 13k(and below)? Is that a realistic point at which [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-24-TheDetroitDebunking.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

. WotW Adam C of submitted the first workbench of the week submission by video! Bob of took a picture of his bench with his pup, including a signed HP 300A! Lieven Blancke of Belgium submitted two pictures of his 7 year old maker son at their bench. Also included a picture of [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-23-TheInnovationSpeculation.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

We wanted to try out a title similar to the style of The Big Bang Theory...we love it! Shoutout Another Ham-like video podcast called Amateur Logic. We like it! Thanks to the queen of science videos (Jeri) for the link! Dave got scooped! Afrotechmods did an AWESOME video about ultracaps. He arc welded a coin! [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-22-TheHardWorkHypothesis.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

. Seasonal What is on your electronics list for the holidays? Dave and Chris both need new chairs for their labs WOTW Henrik from Oslo, Norway Bench setup and explanation. Sylvain from Belgium Bench setup for RF projects. David from Portland Portable bench setup. Taking your electronics on the road is impressive! Mike from the [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-21-MoreFreagle_MoreBenches_MoreEngineersOnTwitter.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:10pm EST

Our first WOTWs! Mike, who works at Ascot TV in Christchurch New Zealand! More info about Mike's is here. Dave likes the Bob Parker ESR meter. David work at Delta-Q Technologies in Vancouver, Canada. More info about David is here (as are many more pictures!). David plans on doing something similar to the Electric Delorean [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-20-MilitaryElectronics_FirstWOTW.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:16pm EST

Shoutouts Rich Hoeg of The Northstar Nerd, linked to us from his podcast page! Be sure to check out the others on there! To Google Sketchup! For offering electro-nerds the opportunity to do 3D modeling (easily!). They have a new contest in conjunction with Ponoko (thanks to @dustynrobots for the link). Check it out if [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-19-CADPrograms_SystemsDesign_RenewableEnergy.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

Shoutouts Dave's $50 shootout is cited in Adafruit now carrying the Extech meter. Cool! There's also mention of it on extech site. NPR did a piece covering hackerspaces. Likely many have heard about it , but it's good coverage of the burgeoning trend. All About Circuits is a great resource if you've never seen it. [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-18-TransistorTypesAndWhereToGetElectronicGear.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

Links! Shoutouts Solder Smoke is back! Bill is out in the HAM shack, broadcasting podcasts for all. Go catch the latest one! A podcast about DIY Drones, check it out and hear the most about the developing industry of unmanned personal drones! Rants Chris loves the Webench tool from National Semiconductor...he just wishes there was [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-17-EEmovies_PartRants_SPICE.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

After an admittedly non-technical episode last week, we had an abundance of tech topics this week. So why keep writing when we can get to the links and you can get to listening! Shoutouts Troy Rank has a new show about e-bikes. Looking forward to hearing about the electronics in them! The 555 timer is [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-16-LEDDesigns_LastMinuteDesigns_BoardDesigns.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Not as many links this week but the usual hour's worth of talking. We even managed to work in a comment or two about open hareware development (even though we promised not to previously). On to the links! Shoutouts There's a documentary about hacker/maker spaces that needs your help! Help fund it at Kickstarter! Dave's [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-15-AnalogComponentsFirstPersonFlyingAndIdeaOwnership.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Dave made it home safe and sound! We're glad to have him back and appreciate Jeff from MightyOhm stepping up to the plate in his absence. This week we jumped right past the videos Dave plans on posting and into talking about current events, so why don't we do the same with the links? Shoutouts! [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-14-ChinaEntrepreneursBlueCollarReality.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 10:34pm EST

Holy YouTube clips, Batman! We have tons of clips this week. Me and our special guest were talking about lots of stuff and it turns out many of them were video based. We can't wait to see many of Dave's videos, he's still traveling around and is still working on editing and uploading many of [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-13-ChipsAndFabsAndGarages.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:14pm EST

Dave is back! And blogging from a hotel room, just like Chris did in episode 9 of the Amp Hour. He has lots of great videos he made at Renesas Dev Con and some good stories and experiences. On to the links! Shout outs! Thanks to Nathan from the Sober Newt for linking here! Thanks [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-12-DaveIsBackAndBlogging.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

NOTE: I apologize about the sound quality on this recording. Thanks to the Zoom H1 autogain (very bad thing) and recording in a cubby like desk at my house (nearly as bad as the autogain) I sound like a mouth breathing, key pounding cubby troll. I'm very sorry and I tried to fix it best [...]

Direct download: TheAmpHour-11-ArduinoDaveThisWeek.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 1:19am EST

Most of this week's discussion revolved around open hardware. The summit definitely provided some interesting conversation points, explained below. If we missed any links, please leave them in the comments! Open hardware The open hardware summit was awesome! (writing for EEtimes at ESC Boston was cool too!) Videos aren't all online yet but Limor Fried's [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-10-OpenHardwareAndSelfPublishing.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

No, not in boxers, but definitely from Boston! On a $10 internet connection no less! Highway robbery! Next week we'll do a round up of my trip to ESC Boston and the Open Hardware Summit, but for this week we stayed within the usual tech bounds. The links mentioned are below and as always, comments [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-9-FromBostonInBoxers.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

Thanks to all of those who filled out the optional survey. If you haven't yet, there's still time! Feel free to add your info! We also took some of your advice (and some of our own) and veered back towards tech talk! Yay! And based on some other feedback we received, we also tried giving [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-8-LayoutsAndDesignOuts.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

Due to time constraints this week, we're going to try going back to a mostly link-based page. If you find yourself really longing for silly and extraneous commentary encapsulating the links, be sure to let us know in the comments! Curious about the title of the episode? Now you have to listen to the show! [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-7-LoveRobotsAndPantyhoseScreens.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 12:31am EST

Another episode in the bag! We admittedly didn't talk about straight electronics as we have in the past but we covered recent happenings in both the open source and (micro) and commercial (macro) electronics industries. Check out some of the links discussed in todays show below! Shoutouts and Upcoming Events: See a nerd with a [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-6-OpenHardwareAndTheCreativeEconomy.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

Today's show got a little heated, it's true. We went over a lot of things, but none more than a recent campaign to try and get more young women interested in a not-so-great way.  We welcome all debate about the issue in the comments or a link to a discussion elsewhere. We also covered [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-5-GirlPower.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

Now that Dave and I have been trying to get some thoughts together a bit prior to the show (though the show itself is still quite "off the cuff"), we have some topics we can list out for you. You can use it either while listening, after you've completed listening, or hell, you can forego [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-4-CulturalDifferences.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

Greetings from the official new home of The Amp Hour! The new theme is installed (and being revised as we speak/read) and the latest episode of the radio show is directly below. We spanned topics from HP to IEEE to human interface the usual meandering format. Questions for you, our listener would be, do [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-3-HP-IEEE-HumanInterface.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 12:05am EST

Show 2 was recorded the week of August 2nd, 2010. This show was a bit more focused than the first show, but we still tended to ramble a bit. Ah well, nobody's perfect. Links discussed in the show: * MAKE magazine’s review of Maker Faire Detroit (learning to solder) * NYT article about mineral deposits in Afghanistan [...]
Direct download: TheAmpHour-2-CriticalMass.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:18am EST

This is the show recorded the week of July 26th. It was our first show ever. We first posted this on Dave's site and Chris's site and past comments from their respective communities can be found on those pages. Comments about the show can also be found at the EEVblog forums.
Direct download: TheAmpHour-1-WhatsInAName.mp3
Category:Radio Show -- posted at: 11:10am EST