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Too_Many_Tools
04-18-2010, 02:07 PM
Does anyone know of electronic discussion groups similar to HSM with the emphasis heavy on the hardware side of electronics?

The only one that I am aware of that is somewhat electronics oriented is CNCZONE.

TMT

Black_Moons
04-18-2010, 02:40 PM
No I don't, but #electronics on Efnet.org (IRC, download MIRC to access..) is a great place to hang out and ask questions in real time.. its where I usally hang out.

Anyone who has been there in the past few years and did'nt like it, I invite you back. We staged a coup-de-tat and got rid of the nasty ops.

topct
04-18-2010, 03:51 PM
http://www.badcaps.net/forum/

deltaenterprizes
04-18-2010, 07:24 PM
I haven't seen much electronics that are able or worth repairing on things made today. Everything I see is chips and micro components glued on and submerged soldered and you would have to work under a microscope to see what you are doing!
Do they make electronics that are repairable or is this for old stuff?

J Tiers
04-18-2010, 07:49 PM
As for boards, there were one or two I knew about, but they got assaulted by hackers, and the owners just quit rather than put up with it. I guess the hackers "won".

Per SMT:

We routinely put together prototype boards that are nearly 100% those little parts...... and we fix them, modify them, etc.. There are tools for it, but the only tool usually needed is a sharp-pointed iron. Solder paste helps as well, but old-school roll solder can be used.

We do try to stay away from parts much smaller than 0805, but fine pitch uPs we do use.

mikem
04-18-2010, 09:58 PM
nuts and volts has a good BBS. http://www.nutsvolts.com/ Here is the forum: http://forum.servomagazine.com/

sansbury
04-19-2010, 12:51 AM
For audio-related stuff, the DIYAudio.com forums can be pretty good. There are some general-purpose forums there that have some pretty sharp people on them.

Paul Alciatore
04-19-2010, 01:09 AM
nuts and volts has a good BBS. http://www.nutsvolts.com/ Here is the forum: http://forum.servomagazine.com/

Yea, Nuts & Volts! It is not so much repairing as designing and building electronics.