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madmagician



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Welcome Back and a lot of newbie questions
Subject description: really, what is 4 years in the scheme of things
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Hi all,

I joined 4 years ago and wanted to jump feet first into SDIY. RL cut me off at the pass, but after a few years of wrangling, I am back on track.

I have most of the parts in to start some MFOS entry level builds and will be jumping into a modular soon after I get my electronics chops back.

In much internet and book reading, I have come up with many questions, so many in fact, I will do you all the courtesy of not dumping them on you all at once!

So I will start with a few, digest the answers and move on to others!

First questions:

For parts storage, I am considering these things (I have numerous others for other hobby and shop parts) I think they will work well for passives, but but I am concerned about them having static issues for CMOS based ICs. Should I be fine if I use anti-static foam to line them with or just use anti-static bags in a different container?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Akro-Mils-44-Combo-Drawer-Small-Parts-Storage-Cabinet-10144/203538913

Second question:

Is there any value in "Value packs" from companies like Jameco and Futurelec? It seems like a good deal to have a good selection of misc chips to breadboard ideas, but I wonder if 95% of them go unused? Otherwise it is a good way to stock up?

That is it for tonight, thanks in advance!

MM
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

welcome back
those storage draws will be fine i use something similar
as far as IC's go i either leave them in tubes and put the tubes in a draw or just push a bunch of them into block of anti static foam and lay that in a draw.
never bought any of those value packs just keep a small stock of all the standard values handy 20 to 50 or so and the really common stuff i buy in hundreds
1K, 10K, 47K , 100K and 1M for resistors
.1uf and 10uf caps
1n914 or 1n4148 diodes
tl072 and tl074 opamps
2n3904 and 2n3906 transistors
edit - IC sockets 8 . 14 and 16 pins and sil headers
B10K and B100K pots and also what ever jacks you are going to use
futurlec are cheap but you will be waiting forever for delivery.
up to 2 months is not uncommon.

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Paradigm X



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tayda are now the best suppliers imo, very cheap and fast delivery

Edit: they dont have everything, but are very good on the 'basics'
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I bought a value pack of resistors when I first started, and it always comes in handy. It has 2 of just about every value in the 5% range. Now I always have at least two of any value when breadboarding. I usually end up buying a pack of 1% of whatever value I end up using. That way I always have all my values for breadbaording and testing.
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