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Tomoroh Hidari



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: sign of life Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hi all,

been absent quite a while now! I've all but given up, but I just moved to London (one of those life-changing ventures) and am still looking for a flat/room. Plus all of my tools and parts are still sitting in Vienna waiting to be shipped here, so as much as I'd love to get going on some more Lunetta (and other) projects, I'm still forced to exercise patience!

Hope to be back in action soon! And good luck/success to all of you lucky ones who are actually able to built stuff! Wink

cheers, th

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hope you get all your stuff together soon dude! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Welcome to the UK welcome I wondered where you'd gone...

For many years I lived in London, but for various reasons, I ended up in Aldershot (which is not too far away). Hope that you settle in soon and can get back to the noise making! JingleJoe's gone very quiet lately, but he also said he was moving, so he probably has more urgent things to do at the moment.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

analog_backlash wrote:
JingleJoe's gone very quiet lately, but he also said he was moving, so he probably has more urgent things to do at the moment.

Gary


I thought he must have got his time machine working again and gone back to the Victorian Era. Laughing Let's enjoy the silence shall we?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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I thought he must have got his time machine working again and gone back to the Victorian Era. Laughing Let's enjoy the silence shall we?


Meow!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well actually, that was a bit nasty. Sorry about that. I'll try and behave myself.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

-minus- wrote:
Well actually, that was a bit nasty. Sorry about that. I'll try and behave myself.

Thank you. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks!
and sorry, been a while again.

Found a flat and am slowly but steadily making progress towards a general direction of 'normality'! (;

will be going back to Arghstria for a week at the beginning of December and then take care of having my electronics equipment shipped over here.

On that topic - does anyone here know of any 'walk in' stores (chains, etc.) here in London where I could get a few parts/breadboard, new soldering station (which I'll need anyways), etc.
Or anything - apart from looking at charitiy shops in the hope of stumbling upon some lucky finds - that might be of interest?
If so, thanks in advance.

Meanwhile I'll be starting to get back to do some theoretical learning again and have the occasional session of delighting myself with some schematics-pr0n!

Looks like I won't make it in time to be an official part of this years Lunetta Challenge (may have been a bit too optimistic on that), but then again, it's always good to challenge oneself, innit!

best, th

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi TH, hope that you're now settling in a bit.

When I left London, the main walk-in store seemed to be Maplin Electronics, which had a good range of (largely overpriced) components. Now, they seem to have become a gadget shop and their electronic component range is VERY limited (and still overpriced). They do have some reasonably priced breadboards and soldering equipment though. Use the link to find the one that's closest to you:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/

I tend to get most of my components by mail order. Here are a list of links to the companies I've ordered from recently:

Rapid Electronics http://www.rapidonline.com/
ESR Electronics http://www.esr.co.uk/

Both of these have a good range of the more common components and are both reasonably priced (I tend to order from both simultaneously, checking who has the best prices for each component).

Farnell Electronics http://uk.farnell.com/

These have a massive range of components, so I use them mainly for more specialised components that I cannot get from the above. They tend to be a bit more pricey.

Cricklewood Electronics http://www2.cricklewoodelectronics.com/Cricklewood/home.php?xid=75aa6526db873275fbd9b36d75deb554

Good for obsolete components (e.g. the 4006 shift register) but you pay more for them because they're obsolete and the prices keep rising the rarer they get.

There may be smaller electronic shops around in London, but as I don't know exactly where you are, I can't help too much. I knew of Direct Electronics which is in Manor Park, east London, but their website seems to be in the process of being built, so I can't see what they sell really.

Anyway, it's worth searching on Google - you might find something in your area.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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analog_backlash wrote:
JingleJoe's gone very quiet lately, but he also said he was moving, so he probably has more urgent things to do at the moment.

Gary


I thought he must have got his time machine working again and gone back to the Victorian Era. Laughing Let's enjoy the silence shall we?

I was moving house, now I'm back.
Only you enjoy silence minus, we're all musicians here- we like NOISE!

P.S. I second Rapid but also Spiratronics

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

thanks Gary and Jingle Joe,

I'm in the west at/near Shepherd's Bush for the time being.
checked out the nearest Maplin at Hammersmith. (and their website)
might be ok to quickly get some parts (given they have it), but yes, they seem somewhat pricey.
as far as tools/breadboards etc. go it looks ok though!
I guess for future purchase of parts and more I'll rather rely on mailorder!

guess I'll wait until after next week when I'll be sending all the parts I already have over from the 'old homestead'. (I went on a pretty exhaustive spending spree before moving anyways, so it wouldn't make much sense to go spending again, as London is expensive enough and my savings are dwindling as it is.)

but it is nice to find some time for the subject matter again, even if for a few more days at least it will remain in the field of theory(;...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tomoroh Hidari wrote:
thanks Gary and Jingle Joe,
no problem Smile
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London is expensive enough and my savings are dwindling as it is.)

I advise you go live up north, much cheaper up here Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

But I thought that it was grim up north Laughing Actually, it's probably grimmer (is that a word?) where I live...

Gary

Additional: I pulled the posted image JUST in case I feel the hand of the copyright police on my shoulder - I know, I'm a coward...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Whoa whoa whoa hold your horses, never believe album titles, I didn't say go to Scotland or anything drastic like that Wink Laughing just further north, around liverpool / york. You can rent a house here for the price of one room in london.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

JingleJoe wrote:
Whoa whoa whoa hold your horses, never believe album titles, I didn't say go to Scotland or anything drastic like that Wink Laughing just further north, around liverpool / york. You can rent a house here for the price of one room in london.


...or a broom cupboard in Knightsbridge. And let's face it, who doesn't want to live in a broom cupboard in Knightsbridge.
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