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Thread: Meter Probe
16/08/2019 11:06:08
Posted by Peter Bell on 14/08/2019 12:36:37:

All interesting stuff.I find I quite like using my Avo 8 occasionally especially if I'm reading current, I find it far easier to follow a swaying needle rather than rolling digits and of course it doesnt power off after a few minutes. Peter G4LSA

Peter - me too. I know exactly what you mean. I use digital about 95% of the time.
I find there are times when either has an advantage. Robert Atkinson's post was very interesting. The younger might be much more at home with digital, whereas the older are more at home with an Avo? I liken it to using a word processor - I can see errors much better if I print out - and I think that's an age thing!

It is amazing, though, what functionality and accuracy you can get from a 25 quid digital multimeter. Very good value, whatever leads you put on it.

Thread: Hello from Northampton
16/08/2019 10:41:38

Jim, yes, we are Northampton Society of Model Engineers.

You can get in touch by email to and by phone on 07907051388.

Our website is at Northampton Society of Model Engineers

I hope you will be able to get all the information you need from the website. It is probably best to arrange for a no-obligation visit to see if you like the idea and go on from there.

We do try to cover all aspects of model engineering. Like many ME societies there is a bias towards railways but we have clockmakers, toolmakers, stationary engines, traction engines etc. and cater for all skill levels.

We try to be as friendly as we can. Like many societies we do a fair bit of drinking tea/coffee and eating Mars bars, but there are people who can help with most engineering queries. We can talk on any subject - even longer if we know something about it! Hope to see you soon. Thanks to Howard for helping.

Kind regards, Tony Kendall, Webmaster NSME.

Thread: Double diamond tool
03/11/2018 09:07:00

Apologies, but couldn't resist it. I'll get my coat!

Thread: Roedean
23/01/2018 07:44:34


Edited By Anthony Kendall on 23/01/2018 14:48:49

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
04/01/2018 09:35:24

Posted by john carruthers on 04/01/2018 08:51:31:
Speak not of Sinclair, grrr.I spent several summers picking black currants to fund the purchase of some Sinclair hi-fi modules, none of which ever worked.
I assembled them as per the instructions, even had a sparks check it over for me, nothing...
Decades later I mentioned it to Clive at a mensa dinner, no reply

Yes, I remember the stuff - great claims of the power output - by careful selection of words e.g. using terms like peak power it was possible to claim the modules were amazingly powerful. We used to joke about there being average power, peak power and Sinclair power!
Having bought a small module boasting 20W audio power, looking like a heat-sink filled in with black gunge, I powered it up and fed it with audio tone. It lasted well under 30 seconds. I conducted a post-mortem and found gunge had got between the collector of one of the output transistors and there was little thermal conductivity.
I also bought a ZX81 with added memory module - the latter bobbed up and down at the connector and crashed the computer regularly.
Sinclair - I think he is a genius who produced mainly rubbish. I hope he inspired others. Take heart though, the motors from the C5 are great for motorised bogies for models.

Thread: BA Spanners
22/08/2017 09:41:03

I have seen these and right-angle ones on the Model Engineers Laser stand at exhibitions.

Cannot find them on their website though but possibly you can.

Thread: eBay P&P (Barrack Room Lawyer)
13/12/2016 09:18:45

As a seller, I try to be fair and try not to overcharge for postage - mostly saying how much it will actually cost for transportation - sometimes losing out because I get it wrong. Any issues and I refund the buyer all his cash - it is not life-changing and I can't be ar*ed with it.

As a buyer I mostly opt for first class post if I can and often avoid sellers who do not offer it. I give feedback to acknowledge this. Unfortunately it is becoming trendy to offer free postage at second class, often with no first class option. A trip to Argos is not attractive to me to get "free" delivery (or for any other reason) when someone can poke it through my door.

Outside of ebay I buy from those sellers who post it first class tonight, if I can. Some of the big names in ME supplies have the attitude "we might put it in the post by the end of the week" so I only buy if I cannot get elsewhere. Some sellers are realising price is not always king and some of us want service even if it costs more, or both.

Thread: Steam on TV
10/12/2016 09:47:55

Think this is it - on the SVR **LINK**

Thread: Fuel Stove/Heater
19/11/2016 10:13:14

Needs to be developed so you can easily make toast with beef dripping, but a good start!

Thread: Soldering PCB
19/11/2016 09:33:42
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/11/2016 17:51:05:

It isn't cheap, but having reviewed one, I would recommend the Antex TCS50W very highly.

I am biased having had my own CS iron since about age 13 Neil

A really good iron this.

I too have had a controlled-temperature iron since I was a pimply-faced youth (PFY).

You get what you pay for here. Antex and Weller have produced good stuff since I was a PFY also.

Is PFY another candidate for the list?

Thread: The Alternate Glossary
11/11/2016 14:58:46
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 11/11/2016 14:01:44:

Compander chips have been around since I was a teenager, long before NICAM


I make NICAM 1979. That makes you at least 47 Neil and if it's long before NICAM.....wink

Thread: This is earth calling BAGGO, come in BAGGO
15/10/2016 12:30:06
Posted by Steve Sharman on 15/10/2016 10:51:58:

He's around - I spoke to him at the Midlands exhibition on Thursday. Steve

And still bright-eyed, bushy-tailed on Friday on the 2½in. gauge stand.

Thread: Replaceable tip tools.
11/10/2016 21:57:15

Sparky, I use Greenwood Tools - not cheap but good.

Thread: What Makes a Good Photo for Model Engineers' Workshop
08/10/2016 19:49:11
Posted by Nick_G on 08/10/2016 17:05:02:
Posted by Anthony Kendall on 08/10/2016 12:02:43:

The more expensive the camera, the less likely the photos will be in focus -

Got to disagree with you on that one. frowndont know Nick

Nick, I would disagree with that statement too - you took it out of context. wink

Thread: Fake boiler certificates
08/10/2016 13:34:33

Well, the certificates are easy enough to forge and presumably the forger will get it right next time and it's no use looking for a hand-written serial number in future.

I suppose the only solution is to refer back to the originating club to check when buying, or have it retested.

The WSE is non-transferable anyway, but you might make a decision based on the fact the boiler has one.

Interestingly, this thread is focused on whether you can sue someone, rather than suggestions for solving the problem. Forget about the law - it won't happen.

Thread: What Makes a Good Photo for Model Engineers' Workshop
08/10/2016 12:02:43

I am with Neil on the focus issue - stick to auto and use it sensibly.

This is my experience of running a website and people sending photos. The more expensive the camera, the less likely the photos will be in focus - the operator is more likely to think they are clever than the auto and get it wrong.

Also take the point about other stuff in the background - sometimes nearly as important as the subject.

Thread: photo copying books
07/10/2016 09:15:18
Posted by John Stevenson on 06/10/2016 10:18:11:

Read the OP again.
He's BOUGHT the book so all care and duty has been paid.
He wants to photocopy a few pages to stop the book HE BOUGHT getting crapped up.
Amazing that 5 people have 9 views and have not read the post.

Agree with John.
I think it depends on your morals and what you want it for - if you want to sell the copy then i think it's wrong.
For me, if you bought it and copy it for your own use then OK
If it is available to buy and you copy it to give to someone else - it's wrong.
If it is not available to buy and you copy it to give to someone else - it's OK.

That's my morals, not necessarily yours - and I am not saying I live up to my morals or what I do is lawful!
That said, it is very difficult to get permission and you will be lucky to get a reply. I have tried to get permission to publish on my website but no replies. I just keep copies of emails in the naive feeling I can demonstrate and show I did all I could.

Thread: Strange !!
04/10/2016 09:29:38
Posted by Nick Hulme on 03/10/2016 09:31:29:
Posted by Anthony Kendall on 03/10/2016 09:05:52:There is no advantage in disruptive returning. I find it advantageous to give disruptive people an easy opportunity to leave, and usually they do.

So are ME and MEW "Sending The Boys 'Round" to the domicile of inactive posters and strong-arming a post out of them? Surely someone wishing to go can simply avoid coming back?- Nick

Nick, you know very well I was not wanting that, but the point I was making is they are less likely to come back if they are no longer members and there is not an easy mechanism for them to resign.

Neil, why is it you take it as criticism and get so defensive when someone makes a simple, polite suggestion?

Thread: Bee Keeping
04/10/2016 08:53:10
Posted by Rik Shaw on 03/10/2016 23:38:36:

Your turn Clive - I do love your bee features!


Me too, although there is the possibility of getting a bee in the bonnet.

Thread: Strange !!
03/10/2016 09:05:52
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 02/10/2016 14:35:43:
Posted by Anthony Kendall on 02/10/2016 09:59:19:

Neil, is this not made more difficult for you in that having become a member, it is very difficult to unsubscribe - so you finish up with loads of "odd" people who are unhelpful but they are trapped in.You could make it easier for them to go?

Why do they need to 'go' if they are inactive? they may return.There's a forum I use, but only rarely when I need help with microprocessor issues. Neil

I never mentioned being inactive - I do similar to you on other blogs and not an issue.

There is no advantage in disruptive returning. I find it advantageous to give disruptive people an easy opportunity to leave, and usually they do.

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