Russ Kincaid, NV Q&A columnist
Russ is a man after my own heart. His workbench looks VERY
familiar! I think the general consensus is “if you want a job done, ask
the man with the dirty hands.” Russ’s bench looks like one that’s
used hard and used often. I have a feeling things get done there.
Here’s his description:
I didn’t clean it up at all! My grandson uses the second bench
when he is available, otherwise I use it for drilling and inspection.
The scope is a Hitachi that I bought on eBay to replace a Tektronix
that I purchased
in the 1970s.
The circuit boards are homemade using a laser printer and PNP Blue;
I wish there were a better way. I have a Wavetek audio generator and
a Data Precision frequency counter, both 30 years old. My late friend,
Charlie Puckette, gave me all his “stuff” so I have more obsolete parts
than I can catalog. Of course, the beginner needs common hand
tools like a soldering iron, needle nose pliers, side cutter, and
tweezers. A multimeter would be my first choice, then an
oscilloscope. Other than that, it depends on what facet of electronics
you are into. I bought the frequency counter when I was repairing
CB radios. The Wavetek was given to me in lieu of payment; I was
designing a burglar alarm at the time.
Dave Lutz KA6GTC
Surprisingly, Dave is the only guy who sent in a
picture of himself seated at his workbench! When I saw
it, I immediately thought “Old Sk00l!.” This is a veteran of
the electronics wars. I mean, c’mon, look at some of that
test gear to his left and tell me you’re not impressed!
Based on the email he sent along with his photo, I was
right on the money.
best sound system in town. All for nothing — pieces were
given to me to get rid of them and I repaired them for my
own use. I am running a local computer net with four
systems on it, with a DSL line. Very little of my equipment
was bought outright, and I make some side money fixing
things for other people. That bench has to cover general
appliances along with R&D for my company, computers,
ham radio, and home repair (plumbing, etc.); 90% of my
parts are from scrounged equipment.
I have been an electronic hobbyist
for over 50 years and I still love it. The
necessary tools are:
• Soldering irons, one large, and one small
• Solder sucker of some kind
• Analog VOM, VTVM, and digital VOM
• Scope, dual trace is handy, but not
• Lots of screw drivers, pliers, and tweezers
If you have to do as I do and can’t
afford the parts, there are lots of dead
pieces of stuff to strip parts from. If you
want to have several projects running at the
same time, you really need a workbench
for each project. I don’t, and you can see
what happens when you are working on
many projects at once.
I have a large projection TV and the
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