> Yes. I want to also try that with a 01005 cap since it would nicely
> "ride" the gap. Some paste, some flux, then heat.
Better still, you might be able to put that on the pads instead of balancing it on the pins.
You mentioned the distance to the nearest ground... Does this micro have multiple grounds that are not tied under the chip? You might have to tie them together if you don't want it to reset when there's a storm!
Not on this product, but I've seen other cases where traces have been vaporized, SOT23 diodes that had no plastic housing anymore, etc. "But the lightning only struck a fence post 20ft away and the circuit had not connection to anything ..."
in the late 90s our machine shop moved across the road (we expanded). The IT department asked R&D what to do re. ethernet, and was told "fiber optics". But that cost a few k, so they strung an ethernet cable up on the power poles, beside the phone lines. About 1km away (across the road from the company our former R&D mgr and senior engineers set up) lightning hit a ground-mounted transformer, and made a hell of a mess. the resulting EMP snotted about a dozen ethernet cards, and fried the brain operating an old turret-punch that had been upgraded from relay control to PC control. Ignoring the turret punch, it cost $3k to fix all the other PCs. The turret punch, being customised about a decade earlier by nobody knows who, was essentially unfixable. When the IT department queried R&D they got a great deal of laughter, and "WE TOLD YOU SO". After this little event, they bought the thousand bucks worth of fiber optics. I believe the turret punch got sold as scrap. oddly enough, nobody got fired.
Ouch! Fiber optics isn't that expensive. We even used it inside buildings for really long runs. Possibly you could have connected it all up on the cheap with a couple of wireless routers and directional antennas. Usually a machine shop doesn't need a whole lot of bandwidth. Wireless also avoids the telco guys wondering "What's this here cable doing up on the pole?" and then just snipping it off.
I believe that was for a COTS ether-to-fiber system. bear in mind that here on the arse end of the planet, stuff can be very expensive. A pair of Levi 501s willset you back NZ$120, and a pair of Dr Martens boots NZ$250. Which is why I buy my levis when in USA (< US$20), and docs in the UK (about 40 quid). somebody here is making a LOT of money.
I recently bought a nice Tek 4ch isolated scope & 3 AC current probes, from a dealer in CA. I had it shipped to a client in SF, and neglected to tell the dealer I was based in NZ, otherwise they wouldnt have sold it to me. The NZ tek agent wanted NZ$2500 more than the US retail price
Yep, that's how I did things when in Europe. Paid my import duty, VAT and all, so it was all legit. But this cut out the hungry middlemen. Software often had a 100% markup in Europe, probably still does.
For the next scope check out the GW-Instek series. Got their top of the line here. Handles IMHO better than a comparable Tek, cost >30% less. Love it. But it is a wee bit larger.
It seems as though that ought to pay pretty well though, no? You're so frugal :-) I often start thinking you must not have a lot of income, but then you describe the projects you work on and it's clear you should be making a decent income! What are you doing with all that income? Saving it? Taking high-end vacations with your wife? Donating it to charities of your choice?
Yes! And when it comes to beer, only the good stuff.
Frugality was taught by my parents and grand-parents. If it can be fixed, don't throw it away. Keep things simple. Buy only the good stuff because it'll last. Don't buy a bigger car, TV, whatever, just because the neighbor did. And so on. Works great.
I have yet to see where indulgence and luxury brought anyone true happiness. Of course whenever I read Flying Magazine that mantra goes out the window for a few hours ...
Ok, that's specialty stuff that you kind of have to buy at the mainstream mfgs. My turf is more at the higher frequencies where a diff probe consists of a piece of coax, a 0.37" #43 toroid and some wire.