Operating Railroad Grade Crossing Signal

It seems that no matter how much things change, one thing that is always constant is a kid’s fascination with all things trains. When my son was about 4 years old he was fascinated by passing trains. Even more captivating to him was the railroad crossing signals which would flash... Read more »

Software Defined Radio Transceiver

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This is an amateur radio transceiver that operates on the medium or short wave bands. It is a software defined radio, meaning that it uses a computer to control the radio, to demodulate the signals received, and to modulate the signal transmitted. The computer control and signals in and out... Read more »

NFC-Enhanced Slip Case for Smartphones

Once you have all the materials gathered, this project should take about an hour to complete (or slightly more, depending on your sewing skills). You’ll learn how to make a slip case for any smartphone but the magic is in the ability to utilize NFC (near-field communication) stickers and near-field... Read more »

LED Robot Ornament

Crafting under pressure is irresistible. This year the Craftzine gals suggested an ornament swap– 12 days before Christmas. With a lot on our plates we all agreed to make time for crafting eight handmade ornaments each, and the deadline made it even more intense. Cheers to speed crafting! Read more »

Country Gent Tweed Coat

This project is excerpted from Canine Couture by Lilly Shahravesh (St. Martin’s Griffin). My dogs love this traditional tweed coat for weekends in the country when the weather is crisp. Short-haired breeds and older dogs, in particular, benefit from an extra layer to keep them warm in winter. This coat’s... Read more »