De-capping ICs for fun and profit, but mostly fun.

Some time back, a friend @codfishcatfish was building a GPS disciplined oscillator for radio measurements. Part of the circuit uses a MAX232 device to interface the low voltage digital signals to a PC serial port. He found his cheap (from eBay) MAX232s got very hot and failed in use. It was obvious the devices were …

Interesting patterns

Doing a bit more snooping around the radio spectrum with the RTLSDR (My HackRF should be here tomorrow!) I spotted these patterns in the transmitted signals from DAB stations. I’m fairly sure these are not just moiré patterns. I expect they probably tell you something about the multiplexing of the signals in the transmission.