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30-10-2003, 09:48 AM
I notice there are a few here who seem to have knowledge of electronics.

Do any of you know where I might find electronic component supplies other than DSE, Global PC, Intergrated Circuits or PMB electronics?

Presently looking for older type diodes (1N4002) and voltage regulators (TA78L005), but often looking for other items.

Babe Ruth
30-10-2003, 10:04 AM

Here's a couple of places to try Elekon (http://www.elekon.co.nz/index1.htm) and Surplustronics (http://www.surplustronics.co.nz/cat.php?cat=COM)

Cheers, Babe.

Terry Porritt
30-10-2003, 10:29 AM
Farnell (http://international2.farnell.com/NZ/Welcome/welcome-frame-unregistered.jhtml)

Radiospares (http://www.rs-components.co.nz/)

Jaycar (http://www1.jaycar.com.au/stores.asp)

are all good suppliers of componentry.

You need to register with Radiospares and Farnell.

Ive found Jaycar really excellent with phone orders. The last order I placed with them at 3pm on a thursday afternoon from Auckland, in my letterbox at 7.30am next morning by courier.
They have shops in Auckland Wellington and Christchurch.

As home-brew hobbying has been declining in recent years shops like DSE have been gradually reducing their range. It is now only a pale shadow in some respects to what they used to stock.
I just bought up the last 2 large red IC test clips in Wellington/Lower Hutt, and they are not re-stocking these items.

30-10-2003, 10:51 AM
hmm for those diodes we use Active Componets, but thats for largish orders, you might want to try RS and Farnell, they are readily avaible from both of them as well.

Billy T
30-10-2003, 10:56 AM
Hi Curly

Do you really need 1N4002 diodes? They are a generic silicon power diode replaceable by anything with a rating of 200V PIV or more and 1A or more forward current. Siimilarly for the voltage regulator, so unless you are restoring old equipment and originality is important there are many substitutes that could be used.


Billy 8-{)

Graham L
30-10-2003, 02:00 PM
South Island Components (http://www.sicom.co.nz/) in Christchurch are very good. They have a very wide range of stock, and the staff are not sales droids ... they know things. :D

Terry Porritt
30-10-2003, 04:07 PM
Alligator clips versus crocodile clips :)

In the UK they were known only as crocodile clips, and I always assumed alligator clips was the US name for them as they dont have crocodiles in North America. ;\

If you look in the Dick Smith catalogue they have both alligator and crocodile clips, seemingly randomly named. Is this due to American influence, like in cars, calling silencers mufflers, bonnets hoods, fenders etc, or the Australians spelling Labour as Labor ?:|

Graham L
30-10-2003, 04:14 PM
Which was the "gavial"? I remember that there is a difference in the teeth ... but if you are trying to outswim them it doesn't matter.

Then there are bulldog clips.

And my favourite: Fahnstock clips. (The ex P&T people will remember those from No 6 cells).

Terry Porritt
30-10-2003, 04:55 PM
Yes Graham, I have some fahnstock clips, they also seem to be an American thingy , as I hadnt come across those before either.

30-10-2003, 05:18 PM
its been a while but TESA in auckland might still be going.

according to a mate in the buis its getting really hard to get some stock these days. getting hard to find even some simple things as resistors :(

i've been after some 3.5mm stereo panel mt jacks latly which jaycar seem to be all out of :(

07-11-2003, 06:54 PM
Sorry for the long delay in reply, was called away by work unexpectantly.

Thanks for all the replies, I have bookmarked them all and when time permits I will check them out further.

BILLY T - At first I wanted to keep the equipment 'as origional', but will now use substitution of components. Damn, when I get time that is :-), why can't we have the option of having selected days 35 hours long and a 64 hour weekend to compensate, of course?

Poppa John
08-11-2003, 08:01 PM
Curly... Variable days, nights & weekends ARE possible. Just stop with the WORK thingy & RETIRE. Voila!!! Infinitely variable time. The drawback, of course, is lack of big bickys. PJ :D :D

09-11-2003, 07:19 AM
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