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Offline ChrisSmolinski

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Components to have on hand ?
« on: August 19, 2013, 1601 UTC »
I thought it might be useful to have a thread about what sorts of parts are good to have on hand, as well as sources for buying them, especially at good prices?

I tend to gravitate to Mouser for most of my general purpose parts, as they have a good selection, and are quick to ship. I also use Jameco from time to time, there are certain parts that they have very good prices on.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2013, 1629 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Components to have on hand ?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2013, 1708 UTC »
You should always have enough for several complete projects on hand!
Mouser, followed by Digikey and Jameco.
Amazon if buying other stuff and I only needed 1 thing or I have some Amazon bucks to burn.  I have found one obscure part I needed on Amazon I could find nowhere else unless I bought a zillion.
pl-259.com for obscure hardware, especially antenna.
toroids.info for umm toroids.
Ebay for all out of production stuff, project boxes, and enameled wire.

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Re: Components to have on hand ?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 0245 UTC »
Great thread idea!  I wholeheartedly agree with keeping parts on hand.  With minimum orders, shipping costs, and difficulty finding some things, it just makes good sense to me.  Things I "stockpile" that I consider necessary to keep on hand:

Toroids (T50-2, T80-2, T50-6, T80-6) and some ferrite beads-CWS Bytemark, Toroid King
Caps and resistors - all common values - All, Jameco, Dan's Small Parts & Kits
Transistors - 2N3904, 2N3906, 2N2222, 2N3053, 2N3055 - Jameco, Dan's Small Parts & Kits
FETs and JFETs - 2N3819, MPF102, 2N7000, IRF510 - Jameco, Dan's Small Parts & Kits
Op Amps and Linear - TL074, LM555, LM3900, LM741, LM311 - Jameco, Mouser
Linear Audio Chips - TDA2002 (or 2003), LM386 - Mouser
Regulators - LM7812, LM7806, LM7805, LM7905, LM317, 78L05, 78L06, 78L12 - Jameco, Dan's Small Parts & Kits
MISC: T1.75 LEDs (various colors), 22 ga hookup wire, 20 ga magnet wire, many sizes of heat shrink tubing, RCA connectors, SO239s, 3.5" connectors, 2 and 3 pole terminal blocks, several sizes of potentiometers and trimmers... pant pant pant... whew!

And I'm sure I missed some stuff...

I would imagine everyone has a different list, depending on their main interests...
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