Monthly Archives: January 2010

“Shakin’ All Over” With Steve’s Phono Pre Amp

A new project from Steve of VacuumTubeArt... Steve says... I just built this phono pre amplifier for my own personal stereo to go with the big purple power amp.  This is hardest amplifier to make correctly.  The phono pre amp is the green unit.  The lower chassis is the power supply and the upper unit with the volume control knob is the actual phono pre amp with the RIAA correction built into it. They are built on separate chassis to keep unwanted noise from the power supply Read more [...]

How to Donate to the Earthquake Victims in Haiti

West Florida Components has compiled a list of ways to contribute to the relief efforts being organized due to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Through the travel industry: AIRLINES: American Airlines: Through 2/26/10, when you donate a minimum of $50, you’ll earn 250 bonus miles (or get 500 bonus miles for your $100 donation). Delta: Use their Skywish Charities page to donate your miles to the American Red Cross. The miles will be used for their transportation requirements. United: Read more [...]

Electronic Components Logos – Resources to Identify Manufacturers Logos

We get lots of strange electronic components and parts in here. Some are easy to identify; others not so much. It takes us lot of research time to identify unmarked electronic components and even more time to unearth the datasheet for them. Sometimes, they stay a mystery forever. Whenever possible we try to identify the manufacturer first to give us a lead on the electronic part. Over the years, we've discovered a treasure trove of information about the various manufacturers of semiconductor devices. Read more [...]

West Florida Components is Social!

Are you doing the whole Facebook thing? How about Twitter? Well, we are....and we're also on StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious and a whole bunch more. Why should you care? Because we give away a lot of discounts to our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers! And our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers are the first to know about newly discounted electronic components, parts and supplies. We never overload our customers with too much communication but we like to keep in touch. The social media sites Read more [...]

Deal Alert! 50W Solar Panels Prices Slashed!

Don't you wish you could save some money heating your house? Here's a super deal you won't want to pass up. If you've been waiting to start building a solar energy system, you're in luck. We are offering our 50W Mono-Crystalline Solar Panels at a outrageously low price of $299.99. We only have 6 4 left, so don't delay! We expect the 50W solar panels to sell out quickly at this price. We're trying to get more, but we can not be sure we will be able to. Multiple 50W Solar panels can be connected Read more [...]

Hamfest Calendar for January 2010

January is a great month to attend a hamfest - and hamfests are a great way to find some deals on electronic parts and supplies. We have listed below some of the hamfests taking place around the country during the month of January, 2010. Of course, this list is subject to change so check with the contact person that is listed to be sure the one you're thinking about attending is still on as sometimes the hamfests do get canceled last minute. If you do attend, please let us know which one you Read more [...]

LED Basics: How to tell which lead is positive or negative

Here are more questions we get asked a lot: What is the positive (or negative) lead on an LED? How do you determine the polarity of an LED? If you are talking about through hole LEDS, in most cases it's pretty easy to determine the polarity. If the LED has two leads, one longer than the other,the longer lead is the postive (also known as the anode) lead. If the LED has two leads with leads that are equal in length, you can look at the metal plate inside the LED. The smaller plate indicates Read more [...]