Author Archives: gary

Pizza Oven Rev 3

Back in our Chancery Lane days we made a very successful pizza oven. It became a regular feature of our monthly Open Socials. In late 2015 we moved to our fantastic new space in Blackpitts. One thing we don’t have in Blackpitts is our own dedicated outside yard. We can do things outside, but it […]

TOG February Open Social

This month’s Open Social evening takes place on Saturday 18th February at 7PM. If you’ve never been to our Social, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. Come in and look around. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors […]

Fixing the Variac……..Part 2

A few months ago we did a blog post about our variac. It was tripping the circuit breakers on our distribution board and we made some mods to the variac to reduce the inrush current. Our story generated a lot of interest and was picked up by Hackaday. We used a 2 terminal NTC inrush […]

TOG 8th Birthday Party

Well we’re at it again. Once a year we all have our birthday and TOG is no different. This month we have reached the ripe old age of 8 years. We’ll be celebrating in style on Saturday 28th January in Blackpitts. Last year we combined our January Open Social, birthday party and grand opening, into […]

Ultra Reliable Electronics?

Once upon a time, TV repair shops were everywhere. Now there are hardly any left. There are reasons for that, probably based on a mix of cost, reliability of electronics, and a throw-away culture. Even in the few TV repair shops that are left, would anyone actually take a scope, schematic and a soldering iron […]

2016 End of Year Review

Well the world has turned and another year has almost passed. What a year it has been for TOG. We started 2016 with our doors closed to the public. We had just made our big move from Chancery Lane. Blackpitts was a blank canvas for us. It was a completely open-plan space and we had […]