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    Holiday Special 19

    Enter Your Holiday Season Project for a Chance to Win Over $20,000 Worth of Prizes and Gifts to Give!

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    The Project with the Most Heart Wins an Oscilloscope Grand Prize Bundle! 


    Let Us Know Your Holiday Season Project Ideas in the Comments Below!



    The Grand Prize:

    3 First Place Winners:

    Gift to Keep: Tektronix Oscilloscope and Application Bundle!Gift to Give: Tool Kit Bundle + $100 Shopping Cart!Gift to Keep: Tool Kit Bundle + $100 Shopping Cart!Gift to Give: A $100 Shopping Cart!
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    Enter Your Project for a Chance to Win:  Holiday Special 19 or tag your blog post HolidaySpecial19CH


    Contest Details:


    The third annual Holiday Special 19 is an open-ended holiday project competition that challenges you to make a project that reflects what the holidays mean to you. We're asking the community members to spread mirth and merry to the world through projects that use music, LED Displays, Nixie Pixels, Strobe Lights, Fog Machines, or anything else that puts you in a celebratory mood.  Your project can also be a "From Me to You" project, a thoughtful projects that's made with others in mind.  It can inspired by gifts, food, or cards exchanged during the holidays. Or you could focus on electronic ways of sending the warmest wishes to friends and family - could be an electronic greetings card, a way to automatically email or use RF transmission to link up via video etc.  It can also be a fun project that's made in the holiday spirit such as a snow globe that will warn you of inclement weather conditions, voice-activated ornaments, jazzed up holiday cards, LED decorations - anything that means the holidays to you.  Your project can be related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus for the rest of us related!  It can even be a Star Wars project, if you only believe in the Force.


    The only thing that we ask is that your holiday project shows heart!  The project that shows the most heart wins a Tektronix Oscilloscope and Application bundle (~value of $18,500) plus a tool kit (~value of $325) to gift to another member for their project.  Three first place winners will receive a will receive a tool kit bundle (~value of $225) along with a $100 shopping cart as well as a $100 shopping cart to give to another member for their projects.  All Gift to Gives can be given to any member that submitted a project in either Holiday Special 19 or the RF (Radio Frequency) which will be happening at the same time.  Throughout the month we'll have holiday round ups of previous projects submitted during previous Holiday Special competitions!  You can use those as inspiration for submitting a Holiday project that is unique to you.  Also,  check out our Engineer and Maker's Wish List 2019 in the Members area and share your product Wishlist and find links to element14 presents product giveaways to collect more tools to help deck out your bench!


    Your project will be judged based on the following criteria:


    • Follow the Steps - Did you show the steps it took you to complete the project (text, video, or images) and did you include documentation such as schematics?
    • Submit Video Proof - Did you post video proof of you project?
    • Stick to the Theme - How well did your project stick to the theme (any holiday project) of the competition?
    • Demonstrate Originality - Was your project your original?  Did you come up with a clever name for their project?


    We know that not all of you celebrate Christmas,  so we want to make sure everyone is included with the holiday special. If there is a holiday project other than a Christmas Project that you want to celebrate feel free to enter that into the holiday contest. For instance, it could be a Hanukkah project, a Winter Solstice project, a Kwanzaa project,  or a Festivus for the rest of us project:



    Also, visit RF (Radio Frequency) where you can Win a Spectrum Analyzer for the Most Innovative RF Project!  As well as more cool products and shopping carts you can fill with more goodies:



    The Grand Prize for RF (Radio Frequency)

    3 First Place Winners for RF (Radio Frequency)

    One Grand Prize Winner Wins Spectrum Analyzer plus a $200 Shopping Cart!

    3 First Place Winners Win a Handheld Oscilloscope plus a $100 Shopping Cart!

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    Enter Your Project for a Chance to Win:  RF (Radio Frequency) or tag your blog post RFradiofrequencyCH


    Key Dates:


    Competition Opens:3rd December 2019
    Competition Closes:14th January 2020
    Winners Announcement:5th February 2020
    Gifts to Give Announced:14th February 2020


    On Valentine's Day, we'll show the world how much heart the community has with a Gifts to Give Winners Announcement! 


    Check out these holiday projects for inspiration:



    The Grand Prize


    Grand Prize: A MDO3104MDO3104 Oscilloscope from Tektronix!                                                         
    Your Gift to Keep:  Tektronix Oscilloscope
    Your Gift to Give: Tool Kit
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    Value: approx. $18,500Value: approx. (~$325) + $100 Shopping Cart

    Your Gift to Keep:  MDO3104MDO3104 Tektronix Oscilloscope & MDO3BDN Application Bundle


    MDO3104MDO3104 Tektronix Oscilloscope: Dedicated front panel controls enable easy zoom and navigation through 10 Mpoint records; 250,000 waveforms per second acquisition rate; Built-in spectrum and protocol analyzer; Built in 4-digit voltmeter with AC+DC RMS, AC RMS, and DC measurements; Built-in logic analyzer with 16 digital channels; Integrated, upgradable arbitrary / function generator; Serial and parallel bus triggering and analysis; FastAcq™ high-speed waveform capture rate finds elusive signal anomalies quickly; Wave Inspector® Controls provide easy navigation and automated search of waveform data; 33 automated measurements and waveform histograms for simplified waveform analysis; Small footprint and lightweight – Only 5.8 in. (147 mm) deep and 9.2 lb. (4.2 kg); Front and rear USB host ports enable easy transfer of screen shots, settings, and waveform data; A video port on the instrument allows the display to be exported to an external monitor or projector; The standard 10/100 Ethernet port on the rear of the instrument enables easy connection to networks


    Application Bundle


    The MDO3BNDMDO3BND is an oscilloscope application module that enables all of the functionality of the MDO3AEROMDO3AERO, MDO3AUDIOMDO3AUDIO, MDO3AUTOMDO3AUTO, MDO3COMPMDO3COMP, MDO3EMBDMDO3EMBD, MDO3FLEXMDO3FLEX, MDO3LMTMDO3LMT, MDO3PWRMDO3PWR and MDO3USBMDO3USB application modules in a single module. Save money when multiple serial bus debug and analysis application modules are required and easily move the entire set of functionality from one instrument to another.

    Your Gift to Keep: Gift a Tool Kit to a Member for Any Project Submitted in:


    Your Gift to Give Includes: Soldering IronSoldering Iron, Soldering Fume ExtractorSoldering Fume Extractor, Handheld DMM with BluetoothHandheld DMM with Bluetooth, 12-in-1 Ratchet Screwdriver Set12-in-1 Ratchet Screwdriver Set, 5-in-1 Multi Cutter Stripper5-in-1 Multi Cutter Stripper, Heavy Duty Stripper CrimperHeavy Duty Stripper Crimper, 11-in1-multi-bit-Screwdriver11-in1-multi-bit-Screwdriver

    3 First Place Winners


    Your Gift to Keep: A Maker Tool Kit Bundle and a $100 Shopping Cart!
    Your Gift to Give: A $100 Shopping Cart!
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    Tool Kit Bundle (~$225) + $100 Shopping Cart

    Your Gift to Give: $100 Shopping Cart to any of our stores!

    3 First Place Winners Receive a $100 Shopping Cart and a Tool Kit Bundle!


    Your Tool Kit Includes: Soldering IronSoldering Iron, Soldering Fume ExtractorSoldering Fume Extractor, Handheld DMM with BluetoothHandheld DMM with Bluetooth, 12-in-1 Ratchet Screwdriver Set12-in-1 Ratchet Screwdriver Set,

    Your Gift to Keep: Gift a Tool Kit to a Member for Any Project Submitted in:


    Your Chance to Win


    Come Up With a Clever Name
    Stick to the Theme
    • A clever name can make your project memorable.
    • The right name can distinguish your project from others and help create buzz around your project.
    • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    Be Original
    Submit Video Proof
    • Providing the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images) and providing video proof should be sufficient in most cases.
    • If your project introduces something new or something that is not commercially available or affordable then that counts!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this program is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!


    Your Project Examples



    The Holiday Special
    Desktop Christmas Tree Cotton LED star with Digispark module



    The Holiday Special
    JackBox #6 : The Completed Article The Christmas Joy Spreading Machine



    Your Project, Your Ideas!


    About Project14

    Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.


    What are Monthly Themes?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit: Holiday Special 19


    and click on Submit an Entry or tag your project blog with holidayspecial19CH.


    You have until January 15th, 12:00 AM CDT to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!


    The Project with the Most Heart Wins an Oscilloscope Grand Prize Bundle! 


    Let Us Know Your Holiday Season Project Ideas in the Comments Below!