In The Lab With Jay Jay

Hi there! Welcome to my beginner-friendly video blog about electronics!

My name is Jay Jay, I'll be your host.

I am a computer programmer by day and a maker by night. I'm here to share my passion for electronics and technology with you. I hope you enjoy the content I create and find it helpful and interesting.

You can find my main YouTube channel here:

youtube.com/@InTheLabWithJayJay

You can support me on Patreon here:

patreon.com/JohnElliotV

Latest Video

The latest video published to the main channel is:

Mail Call: More Cheap Stuff from China! Thanks AliExpress!

Main Channel > Special Show > Mail Call

Show Notes
Show Notes
Date Published
Sunday, July 21, 2024
Video Duration
1:05:50
YouTube Channel
@InTheLabWithJayJay
YouTube Video Link
https://youtu.be/ELnBBwibbTI
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Patreon Announcement
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Table of Contents

The contents of this page are organised into the following sections:

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About the Website

In The Lab With Jay Jay is the video blog of John Elliot V.

My name is John but my friends call me Jay Jay.

On my main channel and my 2nd channel I publish videos about electronics.

The content is fairly wide ranging but in general it should be of interest to electronics hobbyists, particularly beginners.

You can find more info about this website on the about page and you can find contact details on the contact page, feel free to get in touch!

Website Conventions

On this website internal links are light blue, external links are dark blue, and affiliate links are green.

Usually external links and affiliate links will open in a new tab/window and this is indicated with a chain symbol (🔗) following the link.

As you may know if you want to open an external/affiliate link in a new tab instead of a new window you can right click the link and select "Open link in new tab" or you can usually hold down the "Ctrl" key while clicking the link.

Announcements

When I release a new video I announce it on:

If you're interested in getting notifications about new videos you can subscribe to an RSS feed.

Video Content

My videos are primarily about my misadventures in my electronics lab. I should be very clear: I am not an expert! I am a beginning electronics hobbyist and in my videos you will see me fumble around and make a lot of mistakes as I go about learning this dark art. (If you are looking for an expert check out my homies.)

Also I'm just starting to learn about video blogging so please bear with me as I figure out how to create high quality videos.

If you have any suggestions concerning how I might improve either the content or the video quality I would be very happy to hear from you! You can find my contact details on the contact page.

Taglines

My format has been evolving since I started, but these days when I start a video I say "Hi there! You're in the lab with your mate Jay Jay." and when I close a video I say "Thanks very much for watching! And please remember to hit like and subscribe! :)" I guess this is fairly straight bat and boring, but that's okay. Other things that I like to say include "It never hurts to test!" and "Let's make a cable!"

Statistics

Here are some stats about how long my videos usually play for.

The durations are given as hours:minutes:seconds.

Note: when there is more than one value for the median the longest value is given. The average is the arithmetic mean and the standard deviation is the population standard deviation.

You can get stats for all of my videos on the stats page.

Videos Published:83
Total Duration:57 hours
Minimum Duration:1:51
Maximum Duration:4:51:55
Median Duration:22:47
Average Duration:41:25
Standard Deviation:52:21

Content Structure

The various channels, shows, and features are organised roughly like this:

When I refer to "the show" or "the channel" I'm usually referring to any and all of the above. Maybe I should call it "the spectacle". :P

Sitemap

Beyond the channels, shows, and features (given above) the rest of this website is arranged roughly like this:

RSS Feeds

You can subscribe to Click here to subscribe to the full RSS feed which includes all videos. [Hotkey: R] feeds for the show which is syndicated as follows. You can subscribe to the whole lot, or just pick the content category that you're interested in.

My blog also has an RSS feed. If you subscribe to the RSS feed on my blog you will get posts about all the videos I publish across my channels, but you will also get everything else that I blog about too! This is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your inclinations. :)

Show Notes

When I publish a YouTube video to @InTheLabWithJayJay (main channel) or @ElliotsExtras (2nd channel) I also write up show notes which get published on my blog: blog.jj5.net. You will be able to find the link to the show notes in the description accompanying the YouTube video.

YouTube Channels

The show is delivered across two separate YouTube channels.

Main Channel: @InTheLabWithJayJay

The main channel is known as @InTheLabWithJayJay and is on YouTube here:

youtube.com/@InTheLabWithJayJay

The main channel is for high quality video content of interest to electronics hobbyists.

For a list of main channel content visit the main channel page. The main show and the special shows air on the main channel.

2nd Channel: @ElliotsExtras

The 2nd channel is known as @ElliotsExtras and is on YouTube here:

youtube.com/@ElliotsExtras

The 2nd channel is for longer form content which has received less editing attention. (Yes, that's right, it's the crap that wasn't good enough for the main channel.)

For a list of 2nd channel content visit the 2nd channel page. The extra content airs on the 2nd channel.

Main Show

The main show on the main channel covers miscellaneous electronics stuff.

There are two regular features on the show. These regular show features are spun off as separate standalone videos. Each time I do a main show I make one video for each of the regular features.

The regular features are:

Electronics Projects

In the electronics project videos on the main show I do some miscellaneous and interesting electronics project. The subject matter can vary widely, and might include OG Xbox examinations and repairs, microcontroller builds and programming, circuit design and construction, repairs and investigations, reverse engineering and analysis, and of course my favourite: making cables!

I'm pretty interested in old gaming consoles, particularly OG Xbox, so you can expect to see a fair bit of that.

Beyond playing with old gaming consoles I do all sorts of other electronics projects, from simple things like making cables to more complex things that involve microcontrollers and custom software.

Basically the electronics project is and will be a mixed bag. The only rule is that the content be of interest to an electronics hobbyist.

I am hoping to be very beginner friendly (I am a beginner myself!) and hopefully we can all learn more about electronics together.

Old Book Teardowns

In the old book teardown videos on the main show I introduce and teardown an old book.

To count as "old" the book needs to have been published before the year 2000.

I love reading and I love books. I have a particular interest in old books, especially old technical books. Bleeding edge technology is all well and good, but I love obsolete tech too. I think it's important to remember where we came from.

The book teardowns are a fun way for me to share my love of books with you. I hope you enjoy them!

The books I teardown are STEM related, which is pretty broad, and includes anything related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

The reason I call it a "teardown" and not a "review" is because that is a better term for what I actually do in these videos. Usually I haven't read the book before, usually I am looking at it for the first time, and what I do on the video with you is have a look at what's inside. I have a look at the front and the back and then go through the table of contents in detail. Usually I will also take a close look at some specific thing which takes my interest as I'm reading out the contents. Other times I flip through and have a quick look at each page. So these are not simply book reviews, they are book teardowns, which is a particular and specific type of examination.

I would certainly encourage you to buy your own copy of any of the books that you see me teardown, if you can still find a copy for sale anywhere!

Special Shows

In addition to the regular content on the main show I do some special shows. Special shows include:

In future I will hopefully also be doing some other collections of projects such as the Learning the Art of Electronics projects, Jaycar Short Circuits projects, and the other Jaycar Projects, so standby for those (fingers crossed!).

New Book Teardowns

The new book teardown videos are just like the old book teardowns except that they are for new books, not old ones.

The criteria for a book to be considered "new" used to be that it was published in the last ten years, but this has been changed to include anything published during or since the year 2000. So some of these "new" books aren't quite so new at all!

The new book teardowns are special shows and not a regular part of the main show because I don't have a lot of new books to teardown. I do have a lot of old books though, so I can do those all day long.

Mini Projects

In the mini project videos we will be working through the new Mini Projects published by Silicon Chip and sponsored by Jaycar.

Maxitronix Xin1 Kits

The Maxitronix Xin1 Kits are electronic project labs of various sizes. I own pretty much the full set:

John's set of Maxitronix electronic project labs.

If you're interested in these kits you can find some information about where to buy them on my Maxitronix equipment page.

I am slowly making my way through my collection, making one video for each project in each Maxitronix project lab:

For an introduction to the Maxitronix Xin1 kits see the announcement video page.

The Maxitronix Xin1 Kits are electronic project labs with projects designed to teach people about electronics. They are a great way to learn electronics and are a lot of fun. I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in electronics.

Interludes

Occasionally we have an interlude video on the main channel.

Interludes are some sort of interesting diversion from the regular content.

Mail Call

Occasionally I do a mail call video on the main channel.

Whenever a package arrives in the mail I try to record a mail call video.

Unboxings

Occasionally I do an unboxing video on the main channel.

Whenever I get new equipment I try to record an unboxing video.

Channel News

The channel news videos air occasionally on the main channel. In the channel news I can tell you about changes to the format of the show, announce new features, talk about the website, tell you about new sponsors or affiliates, and things like that.

Early Content

Some of my content is classified as an early content video. Early content was recorded back in the early days when I was just getting started, and since then the format of the show has changed. The format now includes the regular electronics project videos and the old book teardown videos, I have the silly job title, and I wear my costume. I didn't do any of that in the beginning so you won't see any of that in these old videos.

Extra Content

In addition to the main channel content I also sometimes release content on the 2nd channel. This is lower quality content which has received less editing attention.

I keep this extra content on the 2nd channel so that people who only want the best content don't need to give it their attention.

Recording and Production Quality

Following are some notes about the quality of the audiovisual content that I produce.

Video Quality

My videos are usually 4K @ 30fps, but not all of my cameras can record at that resolution.

4K is 3840 x 2160 pixels (sometimes called 2160p), and is four times the resolution of 1080p.

The framerate doesn't make much difference for the sort of content that I make, but the resolution certainly can. I will get better recording equipment as soon as I can afford it. If you want to help out on that front you could consider supporting the show. :)

Audio Quality

I use a number of microphones when I record the show and they have different performance and environmental characteristics which means you can detect (particularly through volume) when I switch between recording platforms. This is annoying and I am aware of the issue. During post production I do two pass audio normalization but this doesn't completely address the problem. Ultimately I aim to fix this problem by using RØDE Wireless GO II microphones for audio, but I can't afford those just yet. If you want to help out on that front you could consider supporting the show. Otherwise just hold tight, I will get this fixed as soon as I can.

Lab Costume

When I make main channel content I wear my costume, which includes:

This is cosplay and my costume is inspired by Egon Stetmann, the Chief Scientist from StarCraft II:

Egon Stetmann, the Chief Scientist from StarCraft II.

Of course he has more hair than I do. :)

A picture of Jay Jay wearing his costume.

Silly Job Title

On my ID badge is a silly job title which I change for each main show on the main channel.

I don't change the silly job title for special shows or for content on the 2nd channel.

The silly job title can be hard to read, so I will usually try to mention it in the video, and it should be in the show notes.

Latest Silly Job Title: Amp Alchemist. I am the Amp Alchemist!

Contact Information

You can always find my contact information on the contact page.

Sponsors

My show is very generously supported by my sponsors.

If you would like to support the show I would very much appreciate it and the best place to do so is over here:

patreon.com/JohnElliotV

Homies

I keep a list of homies who I support on Patreon and follow on YouTube. These are other people who have a video blog about electronics, all of them much more knowledgeable (and famous!) than me.

I also call the people who support me (or follow me) on Patreon my "homies" as well.

Equipment

I try to keep detailed notes about the equipment I own on my equipment page. If you see something in one of my videos that you like you can probably find more info about it on the equipment page. If there's something you're looking for in particular and you can't find, please feel free to let me know!

When I link to equipment which can be purchased on the web I try to do so with an affiliate link.

This has no cost to you but means if you purchase something from an affiliate after clicking through on one of my affiliate links I may earn a small commission from the sale of equipment. Clicking through on affiliate links is an excellent way to support the channel.

Click through to the equipment page for a list of the equipment I own and use along with links to further information and to buy.

Thank You!

Thanks very much for your interest and I hope you enjoy the show!

Where to from Here?

You made it to the bottom of the page, huh? Well done! I'm a bit of a scroller myself. :)

Where you go next depends on what you're interested in. Here are some suggestions: