Welcome !

My name is Harm (45), and I live in the Netherlands,
together with my girlfriend and our cat Siep.


Technology and problem solving is embedded in my DNA.
Playing with the dad's Philips EE series electronics set and soldering my first circuits at the age of 8,
I've been involved in technology ever since.
With 37 years of experience in electronics, of which roughly 25 years of professional experience,
I apply an out of the box no nonsense approach, and always try to solve complex problems with the most simple solutions.

With this website I want to show you what I do with my spare time.
But most of all, I want to inspire you to start creating,
because almost anything is possible if you use your imagination.

 

  •   Read more about me, the present and the past
  •   View some of my projects in the project gallery
  •   Go to the contact page to keep in touch

 

 

 

When I was just a little boy, many many moons ago, I got possessed with the voodoo hocus pocus of electricity.
My dad had a Philips EE2010 electronics set, and together we built the projects in the book.
I think I soldered my first circuit when I was about 8 years old.
So the most obvious choice was to start studying electronics, but that turned out a bit different than expected.

My parents always supported me with my hobbies, and let me spent all the time in the world to on them.
In hindsight I maybe should have spent more time studying, but I never liked school.
For me learning from books is very difficult.
So when I was about 20 years old, I decided to quit school and to find a job.

After working as an assistant systems administrator at an art school for several months, I got the opportunity to start working for a laptop manufacturer, repairing the laptop motherboards at a component level. Here I developed my electronic skills even more, troubleshooting complex circuits and soldering tiny little SMD components. Within the first year I was the main guy to go to with the more difficult failures. This even lead to becoming a junior product engineer for this same company a few years later.
I've had many different jobs over the years, from testing and troubleshooting x-ray machines to repairing industrial electronics.
And with every job learning and developing myself to become better.

But I think I've learned to most at home. The most exiting thing I've learned was the use of PIC microcontrollers.
Already having experience programming, it was not difficult to learn the PIC Basic language.
But the possibilities of simply cramming some lines of code into a single chip opened up a whole new world for me.
Now I could make even more complex projects, expanding my interest in robotics.

But not only electronics hold my interest.
All forms of technology fascinate me, both modern and ancient.
And I try to learn as many different techniques as possible, because ones you know a certain technique, it can often be used for something else as well.

Want to see more?
Scroll down to my projects gallery...

 

 

  Red background : Work in Progress
  Green background : Finished project
  Blue border : Video available on YouTube

 

 

Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about one of my projects, or if you need help with one of yours.

I will NOT however provide a complete solution for free.
Other than that, I'm always willing to help out, and give you a nudge in the right direction.

I'll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible...

Email:
Website: https://www.hvandeven.com
Linkedin: harm-van-de-ven-a530a0136
YouTube: skalturatilburg
GitHub: hvandeven