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Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Amphibianman94, May 30, 2011.

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  1. Amphibianman94

    Amphibianman94

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    Hello! I'm a high schooler just getting into electronics and I was wondering if there are some necessities I should have before starting my own projects? I bought a self-teaching book off of Amazon, and that's been helping me out tremendously in terms of the knowledge behind circuitry and such.
     
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    What have you learnt?

    What have you built?

    What are you learning?

    What do you want to build?

    You really can't do with anything less than a multimeter and a soldering iron. You'll also need a few simple tools like wire cutters, needle nose pliers, screwdrivers, etc.

    Such very basic equipment may be all you need for a while.

    You don't even need a soldering iron if all you're going to use is a solder-less breadboard -- but you still may want one if only to connect wires to things that can't fit into a breadboard.
     
  3. Amphibianman94

    Amphibianman94

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    I haven't build anything so far. My education on this is coming from All New Electronics Self-Teaching Guide by Kybett and Boysen. Bought it around 2 weeks ago and I've only had the time to soak in the first two chapters pretty well. (Chapter 1: DC Basics, Chapter 2: Intro to Diodes). I'd imagine it'll be a bit of time before I start doing hands on stuff. Thanks for taking the time to answer such a newbie question.
     
  4. Windadct

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    New - what to learn?

    Hello Amp.....:

    Actually I notice that good ole Radio Shack is carrying electronic kits again - including kits from Vellemen pretty inexpensive.

    Some are quite basic - and I would suggest to just build a few ( ah the smell of solder flux )

    Be curious - but do not get hung up on understanding everything. The questions are more important then the answers.

    They will have all of the tools you need as well - not the greatest quality - but good enough to learn with. So, basic small tools, Digital Multimeter ( DMM) - solder iron or breadboard ( breadboards do seem a little expensive, but a good investment.

    B/R
    Paul
     
  5. emilyralph

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    Well Just wanted to wish all the very best for your future ahead in electronics!!
     
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