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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Nikolas Britton, May 10, 2005.

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  1. Hypothetically, If you where only allowed to read and have 3 books
    about electronics what would they be? This is pretty broad, so let's
    try and keep the focus on intermediate level, or above, books with an
    emphasis on analog electronics. Books on troubleshooting would be nice

    Thank You.
  2. Guest

    Why just 3 books?... go to your local public library and look over a
    wide selection of books on the subject. "Electronics" is such a broad
    subject that there will be numerous subcatagories to chose from. Find
    books that fit your area of interest and check them out.... there will
    be many more than three books. As your experience and knowledge level
    increases you will then be checking out more in-depth and specific
  3. Yes but the question comes back around to what books do I check out, no
    pun intended.

    Already on my list is the AoE but what other books can you guys
    recommend? what about this book: Troubleshooting Analog Circuits (The
    Edn Sries for Design Engineers) or this: How to Test Almost Anything
    Electronic by Delton T. Horn. or the other 5000 books on

    What books are good for someone that has a firm grasp on basic
    electronics and electricity and wants to go to the next step and
    beyond, say for example a CE or EE degree?
  4. ARRL Handbook would be one for good general coverage...
    The other two would depend on your specific interests.
  5. NSM

    NSM Guest

    School assignment?

    Scroggie's Foundations of Wireless and Electronics
    Scroggie's Radio Laboratory Handbook
    F. Langford-Smith's Radio Design Handbook

  6. Thanks but which ARRL handbook are we talking about, they have many?
    Also, does this book cover only RF stuff or is it more of a general
    book about electronics?

    When I say troubleshooting I mean repair shop type not troubleshooting
    ciruct designs. For example, I have a Tek 2213 oscilloscope. I know
    what all the buttons and switches do but I really don't know how to use
    it in a practical way.
  7. Mark Zenier

    Mark Zenier Guest

    Wow, it's been a long time since you'be been in a library. Back about
    20 years ago, they started to treat books like inventory, if they
    didn't circulate, they got shipped off to the yearly fundraising
    sale to bring in the lordly sum of $.50 each.

    If I go to my local branch libraries, they probably have about five
    books on electronics at each one. Usually a donated copy of the ARRL
    Handbook and a ten year old book on VCR repair. And if you're lucky,
    The Art of Electronics and/or one of those big handbooks, like Reference
    Data for Radio Engineers, in the Reference section. (Down from thirty
    or forty books each when I was a kid, when they had all sorts of build
    your own ham gear, TV repair books, and even a PDP-8 system manual).

    But, hey, all the self help books you can eat, and even Object Oriented
    Programming in Perl.

    Mark Zenier Washington State resident
  8. None of those books you listed seem to be to popular NSM. The first
    book had 185 hits on google, the next one had 9 and the last one had 5.
    Thank you for replying though.
  9. NSM

    NSM Guest

    They're classics. Scroggie is English, Langford Smith Australian. They're
    way better than the TAB crap that's out there. Search on Amazon.
  10. Guest

    Nikolas Britton:
    The great thing about checking the books out from a library is that if
    you don't feel they are what you want you can "try" other books without
    having to purchase them. Then when you do find what kind of book you
    really do want you can make a much more informed purchase decision that
    is specific to your needs.....
    So....., frankly, since you apparently are not readily accepting the
    opinions of others in their reply postings to you ... you really
    should be doing a little legwork and researching this personally by
    getting yourself down to your library and looking over the different
  11. I agree with you Electricitym... I'm doing the leg work right now...
    when I get to the library I'll have already made my "short list" of
    books to look at, based on the recommendations of others who play and
    work in electronics.
  12. NSM, I didn't find a whole lot of info about Scroggie's book on, It's out of print, no reviews, and is not for sale but I
    did find a book that list's Scroggie's book as a citation and that book
    looked really good based on the "inside the book" computer scans.

    The name of the book is "A Practical Introduction to Electronic
    Circuits" by Martin Hartley Jones

    Can anyone on this list recommend the book?
  13. Guest

    "The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications". There is a new one every
    year; the 2005 edition is ISBN 0-87259-928-0 . I think some older
    editions were titled "The ARRL Handbook for the Radio Amateur".
    It emphasizes RF stuff, but it also has good coverage of basic

    Matt Roberds
  14. NSM

    NSM Guest

    IIRC his books are quite good. The other books date back to the 1930's and
    have been reprinted and re-edited many, many times since then. That should
    tell you something. They're worth trying to borrow from your library.
  15. I found a copy of scroggie's book at a library about 60 miles away
    through the online catalogs, maybe they can do an interlibrary transfer
    or what ever it's called.

    So far none of the books listed here, even AoE, are available at the
    local libraries in town. I live in a podunk town of about 25,000
    people, most of them are farmers, unskilled workers, or old people.
  16. NSM

    NSM Guest

    That's tough. Yes, look for those wherever you can. Also I have found
    "Electronic Measurements" - Terman and Petit, sometimes useful and own some
    of their books. Try Lindsay Books for reprints of old books - could be a fun
    way to learn. The Radio Experimenter series could be useful.
  17. First one on my list would be _Getting Started in Electronics_ by Forrest
    Mims III. Radio Shack carried it, perhaps they still do. It's full-size
    paperback. Not expensive, crammed full of practical knowledge. This is the
    book that got me started in electronics and I cannot recommend it highly

    Chances are you'll find some electronics books published by TAB at your
    library. I recommend staying away from these. On the whole, they're not
    bad, but they are almost always riddled with so many errors that you
    literally cannot depend on what they say. They also really cut corners when
    it comes to illustrations, making schematic diagrams so damned confusing
    that they're utterly worthless.

    Look for back issues of electronics hobby magazines and ham radio mags. You
    can often find these by the boxful at hamfests.
  18. cnctut

    cnctut Guest


    Give "Practical Electronics for Inventors" by Paul Scherz a
    try--McGraw-Hill publisher-ISBN0-07-058078-2. Corny title buy a pretty
    good book-- $40 US.

    Covers simple to complex circuit design and function--includes
    evaluation techiques for AC and DC circuits--gives detailed discussion
    of semiconductors, optoelectronics, IC's, Op Amps, filters,
    oscillators, timers, voltage regulators, power supplies, audio and
    digital electronics, motors (DC, RC, steppers)--requires some algebra
    and simple calculus--should be required study for any university EE
    degree program.

    Good luck

  19. I have this book and I love it. I first bought a copy of the book
    around 1994 but some how it got lost along the way. Last year I was in
    the local radio shack looking for some electronics part and saw the
    book on the shelf, the only copy they had, and bought it on the spot.
    You can find a review of the book here: and
    you can buy it from here:

    The fondest thing I remember from when I first bought the book was
    using the voltage doublers and quad circuits in the back of the book. I
    would hook up the circuits with say a 25vac transformer off of the
    mains and then string a lot of large MFD caps in parallel. Then I would
    connect a wire to a nail and the other wire to a metal plate, makes for
    a nice arc welding intro. :)

    Does Forrest have any other good books that cover general electronics?
    Thanks for the info about the TAB books
  20. Thanks for the recommendation, I will check it out...

    Right now I'm trying to stay away from the math and theory emphasized
    books. I have a few of those textbooks on my bookshelf that where given
    to me a long time ago. I have never read them because they jabber on
    about this and that math equation or theorem and don't tell or show me
    in a practical way why I need to know it.

    I'm looking for books that are "readable", practical, and relatively
    light on math.
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