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  1. circle_k

    circle_k Guest


    i recently purchased a soldering station (weller wlc100) and a
    breadboard (protoboard by global specialties) in hopes of learning
    more about circuitry and electronics in general. My question is, what
    textbook do you recommend for learning the basics, but also showing
    you how to wire components to a breadboard, solder correctly, etc. I'm
    looking for something that is fairly simple to understand, but also
    covers a good deal of theory and applications (this might be an
    "intermediate" textbook). Anyway, thanks in advance.

  2. Some initial recommendations, not knowing you at all:

    (1) Find people around you who have similar interests. It might be a robotics
    club, or an electronics class at a local community college, or it might be a
    radio club. But one of the better ways to get going is to surround yourself
    with others who are able to answer you or show you. Especially, show you. I
    played at soldering on my own, but it wasn't until I learned soldering by
    getting a job soldering at Tektronix, where they were willing to teach their
    prospective (low paid) workers, that I really learned the details much better.
    They could show me. And that was important.

    (2) Find out what your own personal motivation is. Find your "center." If
    this is just about "making some money" and there isn't some personal, driving
    interest, then it's likely you won't stay the course long enough to get really
    good at it. But if you have an interest area, use that interest to drive your
    learning. If it's radio, build some radios. (One of my first projects was to
    build a crystal radio "from scratch", getting a galena crystal from a rock hound
    show and some lead to melt as a base for it, making the coil from a toilet paper
    tube and some magnet wire I bought, making a capacitor from aluminum foil and
    window glass, and making the earphone itself from some punched circles of metal
    for the diaphragms, a cylindrical permanent magnet, magnet wire, etc. It worked
    well enough to get the three or four major AM stations!) If it's rocketry,
    consider making a launching pad. If it's just general electronics, you can pick
    most any small project -- perhaps out of one of those project books at Radio

    You haven't really said what you have actually done or liked, so it's really
    hard to judge much. You might try looking for Heathkit training manuals or else
    look around for some of the military teaching books -- the ones I particularly
    liked were those from the 1940's, except for the fact that I got an earful about
    vacuum tubes and VR-150 voltage regulators and selenium rectifiers. But they
    did cover a lot of the basics, with drawings and all.

    And have you actually gone to Radio Shack and looked into one of the kits or
    books they carry? If so, what did you dislike and what did you like about what
    you saw? Have you tried any of them?

  3. Cyclonus

    Cyclonus Guest

    The later chapters in this book may be of interest to you.

    Principles of Electronics
  4. Jupitersally

    Jupitersally Guest

    "The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz & Hill is a comprehensive book
    covering nearly all aspects of electronics. It does have a chapter on
    circuit construction techniques.
    However, in my opinion, soldering is an art; that is best learned from
    someone else, rather than a book.

    Aditya Sane
  5. BobGardner

    BobGardner Guest

    How about the Forrest Mims basic electronics books from Radio Shack? All the
    professional engineers I know have those on their shelf along with Horowitz
    "Art of Electronics"
  6. Tim Auton

    Tim Auton Guest

    Go on Win, beat him up.

  7. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    Costello and Abbott
    Allen and Burns
    Lewis and Martin
    Garfunkel and Simon

    Horowitz and Hill.
  8. The book I am hoping to write during the next 10 years! :) :)

    In the meantime, the ARRL Handbook for Radio Communicators is full of good
    basic techniques (soldering, etc.) as well as theory.

    If you read The Art of Electronics, which I think is a great book, you
    should also get the student manual by Hayes. It tells you what to actually
    do in the lab (how to use a breadboard, a power supply, etc.).
  9. It also expands upon, in important ways, what the textbook discusses. There is
    material there that really should be (I think) in the textbook.

  10. Hamm.. well, I have neither, and I can honestly say that I have never
    read either.

    Kevin Aylward
    SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
    Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
    Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
  11. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    It shows...

    Just kidding, Kevin; I couldn't resist!
  12. Joe

    Joe Guest

    On my bookshelf ...

    The Art of Electronics ... and the student manual
    Electronic Communications - Robert Shrader

    for history ....

    Loran - MIT Radiation Lab series ... 1948
    Radar - another from the 40's, but not the MIT Radiation Lab Series

    On the computer ...

    The NEETS [Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series]
    TINA simulation
    I have had Electronics Workbench
    A ton of Application notes from the net .

    The Art of Electronics has been listed as a favorite when I started reading
    these newsgroups a few years back.
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