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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by AINTME, Sep 13, 2007.

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    AINTME Guest

    I used to collect Popular Electronics which is no longer published.

    What magazines are available now? Which ones would you recommend?

  2. Circuit Cellar is fantastic for embedded stuff:
    The online PDF version is very good value for money.

    If you are into hobby level stuff then there is Silicon Chip from

  3. It's more like "what electronic magazines exist today?"

    SOmeone mentioned Circuit Cellar, but it's a far cry from Popular
    Electronics. It's more focused on microprocessors and I've never
    found it interesting enough to want to buy many issues. It just
    seems less "hobby" than what I'd want.

    The other US magazine that still exists is Nuts & Volts.

    And there's now a quarterly from O'Reilly (that publishes all
    kinds of computer books) called "Make" that is sort of a hobby
    electronic magazine, but it seems more than just electronics.

    With so few, you should just go to a newsstand, maybe at this
    point you may have to hunt for them, and look them over or buy
    a copy of each. You won't lose much by buying a sample copy, and
    really, I suspect "good" is a reflection of what you yourself
    is looking for.

    When I was a kid, I bought all the magazines, at least initially,
    though that's when they were fifty cents an issue. I barely buy
    any magazines these days, the cost has gone so far up and the content
    you get is limited.

    After that, you have to look overseas for electronic magazines.
    Elektor, Practical Everyday Electronics I no longer know what else.
    I've not seen a copy of the magazine that used to be Wireless World (I
    can never remember the exact title it changed itself to) in a long time.
    I'm assuming they still publish, but just aren't carried here.

  4. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Are you familiar with Elektor ?

  5. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Make up a company name and subscribe to the professional mags: EDN,
    Electronics Design, Microwaves&RF, Electronic Products, Microwave
    Journal. All free.

  6. Guest

  7. Guest

    Wow... thanks! I just subscribed. (I actually do have a side

    I happened to be in the bookstore last night, getting some space/
    planet books for the kids, when I thought, maybe I'll look for Circuit
    Cellar... this particular Borders Bookstore doesn't carry CC, but has
    Make. Was looking through it, I couldn't find anything that justified
    the $14.99 price tag (potato and pumpkin missile launchers don't cut
    it, sorry). There was a nifty little diy EKG project, but the article
    mentioned the ADC it needs costs about $50... never mind...

  8. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    They'll make you renew annually, by email, which takes about a minute,
    but otherwise free forever.

    There are lots more, hundreds maybe, but these are the main
    electronics ones. There are some software-oriented mags too, RTC and
    Embedded Systems and such.

    EE Times is great, but more biz than technology. I don't recall if
    that's free, too.


    AINTME Guest

    Thank you guys for all the suggestions. Just as I imagined, there are few
    "hobby electronics" magazines available as such (the kind with projects,
    etc) but as I get reacquainted with electronics I am discovering programs
    such as Mutltisim and some PCB design tools (anybody recommend any?) that
    I never got to use way back when. There'll be plenty to keep me occupied.
  10. Correct, Circuit Cellar is more of a professional level journal
    targeting embedded designers. it's not really a hobby mag.

  11. I used to love reading Electronics Design until they stopped giving
    free subs outside the US.

    Pease's Porridge is available online though :)

  12. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Multisim is crap. Use LT Spice, which is better and free.

  13. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    ED isn't very good lately, and their byline "The Authority on Emerging
    Technologies for Design Solutions" is pompous and absurd.

    Pease hasn't done anything original in years.

    There's a Brit site that's good:

  14. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Hmmm, I've been looking for something a step up from CC because my
    "hobby" has gotten to that point.

    Maybe it depends on what aspect of electronics one chooses to focus
    on. CC does tend to be heavy on the digital, and light on the analog,
    but if digital is your hobby, CC isn't that high level.
  15. Si Ballenger

    Si Ballenger Guest

    Nuts&volts is still available. Now days, the availability of
    thousands of circuits and schematics on line makes magazines
    somewhat dated.
  16. Huh? Finding circuits and information is not nearly the
    same thing as waiting for the new issue of a magazine to arrive.
    And since the magazines had to try to address a large readership,
    the contents varied. I never would have stuck with the magazines
    when I found them at age 11 if all the contents had been technical.
    I could read the letter column, I could read the amateur radio
    column, even read the reviews, and that gave reason to keep
    reading while I grasped the schematics and the technical stuff.
    There were also lots of things I wasn't interested in but learned
    about anyway because they were clustered with the things I
    was interested in, and other things I actually got interested in
    because I read about them.

    Give up the magazine format, and it's way too easy to narrowcast.
    Sure, likely people can find a website that has "1001 wireless
    microphones" and another that has "101 single transistor sirens"
    but that implies that information is all that counts.

    I'm starving for magazines. I miss going to the newsstand to
    see if the latest issue is out. I miss sitting down with it
    to read it cover to cover, maybe even setting it aside to spread
    it out or to read it when I can curl up with it. I miss rereading

    But the magazines aren't what they used to. Maybe it's because
    it's 36 years since I first noticed there were hobby electronic
    magazines, and so it has all gone stale. I suspect it's more
    that the price has risen so much, and I won't get that much
    reading time out of it.

  17. AINTME

    AINTME Guest

    I will give that a try. Thanks.
  18. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Multisim is intuitive and easy to use. LT Spice isn't.

  19. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

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