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Electronics for dummies - McComb G.

McComb G., Boes E. Electronics for dummies - Wiley publishing, 2005. - 433 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-7660-7
Download (direct link): electronicsfordummies2005.pdf
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Graham Knott’s Web Site ( g_knott/index1.htm): Enjoy exploring this site that Graham Knott, an electronics teacher at the University of Cambridge in England, has organized to make finding information on both beginning and intermediate electronics topics simple.
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^ Kelsey Park School Electronics Club ( This site has a lot of good advice for newcomers to electronics projects, including a tutorial on how to read a circuit diagram, explanations of components, and a list of circuit symbols.
^ The North Carolina State University Electronics Tutorial ( Contains good explanations of various electronics topics. Many of the illustrations are animated, which makes understanding the concepts easier for you.
^ Online Guide for Beginners in Electronics (library.thinkquest. org/16497/home/index.html): Read brief introductions to several electronics topics here.
^ Williamson Labs Electronics Tutorial (
home.htm): This site has some explanations of basic electronics concepts accompanied by good illustrations that you may have fun looking through.
Trolling for Printed Circuit Board Chemicals and Supplies
If you’re into making your own printed circuit boards (see Chapter 12 for details), check out these Web sites for tools, chemicals, and supplies. Most of the sites in this section sell pretty much the same types of supplies, so we just list the Web pages without further description:
Circuit Specialists: D&L Products: Ocean State Electronics: Minute Man Electronics: Philmore-Datak: Press-n-Peel (transfer film): Pulsar (DynaArt transfer film):
In addition to these sources, many general electronics resellers offer a limited selection of PCB-making supplies, as well.
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Getting Things Surplus
Looking for some good deals? Try buying surplus. Because surplus merchandise comes and goes, you have to be on your toes to catch the good stuff — but if you’re lucky, you can find great bargains. Try these online surplus electronics dealers:
^ Action Electronics ( This site sells both prime (brand new, direct from the manufacturer) and surplus items.
^ Alltronics( The inventory at this site is so huge that it may take you hours to get through it all. They have everything, from used motors to teeny-tiny electronics parts.
^ American Science & Surplus( A trusted and reliable reseller of everything surplus. They stock some small electronics parts, but go to these guys for the motors, switches, and larger stuff.
^ C&H Sales Company ( A terrific source for older electronics parts, the kind you see in a 1950s sci-fi flick. They sell a ton of things, and if you live near their store in Pasadena, California, you can drop by and see everything in person.
^ Fair Radio Sales ( This supplier has been around for about 50 years. They specialize in ham radio and military surplus, but they also have plenty of smaller bits and pieces to help you fill out your junk box.
^ Gateway Electronics ( This site sells some kits and parts over the Internet. They also have a couple of stores — one in California and one in Missouri.
^ Marlin P Jones & Associates ( This site sells new and surplus electronics, test tools, and other goodies.
^ Skycraft Parts & Surplus ( You can find a warehouse full of electronics and mechanical surplus, plus kits, test tools, and more, at this site.
In addition to these sources, be sure to also check out our top-ten list of online electronics outlets in Chapter 17.
Surfing for Circuits
Hungry for even more circuits to build? They’re just a mouse click away! Thanks to the magic of the Internet you can find hundreds — no, make that
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thousands — of electronic circuits, from basic light and sound demonstrators to advanced projects for your car or boat. Here, then, are a few of the best:
^ Bowden’s Hobby Circuits ( Bill_Bowden/): This personal site from hobbyist Bill Bowden emphasizes the why, not just the how. Here you find both circuit descriptions and alternative design suggestions.
^ Discover Circuits ( This member-supported site boasts over 8,000 schematics. Click on the List of Electronic Schematic Categories link to get to the several hundred categories.
^ Electronics Online ( This ad-supported search engine for electronics projects and circuits offers hundreds of links that lead you to thousands of schematics in dozens of categories.
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