Nov

29

 Hi all,

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving… I was just wondering if there are any electronics aficionados on the list.

I've been working with an amazing little gadet called the Arduino which can be programmed to control a wide variety of devices, and have also been soldering some kits together like this one.

I am still very new to this stuff though, and was wondering if any readers had advice for a beginner including potential recommendations on books or websites for learning more.

Thanks, Dylan


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  1. Roy Depape on November 29, 2010 7:32 pm

    Looks interesting… what is it and what does it do?

  2. Adam Nelson on November 30, 2010 2:50 pm

    Lego Mindstorms are another excellent beginning tool that integrate nicely with all sorts of lego pieces.

    A lot of electronics work is done in software today, so you might enjoy testing designs with something like SPICE, or want to fiddle with a FPGA like Xilinx Spartan or Altera's similar offering.

    AllElectronics is my favorite source for parts, but make sure you order enough to make up for the shipping costs.

  3. Kelvin Meeks on December 1, 2010 1:06 am
  4. Philip Boehme on December 1, 2010 4:34 am

    Suggest you become a FCC licensed ham radio operator. It will take ~20 hours of study and you no longer have to learn Morse code. You will then be able to build radios from scratch - they can be quite simple - and transmit and receive around the world. It feels like magic. Kits are available. Info at www.arrl.org , study books at Radio Shack and Fry’s authored by Gordon West.

    Kits for about everything are available from Heathkit.

    Phil
    KJ6AIG

  5. Bill on December 1, 2010 8:28 am

    I’ve been a Amateur Radio operator ( WA1ANB)since 1962. I’ve worked with in some form of electronics all my life. Ham Radio is a good place to start and grow from.
    73, Bill

    http://www.arrl.org/home

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