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The New Electronics Experimenter
Electronics as a hobby is not going away as some have thought, it has just changed - BIG TIME!
 
What do you think of when you hear the term electronic hobbyist or experimenter? A guy in a grungy basement loaded with old discarded equipment and junk boxes, a cluttered work bench with dozens of unfinished projects and the air redolent of rosin smoke from the soldering iron?
 
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Build The RetroGame
It's easy and fun to build, even more fun to play!

So, my wife volunteered me for "Science Day" at my son's elementary school - an annual half day program where moms and dads taught mini-courses on everything from rocketry to zoology to chemistry. But what could I teach the kids?
   
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I appreciate the vintage sound of tube-type guitar amplifiers and the craftsmanship of the old RF wattmeters, with their precision machined, silver slugs. And I have a brass straight key - handmade in West Germany - on my desk. However, as a technology enthusiast, my focus is generally on the future - the next big thing in robotics, microprocessors, sensors, communications, and the like.

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ALP with piezo element

In the last episode, we did another communications project, learned to read the voltage across a potentiometer, and then revisited some Cylon Optometry. This time, we are going to develop a command interpreter, and then make some noise.

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SCR Principles And Circuits
Basic operation and practical application circuits for SCRs.
 
An SCR (Silicon Controlled Rectifier) is a controllable medium- to high-power self-latching solid-state DC power switch. This article explains its basic operation and shows some practical ways of using it.
 
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From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
 
 
Navigate the roadmaps of simple electronic circuits and complex systems with help from an experienced engineer. With all-new art and demo circuits you can build, this hands-on, illustrated guide explains how to understand and create high-precision electronics diagrams. Find out how to identify parts and connections, decipher element ratings, and apply diagram-based information in your own projects. 
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  • Schematic, block, and pictorial diagrams
  • Resistors and capacitors
  • Inductors and transformers
  • Switches, conductors, and cables
  • Diodes, transistors, and logic gates
  • Electron tubes
  • Cells and batteries
  • Voltage dividers and reducers
  • Breadboards and wire wrapping
  • Electronics troubleshooting


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