What's the next evolution in hobby electronics?
Just by reading the comments that the Nuts & Volts community share, it's easy to see the wealth of knowledge that has accrued over lifetimes of experience. In fact, many have grown up tinkering with tubes, building radios, and remember a time before computers, cell phones, and even PCBs. Many have helped engineer some of the great technology achievements of the last century, such as landing on the moon.

The hobby may have changed as electronics has evolved, but experimentation and knowledge has always been at the core. There's no doubt that evolution will continue and the hobby will continue to change.

Where did you get your start and what do you see as the next evolutionary step?

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The Magic of the Gilbert Erector Set

Erector sets helped to spark lifetime passions for building things. Take a trip down memory lane and follow the construction of a classic 1950's Gilbert Erector set Ferris wheel with some new bells and whistles added from today's technology.

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Replacing the 555 with a PIC

Inspired by Forrest Mims and his Mini-Notebook series, we'll detail the emulation of a 555 or 556 using a PIC in several different circuits. The particular implementation this time covers both monostable and astable modes, and the PIC does not have to be reprogrammed in any way.

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A Totally Retro Mode Makes a Comeback

Since the inception of ham radio until the early 2000s, the licensing of an individual to become a ham radio operator required an examination in sending and receiving international Morse code, CW, or "continuous wave." Once this requirement was removed from the Technician license exam, it seemed that CW might become obsolete. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. Morse code continues to be a popular means of communication - especially during natural or man-made disasters.
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To Solder or Not

As a young radio enthusiast, I was taught that, when it comes to high-current DC or any RF connection, use solder, regardless of the connector design. I was told in certain terms that crimp-on connectors were at best short-sighted time savers. The purported benefits of a soldered connection over simply twisting two conductors together - or even professional crimping - include longevity and increased reliability.
Do you know how to convert the input tap markings from wattage to impedance values for the purpose of substituting other transformers?
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