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What are the "Best" Components for Your Project?
A common theme in many of the emails I receive is a call for help in identifying the best components - from resistors to microprocessors - for experimenting with electronics.

PIC Trainer
Build Your Own PIC Trainer from Surplus

Assemble a versatile PIC trainer using only surplus parts. Belying its humble origin, this really is an open-ended and high quality learning tool. Thanks to the breadboard-like nature of the trainer, it's a snap to go from a theoretical concept to a working project in a matter of minutes.

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Sphero - This Is The Droid You_re Looking For
BB-8 app-enabled Droid
This is the Droid™ you're looking for.
Meet BB-8™ - the app-enabled Droid™ whose movements and personality are as authentic as they are advanced. Watch your Droid explore autonomously and show a range of expressions, guide BB-8 yourself, give voice commands, or create and view holographic recordings. BB-8 is more than a toy - it's your companion.
Op-Amp Cookbook
Op-Amp Cookbook - Part 4
Op-Amp Basics: Instrumentation and Test Gear Circuits

Practical op-amp instrumentation and test-gear circuits in the final episode of this four-part series on op-amp principles and applications.

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Smiley's Workshop 25
AVR Memory - Part 3

There is a special type of EEPROM named Flash that is used by the AVR for storing program memory. Learn how to store constant data (like sentences) in Flash and how to write code that will read from Flash.


Recording a message on a wire spool and mailing it off to family and friends became a growing fad called "wirespondence." The magnetic wire recorder, ancestor to the tape recorder, had undergone great development during World War II. By the late 1940s, wire recorders were available in consumer equipment.

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How To Diagnose And Fix Anything Electronic 
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
How To Diagnose And Fix Everything Electronic - 2nd Edition
A Fully Revised Guide to Electronics Troubleshooting and Repair
Yep, you read it right - Fully revised 2nd edition! Just when you thought there was nothing more to learn about fixing electronic stuff, this new 2nd edition comes out of nowhere. Another "must have" for the well stocked electronics library!

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  • Choose the proper tools and set up your workbench
  • Ensure personal safety and use proper eye and ear protection
  • Understand how electrical components work and why they fail
  • Perform preliminary diagnoses based on symptoms
  • Use test equipment, including digital multimeters, ESR meters, frequency counters, and oscilloscopes
  • Interpret block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble products and identify sections
  • Analyze circuits, locate faults, and replace dead parts
  • Re-establish connections and reassemble devices
It's Holiday Time Again!

And that means it's time to participate in the time honored tradition of giving gifts. So, to help get everyone in the mood, we're dusting off our traditional two for one subscription special. That's the one where you give Nuts & Volts OR SERVO as a gift to a deserving friend or loved one, and we give you the same gift in return. Either a new subscription or a renewal of your existing one. Just click the link below to select which magazine, and you're holiday shopping is done! (Yeah right)

For The Electronics Hobbyist
2 for 1 Nuts & Volts
For The Robotics Hobbyist
2 for 1 SERVO
Fine Print (Always read the fine print)
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