What is your "next level" electronics skill to achieve?
Even though we all may be at different experience levels in our hobby, anywhere from just starting out to having decades of experience, there is always something new to learn.
Maybe it's micros, FPGAs, PCB design, high voltage, troubleshooting, vintage equipment restoration, or just about anything else.
What aspect of electronics would you like to learn that would get you out of your comfort zone and move you to the next level?

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Keeping Those Components Cool

Not long ago, I put together a project, housed in a plastic RadioShack box, which contained a component that could get hot enough to self-destruct in a closed box. I added a small cooling fan to the box, but the noise was excessive... Here is how I solved the problem.
Technologic Systems TS-490 WiFi and Bluetooth
A Logic Analyzer Tutorial - Part 2

Part 1 gave you an overview of logic analyzer basics. Now, let's concentrate on actually using this instrument. We'll examine some of its limitations and its numerous, powerful features that make it so useful in the lab.    
Meter Metrology       
Some of my panel meters (milliameter and voltmeter) change the zero position depending upon being held in a vertical or horizontal position. Can this be remedied, or is this the job for a meter professional? 
MakerPlot _ The DIY Software Kit

So, you've designed a microcontroller project that generates data. Have you thought about how that data is displayed, logged, debugged, or otherwise gets presented to you for display and analysis?    
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Low Cost EMI Pre-Compliance Testing Using A Spectrum Analyzer

In today's world of social media and online funding, the step from electronics hobbyist to manufacturer is not that great. Unfortunately, there's one potential hiccup in this scenario, assuming you want to do it right: the need to demonstrate compliance with FCC emission rules. Here are some ideas to help you navigate these tricky waters.              
I've heard that consistently turning on and off electronic components, such as a television or computer, will create a small amount of damage to the circuitry. Because of this, it is actually better to leave these devices on all the time. Is there any truth to this?
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Robots - The Ultimate Electronics Application!

SERVO Magazine is the universe's longest running hobbyist magazine for robotics. Being a spin-off of Nuts & Volts (the universe's longest running hobbyist magazine for electronics, still in print), SERVO is the perfect companion to NV with more of the same great content, only geared toward robotics.

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Ham and Shortwave Radio for the Electronics Hobbyist
Book Pick Of The Week
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Ham and Shortwave Radio for the Electronics Hobbyist

One of our favorite things about this book is all the great tips and factoids that come under headings like "For Nerds Only," "An Old Timer Remembers," "A Techie's Confession," "Not A Tweak Freak." Taking complicated techie subjects and putting them in everyday speak is not always an easy task. This book does it well and is a must have for anyone getting started in electronics or Ham Radio.  

  • Radio waves and how they travel
  • Shortwave and allwave listening
  • Communications modes for ham radio operators, including using the Internet as a supplement
  • Ham radio licenses and assigned frequency ranges (bands) used in the United States
  • Wave-propagation characteristics and tips on the bands best suited for use at different times of the day, year, and sunspot cycle
  • Selecting and installing equipment for fixed ham radio stations
  • Setting up mobile and portable ham radio stations
  • Antennas and transmission lines for various frequencies and station types
  • How to operate your station using popular voice and digital modes
  • Schematic symbols and Q signals for ham radio operators
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