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What's the new crystal radio?
It seems (based on your stories) that a huge number of electronics hobbyists got hooked when they built their first crystal radio set at a young age. Fascination with this seemingly magical device launched many a career and even more lifelong hobbyists were born. Times have changed (or have they?) and you don't hear too much from youngsters about building crystal sets anymore, so what is it today that inspires and fascinates people to get involved in tech hobbies and careers? In other words, what's the new crystal radio?
to Jim Warakois, the winner of our last newsletter's storytelling prize. Jim will be getting an R Cube talking alarm clock kit from our stash. It turns out that we have a few more on hand, so we'll throw in another one (winner to be picked at random) from those who weigh in on this week's question.  
PICAXE Primer (our bad)
It seems that some wires got crossed (electronics pun intended) and Part 2 of the two part PICAXE Primer was printed in the April issue of Nuts & Volts before Part 1. So, we've posted Part 1 on our website for those who are following along with the BBQ Smoker project. You can find Part 2 in the April print edition of N&V.
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Crosley Radio Corporation_s 1936 _WLW Model  Super-Power Radio Receiver_
The Colossus of Radio

In 1935, the Zenith Radio Corporation produced a stunning radio receiver called the Stratosphere model 1000Z. This achievement impressed Powel Crosley, Jr. - the President of the Crosley Radio Corporation - who praised it as a fine example of quality in radio construction, and was inspired to surpass Zenith by bringing the world the largest and most powerful radio receiver yet known.

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ISaAC RaspPi
ISaAC - An Add-on Adapter for the Raspberry Pi        

Enhance your RaspPi projects and add functionality with this ultimate interface board.

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Controlling an Electric BBQ Smoker, Part 1 (PICAXE Primer)
If you've read the April print edition of Nuts & Volts, you may have noticed Part 2 of this article in PICAXE Primer.

Well, mistakes do happen. So, rather than make you wait for Part 1 in an upcoming issue, you can get it here right now!

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Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop 43
C Programming * Hardware * Projects

In our last episode, we looked at the LCD part of the LCD Navigator project. This time, we will look at the Navigator part: the five momentary pushbuttons arrayed as a cross.

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Understanding Digital Logic ICs - Part 2
Understanding Digital Logic ICs - Part 2

Modern digital electronics are dominated by two major logic IC families: the low-speed '4000-series' of CMOS ICs and the '74-series' of fast TTL and CMOS ICs. This time, we'll take a deeper look at the '74'-series of digital ICs, and at various sub-members of its TTL and CMOS families. 

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic
Book Pick Of The Week
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How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic - 2nd Edition        
A Fully Revised Guide to Electronics Troubleshooting and Repair

Repair all kinds of electrical products, from modern digital gadgets to analog antiques, with help from this updated book. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition offers expert insights, case studies, and step-by-step instruction from a lifelong electronics guru. Discover how to assemble your workbench, use the latest test equipment, zero in on and replace dead components, and handle reassembly. Instructions for specific devices, including stereos, MP3 players, digital cameras, flat-panel TVs, laptops, headsets, and mobile devices are also included in this do-it-yourself guide.

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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

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