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  • guy_007_in
    Hi am a new member of this group i would like to know does anybody have notes on basic electronics i have interest in electronics and would like to develop it.
    Message 1 of 16 , Mar 1, 2002
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      Hi am a new member of this group i would like to know does anybody
      have notes on basic electronics i have interest in electronics and
      would like to develop it.
    • SexyBrian1979@aol.com
      Hi There are a number of books out there that would suit your needs perfectly, although if you are not particularly mathematically minded (like me) you d be
      Message 2 of 16 , Mar 2, 2002
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        Hi

        There are a number of books out there that would suit your needs perfectly,
        although if you are not particularly mathematically minded (like me) you'd be
        best shopping around to avoid those ones. I can recommend "Electronic
        Systems" By Brimicombe, but he does actually get very mathematical in SOME
        parts of the book. That said, I have found his work an invaluable source of
        information, and infact there's rarely a time where I have needed information
        on something and his book hasn't been able to provide it.

        Also, other advice I can offer is that if you are indeed serious about
        getting involved with Electronics, it'd be a very good idea indeed to invest
        in some practical stuff, as this is the only way you'll ever "really" learn.
        For a basic starting package, you could invest in a cheap PSU with perhaps
        some fixed DC outputs, a multimeter, some tools (screw drivers, wire cutting
        etc) and a decent pad of breadboard would also be a good idea, along with a
        role of SINGLE CORE (not multi) wire.
        With these to hand, you can actually start building and testing some stuff
        for yourself, and believe me there's no learning experience like putting the
        theory you have read into practice. The book I mentioned earlier does
        actually encourage you to build a few circuits at the end of each chapter,
        which demonstrates the subject covered in a practical way. You will be able
        to get the components required from a local Maplins or by theit mail order
        service if you dont have one near you.

        Also, if you are the type who likes to jump in head first a little, then
        maybe you could start buying the monthly Electronics magazines, and build a
        few of the simpler projects in there. Some of the magazines are strictly
        very technically minded, but others like "Everyday with Practical
        Electronics" caters both for the beginner AND the professional. You're bound
        to find a suitable project to build from there, and it actually provides an
        invaluable means of learning the practical aspects of Electronics.

        Electronics can be a very daunting subject to undertake from small
        beginnings, but it's all about the experience you collect throughout your
        learning curve and the skills gained. Get stuck in with some real
        dedication, stick at it, and you'll be designing your own simple electronic
        projects in no time really. Keep hassling all of us on here with any
        questions you may have an we'll be happy to help you out. Of course, it is
        adviseable to have a go yourself BEFORE asking us as that is the best way to
        learn.

        Anyway, above all the main thing is to enjoy yourself.


        I hope this is of help

        Brian
      • manifold_1
        Welcome to the list! You can learn a lot from the web. Posting questions here and on other lists is a good way to get answers to nagging questions. Here is a
        Message 3 of 16 , Mar 2, 2002
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          Welcome to the list!

          You can learn a lot from the web. Posting questions here and on
          other lists is a good way to get answers to nagging questions.

          Here is a list of web sites that may be helpful. If you have a
          curious nature you should be able to gleen a lot of information from
          these links and other sites that these links will lead you to.

          Misc. Electronics Links:
          http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/electricCircuits/
          http://www.tpub.com/neets/index.htm
          http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/
          http://ag.arizona.edu/classes/ABE547/lab5/lab5.html
          http://www.baycom.org/
          http://www.ubasics.com/adam/pic/piclinks.shtml
          http://www.techtoystoday.com/
          http://ag.arizona.edu/classes/ABE547/lab4/
          http://ag.arizona.edu/classes/ABE547/
          http://www.sweethaven.com/acee/
          http://www.smpstech.com/tutorial/t02top.htm
          http://my.integritynet.com.au/purdic/index.html
          http://www.samswebsite.com/prompt/subject/electronics_tech.html
          http://www.sweethaven.com/acee/
          http://www.tinaja.com/
          http://my.integritynet.com.au/purdic/index.html#power-supply
          http://www.publicelectronics.cjb.net
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Electronics_101/files/LINKS%
          20FILES/manufaturers_links.htm
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Electronics_101/links

          Mail Order Parts Companies:
          http://www.mpja.com/
          http://www.future-active.com/
          http://www.digikey.com

          o Why do you want to learn electronics?
          o Have you build any kits?

          A good book that I always reccomend is "The Art of Electronics". It
          covers a lot of material (1125 pages worth) from simple circuits to
          complex math. It is an excellent reference book even if you don't
          make it all the way through it. It's good late night reading too :)

          Forrest Mims books are also excellent for the beginner.

          I have read posts by instructors that say good teaching electronics
          books are hard to find. College texts are written for one class and
          so do not cover enough material. You may have better luck finding
          books written for a two year electronics technology program. These
          often cover all the material in an engineering progam and are easier
          to understand.

          --- In Electronics_101@y..., "guy_007_in" <guy_007_in@y...> wrote:
          > Hi am a new member of this group i would like to know does anybody
          > have notes on basic electronics i have interest in electronics and
          > would like to develop it.
        • casimir2002be
          ... Some more good links: http://www.iserv.net/~alexx/lib/tutorial.htm http://www.chipdocs.com/ Kind regards, Casimir2002be visit http://www.kmoerman.yucom.be/
          Message 4 of 16 , Mar 3, 2002
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            --- In Electronics_101@y..., "guy_007_in" <guy_007_in@y...> wrote:
            > Hi am a new member of this group i would like to know does anybody
            > have notes on basic electronics i have interest in electronics and
            > would like to develop it.

            Some more good links:
            http://www.iserv.net/~alexx/lib/tutorial.htm
            http://www.chipdocs.com/

            Kind regards,
            Casimir2002be
            visit http://www.kmoerman.yucom.be/
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/electroniccircuitsimulation/
          • cfbownes
            Hi All I am a new member. I am basically not very knowledgeable about electronics but keen to learn. I have read a few books (Strangely they all seem to be
            Message 5 of 16 , Nov 7, 2002
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              Hi All

              I am a new member.

              I am basically not very knowledgeable about electronics but keen to
              learn. I have read a few books (Strangely they all seem to be written
              by R A Penfold!) and have made a few circuits.

              I am very interested in astronomy and especially in converting
              webcams for astronomical use by creating circuits which delay the
              exposure pulse (transfer gate) on CCD chips to increase the exposure
              time.

              I am also interested in power supplies as I need to create one to
              control a peltier device to cool cameras.

              I live in the UK (Milton Keynes), am male, 46 years old, and a
              programmer.

              Best

              Colin Bownes
            • Brian Hoskins
              Hello cfbownes ... Firstly, welcome to the group! R.A. Penfold is a very good Electronics author, I ve got a couple of his books here myself. ... Interesting!
              Message 6 of 16 , Nov 7, 2002
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                Hello cfbownes

                On 08-Nov-02, you wrote:

                > Hi All
                >
                > I am a new member.
                >
                > I am basically not very knowledgeable about electronics but keen to
                > learn. I have read a few books (Strangely they all seem to be written
                > by R A Penfold!) and have made a few circuits.

                Firstly, welcome to the group! R.A. Penfold is a very good Electronics
                author, I've got a couple of his books here myself.

                >
                > I am very interested in astronomy and especially in converting
                > webcams for astronomical use by creating circuits which delay the
                > exposure pulse (transfer gate) on CCD chips to increase the exposure
                > time.

                Interesting!

                >
                > I am also interested in power supplies as I need to create one to
                > control a peltier device to cool cameras.
                >
                > I live in the UK (Milton Keynes), am male, 46 years old, and a
                > programmer.

                You're a programmer then eh? That's good news because it means you'll have
                much less trouble if and when it comes to learning MicroProcessors /
                Controllers. What languages have you studied?

                Regards,





                -----
                Brian J Hoskins
                South Wales, UK

                Email: BrianJHoskins@...
                Mobile: 07967 240380

                Amiga 040/PPC, Amiga OS3.9.
                -----
              • cfbownes
                Brian Thanks for the welcome. I have been programming since 1977 and have done most things. To give you some idea I have good experience in various assemblers,
                Message 7 of 16 , Nov 8, 2002
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                  Brian

                  Thanks for the welcome.

                  I have been programming since 1977 and have done most things. To give
                  you some idea I have good experience in various assemblers, various
                  c, and various Turbo Pascal/Delphi (plus a few oddities).

                  I'm going to get a PIC development system shortly - in fact tha's one
                  of the things I want to talk about.

                  However - I still don't know much about electronics :-)

                  Best
                  Colin


                  > You're a programmer then eh? That's good news because it means
                  you'll have
                  > much less trouble if and when it comes to learning MicroProcessors /
                  > Controllers. What languages have you studied?
                  >
                  > Regards,
                • Brian Hoskins
                  Hello cfbownes ... Your knowledge of C will be extremely useful, and hopefully you ll also have no problems learning Assembly, since you already have lots of
                  Message 8 of 16 , Nov 8, 2002
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                    Hello cfbownes

                    On 08-Nov-02, you wrote:

                    > Brian
                    >
                    > Thanks for the welcome.
                    >
                    > I have been programming since 1977 and have done most things. To give
                    > you some idea I have good experience in various assemblers, various
                    > c, and various Turbo Pascal/Delphi (plus a few oddities).

                    Your knowledge of C will be extremely useful, and hopefully you'll also have
                    no problems learning Assembly, since you already have lots of programming
                    experience. I've just started learning C myself, so I know who to ask if I
                    get stuck then!!

                    >
                    > I'm going to get a PIC development system shortly - in fact tha's one
                    > of the things I want to talk about.

                    I'm actually ordering a new PIC development system this weekend because I've
                    recently begun studying the PIC. The development system I've ordered also
                    offers three seperate training CDROMS, one for learning BASIC with the PIC,
                    one for learning to program it in C, and one for learning to program it in
                    Assembly. Obviously you purchase the one that fits your requirements. I
                    intend to order the Assembly and C tutor packages.
                    I'm using the PIC as the base of a large Electronics project I've got on the
                    go at the moment, and I've allowed myself two years development time
                    (starting from September just gone) so that should be plenty of time for me
                    to gain the skills I need to use the PIC in my project. I already have a
                    good grounding in Electronics so there are no problems from that point of
                    view, but my intensions are to do as much as I can in software via the PIC
                    (to keep project costs down) so I really will need to get my head down with
                    it all.

                    If you would like to know more about the development system I'm ordering, I
                    can send you a link to a website where they are sold.

                    >
                    > However - I still don't know much about electronics :-)
                    >
                    > Best
                    > Colin
                    >

                    Well, Electronics as a whole is a MASSIVE subject, but it's one which can be
                    learnt in stages so it's not so bad. I suspect that with your backround
                    you'll be more interested in digital Electronics (as opposed to Analouge)
                    but you'll need basic skills in both before you can start specialising in
                    one or the other. You'll usually find that most people sway towards one
                    type of Electronics depending on what their interests in the subject are,
                    but they'll all have a good knowledge of ALL Electronics aswel.
                    Personally, I'm better with Digital Electronics than I am Analouge, simply
                    because I've taken more of an interest with Digital Electronics.

                    If you are keen to learn, I'd certainly recommend a regular subscription to
                    at LEAST one Electronics magazine. I'm actually subscribed to three!!!
                    "Every Day With Practical Electronics" is great for a beginner because alot
                    of their stuff is aimed at beginners to semi-professional and they often
                    cover beginner's tutorials. "Elektor Electronics" is an EXCELLENT
                    magazine, especially for MicroController/Computer based projects but it
                    does go in depth so you'll probably find that alot of the stuff will be way
                    over your head to begin with. It's still worth buying though.
                    "Electronics World" is the other magazine I'm subscribed to, which is
                    absolutely BRILLIANT for pure Electronics content, however it too is mainly
                    aimed at people who already have a good backround in Electronics. Most of
                    their articles are very in depth. It really is an excellent magazine
                    though, and even in your position I'd still consider buying it.

                    Other than that, the web is a great place to learn Electronics, there are
                    many sites that offer support material. I've recently lost all my
                    Bookmarks which is really annoying because I had LOADS of good sites on
                    there. I'll have to keep a backup copy of those from now on :(

                    Regards,




                    -----
                    Brian J Hoskins
                    South Wales, UK

                    Email: BrianJHoskins@...
                    Mobile: 07967 240380

                    Amiga 040/PPC, Amiga OS3.9.
                    -----
                  • Todd Ariss
                    I m a new guy too. I m a physicist/software engineer making a foray in to hardware and control applications. My physics and math skills are good, but my
                    Message 9 of 16 , Oct 11, 2003
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                      I'm a new guy too. I'm a physicist/software engineer making a foray in to
                      hardware and control applications. My physics and math skills are good, but
                      my electronic skills are seriously lacking, especially practical application
                      and hands on work. I'm finding a lot of my stumbling blocks are the sort of
                      things you don't find in a book ... like "what's that little clear plastic
                      thing that came in my nte960 voltage regulator package?" I've since figured
                      that one out, but I've got plenty more where that came from. Anyhow, this
                      looks like a great group with a lot of smart people so I'm sure I'll learn a
                      lot and hopefully contribute a lot too.

                      Todd Ariss
                    • charlieo72000
                      Hi,My name is Charles Ott. I ve recently joined this group with hope that I can get help in designing circuits for LED s for only my use.I am facinated with
                      Message 10 of 16 , Oct 30, 2005
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                        Hi,My name is Charles Ott. I've recently joined this group with hope
                        that I can get help in designing circuits for LED's for only my use.I
                        am facinated with LED's,and would like to make my own lights for any
                        thing I would need them for.Right now,I am into motorcycles-Trikes to
                        be specific.I would like to be able to design my own style of lights to
                        use where-ever I would like to place them,personalizing my ride.I would
                        cast the lens from that plastic stuff (forget the name)and
                        file,shape,sand,and buff the lens to fit the need.
                        I have messed with PCB's for awhile,but have trouble figuring out
                        values of resistors to use for different leds,and just how many res.
                        for how many leds.Right now,I am wanting to use super flux sml (in
                        close quarters)for front turn signals.
                        Anyone that can help/direct to publications,I would be grateful.

                        Thanks in advance, Charles Ott
                      • adicont2
                        Try this. http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Bill_Bowden/led.htm I hope this help. Adrian ... hope ... I ... to ... to ... would
                        Message 11 of 16 , Oct 30, 2005
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                          Try this.
                          http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Bill_Bowden/led.htm
                          I hope this help.


                          Adrian


                          --- In Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com, "charlieo72000"
                          <charles_ott@h...> wrote:
                          >
                          > Hi,My name is Charles Ott. I've recently joined this group with
                          hope
                          > that I can get help in designing circuits for LED's for only my use.
                          I
                          > am facinated with LED's,and would like to make my own lights for any
                          > thing I would need them for.Right now,I am into motorcycles-Trikes
                          to
                          > be specific.I would like to be able to design my own style of lights
                          to
                          > use where-ever I would like to place them,personalizing my ride.I
                          would
                          > cast the lens from that plastic stuff (forget the name)and
                          > file,shape,sand,and buff the lens to fit the need.
                          > I have messed with PCB's for awhile,but have trouble figuring out
                          > values of resistors to use for different leds,and just how many res.
                          > for how many leds.Right now,I am wanting to use super flux sml (in
                          > close quarters)for front turn signals.
                          > Anyone that can help/direct to publications,I would be grateful.
                          >
                          > Thanks in advance, Charles Ott
                          >
                        • multiuseguy
                          Here is another link I found usefull........... http://www.theledlight.com/ledcircuits.html ... with ... use. ... any ... Trikes ... lights ... ride.I ... out
                          Message 12 of 16 , Oct 31, 2005
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                            Here is another link I found usefull...........

                            http://www.theledlight.com/ledcircuits.html



                            --- In Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com, "adicont2" <adicont2@y...>
                            wrote:
                            >
                            > Try this.
                            > http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Bill_Bowden/led.htm
                            > I hope this help.
                            >
                            >
                            > Adrian
                            >
                            >
                            > --- In Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com, "charlieo72000"
                            > <charles_ott@h...> wrote:
                            > >
                            > > Hi,My name is Charles Ott. I've recently joined this group
                            with
                            > hope
                            > > that I can get help in designing circuits for LED's for only my
                            use.
                            > I
                            > > am facinated with LED's,and would like to make my own lights for
                            any
                            > > thing I would need them for.Right now,I am into motorcycles-
                            Trikes
                            > to
                            > > be specific.I would like to be able to design my own style of
                            lights
                            > to
                            > > use where-ever I would like to place them,personalizing my
                            ride.I
                            > would
                            > > cast the lens from that plastic stuff (forget the name)and
                            > > file,shape,sand,and buff the lens to fit the need.
                            > > I have messed with PCB's for awhile,but have trouble figuring
                            out
                            > > values of resistors to use for different leds,and just how many
                            res.
                            > > for how many leds.Right now,I am wanting to use super flux sml
                            (in
                            > > close quarters)for front turn signals.
                            > > Anyone that can help/direct to publications,I would be
                            grateful.
                            > >
                            > > Thanks in advance, Charles Ott
                            > >
                            >
                          • tig_aga
                            Hello everyone , I am new to this group. Like to introduce with all members. I am Ashley Brown and love to join this group and like to learn and share my
                            Message 13 of 16 , Mar 16, 2010
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                              Hello everyone , I am new to this group. Like to introduce with all members. I am Ashley Brown and love to join this group and like to learn and share my experiences with this group. Hope we will have a great time here.
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