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Submitted by pyrosine
pyrosine (1787666) writes "I've been thinking about this for a while and have had no idea where to start.
I have little or no previous experience in electronics — just what is covered in GCSE physics (wiring a plug and resistors — not much, I know).
The majority of my interest lies in the wireless communication side of the field — ie ham radios and CB — but I am also interested in how many things work, one example being speakers, simply to better understand it.
I would preferably like to start through some form of practical guide rather than learn the theory first but just what I would search for such a walkthrough deludes me."
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Where to start in DIY electronics?

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  • If you play electric guitar or bass, these are things that really helped me get going when it comes to electronics. Modifying effects, changing pickups or pots, etc. all require at the very least soldering knowledge, and they're great ways to start. Also, this [radioshack.com] is a GREAT thing to start with. I have one and I still use it.

  • instructables.com MAKEzine.com sparkfun.com (shopping and killer tutorials)

    Multimeter, Soldiering Iron and a breadboard are nice things to have.

    A nearby Radio shack will be handy even tho the employees are halfwits but in the long run you will save a lot of money going the website, ebay or even potentially salvage route.
  • Get a copy of Horowitz and Hill's The Art of Electronics, and if possible, the accompanying student manual. Start at page 1. Seriously.

    You'll get to audio, feedback, and filters soon enough, and you'll enjoy the ride.

  • If you really want to understand everything (at least a practical understanding), NEETs [tpub.com] is a pretty good introduction.

    If you just want to put stuff together and know that it works, buy a kit.

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