Book Review – Learning the Art of Electronics: A Hands-On Lab Course 1st Edition

Learning the Art of Electronics: A Hands-On Lab Course 1st Edition

Paperback: 1150 pagesart-of-electronics-lab
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521177235
ISBN-13: 978-0521177238
Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds

If you are an electronics hobbyist or student you are likely to already be familiar with the textbook The Art of Electronics. The Art of Electronics is the current academic standard in teaching the principals of electronics at a college level. Last year they added this hands-on lab course. What I found most useful is that the lab book can actually stand on it’s own. You do not have to have or have-read the textbook.

This lab course book seems to have been written with self-study in mind. In fact, the lab course even explains basic principals. Through the book you will have many hands-on labs with full parts lists. Not only does the book cover principals, but it includes techniques and troubleshooting. You learn how to do diagnostics with oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and other tools.

I’d say this book is a must have for beginners/students and will easily be useful and fun for up to intermediate hobbyists. Advanced and Expert hobbyists may want this book for teaching or simply as a review reference.

Software: CadSoft EAGLE

I’ve used Microsoft Visio for many years to create flow charts, diagrams, maps, etc and started to use it to design circuits. I quickly discovered that Visio has it’s limitations. Off I went to find an application that I could use to design my circuits and circuit boards. Everything I found was very expensive, considering I don’t like to pay for any software these days, or if it was free it didn’t have the functionality that I liked.

Enter CadSoft EAGLE. Continue reading

Tech Talk – Coax Wrap – Self Adhering

RF PARTS CW10B | BLACK 1 IN WIDE X 10 FT LONG COAX WRAP ROLL

Source: RF PARTS CW10B | BLACK 1 IN WIDE X 10 FT LONG COAX WRAP ROLL

I was strolling threw the HRO online store when I came across an ad for coax wrap and thought I’d share some information with you.

I swear by this stuff. As a fiber and cabling technician with 20+ years experience in the field I can attest to you that self adhering wrap is the way to go for water proof sealing of connectors. Continue reading