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Welcome to the Facepunch electronics thread, this thread is for anyone who has an interest in electronics, be it analog, digital or just blowing shit up in their free time.
If you have something you want to show or desire to get into electronics just make a post and someone will be along eventually.
Highlights of V2
This is a list of the people who have a decent knowledge of electronics, if in doubt give one of us a poke.
If you wish to be added here please talk to me.
Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill
Without a doubt the most complete and informative book on electronics, although the
current 2nd edition is rather old (1989) it is still extremely relevant to modern electronics.
If you're going to buy any book this should be the one, although it is not designed for beginners.
Complete Digital Design by Mark Balch
An excellent book that covers all the basics such as boolean logic,
karnaugh maps, binary arithmetic and more advanced topics such as serial
communication, microprocessors and the practical design of digital circuits.
Principles of Electric Circuits by Thomas L. Floyd (9th ed)
A very good book for beginners that unlike most comes in an electron flow
version as well, if you prefer that. The book is full of well drawn diagrams and
helpful pictures which makes reading easy and fun, in addition at the end of each
chapter there is a quiz to make sure you fully understand what you have read.
Troubleshooting Analog Circuits by Robert A. Pease (Bob Pease)
An excellent book by an excellent author, this book contains a lot of useful
information that is invaluable if you are interested in getting into electronic
Basic Electronics, Prof T.S.Natarajan - NPTEL
Very well made lecture series with a lot of useful information, highly recommended.
A very informative e-book that can be read online or downloaded, it explains things
very nicely and with plenty of pictures and diagrams so it is suitable for beginners.
I highly recommend although the book is not complete.
Excellent video blog all about electronics, definitely worth watching.
Also has an excellent forum suitable both for beginners and professionals.
Some useful images but the site design will make your eyes bleed.
Where to buy components
Bitsbox - Small selection of components but very cheap shipping, £1.50 UK, £2.75 Europe, £4.00 anywhere else.
RS - A well known supplier with large selection, shipping is fairly cheap but no Paypal.
Farnell - Another excellent supplier with a very large selection, minimum order applies and no Paypal.
DealExtreme - Sells a lot of made in china stuff but you can get some really good deals such as the Rigol DS1052E.
Rapid - Decent selection but not the cheapest, shipping outside the UK is also fairly expensive.
Maplin Electronics - Similar to rapid but even more expensive, not available outside the UK as far as I'm aware, avoid.
Digikey - Excellent selection of components but fairly expensive shipping.
Sure Electronics - Small selection but some good value for money component kits.
Sparkfun Electronics - Nice selection with some good deals.
RSH Electronics - Small selection with some great bargain packs, cheap delivery £4.00 international
Working with electricity is generally quite safe, however here are a some useful tips that will help you avoid severe injury or in the worst case death.
Avoid working with mains electricity unless you are confident with what you're doing
Probe live circuits with your right hand and keep your left hand in your pocket
Keep your hands clean and dry
Do not wear any metal objects even around low voltage
Never go near high energy (3 phase) systems with a non-industry grade multimeter
Use a properly fused multimeter to avoid risk of explosion
Ensure high voltage capacitors are discharged before touching a circuit
Never make changes to household wiring unless you REALLY know what you're doing
NEVER EVER play around with microwave ovens they're potentially lethal