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Offline dcbrown73

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Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:12:52 pm »
I spend all my free time in hobbies ranging from playing guitar, Astronomy / Astrophotography, Winemaking, amateur radio, chess, etc.

I'm relatively new (sort of) to electronics (20 year IT career) and I was looking around for magazines or something to subscribe to as I do with my other hobbies for causal reading / learning.

I'm not sure what is a good one for someone of my level.  (novice)  I've seen a lot of stuff from Electronics For You, but I also heard that a lot of the stuff in those magazines are written by readers and sometimes are of very poor quality and a bad source to learn from.

Any recommendations?
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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2017, 07:35:23 pm »
Electronics magazines are pretty much past their heyday. There are only a couple in the UK/Europe still (EPE and Elektor). Maybe a few more in the US.

It really depends what sort of electronics you want to get into. Things like Arduinos are well catered for on the web. For analogue stuff which is rather more 'passage of time' resistant, you could do worse than exploring the trove of electronics magazines from when they were in their heyday....

Take a look on http://www.americanradiohistory.com/

Titles I'd recomment looking  through are:

- Popular Electronics
- Electronics World
- Practical Electronics
- Electronics Today (ETI)
- ? ? ?

Obviously better spec'd components have evolved over the years but the fundamentals remain the same. These magazines were written to be educational in a time when there were few other resources available at hobby level.

Many experienced folks here cut their teeth on them!
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Offline alanb

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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2017, 08:05:54 pm »
I have recently subscribed to Elektor and am finding it very interesting. One of the useful features is that subscription gives you access to down load all of the back numbers in PDF format. Currently I'm only subscribed to the electronic edition but at the next renewal I may change to the paper version as well as the electronic one. From what I can see they try to cater for all levels of ability from beginner to quite advanced.
 
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Offline retrolefty

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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2017, 10:38:09 pm »
The internet has pretty much killed off the electronics magazine industry, very few remain. Kind of sad as that is how this baby boomer got interested in electronics at a very young age and that interest lead to a successful career and comfortable retirement. Don't get me wrong The web has more electronic information and content then the magazine industry could ever provide, with the only caveat that the signal to noise ratio can be quite low on the net, always research more then one source in you can. 

 That said Nuts and Volts in the US is pretty good: http://www.nutsvolts.com/

 
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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2017, 12:20:51 am »
Second vote for Nuts And Volts.
 

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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2017, 04:04:33 am »
imho, circuit cellar is the bang for the buck, i repeat, bang for the buck, i cant explain any further more why, only for me? or anybody else? i dont know. it pretty much covers everything from arduino to analog to rf to wireless to the internet of not the thing kind of thing... written by contemporary engineers, enthusiasts, and hobbiests, i'm just having a hard time finding time reading, but keep downloading for every months and months, just in case... http://circuitcellar.com/inside-this-issue/
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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2017, 06:06:08 am »
Check out the app notes from Linear Technology and Analog Devices. The electronics wisdom from those two sources is astonishing.
 

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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2017, 06:12:39 am »
http://www.epemag.com/
http://www.nutsvolts.com/

Elektor is just a closed source product presentation.  :--
 

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Re: Learning Electronics Magazine suggestions
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2017, 07:51:25 am »
Hiya

Diyodemag.com has recently started a magazine in Australia - have a look.
I like hard-copy magazines so have subscribed to the print edition for a year to see how it develops.

Look at articles on the folkscanomy areas on archive.com..

If you are interested in radio I can recommend the QRP club and their SPRAT magazine, they sell a DVD of back issues.
Also the now web-available archives of magazines such as 73 are available on DVD from ebay sellers for a small price if you don't want to download them all.

Don't forget that members here have excellent short videos on all aspects of electronics on youtube.

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