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Your Electronics Workbench

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED IN HOBBY ELECTRONICS.

By Charles Platt

Illustration by Damien Scogin

THE BASICS

First, you will need a breadboard. You can, of course, call it a “prototyping board,” but this is like calling a battery a “power cell.” Search RadioShack online for “breadboard” and you will find more than a dozen products, all of them for electronics hobbyists, and none of them useful for doing anything with bread.

A breadboard is a plastic strip perforated with holes 1/10" apart, which happens to be the same spacing as the legs on old-style silicon chips — the kind that were endemic in computers ...

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