A   Electronic Components, Tools, and Skills

Welcome to the appendices! This first appendix will introduce you to all the standard electronic components, the tools you need use them, and the skills it takes to harness their awesome powers.

Guidelines for Sourcing Components

It’s almost always cheaper to buy electrical components and tools online, but if you live near a shop serving electrical tinkerers or ham radio enthusiasts, go there first. These shops generally offer excellent deals and recommendations, especially on bigger investments, like a good multimeter or benchtop soldering iron station. Their stock often includes a mind-boggling array of awesome rarities salvaged from estate sales and auctions. As a bonus, these shops are invariably ...

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