getting started in electronics or learn to make electronic gadgets

see all the electronic projects here...how do i learn about electronics like in the projects used here from the lamps made with leds to robots .? are they from books? classes are out to far away and problely a bit pricey right now? ?

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sugerboy87 years ago
use Youtube and search up electronics lectures thats how i learned
well i would say books and internet ought to do the job. I am from India. You and i r maybe possibly probably on the same footing. See its quite embarrasing but i am going to buy my first wire cutter and stripper tomorrow and a impact drill from bosch.ITS never too late 2 start thanks to the instructables team for sucha huge n awesome site...... Hats off 2 u guys...

Coming to books remember those formulas of ohm's law ,how to calculate equivalent resistance on a  parallel and series connection. I mean they are really handy while doing a project.... I got a book from a neighbour who was gonna throw it. IT WAS A BOOK from RADIOSHACK,1900s edition .Very old and tattered but Very Informative.Told me almost everything i know.

Coming to internet , wikipedia.com , wikihow.com, google.com, howstuffworks.com, instructables.com are more than enough for everything in electronics.

Hope that helped .......... by the way me currently working on Solar powered LED lights
buy electronic circuits for the evil genius and search the web thats how i learned
Eyewondery (author)  death defyer8 years ago
thanks will look into those and see from there
That would also be a great book instead of/in addition to what I recommended earlier. I have a few books by the same author, and he really knows his stuff. So anything by him is great. That book sounds particularly helpful though.
There are several ways it can be done. All of them will be time consuming but some will be less pricey. You can take classes. There is college which can be pricey, or you can look for any Ham radio licensing classes taking place in your area. It could be a slow process but it would give you a good foundation to build off of for future learning. They are free, and you would have a radio license to boot.

You can buy books. If you choose that route, I would recommend going down to Barnes and Noble and buying two books. Basic Electricity, and Basic electronics. They are reprints of old naval manuals, but contain loads of information and safety tips. Some of it can be pretty dry, but it's all very informative. You can get any other books you believe could come in handy. Just stay within your budget. Those books will be there later. If not they can be ordered. If you get on amazon.com, you should be able to find books for reasonable prices. You can likely find books at your local library if you want to go the cheapest route, but I prefer to have my own personal library so I can reference my books any time, day or night.

Or you can scour the internet to learn all you can. That would be time consuming, and if someone doesn't fully understand a concept, you could become misled. But over all, it's a decent source, though you may have holes in you knowledge that you don't know about.

Hands on is the absolute best way to learn this kind of stuff. Classes are the easiest way to acquire that. It's tough to get a job doing this without previous experience, and I don't know how much you want to make this a profession. So getting a job to get hands on experience is probably pretty low on the list. Often, Ham radio classes offer some hands on experience at the end of the class. If you don't want the class, but you want the experience, contact your local Ham radio club and talk with them. They may be able to help you out. You can find them on the internet. One of the most complete call sign databases is http://callsign.ualr.edu/callsign.shtml . Or you can try looking on the FCC's website www.fcc.gov .

Reading is also a good way to learn. It allows you to learn at your own pace, it's cost effective, and you don't have to work on it around someone else's schedule. But it requires you to visualize things and if you don't understand something fully, you can't simply ask it to go into more detail, you then have to find a person to ask, or another book that explains it in a way that you can comprehend.

The Internet is cheap, and you can often find all your info on it, and there is generally a person to answer your question within a few hours, but you are trying to rely on someone else's knowledge, and how do you gauge exactly how much they know? You don't even know how they got their information(unless they say).

So after this lengthy explanation in which I attempted to go over multiple scenarios, and cover almost every budget and schedule, the real answer is: It's up to you. While you can learn everything from books, or on the internet, the correct solution is to use your best judgement, and to combine the solutions in a way that is comfortable for you. Use the solution that's right for you and project within your means. If you don't have lots of money to take college courses, that's ok. You might try getting books and reading them, and then asking your friends questions (or people over the internet), and cross referencing their answers with other's answers and your books. Whatever you choose, never stop learning. People don't change the world in a day. It took one day for a man to walk on the moon, but it took hundreds of men thousands of hours to build the rocket, engineer their suits, build the computers, write the programming, etc. etc. etc....... You see where I'm going. Keep learning. Keep building. I won't say you'll change the world. But if you don't try, how do you know what opportunities you passed up? I hope this was helpful. Happy tweaking!

Sinisterly,
The Not So Nice Guy
Eyewondery (author)  nomooremr.niceguy8 years ago
Thanks for answering my question. if they reopen the library will try it out and think a book or two over time will work for me since I need to go kind of slowly right now
Never a problem. You might also try the library in the next town over. My family has library cards for both our town, and the city next to us. It's a bit more of a drive, so we don't normally get books from them, but they have a larger selection, so sometimes we go there also. It sounds like the next town over would have a much larger selection than your library at the moment. Go at your own pace. You'll learn and remember the material batter that way. Make sure you understand the material before you move on. Do a little research as to the books you get. You want one at a reasonable price that will teach you as much as you can learn, and that covers most of the material you will need to know. That's why I recommended the books Basic Electricity and Basic Electronics. They shouldn't be more than $30 a piece. I think they were actually about $24. But I don't remember. I know they were worth it, and that's about it. I hope that helps a little. Have a good day and happy tweaking. Sinisterly, The Not So Nice Guy
gmxx8 years ago
i learned most of what i know by tinkering. Go find something to take apart... and learn from there... then start making things. go from something simple like a led throwie to maybe a lm386 amplifier.. then something like a pvc pipe rov. Instructables is great for helping people. If you have any questions, feel free to ask here.
Eyewondery (author)  gmxx8 years ago
thanks for the answer like I said got to do these a little bit of a time right now
You can go to this site( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Dq8blTmSA) you will learn and is free.