Where to learn to start reading schematics and knowledge of electronics

Im just a noob here and everything, dont know all that much about electronics and stuff, but the idea of making all these little gadgets (like an altoids tin ipod you can use anywhere) seems really cool, interesting and most off all very useful. Do you guys have any ideas of how I can start to assemble a basic knowledge of like circuits and stuff and of electronics. Not adavced stuff to start off, just like if I wanted to make something like a porximity detector, or like a microphone bug (thatl send what it hears in one room to a reciever in a diff room), basic stuff like that.

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by Forrest M Mims, the old version from radioshack is dirt cheap at amazon:
However I heard about www.amazingwatcher.com which is a free website that will “watch” items for you on Amazon and let you know when amazon has them in stock at regular retail price.
I HIGHLY suggest the AARL handbook. They're pretty cheap (<$20) and are FILLED with knowledge. It starts out with all of the basics, the theory, and general circuits, and the gets into detail about radio stuffs. If you're not into the radio stuff, you still have the essentials =)

I love my AARL ;)

. If you meant ARRL, then I heartily agree. Have to agree with Goodhart on both points.
D'OH..... sorry, I wrote that at 12 AM, which is probably why I wrote AARL... Yes, I did mean ARRL. Thanks, NachoMahma! Once again, you've saved the day!
There you can actually get "information overload", but yes, I agree, lots and lots of good stuff in there.
schorhr9 years ago
Getting started in electronics
by Forrest M Mims, the old version from radioshack is dirt cheap at amazon:


Starts of like a cartoon, simple, even for kids, and has some neat projects, too.
gmoon schorhr9 years ago
Great author. I'll 'unify' this thread somewhat (Mims and 555s), and say that Forrest M. Mims III also wrote a nice 'Engineer's Mini-Notebook' for 555 timer circuits. Really simple and thoughtful instruction, with lots of different 555 timer circuits. Radio Shack used to sell it as an 'Archer' publication. Maybe they still do?
I strongly agree, the book is one of my all time favorite, great for beginners..
. Yeah! I have several small books by him. Great stuff.
I have several of his books (one on amps/op-amps, timers, and I believe one on CMOS devices).
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