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Good kits? Answered

Off in another thread we were talking about goodkits being a good way to get your feet wet with the practicalities of electronics: how to solder, what the individual bits look like, and so on. I was lamenting the demise of Heathkit - many a engineer in my generation had their first electronics experience putting together one of Heath's kits, using their excellent instructions.

So anyway, what kits are available today that offer the hobbyist a "good" and educational building experience? The kits should have good quality PCBs and components, instructions that go far beyond "solder all the components to the board in the places indicated by the silkscreen", and hopefully some amount of theory on how the thing works, and how to troubleshoot it if it's NOT working.

I'll recommend:
Lady Ada's stuff - I'm not sure I'm wild about online vs printed instructions, but it certainly gives you a good chance to see what you're getting into before you order anything, and it probably permits a higher level of quality in the instructions than it would be cost-effective to have printed.

2Dkits Blinkies - a more limited selection, 2dkits specializes in neat little LED badge-like things

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Brennn10 (author)2008-02-13

Hobbytron's Mini FM Transmitter- It gets the maker involved because they have to find a good station by turning the inductor to get the station to play the music. It comes with a stereo cable to connect the jack from the transmitter to the mp3 device. I had fun with it.

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