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Interview Part 5: Give us a break

It’s the mid 1980s and after my Digital Thermometer and Controller debacle (see part 4) I decided to keep things simple and try to re-establish a flow of smaller projects. You can download more free project reprints and see my notes about the actual prototypes used in the magazine.

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Interview Part 4: All The Muscle You Need!

Part 4 of my potted history kicks off with some more abmitious projects,starting with the Bench Power Supply of March 1981. You can download reprints of all my project articles and read my background notes, as well as seeing photos of the original prototypes that still exist today.

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All-new Basic Soldering Guide for Kindle launched

Basic Soldering Guide Kindle editionAugust 2013 At long last my new Basic Soldering Guide ebook for Kindle is launched. Sponsored by Antex (Electronics), the UK manufacturer of soldering irons and equipment, my new guide contains more than 80 colour photos and a total rework of the original text, taking in 17 years worth of readers’ comments and questions and updating the text for current trends in soldering.

The Basic Soldering Guide contains all the information the beginner needs to solder electronics successfully, and includes guidance on choosing the right soldering iron or soldering station, details of various solders and fluxes (including how to use Colophony rosin flux), how to solder pcbs and wiring, and how to desolder. A Troubleshooting Guide is also given.

I’m hoping it will appeal to novices, trainees and those from other disciplines, such as audio or PC engineers who are faced with having to solder a wire for the first time.

Remember you don’t need a Kindle to view it as free readers are available for Windows, Mac and many smartphones. The new Basic Soldering Guide kindle Edition is available on Amazon now for $9.95.

 As highlighted on EE Times website in August 2013


Interview Part 3: Great Graticules!

I continue with the story of more constructional projects and series, including the popular Uniboards that some readers still remember to this day. I’ve made downloadable PDF reprints of the articles with a separate PDF about my actual prototypes, which I’ve rediscovered and photographed again for the first time in 30-odd years.

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Interview Part 2: A voyage on Veroboard

After reading "Everyday Electronics" as a 1970s teenager, I started writing my own constructional articles. I've uploaded the original EE articles (PDF) with separate colour photos of the actual 1970's prototypes, recently unearthed in my workshop.

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Interview Part 1: the control freak

I’m sometimes asked how I got involved with electronics and writing for magazines. I had to dig back more than forty years in order to unearth the inspirations for my interest in technology and electronics!

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My introduction to electronics

I first started out in hobby electronics back in 1975 when as a schoolboy I wrote my first little item for the UK magazine Practical Electronics. After that, hobby electronics became a major part of what I did both as a freelancer and a full-time professional worker in industry and commerce.

The purpose of this web site, though, is to showcase what I've done in the past and chat about some current work or ideas that's passing over my desk or workbench at the moment.

These days, I'm not so much into electronics project design itself, and I leave all the clever PIC microcontroller stuff to the multitude of people who are much more clever than I am.

My associated website is dedicated more to EPE (Everyday Practical Electronics) Magazine and you'll find an increasing number of resources there too, including some online reprints of some of my portfolio.

Where do I start? I'll answer that next.

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