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Build Your Own Electronics Workshop: Everything You Need to Design a Work Space, Use Test Equipment, Build and Troubleshoot Circuits Paperback – Dec 1 2004
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From the Back Cover
YOUR DREAM ELECTRONICS LAB IS WAITING INSIDE
This value-packed resource provides everything needed to put together a fully functioning home electronics workshop! From finding space to stocking it with components to putting the shop into action -- building, testing, and troubleshooting systems -- popular electronics author Tom Petruzzellis' Build Your Own Electronics Workshop has it all! And the best part is, this book shows you how to build many pieces of equipment yourself and save money, big time!
ALL THE HELP YOU NEED
Sophisticated and comprehensive enough for those who want to enter electronics semiprofessionally, yet reader-friendly enough for a beginner to understand and follow, this illustrated guide helps you:
- Find the right spot for your workshop, even in crowded apartments
- Select needed tools and equipment, from money-saving listed sources
- Learn soldering from the ground up
- Master circuit board and wiring techniques
- Conquer electronics troubleshooting and testing methods
- Build many of the pieces of equipment you need yourself, if you choose
- Discover the possibilities of circuit-board-design and CAD/CAM software
BUILD IT WITH TOM AND SAVE!
Build Your Own Electronics Workshop gives you clear, illustrated directions for making many of the components for your shop yourself, including:
- Function/Signal Generator
- Frequency Counter
- Bench Power Supply
- Continuity Tester
- Battery Tester
- Capacitor Tester
- Logic Injector/Probe
- L/C Tester
- Transistor Tester
About the Author
Thomas Petruzzellis is an electronics engineer currently working with the geophysical field equipment in the geology department at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Tom has over 30 years' experience in electronics and he is a veteran author who has written extensively for industry publications, including Electronics Now, Modern Electronics, QST, Microcomputer Journal, Circuit Cellar and Nuts & Volts. The author of three earlier books: STAMP 2 Communications and Control Projects; Optoelectronics, Fiber Optics, and Laser Cookbook; Alarm, Sensor, and Security Circuit Cookbook, all from McGraw-Hill, he lives in Vestal, New York.
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I am particularly concerned about the description of how to build your own waveform generator. A discussion of how to do this is given along with a parts list. A photo is then shown of the "assembled function generator". However, the photo shows that this is really a Canakit ([...]) funtion generator. No credit is given to Canakit for this photo and the Canakit does not appear to be the same assembled function generator as the one described in the text.
Unfortunately, the author does not wish to be contacted about any questions about what he has presented in this book, since he has given no method of contacting him. A brief search of the WEB did not show any way to contact him.
I realize that writing a book of this size and range of topics is quite a labor, and I will try to get any missing info from other sources.
My major complaint is that the book needs some serious editing. I have not read the whole book yet, but I have come across several sentences that were clearly overlooked in the editing process. Parts of the book are needlessly repeated almost word for word from earlier sections. The whole book is in much need of a critical re-editing and corrections.
Apart from these problems I did find it a helpful and useful addition to my library of electronics books.
I'd have liked it better if the author had included a QUICK START chapter!
As an (unconscious) proofreader I found multiple errors as I skimmed the book,
both in the grammar, punctuation and in a few pictorials. I'd say it's probably a good book for Reference, but don't try to read it cover-to-cover as I usually like to do. I put it down after crawling through the first two chapters.
At about $15 or more it's overpriced; a better deal would've been $10.
Sorry I can't recommend an alternative off the top of my head, I know
there's more like this one out there.