Build Your Own Electronics Workshop


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Build Your Own Electronics Workshop is a great resource for anyone interested in electronics.

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Build Your Own Electronics Workshop is a 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!

Build Your Own Electronics Workshop covers :

  • 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 Your Own Electronics Workshop gives you clear, illustrated directions for making many of the components for your shop yourself, including:

  • Workbench
  • Function/Signal Generator
  • Frequency Counter
  • Bench Power Supply
  • Continuity Tester
  • Battery Tester
  • Capacitor Tester
  • Logic Injector/Probe
  • L/C Tester
  • Transistor Tester

Table of Contents : Chapter 1. The electronics workshop


  • Work mats
  • Test equipment considerations
  • Tools and stuff
  • Reading schematics

    Chapter 2. The multimeter
  • Basic analog meter characteristics
  • The basic voltmeter
  • The basic ammeter
  • Multirange amp meters
  • The basic ohmmeter
  • AC meters
  • The digital multimeter
  • Additional DVM characteristics
  • Special DMV features

    Chapter 3. The oscilloscope
  • The analog oscilloscope
  • Dual-trace oscilloscopes
  • Oscilloscope specifications
  • Oscilloscope controls
  • Scope input circuits
  • oscilloscope start-up
  • Oscilloscope signal measurements
  • Digital oscilloscope

    Chapter 4. The function generator
  • All about signal generators and waveform generators
  • Build your own function generator

    Chapter 5. Frequency counter
  • Frequency counter architecture
  • Choosing the appropriate time base
  • Differences between resolution and accuracy
  • How to adjust sensitivity to avoid noise triggering
  • The problem of low-frequency measurements
  • Frequency counter measurement techniques
  • Frequency counter terms
  • Frequency counter accessories
  • 1 Ghz frequency counter project

    Chapter 6. Test bench equipment
  • Multimeter
  • Vacuum tube voltmeter (VTVM)
  • Capacitance meter
  • ESR capacitance meter
  • Inductance/capacitance (L/C) meter
  • Resistance/capacitance decade boxes
  • Wheatstone bridge
  • Frequency counter
  • Audio-signal generator
  • Function generator
  • Arbitrary-waveform generator
  • Pulse generators
  • RF signal generator
  • Tone test set
  • Signal injector
  • Clamp-on ammeter
  • Insulation tester
  • Cable testers
  • TV pattern generator
  • Transistor tester
  • Transistor curve tester
  • Tube tester
  • RF impedance bridge
  • Field-strength meters
  • SWR to VSWR bridge
  • Oscilloscope
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Logic pulser
  • Logic probe
  • Logic analyzers
  • Microprocessor programmers
  • Variac
  • Isolation transformer
  • Battery tester
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Power supplies
  • Temperature-controlled soldering station
  • Desoldering stations

    Chapter 7. Power supplies
  • How to choose a power supply
  • Power supply components
  • Build your own bench/lab power supply

    Chapter 8. Battery power
  • Batteries and charging
  • Chemical and other hazards
  • Internal resistance
  • Battery capacity
  • Discharge planning
  • Charging/discharging requirements
  • Battery charging
  • Solar electric battery charger
  • An emergency power system
  • Battery safety

    Chapter 9. Electronic components
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Inductors
  • Transformers
  • How semiconductors work
  • Protecting components

    Chapter 10. Testing electronic components
  • Why testing is important
  • Multimeter
  • Oscilloscope
  • Logical thinking is your best test instrument
  • Making resistor measurements
  • Making capacitor measurements
  • Making inductance measurements
  • Continuity
  • Other failures
  • Transformer basics
  • Measuring semiconductor devices
  • Testing with an oscilloscope
  • Build your own diode and transistor tester
  • Simple extended-range measurements

    Chapter 11. Electronic troubleshooting techniques
  • Test equipment
  • Safety
  • Documentation
  • Using all your senses
  • Defining the problems
  • Simplify the problems
  • Look for obvious problems
  • Open the equipment
  • Looking inside the equipment
  • Troubleshooting approaches
  • Signal tracing
  • Signal injection
  • Dividing and conquering
  • The intuitive approach
  • Testing within intermediate stages
  • Testing for voltage levels
  • Oscillation problems
  • Amplitude distortion problems
  • Frequency and distortion problems
  • Noise problems
  • Distortion measurement
  • Alignment
  • Arcing problems
  • Contamination problems
  • Solder "bridges"
  • Replacing defective components
  • Typical symptoms and faults
  • Troubleshooting hints

    Chapter 12. workshop tools
  • Tools and their uses
  • Care of tools
  • Tools organization
  • Parts organization
  • Sharpening
  • Proper tool use
  • Specialized tools and materials
  • Sources of tools
  • Useful parts and shop materials
  • Shop safety

    Chapter 13. Soldering
  • The soldering iron
  • Soldering gun
  • Preparing and using the soldering iron
  • Preparing work for soldering
  • How to solder
  • Build your own solder station

    Chapter 14. Circuit fabrication
  • Electronic circuits
  • Electrostatic discharge protection
  • Electronics construction techniques
  • Point-to-point techniques
  • Solderless protoboard construction
  • perf-board construction
  • Ground-plane construction
  • The lazy builder's PC board
  • "Ready-made" or "utility" pc boards
  • Wire-wrap construction
  • Surface-mount construction
  • When are PC boards the best choice?
  • Schematic to PC board
  • Rough layout-manual method
  • PC board design software
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Double-sided OC boards
  • Plating
  • Complex printed circuit boards
  • Design consideration
  • Board production
  • Commercial production costs
  • Drilling your PC board
  • PC-boards assembly techniques
  • A final check
  • Chassis fabrication

    Chapter 15. Buying equipment, components, and tools
  • Buying new equipment
  • New or used equipment
  • Guidelines for buying used equipment
  • Additional thoughts on buying used test equipments
  • Buying versus building test equipment
  • Buying electronic components
  • Buying tools - new and used

    Chapter 16. Building your own test equipment
  • Continuity tester
  • Logic probe
  • Wire-tracer circuit
  • Zener diode tester
  • Visual diode/transistor curve tracer
  • Transistor tester
  • Capacitor leakage tester
  • Electronic fuse
  • Pulse generator
  • Inductance/capacitance (L/C) meter

  • Electronic workbench resources
  • Used test equipment sources
  • Tools for electronics
  • Electronics workbench sources on-line
  • Books-schematic reading
  • Equipment manuals
  • Resistor color codes
  • Ohm's law nomograph
  • Resistor formulas
  • Capacitor color codes
  • Electronic schematic symbols
  • Computer connector pinouts
  • Copper wire specifications



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