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Beginners Guide - Introduction

OK, so you're new to electronics, or wondering whether to take it up as a hobby. The question is, where to start? Electronics covers many areas, just think how many pieces of equipment use electronics - you're using one of them right now. It can leave you wondering just where to begin.

This guide covers everything you need to get started. Probably the best way to get started is to build a kit. This allows you to get experience of the practical side of electronics, without worrying about the theory. Sooner or later you will probably want to learn some theory, so that you can design your own circuits, but you don't need to worry about that yet.

As well as a kit you will need a few tools to construct it with. However, don't be fooled into buying every tool under the sun - only the basics are needed to get started. This is discussed further on in this section.

That's all you need to start with, apart from a few basic skills such as soldering, also covered in this section. Use the arrows at the bottom of each page to view the pages in order. You can also skip around if you want, using the menu at the top of the page. Make sure you read all the sections before starting, then follow the sections in order as you build the kit.

You can follow this guide through in sequence using the arrows at the bottom of each page, or jump around using the menu. I'd suggest reading the entire guide through before starting.

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