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    Does anybody have any recommendations for some electronics forums? I'm starting to gravitate to some more electrical projects at home instead of machining (I do it all day....) so I'm looking for the electrical equivalent to HSM and practical machinist. I don't have any specific questions pertaining to any specific projects, I'm just looking to mostly read information already archived, project threads, etc. There's a lot of hidden gems in sites like this, but if you don't know where you look.....

    So far my google search have turned up a bunch of "maker", and "hacker" type forums, but that's not really my thing (even though I "are" one...) if you know what I mean.

    Type of projects I see myself getting into are bench top power supplies, audio amps, arduino stuff, dc motor control, CNC motion control... and so on. So quite a range.

    I know there are some very knowledgeable folks here in the electronics realm, so any recommendations? Don't worry I wont come to your forum "guns a blazin" asking a bunch of noob questions saying you sent me there....You won't even know I'm there

    Thanks, Dan.

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    I worked in the electronics "world" for about 45 years and when I finally retired id when I got really into wood and metal working. I try hard to not get into
    any electrical or electronic discussions. :-) Of course my work spanned vacuum tubes to the 14 an 16 pin DIP ICs :-)
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    For most "serious" electronics discussion, I still use newsgroups, mostly sci.electronics.design. There are also less technical variants such as sci.electronics.basics and sci.electronics.repair. You can access them via a newsreader (I use Windows Live Mail for Win8 and Thunderbird for Win10), using a service such as www.eternal-september.org. You can also use a web interface via Google: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

    Other forums that are useful are:

    http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/ (Mostly for EVs, but also good for motors, controllers, batteries, chargers, and BMS)

    https://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/

    https://www.electronicspoint.com/

    http://www.microchip.com/forums/Forums (for anything related to microcontrollers, mostly PiCs)

    http://picforum.ric323.com/index.php (also for PICs, but much easier to use than the buggy Microchip official site)

    http://www.falstad.com/circuit/ (not a forum, but a cool on-line circuit simulator)

    http://www.pronine.ca/links.htm (useful links for information)

    https://www.electronics-tutorials.co...lectronics.htm (tutorials)

    https://hackaday.com/ (mostly DIY projects, and, of course, "hacks")

    There are many others you can find, such as Arduino forums and Dave Jones's http://www.eevblog.com/

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    Problem with electronics is that it is a very broad field and most forums only do well in a small area. CNC Zone is a good one for DIY CNC, Audio Karma for audio amps, EEV Blog for more high tech stuff. I collect and restore antique radios and TV's and spend a lot of time on Antique Radio Forum.

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    stackoverflow and stackexchange may work for you.

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    I use to visit AllAboutCircuits.com quite a bit.. Not a bad forum that covers many subjects in electronics. I got turned off by a couple know-it-alls that raked a couple newcomers over the coals and it's probably been about a year since I have looked at it. Maybe it's changed..

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    Thanks all. You've given me enough to chew on for a while. Ya, I know it's a bit of a broad question about a HUGE topic, but when you don't know, what you don't know, google is like pissing in the wind.

    I've got a pretty decent "working" knowledge of electronics (household and 12v automotive) and get the gist of how resistors, capacitors, diodes etc all work together. Programmable chips, PCB's etc are pretty foreign to me, but I know the wife is getting me an arduino kit for Christmas so I guess I'll start figuring it out... lol. I've got a lot of idea's but huge gaps in knowledge required to connect the dots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
    Thanks all. You've given me enough to chew on for a while. Ya, I know it's a bit of a broad question about a HUGE topic, but when you don't know, what you don't know, google is like pissing in the wind.

    I've got a pretty decent "working" knowledge of electronics (household and 12v automotive) and get the gist of how resistors, capacitors, diodes etc all work together. Programmable chips, PCB's etc are pretty foreign to me, but I know the wife is getting me an arduino kit for Christmas so I guess I'll start figuring it out... lol. I've got a lot of idea's but huge gaps in knowledge required to connect the dots.
    Google and datasheets hold just about everything you need. Adafruit has tons of sample arduino code. I buy components to specifically use their libraries and shoehorn various samples together to get my arduino projects working.

    A good SPICE simulator goes a long way, too. Solderless breadboard and experimenting gets designs checked out and then PCB layouts can be sent to china for manufacture. Cheaper and way easier than etching your own if time isn't a major factor.

    Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk

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    Then there is https://forum.arduino.cc/

    Or you can just ask here as an OT. I know there are lots of us here (including my 47 years in electronics).
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    I also have worked in electronics for many years and have searched for a good electronic forum. Surprisingly, they are not too common. There are a lot of specific boards for this device or other, but general electronics seems to be just too broad of a subject or something. Here is one of the better ones I have found:

    http://www.edaboard.com/forum.php

    And this is one on PCB design:

    http://www.smtnet.com/Forums/

    I haven't used the PCB forum much so I don't really know much about it.

    Yahoo has some but I do not like their format. If you find any better ones, please do let us know.
    Paul A.

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