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components, you’ll appreciate delicate, finely crafted tools. Learn the operating
range of your tools – most cutters and pliers are rated for wire type and gauge. The
only instrument you really need on your workbench is a digital multimeter. You’ll
find the resistance function useful for tracing circuits, verifying component values,
and the voltage function indispensible for verifying that high voltage capacitors are
discharged. You may be dreaming of an oscilloscope, but you really don’t need one
until you start designing and debugging complex digital circuits. In the meantime,
you can keep an eye out for bargains on eBay and local flea markets for deals on
used but functional equipment. As you progress to designing and building your
own circuits, you can gradually add the tools and instruments that suit your
particular interests and budget. The most important prescription for success is to
find a mentor — preferably someone who has worked professionally in the field of
electronics. The ideal mentor will be able to teach you diagnostic and construction
techniques while keeping you motivated when you hit the inevitable speed bumps.
Who knows, your mentor might even steer you into a career in electronics
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