Projects (from ARRL website):
Projects (from ARRL website)
These are two superb books. The projects are very real and very useful for Hams, and even if you don’t find any of the projects exactly to your needs, the approach Glen takes to describe the hardware and then the “sketches” (code) is just excellent. You will learn more from these books than many other Arduino and Maker books because the projects are oriented toward very useful and pragmatic projects. You will learn how to code and about electronics all at once – which is pretty amazing, actually.
The other thing about Maker projects is to never take any of them too literally. What I mean by this is that with just a little creativity – you can take one idea and with slight modifcation – adapt it to another project. If you think in “patterns” you can really go far. For example, you could take a circuit that reads a voltage and then displays it on an OLED (i.e. an Arduino based volt ohm meter) – and use that idea to do what I did – read a micro voltage off a 1970’s ARRL Handbook Field Strength meter and with the Arduino’s A to D converter – convert that analog signal to a digital reading that you then can display.
Glens writing style and presentation is perfect and engaging. The other fellow who has written great Arduino and related Maker books is Simon Monk – but his projects are more general in nature – I guess you could say pure Electronics science vs. the ARRL books – which are specific and applied Electronics for the Radio Amateur. But don’t forget – you can take general electronic circuits and adapt them to your ham radio needs. In other words, think out of the box!
I’m very excited to try the Code Practice oscillator and the 40M QRP rig.