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Welcome to another issue of the ELECTRONICS HANDBOOK. Whether you are a new reader or have become acquainted with our "Handbook" from previous issues, we have once again endeavored to compile a collection of articles and projects similar to those that we published in 101 ELECTRONIC PROJECTS, ELECTRONICS THEORY HANDBOOK, 99 IC PROJECTS and the ELECTRONIC HOBBYIST. To bring you more and better articles and projects, ELECTRONICS HANDBOOK welcomes 3 authors to our pages and adds their names to our staff (Page 1). Ed Noll, who has contributed articles to the C&E Hobby Handbooks in the past, has agreed to author a regular column, "Chip-By-Chip", starting in this issue. Ed has written and been published extensively, including "Applications And Experiments With Oscilloscopes", "Handbook For FCC Radio Telephone Licenses", and "Microprocessor Circuits" in hard-back editions for Howard W. Sams & Co. In addition, he is an accomplished lecturer and the author of numerous other technical articles and books.

His "Chip-By-Chip" column will be an interesting and educational series on the uses of those universally-used little marvels that are at the heart of everything electronic these days...the IC chip.

Walt Sikonowiz has another editorial contribution in this issue, "Buying Electronic Parts", a timely and informative article on the fine art of finding those elusive electronic parts for your projects at a price you can afford. Walt contributed the popular "Deluxe Burglar Alarm" project in the last (Winter) issue. We look forward to more articles and projects fro m Walt.

Another author, who is no stranger to the ELECTRONICS HANDBOOK readers, is Homer Davidson. In this issue, Homer presents an interesting do-it-yourself project on how to build an inexpensive "Two-IC Radio". Homer has been a regular contributor to the C&E Hobby Handbooks in addition to his numerous articles and projects that have appeared in many other Electronic magazines and books for many years.

To each of these gentle men, we extend a hearty welcome! We are certain that their editorial contributions will provide entertainment and just plain fun for the ELECTRONICS HANDBOOK readers. We look forward to adding other distinguished authors to our staff in the months ahead.

-Don Gabree,


Writers Wanted!

ELECTRONICS HANDBOOK is looking for some alert Electronics Hobbyists to add to our staff as part-time or regular authors. Whether you have just one short project, or several, we would like to hear from you.

You don't have to be an accomplished author or writer (Our editor once got a "D" in English. Fortunately, he's improved since then!). What you do need is an active interest in Hands-on, Do-it Yourself Electronics. If you've had some experience in putting your own projects together, there's a good chance we can rewrite a description of your project and publish it in these pages.

We can use projects suited to absolute beginners, as well as intermediate or more advanced projects.

Anything from one-transistor to three-IC projects may be submitted.

Here's your chance to see your own article or idea, long or short, with your name on it and you'll get paid in cash when we accept it.

Write to the editor at the following address:


P.O. BOX #5148 NORTH BRANCH , N.J. 08876

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Adapted from: Electronics Handbook--Spring 1987

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