Marshall G. Emm N1FN/VK5FN’s MorseX has kindly provided a significant resource by making available on-line Marshall N1FN’s “73 Magazine” column Electronic Construction from A to Z – “Everything you wanted to know about building stuff but were afraid to ask.”
Presented in Four Parts the material covers:
As the doctor said to the patient, “I’ve got good news and bad news.” The bad news is all around us– increasing prices, decreasing skills base, no more Heathkits… and if you want more, just pick up a newspaper. The good news is that you can still build a lot of useful ham radio equipment and you don’t have to be an electrical engineer to do it. All it takes is the right tools, knowledge of a few “tricks of the trade,” and the will to succeed. Oh yeah– a bit of patience helps too! We’re going to try to cover the whole topic here in enough detail for you to pick up a soldering iron and get to work on a real project. First we’ll talk about the basics, things like tool selection and soldering, then we’ll move on to middle-to-advanced techniques, and finally trouble-shooting the finished project and installing it in an enclosure. Along the way we’ll build something useful, I promise. You’re going to discover that building is rewarding, educational, and fun!
Yeah, this is a lot of good common sense laid out in plain speaking easy to read text.