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Recommendations for Electronics Forums

If you are not already a member of one of the big electronics forums, you should choose the one that suits you best from the forums mentioned below, register, and spend a few hours to familiarize yourself with the forum structure and the community. But even if you did already find your favorite forum a long time ago, it cannot hurt to take a short look at some other forums.

You should register at the allaboutcircuits forum if you are new to electronics or if electronics is mainly a hobby for you. Or if electronics is your profession, but you are mainly interested in the practical hands-on aspects of electronic circuits, and not so much in the mathematics and theory that is part of advanced electronic design techniques. At the allaboutcrcuits forum you will not only find a friendly and helpful community. A big plus is also the associated allaboutcircuits web book, which is a very nice introduction to electronics even for the absolute beginner. If there is anything in the book you do not understand, you can always ask in the forum (some of the forum members have written parts of the book).

A forum that is at a similar level as allaboutcircuits is the electro-tech-online forum. I tend to prefer allaboutcircuits because of their precious web-book. Have a look and decide for yourself, the best decision is to register at both forums. However, if you want to post a question, then please select one forum, do not post in both simultaneously (see the bottom of this page) !

Not really a forum, but a question-and-answers site is Electronics Stackexchange. Actively participating by asking and answering questions there, as opposed to participating in one of the classical discussion forums shown on this page here, has advantages and disadvantages. But browsing through the existing answers is always a good idea, they are of very high quality.

If you are an undergrad student of electronics, or if you consider to become one, you should take a look at the Electronics forum that is embedded in Physics Forums. The electronics forum is rather small. But for studying electronics you will also have to learn some mathematics and physics, and for this PhysicsForums is an excellent resource. Plus I have seen some really good general studying advice from them. By the way, if you are studying physics, have studied physics, dream of studying physics or are just interested in physics, joining Physics Forums is absolutely mandatory.

You should register at edaboard forum if you are interested in advanced electronic design techniques, and especially if you are interested in the design of integrated circuits. In the forums I mentioned above you can find a lot of good advice about designing electronic circuits on the board level. But I have hardly seen any discussion about IC design there. On the edaboard however, many guys are either studying IC design or are already doing it as part of their job. There are lots of threads about the theoretical foundations of IC design and the problems that may arise. But even if you have no plans to ever design an IC, you can find a lot of good advice about the design of advanced electronic circuits in general.

The EEVblog Forum is not primarily a forum for learning electronics. But it is the best place I know if you are seeking advice for buying equipment for your electronics lab. Whether it is a soldering iron, a multimeter or an oscilloscope, the forum members will suggest the best one for your needs.

Of course you do not have to limit yourself to only one forum. If you have enough time you could even register at all of them. However, one thing that you should never do is to post the same question in several forums simultaneously. Not even if you are tempted to do so because you need your answer really fast. The first problem is, it would be very disrespectful against everybody who takes the time to answer your question. Would you want somebody to waste an hour because he does not know that your question has already been answered in another forum ? The second problem is, you may become totally confused in the end.Sometimes people give you contradicting advice. If this happens in one single thread, this is not so bad, because it will result in a discussion and in the end there will (hopefully) be some result on which most of the participants agree. If, however, people give you different advice in different forums, nobody but you will know that there is a need for further discussion. And if you now reveal to them that there exists another thread with a different answer, they will get very mad at you for having wasted their time.



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