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Great, but a little outdated
on December 29, 2011
This is a great book to get you started in electronics, but it's a bit out-dated now.
I say this because two of the transistors the author uses to build the power supply are already listed as "not recommended for new designs". They are also pricey at $6 and $10 each. Also the 4400uf 50V capacitors used are $44 each and you need 2 of them. I'm using 4x 2200uf at a dollar each instead.
Also when looking for the radio shack PCB, take out the A from the end of the part number or you won't find it.
Just as an FYI, the parts for the power supply will come out to close to $100.
Although it would be great to skip ahead and order all the parts you will need so you can build it as you go, I recommend reading all those sections first so you can better understand what you can order, then re-reading them as you build it.
I'd love to see a 2012 edition of this book...and without trying to use $44 capacitors.