Electronics & Beyond (August 2001)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



Time to read 1 min

The August 2001 edition of Electronics & Beyond is packed with projects that reflect the magazine's hands-on approach, such as the construction of a flood alarm system by Gavin Cheeseman, designed to offer an early warning for homes at risk of flooding. The magazine also delves into microelectronics with continued discussions on GPS technology and PCB assembly techniques, catering to readers interested in the technical intricacies of electronic devices. Furthermore, it addresses the evolving landscape of technology and its implications for business through a thought-provoking piece on the role of intelligence in achieving business success.

Table of Contents

Projects to Make

  1. Flood Alarm: A step-by-step guide by Gavin Cheeseman on creating an early warning system for flood-prone areas.
  2. Lazy Person's Diode Tester: A straightforward project by David Clark designed for ease of use.
  3. Low Power Amp: Another practical project from Gavin Cheeseman, focusing on energy efficiency.
  4. Modern Circuit: John Edwards introduces a voltage to frequency converter, bridging classic concepts with modern applications.


  1. GPS Logger with Rabbit: Dr. Richard Whitaker continues his exploration of GPS technology, offering deeper insights into electronic tracking devices.
  2. PCB Assembly Techniques: Harvey Twyman shares a series of special techniques for PCB assembly, emphasizing the use of low-cost tools.

Alternative Technology

  1. Electricity Generation: A.G. Hamilton-Grey shares his personal experience with generating electricity independently, touching on the themes of self-sufficiency and alternative energy.
  2. Wind Powered Green Street Lamps: An exploration of how wind-powered solutions can be integrated into urban infrastructure, enhancing sustainability.

Regular Features

  • News: Updates on the latest developments in the electronics industry.
  • Peter Brunning's Public Diary: Personal insights and reflections from a prominent figure in the electronics community.
  • Electronics Forum: A platform for discussion and exchange of ideas among electronics enthusiasts.
  • Bookshop: Recommendations for further reading in the field of electronics.
  • Web Electronics: Guidance on navigating online resources for electronic projects and information.
  • Classified: A section for community ads related to electronics.
  • Beyond Belief: Fascinating stories from the fringe of electronic innovations and discoveries.

About the author

Pete Luckhurst is a Website Manager at Maplin.

After getting an early start in the world of computing with C64 & Amiga computers, Pete now spends much of his spare time in PC VR and dabbling in game development. He also has a strong interest in film, photography and music.

Among other endeavours, he previously worked in a Maplin store, so it was a no-brainer when the opportunity arose to work on the modern incarnation of Maplin online. Besides writing for the blog, Pete works alongside the Maplin team to help keep the online store running smoothly.