Electronics & Beyond (July 2001)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



Time to read 1 min

The July 2001 issue of Electronics & Beyond kicks off with a series of projects that allow readers to construct practical devices, such as a wireless security alarm and a digital speedometer developed by young German engineers, showcasing the magazine's commitment to blending educational content with real-world applications. The issue also navigates through various electronic themes, offering a refreshing perspective on electronics with projects like Lego Mindstorms and a soil moisture tester, catering to a broad spectrum of interests from robotics to agricultural electronics.

Moreover, the magazine embraces alternative technology, providing insights into the accessible nature of robotics, the fundamentals of UPS systems, solar water heating, and the community-driven solar clubs. These sections aim to educate readers on sustainable and renewable energy sources, highlighting Maplin's forward-thinking approach to electronics and technology.

The microelectronics segment discusses the intricacies of a GPS logger and profiling the success of Cirrus Logic, shedding light on the advancements and achievements within the microelectronics industry.

Table of Contents

Projects to Make

  1. Historical Circuit Ideas: Fox Wireless Security Alarm: Revisiting classic circuits with a modern application.
  2. Pre-Compliance or Compliance: Navigating the CE marking process with Gareth Bradley.
  3. From a Concept to a Product: Journey of two young engineers in creating a digital speedometer.

Electronic Themes

  1. Lego Mindstorms: Merging creativity with technology through robotics and colored bricks.
  2. Modern Circuit Ideas: Innovations in circuit design featuring the ultimate delayed alarm.
  3. Soil Moisture Tester: A practical guide by Gavin Cheeseman on constructing a device to measure soil hydration.

Alternative Technology

  1. Robotics Profile: An exploration of robotics philosophy and accessibility with Acroname.
  2. Powering the Internet: Introduction to UPS systems by Shri Karve.
  3. Solar Water Heating: Insights into solar energy and its applications.
  4. Solar Clubs: Engaging with community-driven solar energy initiatives.
  5. Power Pumps: Enhancing your garden with solar-powered fountains.


  1. GPS Logger Insights: Understanding the functionalities and applications of a GPS logger.
  2. Cirrus Logic Success Story: Profiling the achievements and contributions of Cirrus Logic to the microelectronics industry.

Regular Features

  • News Bytes: Updates and news from the electronics world.
  • Air Your Views: Reader letters and opinions.
  • What's On: Upcoming events and gatherings for electronics enthusiasts.
  • Bookshop: Recommended reading for electronics enthusiasts.
  • Web Electronics: Navigating online resources for electronics.
  • Product Review: Analyses of new electronics products.
  • Classified: Electronics-related classified ads.
  • Comment: Editorial insights and opinions.
  • Technology Watch: Emerging trends and technologies.
  • Beyond Belief: Unusual and intriguing stories from the electronics realm.

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.