Electronics: The Maplin Magazine (March 1984 - May 1984)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



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Dive into the electrifying world of DIY electronics with the March-May 1984 issue of "Electronics: The Maplin Magazine", in PDF form! This edition is a treasure trove of projects that will intrigue and challenge both novice and experienced hobbyists. From a comprehensive introduction to car electrics, ensuring your vehicle is always running smoothly, to the construction of an 80m Amateur Receiver that brings the world of amateur radio into your home with simplicity and ease. Discover the innovative Spectrum Easyload that puts an end to cassette loading woes for Sinclair Spectrum users, and explore the versatility of a Power Controller for electrical appliances, capable of handling up to 2.8kW. Additionally, the issue delves into the realms of musical creativity with the Auto-Wah, a unit that offers a wide range of musical effects. 

Table of Contents:

  • Featured Projects:

    • Introduction to Car Electrics: A series exploring the fundamentals of car electrical systems.
    • 80m Amateur Receiver: A guide to building a low-cost, single-sideband receiver for the 80m amateur band.
    • Spectrum Easyload: A novel project to enhance cassette loading for the Sinclair Spectrum.
    • Power Controller for Electrical Appliances: Manage devices up to 2.8kW with this easy-to-build controller.
    • Auto-Wah: Create diverse musical effects with this straightforward design.
  • Technical Features:

    • Machine Code Programming the 6502: The fourth installment focusing on Input/Output functions.
    • Measurements in Electronics: Part two discussing the measurement of resistance, capacitance, and inductance.
    • Oric 1 Modem Interface: Connecting the Maplin Modem to an Oric 1 computer.
    • Electronic Chronicles: A new series providing a brief history of electronics, from ancient times to the 18th century.
  • Regular Columns:

    • Catalogue Amendments: Updates and corrections to the product listings.
    • Classified Advertisements: A space for readers to buy, sell, or exchange gear.
    • Maplin News: The latest announcements and product launches.
    • Special Offers and Subscriptions: Exclusive deals and subscription information.

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.