Electronics: The Maplin Magazine (March 1986 - May 1986)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



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The March to May 1986 issue of Electronics: The Maplin Magazine features a variety of electronics projects, technical features, and regular updates for electronics enthusiasts. The highlighted projects in this issue include a weather satellite receiver, a utility mixer and amplifier module, and a stepper motor driver, among others. Technical features cover topics such as video modulators, radio history, digital design principles, and machine code programming with the Z80 processor. Regular sections provide updates on catalogue amendments, classified advertisements, and new products.

Table of Contents


  • Weather Satellite Receiver
  • 'Mixing It' Utility Mixer and Amplifier
  • Fantastic Five: Quick and Useful Circuits
  • Stepper Motor Driver
  • Amstrad Expansion System
  • Sealed Lead Acid Battery Charger


  • The Care and Feeding of Video Modulators
  • The Story of Radio: Marconi's Developments
  • First Base: Digital Design Principles
  • Machine Code Programming with the Z80
  • Project Fault Finding
  • A/D/A Conversion Techniques


  • Catalogue Amendments
  • Classified Advertisements
  • Corrigenda (Corrections)
  • Project Servicing Rules
  • New Books and Products
  • Order Coupon
  • Price Changes List
  • Subscriptions
  • Top 20 Books and Kits

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.