Designing a basic amplifier with only an A.A.S. in electronics?

I am already half way through, and am just now enrolled in a class called Solid State Fundamentals, which teaches the student things such as opamps, bjt amplifiers, the different classes of amplifiers, photoelectronics, etc. However, my professor isn't very helpful. He is a blue collar man all the way and hates engineers like the spawn of satan himself. I don't really understand why. Anyways, I can only find articles about building an amp with the schematics in hand, usually via printing them up and buying the parts. That's easy. I am excellent at soldering (and find it somewhat therapeutic until the smell gets to me) and understand the schematics. However, I want to design and build my own basic amplifier, whether it be something for a ham radio kit, or a simple guitar amplifier. Any tips from an actual engineer out there?

By the way, (i just felt like adding this), I told my prof. numerous times that, as odd a goal as it may seem, I REALLY want to design and build my own ham radio kit. I love electrical engineering and reeeeally want to work with signals one day. Anywho, I have seen all these people that build these cool little "tinker toy" electronic gizmos from scratch with seemingly no electrical engineering classes, and I was just wondering what they have done. From the little that I have heard from the few engineers I have actually met that are REAL engineers (with degrees and not just titles), designing an electronic device is rather complex. I just wanted some more input.


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  • 8 years ago
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    Get hold if a copy of the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Handbook. It covers fundamentals through to building complex ham projects. You can even download some editions such as the 1986 sounds a bit old but has lots of good stuff and has the advantage it's not too cluttered with microprocessors, DSPs and or complex large scale integration chips. html Hard copies of various years' editions are readily available on eBay from $10 upwards. I passed the technical section of my ham radio exam solely using a copy of the ARRL handbook (1967!) as a technical reference manual.

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  • 8 years ago

    Build this simple FM transmitter...........

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