How to learn radio repair

Written by nicholas pell
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Many reasons exist for learning radio repair. Perhaps you seek an exciting career with a bankable trade that combines problem-solving skills and hands-on work. Or maybe you're a short wave or antique radio enthusiast who is tired of having to pay other people to fix your equipment. No matter what your reasons, learning radio repair is a challenging endeavour. Radio repair takes years to master. However, if you commit to a course of study, professional or amateur, you will have a new skill for years to come.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Multimeter
  • Soldering iron
  • Breadboard
  • Power supply

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    Get formal training. Formal training in radio repair is available in one of two ways. First, there are technical and community colleges around the country that teach radio repair. Some colleges do not specifically teach radio repair. However, they do provide training in electronics and electrical equipment repair. This training can be applied specifically to radio repair at the student's discretion. Secondly, the United States military has a number of career paths for those interested in learning radio repair. Both ways work for the person seeking a career in radio repair.

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    Read about radio repair. An ample amount of books exist on the subject of radio repair, both modern and antique. You can find these books at any large bookstore or online bookseller. Further, the magazine Nuts and Volts frequently has radio-related projects that range in level from beginner to advanced.

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    Learn basic circuit repair. Radio repair is a highly specialised form of electronics and circuit repair. Kits are available at any electronics store that allow you to learn radio repair basics by doing. These kits are easy, introductory lessons that will help you get a basic grasp of electronics, which is highly helpful in learning radio repair. You will need basic tools like a multimeter, a soldering iron, a breadboard and a power supply to complete these lessons.

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    Browse radio repair forums. The Internet has forums for radio repair, electronics repair, and general engineering, all of which will be valuable resources. You can ask trained, experienced professionals and amateur enthusiasts about tough problems confronting you on your road to learning radio repair.

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