like automobile mechanics, has slowly become a lost art form for hobbyists because of the complexity of the systems,
and the fact that most products can be purchased fully built and tested for far less that what they can be bought
for in kit form. The advent of the grain of salt size surface mount components further complicated the aspiring
hobbyist/builder because the specialized equipment necessary is expensive (hot air soldering/rework machine, microscope,
solder paste dispenser, etc.). It is nearly impossible to even troubleshoot a modern consumer electronic device
these days without access to a lab like the one many of us work (or worked) in.
Fortunately, there are still a
still a handful of companies keeping the pastime alive by offering kits or partial kits. The sophistication of the
kits does not come close to the color televisions or radio control units that Heathkit produced decades ago, but
there are many building block circuit kits that at least take some of the work out of designing, building and testing
your own custom creations.
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ApogeeKits | apogeekits.com | 800-980-7966 | Euless, TX
ApogeeKits Electronic designs and manufactures unique kits of our
own, and carries high quality brand name kits from other well known manufacturers. Our website pages have many kits
that are available no place else in the United States. We also have test equipment, power supplies, anti-static
products and other assembled electronic products for professionals and hobbyists. Whether you're new to electronic
kit building or a seasoned professional, we have electronic project kits, tools, lights, magnifiers, soldering equipment,
anti-static products and much more for every skill level. Within our kit product pages you'll also find many free
electronic kit circuit schematics, free tutorials, plans, and lists to outside resources.
All Spectrum Electronics | allspectrum.com | 877-899-7400 | Van Nuys, CA
DMM, ham radio,
holiday specialty, LED, radio, robotic.
Almost All Digital Electronics | aade.com | 253-351-9316 | Auburn, WA
L/C meter, digital
frequency displays, vacuum tube radio probe, Filter Design & Analysis software - FREE, precision frequency reference.
Bakatronics | bakatronics.com | 877-629-2730 | CT
Over 500 different electronic kits, electronic
models & model railroad items to choose from.
Electro-Kits | electrokits.com
A comprehensive database of electronic circuits and kits
that come complete with circuit designs (schematics), PCB circuit boards and electronic components so that you can
solder together your own electronic circuits, with minimal effort.
Electronic Rainbow | rainbowkits.com | 317-745-5602 | Danville IN
A large variety of kits
for sub-functions like power supplies, IR emitters/detectors, motion sensors, amplifiers, timers, etc.
Electronics 123 | electronics123.com | 888-549-3749 | Columbiana, OH
Audio and sound effects,
audio pre/power amplifiers, batteries & battery accessories, controllers, experimentation projects, indicators
and testers, inverters and converters, light effects, microcontrollers, power supplies, radio, robots, security,
timers | counters | oscillators, TV, video and camera.
Erlich Industrial Development | eidusa.com
All of the kits' Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)
are made and packaged in North Carolina, USA. You can buy them pre-assembled, bare-bones and/or components only.
Huge selection of LED displays, processors, I/O modules, sensors, amplifiers, data converters.
Gibson Sales Systems | gssteched.com
Telephone kit, robotic arm trainer kit, solar car (with
solar panel), hand-held police siren, two-LED blinker for bicycles, DMM kit, burglar alarm kit, telephone amplifier
kit, 15-LED spectrum analyzer, 25W audio amplifier, 8 melody generator kit, universal musical alarm, 4A universal
DC power supply kit, super sensor motion detector kit, digital roulette, dual-band AM short wave radio kit, variable
strobe light kit, sound operated switch kit, parallel PC interface kit, MicroBug robot, voice changer.
Hobby Engineering | hobbyengineering.com | 650-589-2878 | San Francisco, CA
A supply store
for people who want to build robots, electronic gadgets, kinetic art or anything else that moves, beeps or flashes.
HobbyTron.com | hobbytron.com | 818-675-9002 | San Fernando, CA
Electronic project kits &
parts. Electronics for kids, test equipment and tools, amateur radio, amplifier, audio equipment, color organs,
clock kits, electronic games, light effects, noise effects, power supply, radio kits, sensors and remotes, telephone
kits, timers and relays, TV video kits, surveillance.
NightFire Electronic Kits | vakits.com | 352-237-4348
A wide selection of low-cost Active
and Passive Electronic Components as Design Kits for Engineers, Technicians, Students, and Hobbyists in both Surface
Mount Technology & Thru-Hole. Our kits are developed with the Designer in mind. Now you can buy just the right
semiconductor with just the right amount of resistors, capacitors, LEDs, and more. As a bonus, most of our Thru-Hole
kits come with a blank Perfboard to help in your designs.
Quality Kits | store.qkits.com | 1-888-464-5487 | Kingston, ON Canada
If you are looking
for a way to build your inventions and do not have time to research, design, proto type, debug, deglitch, rebuild,
and source parts; we are the answer! We add new kits regularly, all using some new and some proven technology, trying
to give you a mix of building blocks that can be used together or alone to provide solutions to your demanding applications.
Typical proven building blocks would be amplifier kits, valve amplifiers, 1 A, 3 A and 10 A DC power supply modules,
as well as benchtop power supply with extremely low drift and stable regulation. More advanced projects include
I/O boards for your P.C, ISA, Serial, & Parallel types.
Ramsey Electronics | ramseyelectronics.com | 800-980-7966 | Euless, TX
Providing the neatest
electronic products and kits for over 30 years! From AM & FM transmitters, hobby kits, video cameras, time &
weather products, amateur radio gear, mini-kits, or just neat stuff, we make working with electronics not only fun,
but also a great learning experience. With Ramsey kits you don't just get a bag of parts and some instructions.
We delve into circuit theory covering how and why it works, all in a fun and easy to understand format.