Damian Budd

B.Sc. Eng. (Hons) Electronic Engineer, Hobbyist and Private Pilot

Personal Hobby Projects

I began electronics as a hobby during my school years. Unlike the average hobbyist who might get hold of a circuit, follow instructions on how to build it, get it working and then move onto the next project, I was more interested in understanding how and why the circuit worked with a view to being able to design my own circuits to do what I wanted them to do.

I read numerous books on electronics to expand my knowledge, most of the books were university or professional level material. By the time I entered university I already knew most of the subject matter  that was contained in the university electronics courses. My initial focus during my school years was in the field of analogue electronics and specifically audio amplifiers thus the first few projects listed here are centered around this interest, but later on my interest branched out into areas such as RF design, lighting, sensors, digital electronics, digital audio and recently switch mode power supplies.

In the following pages you will find details of the electronic projects I have built over the years. All my circuits are my own designs. I have not copied any other circuits, although I have always been open to learning from other peoples designs. I have always intended all my projects to look and work like commercial products even though I haven't specifically intended to commercialise them. In many cases the knowledge gained through embarking on these projects has been invaluable in my career and I have taken this knowledge and put it into practise in my job.