Unlike other massive reference works, this comprehensive resource to hobby and consumer electronics doesn't intimidate the reader with tiny print and sparse, rapid drawings. This single-volume encyclopedia encourages perusal, inviting the reader to browse through hundreds of informative succinctly written articles enlived with a high ratio of illustrations. Less technical and more reader-friendly than most references, this accurate work covers electronics theory and practice in plain English, discussing such topics as camcorders, VCRs, fax machines, burglar and fire alarm systems, stereo equipment, cable and satellite television, microwave ovens, robots and servo systems, telephones, and shortwave and ham radios. Articles are arranged alphabetically to help readers find subjects quickly and easily. Other helpful features include a comprehensive index and extensive cross-references to other articles of interest.