[AMRadio] Dumber than a rock question . .

John E. Coleman (ARS WA5BXO) wa5bxo2005 at pctechref.com
Sun Nov 13 14:42:04 EST 2005

That is exactly the way I build a lot of stuff Barrie.


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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Barrie Smith
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 12:37 PM
To: Discussion of AM Radio
Subject: [AMRadio] Dumber than a rock question . .

Well, guys, I've built a heap of stuff over a many year period, but have 
never used perfboard.

I'm in the process of building an in-shack controller for an antenna 
matching device that is at the base of one of my towers.  This unit has a 90

microhenry coil therein, with four latching vacuum relays which will short 
out turns as needed for matching.

Since the latching vacuum relays have no auxilery contacts, I bought four 
small perfboard latching relays which will be in the control box in the 
shack.  These relays will actuate the vacuum relays outside and also light a

LED, so I will know how many turns are shorted on the outside coil.

I bought some perfboard (for the first time), and took a look at it last 
night.  The relays fit in the holes just fine, with a small amount of pin 
sticking through the other side.

So, what the hell do I do with it?  Wrap some wire around the protruding 
pins and solder it?  Put the wire in an adjacent hole and run a solder 

Well, I told you it was dumb!

73, Barrie, W7ALW 

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