[AMRadio] Semi OT: The DARK Side

Kimberly Elmore cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 31 15:46:41 EDT 2015

I have to hand it to you, Bob: I'm impressed. My Dad, W5JHJ (SK 2007), had a shop for many years and started getting into SMD but his vision was failing and his eye-hand-coordination was getting worse, so he couldn't get very far into it. Somehow, I missed getting any of his SMD equipment from his estate (a sibling who had unrestrained access to their house for a while and may have disposed of it) but I would have liked to see what he had. He was only just getting into it...
If you don't mind my asking, where did you get your rework equipment and what sort of ballpark costs have you incurred? If some of it was used, what was your source?
Kim N5OP 

     On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:02 PM, rbethman <rbethman at comcast.net> wrote:

 I've started down the path of working with Surface Mount Devices.

[Look, these newer radios are using them throughout!  If I want to 
modify my TS-2000, I have now gained the equipment and skills to do so!]

Obtained a USB 20X to 800X Microscope.

I also obtained a Hot Air Rework Station.

I've been looking at the Microwave Arena.

Quite frankly, the "better" known folks do NOT use ROHS solder either!

Dr. Gerald N. Johnson, K0CQ, highly recommends 60/40 solder due to 
better plasticity time to work with.  He has a presentation,

In this is the differences in the ROHS vs. Sn/Pb solders.

I've been working with it for a few months now.

I use 0.015" Multicore SN60/40 solder.

It can be a bit tedious, but the hands are still steady enough.

Transparency blanks for printers make good stencils for masking the 
components locations to prep the boards.

Then you need a "good" metal framed magnifier lamp.  Not the plastic 
junk ones from Harbor Freight.  Although you can use one before you 
decide to get serious.

So far so good!

Regards, Bob N0DGN
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