#76 How I Solder in 2020

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM9G, Aug 1, 2020.

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  1. KM9G

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    Some joke about putting your shoes on before running away as the bear invades your camp... I'm completely self taught and even I can make this stuff work.
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  2. K8JHR

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    Seriously? Sheesh! This is definitely NOT front page ham radio NEWS, and should be relegated to a forum dedicated to novice education. Gee, almost as exciting as seeing big resistors in a dummy load. OF course this is just MY take - your mileage may vary - yet I grow weary of so many self-appointed narcissists extolling the obvious, presuming so many others are completely ignorant of the most basic matters. Maybe he can follow up with a video of how to connect the power supply, or possibly about how to hold the microphone.

    I am NOT dissing the man, nor criticizing the video per se ... just suggesting a tutorial on how to solder is NOT front page NEWS, and should be relegated elsewhere. K8JHR
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  3. PA0MHS

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    You'll have a hard time getting the components out again when you need to repair something and it can create unwanted shorts to neighbouring pads. You are also using more solder than necessary this way, causing bulges of solder on a pad.The surface shape of a solder joint should always be concave, never convex.

    If you take a resistor out of the tape, don't bend the wires at 90 degrees but, say, 80. If you then insert the resistor, there will be enough spring action in the wires to keep them in place when you turn the board over. You can bend wires of the other components in such a way that they have the same spring action when inserted. This way, the wires stick out reasonably perpendicular on the other side of the PCB, ensuring a proper solder joint with a concave surface using just right amount of solder. It also keeps soldering time low. If done correctly, you'll be able to solder a joint within 1-2 seconds.
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  4. KI5AAI

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    Maybe that is how it is done int 2020. I still solder the same way since the 1970's. I have been through every Pace certification course from component to multi-level-PCB repair (that is fun if you like to live looking through a microscope). These two videos are worth watching for novices. Older but still good.

    As far as bending component leads over, that is a personal preference IMO. I have had no more difficulty removing components with bent over lead as ones that do not.

    Solder for inspectability, that was one thing that was drilled into our heads.

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  6. 2E0TWD

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    At a time when so many new people are joining the hobby (Uk Stats) this is a great tutorial video. Thank you as always for taking time to document this process for them. It seems some people didn’t find it interesting or useful, that’s ok it’s not who it was aimed at. No idea why they waste their time commenting though.
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  7. 2E0TWD

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    Those Videos were very interesting, thank you.
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  8. W9EBE

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    While the videos from this fellow and his daughters are quite good, I tend to agree that they aren't necessarily news.

    MODERATORS: How about moving these videos (and those like them, like showing a station assembly, an "unboxing," etc.) to an appropriate forum? Let's keep "news" actual news. It would make it easier to keep up with actual newsworthy ham radio posts. Please.
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  9. NB4R

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    Thank you for the Pace videos. Is there an area in the forum where more videos of this type can be found?
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  10. W0DGH

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    Sadly I have worked with several 'certified' electronic technicians that have horrendous soldering skills and these videos would be of great help to them.

    One technician I knew had a bad case of shaky hands because of minor nerve damage. He did some of the most flawless soldering I have ever seen. If he can do that anybody can.
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