Re: Recommendation for a Butane Soldering Iron?
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I have fond memories of those old heavy copper soldering irons. The first radio I ever repaired (I was around 11 years old) was done with one of those irons heated on the kitchen stove! The radio was an old Crosley AM/Short Wave table top radio that had blown a dual 20 microfarad 300 volt electrolytic capacitor (power filter) and hummed like crazy. My father was going to throw it out. Local radio shop where I used to hang out (much to my father's dislike) taught me what I needed to know and actually gave me the capacitor. Father quit yelling at me after I laid the radio on the kitchen table, cut out the old cap and soldered in the new replacement. Plugged the radio in and it worked! After that I was allowed to visit the radio shop as much as they would let me. I'd have gotten my ham ticket way back then had I been able to learn CW on my own.
CW came later after a year in college when due to financial reasons, I enlisted in the Army Security Agency as a "Morse Intercept Operator" and let Uncle Sam pound it into my head 8 hours a day. Never looked back and CW still my favorite mode of operating.
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From: "John Evans" <john.evans.n0hj@...>
Sent: 11/12/2019 7:55:26 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Recommendation for a Butane Soldering Iron?