JT Croteau <jt.tobit@...>
I had really high hopes in my skill to pull off assembly of this kit but I am off to a terrible start even after doing a fair amount of practice SMT soldering before hand.
The I/O board came out really well so I then moved on to the Control Board. Unfortunately, some parts were missing so, after an email to George, I soldered on the caps and resistors with no problem. I then set it aside until I could get the replacement parts.
I then moved onto the DSP board and focused on installing the dsPIC chip first. Things seemed to have been going well until, as I was cleaning up solder bridges, I noticed a bent lead on one corner of the dsPIC. I really don't know how this happened.
Short of ordering a new DSP board and dsPIC chip from George, I'm not really sure what I am going to do at this point but my confidence level is shot at the moment.
Maybe I should have just ordered a KX3 instead of thinking I could get back into kit building and homebrewing again.
bah, not a good weekend on the bench.
72 de N1ESE