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Re: Kit building

cornhusker
 

On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 8:17 PM, Rob Roberts via Groups.Io
<kd0wkv@...> wrote:
Hello all,

I’m looking for advice on what brand of soldering iron and what type/thickness of solder do you recommend for kit building. Right now I’m using a cheap soldering iron from Harbor Freight and practicing on pixies.  Any advice or links would be appreciated. 

Rob
kd0wkv


Re: Kit building

Dale Putnam
 

I've used most of the available soldering irons, and have kept the 898D+ 2 in 1, because it is easy to set the temp, and easy to swap tips. and the tips seem to last a lot longer than others. Doesn't make noise either in my ear, or in the radios. HOWEVER, the care and maintenance of the tip is essential on all of these irons.

And I echo the warnings to stay away from acid core.. that is a no brainer.. and to stay clear away from no lead solder.. that is a certainty for return repairs, especially on board kits that are intended to be portable or moved much at all, SMD OR hole thru! No amount of temp control, flow control, elasticity of the solder, or not, will "fix" the issues with no lead. No lead is simply a marketing tool, that has NO application to longevity of use, or reliability of connections.


Good Luck with the builds.

Let me add, one tiny note.. the setting of temp, and the amount of time actually on the connection, combine to make up reliable connection.. or not. Too much, of either is a real bad thing. Not enough heat and too long.. is still very poor, too much heat, very little time.. just enough to flow is ok.. and setting the temp then controlling the time on is the easiest and most repeatable.


Have a great day,
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy

"Actions speak louder than words"
1856 - Abraham Lincoln



Re: Kit building

Darryl J Kelly
 

I borrowed a friends's Aoyue 469 and liked it so well I bought my own. $30 from Amazon and other places, up to 80 watts, uses Hakko type types. I prefer the 1.2mm chisel for kit building. Just finished a QRX20, and it worked the first time. Darryl, KK5IB


Re: Kit building

W0IIT
 

What a great response to this question!!  This is a prime example of why 4State folks are the best and why our group continues to grow, even in times of poor propagation!!!

cu es 72 Bart W0IIT
4Sqrp #72, Flying Pig #11,




On Jul 19, 2018, at 11:36 PM, Frank Artieta <73tuudefrank@...> wrote:

Hello :)

Good work soldering modern electronics , works best using quality tools and solder !

I use a HAKKO FX-88D Digital Soldering Station !
The Tip is a 1.6mm HAKT18D16P T18-D16
Stay away from lead free solder !!!!!!!
I do not know what lead free solder is really good for but can guarantee it is not the stuff to use on small thru hole components !!!!!!!!!

The solder I use is KESTER Rosin Core .60mm / 0.25" My Favorite
The part numbers are ! SM63PB37   #66/285

I am sure 0.30 " would work great also !

Certainly there are other good brands of soldering equipment but I love my  HAKKO FX-88D 

And do not use lead free solder or acid core solder ! EVER !!!!!
I recommend you try to find some good YouTube videos that you trust and watch them !

The truth can be expensive !
But this the truth !

I hope this helps !
73 de kd5ald



Re: Kit building

Mike D
 

I am a big fan of the Weller wesd51 for through-hole.  It, or a similar Hakko are the best options for a beginner.


On Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 8:17 PM Rob Roberts via Groups.Io <kd0wkv=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all,

I’m looking for advice on what brand of soldering iron and what type/thickness of solder do you recommend for kit building. Right now I’m using a cheap soldering iron from Harbor Freight and practicing on pixies.  Any advice or links would be appreciated. 

Rob
kd0wkv


Kit building solder station

Rob <roomberg@...>
 

I have been using this soldering iron for 2 years
and have been extremely pleased  with it.
YiHua 936 Rework Soldering Station SMD DesolderingSolder Iron w/ Stand 110V US

https://www.ebay.com/itm/381444146894

I don't know why its title says REWORK and SMD and DESOLDERING

It is really nothing more than a soldering iron.


AND
use KESTER 44 solder .... you will not be disappointed.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202006855960

73 Rob KB3BYT


Re: Kit building

Frank Artieta
 

Hello :)

Good work soldering modern electronics , works best using quality tools and solder !

I use a HAKKO FX-88D Digital Soldering Station !
The Tip is a 1.6mm HAKT18D16P T18-D16
Stay away from lead free solder !!!!!!!
I do not know what lead free solder is really good for but can guarantee it is not the stuff to use on small thru hole components !!!!!!!!!

The solder I use is KESTER Rosin Core .60mm / 0.25" My Favorite
The part numbers are ! SM63PB37   #66/285

I am sure 0.30 " would work great also !

Certainly there are other good brands of soldering equipment but I love my  HAKKO FX-88D 

And do not use lead free solder or acid core solder ! EVER !!!!!
I recommend you try to find some good YouTube videos that you trust and watch them !

The truth can be expensive !
But this the truth !

I hope this helps !
73 de kd5ald


Re: Kit building

Mike Scheidt
 

Rob,

 

A very accomplished kit builder (W0EB) is a friend of mine.  He steered me to Walmart and on his suggestion, I purchased a 2 in 1 soldering station.  The title of this one says it’s also lead free.  It does soldering and also has a hot air gun for some SMD work.  Anyway, it runs about $63 and I’ve been exceptionally happy with mine.  Also, if you check out the Walmart website, they have many other types and price ranges to choose from.  I  like the one W0EB suggested as the temperature can be set fairly precisely.

 

I had mine shipped to me, as not all Walmarts stock very many (if any) soldering stuff. 

 

Good luck.

 

Mike

N0XM

 

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Subject: [4SQRP] Kit building

 

Hello all,

I’m looking for advice on what brand of soldering iron and what type/thickness of solder do you recommend for kit building. Right now I’m using a cheap soldering iron from Harbor Freight and practicing on pixies.  Any advice or links would be appreciated. 

Rob
kd0wkv


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Kit building

Rob Roberts
 

Hello all,

I’m looking for advice on what brand of soldering iron and what type/thickness of solder do you recommend for kit building. Right now I’m using a cheap soldering iron from Harbor Freight and practicing on pixies.  Any advice or links would be appreciated. 

Rob
kd0wkv


Re: 80 meter net

Paul Smith
 

Let me know how ur loop comes out. 25 years ago at my farm I had a full wave loop on 80 meters. it was a dandy but picked up static like crazy when storms came by. I always had to keep it unhooked and grounded out of the house when not in use hi hi de Paul



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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:24 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 meter net
 
No problem, we had checkins and that’s what counts.  I’m going to experiment with a low loop to see what I can do about reducing noise on 80 meters if I can find acceptable attaching points for it..

72,

Charles - NK8O

On Jul 19, 2018, at 10:31 AM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

Hello All,
I am not sure where the storms were but was surprised to Chas in Louisburg. I did work N0XM Mike but I think it was after Chas worked him. My ears were tired so I pulled the plug. de Paul

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Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:12 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 meter net
 
I jumped over to 80 meters to see if anyone was there after I checked in on 40 meters. Check ins, loosely speaking, were as follows:

NK8O, Chas in KS (NCS)
N0NBD, Paul in KS
N0EVH, John in MO
KV6Z, Bill in OK
N0XM, Mike in KS also reported by e-mail that I was 599 in Wichita

I think Paul took a few check ins prior to me but had storms in the area.

72,

Chas - NK8O




Re: 40m Net

griffithsesq.robert
 

Heard you Bill in my mobile and called you after returning home and after you exchanged with K3ESE. I was using my Bayou Jumper and a Dipole in the attic broadside north and south. The crystal seems also to transmit at more like 7121 so, there are challenges. Maybe next time. 
73. Griff NE3I
Robert Alan Griffiths

On Jul 18, 2018, at 9:58 PM, dekle <dekle@...> wrote:

A typical stormy night with QRN and QSB.
Still a pretty good turnout:

W7KFI         Susan     MS
WA9PWP     Paul       WI
K3NLT         Russ       VA
NK8O          Chas       KS
AB4QL        Barry       AL
K3ESE        Lloyd       MD
KV6Z           Bill          OK (NCS)

Thanks everybody.
See you next week.

73
Bill
KV6Z


Re: 80 meter net

Charles W. Powell
 

No problem, we had checkins and that’s what counts.  I’m going to experiment with a low loop to see what I can do about reducing noise on 80 meters if I can find acceptable attaching points for it..

72,

Charles - NK8O

On Jul 19, 2018, at 10:31 AM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

Hello All,
I am not sure where the storms were but was surprised to Chas in Louisburg. I did work N0XM Mike but I think it was after Chas worked him. My ears were tired so I pulled the plug. de Paul

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:12 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 meter net
 
I jumped over to 80 meters to see if anyone was there after I checked in on 40 meters. Check ins, loosely speaking, were as follows:

NK8O, Chas in KS (NCS)
N0NBD, Paul in KS
N0EVH, John in MO
KV6Z, Bill in OK
N0XM, Mike in KS also reported by e-mail that I was 599 in Wichita

I think Paul took a few check ins prior to me but had storms in the area.

72,

Chas - NK8O




Re: 80 meter net

Paul Smith
 

Hello All,

I am not sure where the storms were but was surprised to Chas in Louisburg. I did work N0XM Mike but I think it was after Chas worked him. My ears were tired so I pulled the plug. de Paul


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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:12 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 meter net
 
I jumped over to 80 meters to see if anyone was there after I checked in on 40 meters. Check ins, loosely speaking, were as follows:

NK8O, Chas in KS (NCS)
N0NBD, Paul in KS
N0EVH, John in MO
KV6Z, Bill in OK
N0XM, Mike in KS also reported by e-mail that I was 599 in Wichita

I think Paul took a few check ins prior to me but had storms in the area.

72,

Chas - NK8O



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AG1P Ron
 

The transfer of the Cricket 30 kit to a new kitter is complete.  Orders can now be placed. 

Thank you for your patience.

 

72 - Ron - AG1P

New 4SQRP Cricketmaster

 

 


80 meter net

Charles W. Powell
 

I jumped over to 80 meters to see if anyone was there after I checked in on 40 meters. Check ins, loosely speaking, were as follows:

NK8O, Chas in KS (NCS)
N0NBD, Paul in KS
N0EVH, John in MO
KV6Z, Bill in OK
N0XM, Mike in KS also reported by e-mail that I was 599 in Wichita

I think Paul took a few check ins prior to me but had storms in the area.

72,

Chas - NK8O


Re: 40m Net

Paul Smith
 

Bill,

I could hear some checkins but not you de Paul N0NBD


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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of dekle <dekle@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:58 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net
 
A typical stormy night with QRN and QSB.
Still a pretty good turnout:

W7KFI         Susan     MS
WA9PWP     Paul       WI
K3NLT         Russ       VA
NK8O          Chas       KS
AB4QL        Barry       AL
K3ESE        Lloyd       MD
KV6Z           Bill          OK (NCS)

Thanks everybody.
See you next week.

73
Bill
KV6Z


Re: Fw: am radio

JAMES DAVIDSON
 

sure did 

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:39 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

Jim I forwarded this to the list hoping David Cripe will jump in. He is the designer and engineer. I just kit and ship the list. I do not know of any low audio. Did U twist the loop to get the most signal?

\Paul


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From: JAMES DAVIDSON <jijvd74@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:35 AM
To: n0nbd@...
Subject: am radio
 
PAUL not a rocket man here .my audio is real low getting differ. stations fine checked most ever thing . have you had any one with this low audio?  i think my audio transformer is bad.  have 9 volts to primary but nothing measuring on other side .still i have  audio have to hold it up to my head to hear it.good on qrz if you think i am on the rite track  . jim davidson   kc0dd # 184 4s.     thanks



40m Net

dekle <dekle@...>
 

A typical stormy night with QRN and QSB.
Still a pretty good turnout:

W7KFI         Susan     MS
WA9PWP     Paul       WI
K3NLT         Russ       VA
NK8O          Chas       KS
AB4QL        Barry       AL
K3ESE        Lloyd       MD
KV6Z           Bill          OK (NCS)

Thanks everybody.
See you next week.

73
Bill
KV6Z


Fw: am radio

Paul Smith
 

Jim I forwarded this to the list hoping David Cripe will jump in. He is the designer and engineer. I just kit and ship the list. I do not know of any low audio. Did U twist the loop to get the most signal?

\Paul


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From: JAMES DAVIDSON <jijvd74@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:35 AM
To: n0nbd@...
Subject: am radio
 
PAUL not a rocket man here .my audio is real low getting differ. stations fine checked most ever thing . have you had any one with this low audio?  i think my audio transformer is bad.  have 9 volts to primary but nothing measuring on other side .still i have  audio have to hold it up to my head to hear it.good on qrz if you think i am on the rite track  . jim davidson   kc0dd # 184 4s.     thanks


Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 7/18/18 #cal-notice

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge All
We have pop up boomers nearby tonight.
I’m pulling the plug.
Have fun on 80 meters.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <noreply@groups.io> wrote:

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central or 0100 UTC on 7.122 +-.
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.



Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

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