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Alan
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:30 pm    Post subject: How to Solder Reply with quote

An article about soldering.

http://www.aaroncake.net/electronics/solder.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few more great resources:

If you want to see the best short soldering video watch THIS ONE.

How to Solder Video Clips
http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov/elab/soldering.htm
http://www.solder.net/technical/tips.asp
http://www.americanbeautytools.com/video.php
http://www.electronics.ca/cbt/DVD-42-43C.html
http://www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/curriculum/dt/videos/solderVid/soldering.htm
http://www.ameritherm.com/video_soldering.html


How to Solder using Pictures
http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/solderfaq.htm
http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/solder.htm
http://www.hallbar.com/solderingtips.html
http://www.elecraft.com/TechNotes/Ask_Dr_Solder.html
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Alan
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good soldering video.

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/01/soldering_tutor_1.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
Good soldering video.

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/01/soldering_tutor_1.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890


I really didn't like that video. The main camera was too far away, and the closeup didn't focus very well. It could have been much better.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NASA Radio Jove project has a set of videos up on their website as well. They are okay, but I think they could have crammed it into one video:

http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov/telescope/soldering.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of soldering, can anyone recommend a good soldering iron? I've been using rat shack ones for a while, and am ready to move on. I've been looking at http://www.hmcelectronics.com/cgi-bin/scripts/product/1980-0430/ and some tips.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BronzeG3 wrote:
Speaking of soldering, can anyone recommend a good soldering iron? I've been using rat shack ones for a while, and am ready to move on. I've been looking at http://www.hmcelectronics.com/cgi-bin/scripts/product/1980-0430/ and some tips.


How much are you looking to spend? I see Metcal rework stations all the time on Ebay for reasonable prices. They heat up in two seconds (pulse technology), and are really realy nice for heating the component up to temperature, making the solder joint, and removing the heat quickly.

I suggest the used ones for less than 100 bucks, the power supplies dont really go bad in them:

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=metcal
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BronzeG3 wrote:
Speaking of soldering, can anyone recommend a good soldering iron? I've been using rat shack ones for a while, and am ready to move on. I've been looking at http://www.hmcelectronics.com/cgi-bin/scripts/product/1980-0430/ and some tips.


Funny you mention that, I have also been looking around. This one looks quite good, but I am not sure I want to spend that much...
http://cgi.ebay.com/936-12-Hakko-Solder-Station-ESD-Safe-Factory-Fresh-New_W0QQitemZ180069766397QQihZ008QQcategoryZ109556QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ebay one does look nice, but I have never heard of that brand before. I might wait for the semester to start back up and ask around. From what I've been told $80-$100 is the sweet spot for good soldering stations.
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