Besides a head mounted stereo loupe there is a tool that is of great
help and that is good day light emulating light. I gives 10 years back
to your vision. I have a Ottlite that I use and I also have a 18W
daylight bulb in a desk lamp. If you buy the Ottlights on sale they are
not to bad. (50% coupon at Michaels)
> Hi Walter! I am 75% through my 6.2RXTX kit personally and here is
> what I am using:
> Weller wesd51 solder station with 1/64" conical tip. Kester
> 44 .020" solder...just right. I picked up a bench magnifier with a
> circular flourescent light in it. It wasn't inexpensive, but I can
> use that for a whole lot of other small things too. A tweezers
> works great holding the smt parts. I'm surprised at how easy it's
> been with a few helpful tools.
> You can do this! This is my first real time through SMT soldering
> by hand...not bad at all. You NEED magnification...I have good
> vision and it's still tough..lots of light too.
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> <mailto:softrock40%40yahoogroups.com>, "Walter" <snowleopard@...> wrote:
> > I just got a 20m SoftRock Lite. Its small size amazes me. My kit
> > building experience dates from heathkit days and tubes; I do know
> > to solder big things. Any advice or links to advice for a
> beginner at
> > building modern electronics would be appreciated.
> > The size of SMT components strains my eyes and their
> > boggles my mind. What are some good web links on how to build with
> > SMT components? Are there any good web links or books on how to
> > design circuits with SMTs/modern ICs?
> > My current plans are to build the SoftRock Lite rx kit, mainly
> > practice and to get experience with SDR. Then, when it's
> > I'll build the 10meter RXTXv6.2 kit for an IF for VHF/UHF
> > converters. I also want to build a KK7B R2pro direct conversion
> > rx for 2 meters (I can skip some audio stages to run it into a
> > card).
> > Should I start with something easier and bigger before I build
> > softrock lite kit?
> > --Walter, K1CMF
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