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[time-freq] Handling 0603 parts

Christopher T. Day CTDay at lbl.gov
Wed May 3 06:26:01 UTC 2006

Steve, et al.,

Ahhhh. Much better. I got a very sharp-tipped, soft spring action pair
of tweezers at a local boutique cosmetic shop - Rostfrie [Stainless, I
presume] Solingen [no idea] Germany "nippes" 729. Straight, not curved,
but it's what I could find - big help number one. Use flux in tiny
amounts - big help number two. Steve's web page on resistor soldering -
big helps three and four, in particular, the tiny amount of presolder on
the pads and the dual iron technique. The latter _very_ useful and
nowhere near as awkward as I'd expected. I've made it though the first
parts sheet - sans the 0 ohm jumpers - without any additional losses and
in good time. I even recovered one of my "lost" 1K ohm resistors; it was
using the murder mystery trick of hiding in plain sight on the circuit

The flux is not organic water-based, as far as I can tell - Kester
Flux-Pen, same as in Steve's soldering page photo. Presumably I swish
the board around in some isopropyl alcohol when I'm finished?

	Chris - AE6VK

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Bible [mailto:n7hpr at tapr.org] 
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:16 PM
To: TAPR time and frequency projects
Subject: RE: [time-freq] Handling 0603 parts

Hi Chris,

The best way is to use a very good pair of tweezers.  The pair I have
have a
very sharp point and curve about 60 degrees.  Look in the Newark
There's a nice selection.

When you open the tape of parts, use the tweezers to grab and pull back
the clear part of the tape (the clear part of the tape is the cover).
Carefully pull the cover open and pour the parts ontop the work bench.
is best to only work with one value at a time (this way they don't get
up).  Next, use the tweezers to pick up and place the parts into place.

Here's a web page I started on how to solder surface mount parts for the


I use to use no-clean flux, but I switched to organic water soluable
The reason was cleaning.  The no-clean really needed to be cleaned with
isopropyl alcohol.  The organic cleans with water, which is much easier
do.  I use a small bottle of organix flux with a needle dispensor.  I
it to the work and then solder.  The flux helps the solder flow and
into position better than without flux.  One rule with organic flux, you
must clean it!  Don't let it set on the PCB overnight.  Once you are
give the board a good washing in warm water and soap.  Allow to dry (I
compressed air to blow the excess water off).  If you don't clean the
organic flux off, any amount of moisture will active the flux later on
corrode the PCB and parts.

Let me know what parts you need, I'll ship them to you.


- Steve, N7HPR
 (n7hpr at tapr.org)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-freq-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:time-freq-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Christopher T.
> Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 3:06 PM
> To: TAPR time and frequency projects
> Subject: [time-freq] Handling 0603 parts
> For those who have constructed the RefLock II board:
> How do you physically handle the 0603 parts? So far, about 30% of mine
> have gone flying off to oblivion. I'd like to know other folks success
> rates so I have some idea how many duplicate part lists I'm going to
> have to order from Mouser before I can expect to get every thing onto
> the board. :) Thanks.
> 	Chris - AE6VK
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