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[time-freq] Handling 0603 parts

Steven Bible srbible at earthlink.net
Wed May 3 17:53:55 UTC 2006

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the feedback on the parts sheets.  

The idea I have for people to use these is to use an Xacto knife and slice the packing tape on both sides of the parts strip.  Then carefully pull the strip up off the double-sided tape that held it in place when I finally taped all the parts down.  Then you have the strip of parts in hand.  Then with the knofe, peel back the cover from the strip and carefully pour the parts out on the bench.

Notice the generous use of the adjective "carefully"  :-)

- Steve N7HPR

-----Original Message-----
>From: "Christopher T. Day" <CTDay at lbl.gov>
>Sent: May 3, 2006 9:46 AM
>To: Steven Bible <n7hpr at tapr.org>, TAPR time and frequency projects <time-freq at lists.tapr.org>
>Subject: RE: [time-freq] Handling 0603 parts
>Address should be good, thanks. 
>The soldering kit sounds like a good idea to me. It's a little hard to
>know what to look for in tools the first time around.
>I've done several other projects with at least some SMD soldering -
>various SoftRock models, RockMites, Warbler, Antenna Analyst 908, HPSDR
>Atlas board,... This was my first time with 0603 parts, though. SMD
>soldering is definitely fun, and probably quicker than through-hole once
>you get the hang of it. Also from the list above, there are a lot of
>really nice kits to build these days using at least a few SMD chips.
>With the terrifically powerful chips available these days, I think
>homebrew is undergoing a major renewal and SMD in an integral part of
>One thing - I like the parts page idea, but I think they would work
>better if the paper chip tapes were taped to the page face down. The
>packing tape used to attach them is so strong and springy that the chips
>are tricky to extract. If the paper tape were face down, it could be
>removed from the page and placed face up with its chip cover film
>intact. I find it much easier to get out single chips then by pealing
>back the film with a knife blade.
>BTW, I'm 58, so this is not just a kid's game.
>	Chris - AE6VK
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Steven Bible [mailto:srbible at earthlink.net] 
>Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 9:25 AM
>To: time-freq at lists.tapr.org
>Subject: RE: [time-freq] Handling 0603 parts
>Hi Chris,
>Glad to hear things are working well for you.  I hope that your
>experience encourages others to embark on surface mount soldering.  It
>is fun.  You will find that you won't go back to through hole :-).
>On the no-clean flux, I clean it with IPA (Isopropol Alcohol) you can
>get at the drug or hardware store.  Do use this stuff in a well
>ventilated area.  It is hard on the nose.  You'll see then why to switch
>to organic :-).
>I've been thinking, a good TAPR project would be to create a surface
>mount tool kit.  The contents would be organic flux solder in various
>sizes, organic flux liquid, despensing bottle, solder wick, and
>tweezers.  Anything else that should be part of the kit?  What would
>people like to have?  How much should the kit cost?  Or are there other
>places that sell these tools in a kit form?
>BTW, I have the replacement parts in the mail.  (I assumed your address
>in the call book was good?)
>- Steve N7HPR

\r\n- Steve\r\n  (n7hpr at tapr.org)\r\n

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