March 2016 Technical Talk

Surface Mount Soldering by Terry, VK6ZLT

Terry took us through details on SMD soldering, including SM components, tools needed, flux and solder.

At the next Activity Day, April 2, there'll be a chance to try and practice techniques in soldering.


Intro to Surface Mount Device

Intro to SMD Soldering

Links from the handouts. There's plenty of videos on the web to get a good grounding on SMD soldering. Check out some below.

Surface Mount Soldering tutorials
Surface mount soldering tutorial
Some random hints for SMD soldering
How To Solder SMD Using Solder Paste at the Bench. Solder Like a Pro.
DIY Vacuum pump
Home built SMD reflow oven
SMD physical Sizes
SMD with hot air
SMD soldering techniques
Identify SMD capacitors

January 2016 Technical Talk

Remote Radio Control

The technical talk at the January monthly meeting was given by Rob VK6LD. Rob's system is using a ICON 706 with a pair of remote boxes, one radio box attached to the radio at his QTH and the control attached to head of the radio at his portable station. Between the remote boxes is some form of network, ethernet network or internet. At the end there was a small show, tell and demonstration of listening on different bands at his QTH in Albany, and a look at the web interface to the remote unit.

So the crux of it is, Rob can sit in his car with a good 3/4G connection and remote control his rig at his QTH in Albany. That gives me an extended definition of going 'mobile' or 'portable'.

More information from the links below, Remote Rig USA manufacturer, and complete presentation pdf of Rob's talk.

Appreciate the talk Rob.


Rob's Presentation