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.

Hand-outs

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
https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/category/2
Surface mount soldering tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7Tu8NXu5UA
Some random hints for SMD soldering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdGSFc7VjBE
How To Solder SMD Using Solder Paste at the Bench. Solder Like a Pro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_yFDpSTfao
DIY Vacuum pump
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJWUUK1s_G0
Home built SMD reflow oven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dube38fpLtc
SMD physical Sizes
http://www.topline.tv/SMT_Nomenclature.pdf
SMD with hot air
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z7nCAxS2Rg
SMD soldering techniques
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uiroWBkdFY
Identify SMD capacitors
http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/data/capacitor/capacitor-markings.php
http://www.talkingelectronics.com/projects/SurfaceMount/SurfaceMount-P1.html

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.

Links:

Rob's Presentation

http://www.remoterig.com/wp/