[amsat-bb] Re: soldering iron recommendation

Dave Guimont dguimon1 at san.rr.com
Thu Mar 31 12:07:30 PDT 2011

Good recommendations, Lowell.

I use fairly high wattage tips (on an iron, easier to handle) and 
switch a diode in and out for two reasons...I have two heat choices, 
and when switched on "low" it keeps the tip from "burning" as 
quickly, and yet "high" heat is almost immediately available...the 
switch case and diode holder is made from a short length of 1/2" PVC 
and two PVC caps...

>You might find either a 'regular' or average sized soldering gun to be of use,
>or a 40W-50W iron, mainly depending on the size of wire / connector you plan
>to typically work on. Soldering guns typically will have a higher wattage
>rating and a larger surface contact area, lending them to better handle
>heating of, say, the shell of a PL-259. An iron is better suited for smaller
>or lower power (i.e. more sensitive to heat) applications. Various tips can be
>had on irons also to help suit them to the work to be done. The most common
>are round tips or chisel points.

            73, Dave, WB6LLO
                dguimon1 at san.rr.com

                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

More information about the AMSAT-BB mailing list