[eagle] Re: 125x180 Module Assembly

Dick Jansson-rr rjansson at cfl.rr.com
Tue Oct 16 16:19:54 PDT 2007

These are all quite valid suggestions. On PCB mounting, the center supports
will still be needed for the keeping of the self-resonance of the PCB up
above the 200Hz area. These suggestions will be given consideration.
For Juan, using socket head cap screws certainly can be done, but I suspect
that you are trying to use a very well worn Phillips screw driver. The ONLY
Phillips screw driver has to be one with a hardened tip, such as those that
are used with a magnetic hex driver tool. With these 4-40 screws if there is
any wear in the Phillips recess that screw is waste basket material, and
properly used you just cannot have enough torque to pop the tool without
shearing off the screw head. This also tells me that your torquing of the
screws has been unnecessarily high causing the standoff posts to lose their
Dick Jansson, KD1K
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-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Green [mailto:greencl at mindspring.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 22.22
To: Dick Jansson-rr
Cc: Bob Davis; AMSAT Eagle
Subject: Re: [eagle] 125x180 Module Assembly
Hi Dick,
It looks like you intend the PCB to go over the lip of the front of the 
base plate and screw to it. Any chance of doing the same on the sides? 
Might you put threaded holes along the sides for that purpose? The PCB 
would be more securely held along those sides and, more important to 
some applications, there would be better thermal conductivity from that 
part of the PCB to the frame of the box. You might also be able to 
eliminate some of the stand-off's which would allow more of the PCB for 
Another thought, which might not be compatible with the first thought... 
I see that the box lid has "ears" that come down over the front 
(connector) plate and a screw through each of them. Any chance of 
reversing that and having the ears on the front plate with a screw 
through the cover from the side? That would help with space for 
connectors on the front plate a little.
Looking good!
Dick Jansson-rr wrote:
> Bob:
> Attached are three pdf views of the proposed revised Eagle module, and 
> open view, fully closed view, and a view w/o the PCB. It has been a 
> lengthy day getting all of the darned 0.5mm cover bends correct and 
> holes properly placed for full mating of the cover with the baseplate 
> (such things as 0.581mm hole placement discrepancies - ugh!). If built 
> from the drawings that can be made from these objects, there should be 
> a good fit in the real hardware.
> I do not presume as to what the "real" next step wants to be, as I do 
> not propose to make the 2D drawings until the discussions have settled 
> down to agree that this is what we collectively like, or at least 
> collectively accept. Please advise.
> '73,
> Dick Jansson, KD1K
> kd1k at amsat.org <mailto:kd1k at amsat.org>
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