[amsat-bb] Re: soldering iron recommendation

Lowell White whiteld at usa.net
Thu Mar 31 10:55:41 PDT 2011

Hi Zach, 

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.

Weller is probably the best known and distrubuted brand of the consumer
brands. A local hardware store or some hobby stores would be likely to carry
them as well as might big box stores. 

Kind regards & 73, 


------ Original Message ------
Received: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:33:15 PM CDT
From: zach hillerson <qstick333 at yahoo.com>
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb]  soldering iron recommendation

> A bit off topic - I am hoping to get  better at making cables and dipoles
etc... and would like to replace the antiquated soldering iron I am attempting
to use with something more suited to the job.  I'd appreciate a
recommendation as to brands/models I should be looking at for this type of
work.  I'm not sure what wattage would be appropriate.  I do not plan to do
circuit work at this time, strictly connectors and HF dipoles.
> Thanks!
> Zach
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