Electronics Barn closing

From: Loboyko Steve <sloboyko_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Tue Aug 3 11:38:30 2004

Ron Hudson Stated:

>Another problem with most modern stuff is that it is
>surface mount tiny "you can't work on it without
>special tools" not meant for repair, only for

This is not really a problem with surface mount. I
thought this would be impossible too - then I built,
as my first SMT project, a Nixie tube watch - with
"over 45" eyeballs that never worked perfectly.


I invested in only:

1. A GOOD temperature controlled iron ($50) from eBay
2. Good (but not great) tweezers ($5.00)
3. $5.00 set of eye loupes
4. $110.00 - a hot air rework station from eBay (I
didn't really need this)
5. Some flux "markers" and some really thin solder
from Digi-Key - around $20

Nice things about surface mount are that the parts are
really cheap, you can get a lot more stuff on a board
(board cost), and the parts can be fairly easily
recycled (especially with the rework station).

The real problem as I see it is the proliferation of
parts. The Digi-Key catalog is like, 10 times the size
it was in the 70/80's. Parts come and go very quickly
now. And with ASICs, you are at the mercy of the

I am concerned that all the TTL in the surplus market
now is all that there is-I can't beleive that anyone
is making any more. Wire-wrap sockets and quality
punched boards are getting very expensive.

-Steve Loboyko

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Received on Tue Aug 03 2004 - 11:38:30 BST

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