Front panel controller

From: Patrick Finnegan <>
Date: Fri May 14 14:37:52 2004

On Friday 14 May 2004 13:32, Paul Koning wrote:
> >>>>> "vrs" == vrs <> writes:
> >>>>>
> >> > TQFP-144...I guess I could figure out how to attach > that to
> >> > my
> >>
> >> homemade > PCB...something tells me you have way nicer tools >
> >> than I do.
> Nothing to it. You need a fine tip soldering iron,

Even better, get a nice wide spade-tip for the soldering iron, so you
can heat multiple pins at once. Once you get the hang of it you can
"drag" the iron down along the part with the solder, and solder an IC
*very* quickly. I learned that trick in my senior design class. I
used to be afraid of surface-mount parts, but I am no longer (except
programmable things or using them in breadboards, which end up
requiring expensive adaptor sockets)

Of course, the fine tip is useful for some things, such as through-hole
devices, but you can do pretty much everything you'll need with a spade

> thin solder,
> liquid flux, a good light, and a magnifying glass. Oh yes, your PCB
> should have solder mask.
> I've built a board with several fine pitch PQFPs and about 100 0603
> capacitors, among other small stuff, using exactly those tools.
> Works just fine.

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