Any problems with switch isolation from the AC line? I may add your "hack" to
a standard iron.
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Received: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 02:07:51 PM CDT
From: Dave Guimont <dguimon1(a)san.rr.com>
To: "Lowell White" <whiteld(a)usa.net>Cc>Cc: amsat-bb(a)amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: soldering iron recommendation
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
>or a 40W-50W iron, mainly depending on the size of
wire / connector you
>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
>or lower power (i.e. more sensitive to heat)
applications. Various tips can
>had on irons also to help suit them to the work to
be done. The most
are round tips
or chisel points.
73, Dave, WB6LLO
Disagree: I learn....
Pulling for P3E...