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Author Topic: Recommendations on a soldering iron.  (Read 1379 times)
N9FIK
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2004, 07:27:06 AM »

Thank you everyone!!

--mike
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K1CJS
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2004, 09:33:27 PM »

Sorry, but I disagree with the last post advising against soldering guns.  It all depends about the size of the gun (Weller makes 2 common sizes) how the user is taught about using guns, and how the gun is maintained.  The tip of the gun is actually part of an electrical circuit, and the tightness and corrosion of the tip connections is something many people overlook while using guns.  A well maintained gun is just as good and sometimes better than an iron, depending on the type connection being soldered.

Irons do have their places, but in certain conditions, guns are far, far better to use and also don't take as long to heat up or cool down.

But, as always, you have to ask several other people who use both irons and guns, and actually learn to use both before you can decide what you prefer.
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« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2004, 09:38:16 PM »

I should have identified who I was referring to.  Alan, K0BG, wrote advising against using guns.  Alan, I respectfully disagree.  Although irons do have their place, guns are useful also.  I've been using them for over thirty five years.  I won't repeat my entire post, either.  :-)
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2004, 12:54:13 AM »

Just had to let everyone know about a soldering tool that probably won't work on PL-259s.  Check out
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/69d3/images/.

It runs on 4 AA cells!

And while I'm posting:  remember that a soldering gun's tip is the single-turn secondary of a transformer.  It has a terrific electromagnetic field around it, and this field can cause a bunch of problems around sensitive components.  Personally, I have a 15-watt Unger, a 100-watt American Beauty (best thing ever made for PL-259s, IMO), and a Weller butane iron with assorted tips for those times when nothing else will do - like 150 feet up a tower when your longest extension cord won't quite reach.
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Pat K7KBN
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« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2004, 11:38:57 PM »

The Hakko 936 analog dial variable temperature isolated station is a good choice. It retails at
$125-$150. Check out the OEM clone sold by Circuit Specialists for just $34.95 as their model "CSI." See [www.CircuitSpecialists.com]. The only difference between the name brand 936 and it's OEM clone is the specific male/female connector pair used between the iron and the power supply. Otherwise they are identical. For maximum flexibility choose a variable temperature iron that features a variety of easily obtained [locally or via mail order] tips. Choose something made by Hakko or Weller, which is what the vast majority of commercial assembly operations use.
Check Hakko and Weller isolated stations on eBay, as they are very plentiful and generally a fraction of their over the counter new retail price. [search word: soldering]. Good luck.
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W9GB
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« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2004, 09:06:39 PM »

Mike -

If you need a temeprature controlled iron, send an e-mail to me.  I repair and refurbish irons and stations (e.g. largely Weller TCP series and Pace) and have shipped to amatuers around the world (e.g. military base in South Korea, Alaska North Slope).

Since you are just around the Lake Michigan (St. Joseph county), stop by Chicago western suburbs - when the Fry's Electronics opens next month.

Greg
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