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Author Topic: Has anyone ever used a conductive pen?  (Read 2161 times)
KF4IKI
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« on: November 08, 2011, 08:19:25 AM »

Hello everyone,
KF4IKI here...

I am the proud owner of a DX-SR8T radio, and am considering joining Navy MARS if I can figure a way to cram an antenna capable of their frequency use in my attic.

The question I am posing for your consideration is my radio has a very easy MARS mod supplied to the manufacturer. You can see it here

http://www.kb2ljj.com/data/alinco/DX-SR8%20A-T.htm

What do you think of using a conductive pen to join the two solder points.
The reason I am asking is this is a brand new radio (Less than 1 day old!) and I would
hate to mess up the board from lack of experience.

I know it sounds wimpy, but I want to ask.

Thanks for the advice,
Ed, KF4IKI (Amateur Extra in Training!!!)
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K8AXW
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 09:01:13 PM »

Forget the "conductive pen."  Just solder bridge the two pads.  No big deal.  You'd really have to put forth an effort to "screw this up." 

Looking at the pads, it looks like the A and B pads are separated by a non-conducting line.  I'd call Alinco and make sure you're to solder bridge between the left and right "pads" and not solder bridge pad A to pad B.  It's crap like this that gives me mental wrestling matches.

 Make sure you keep the instructions so you can undo it if you wish! 
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