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Quote from: cockpitbob on September 02, 2017, 11:05:49 AM
I wish I had a better idea what it costs to have SMT parts soldered to a surface mount board. It's funny that I design boards for a living and yet I don't have a really good idea of what assembling the boards costs. Our production runs are small (25 to 200) which is just the size you would do for ham kits, but I'm pretty disconnected from the purchasing process.
I bring this up because there's a chance that it's not much more expensive to have the SMT parts put on the board. There's probably more labor in putting parts in individual kits than there is in assembling a simple SMT board. For automated assembly, just silkscreen on the solder paste, load the reels of parts in the pick-n-place machine, let the machine place them, then run the board through the oven. You only have to set-up once for a run of boards. For a kit you have to cut the correct length of ribbon, bag & tag value of part for each individual kit.
Quote from: gil on August 31, 2017, 03:46:39 AMQuoteA thought: for some of us will TEOTWAWKI really be so bad as we all think?
Much worse than we think IMHO. There are a LOT of things that we would miss that do not come to mind. The violence between survivors would probably be pretty bad as well. The simple lack of modern medicine would cost a lot of lives. Sure, information would help and might make all the difference, but communications would not be our primary or even secondary concern...
Quote from: gil on June 22, 2017, 03:04:30 AM
BTW, anyone knows what type of connector is used for DC, a 4-pin in-line type? I can't seem to be able to find a new one...
Quote from: gil on May 10, 2017, 12:52:40 PMThe VOR's still transmit a Morse identifier and technically so do NDB's but good luck finding a working NDB. Interestingly I sometimes find it difficult to copy the ID's because they are sent at such a painfully slooooooowww speed.
You can't even listen to VOR or MDB station's identification in Morse anymore... :( ;D