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ham christmas soldering gifts

Christmas is a good time to invest in electronics making tools. Here are some ideas for ham Christmas soldering gifts you can put on your list.

Over the past few Christmas seasons, I have focused on improving my ability to solder circuits. First, a decent solder station with precise temperature control. Second, a hot air rework station for working with surface mount parts. Each of these can be obtained for as little as $50 these days.

My 939D soldering station, lower center above, came with a variety of tips and a spare heater element. This is a low cost clone, but seems to work well enough. Here is a review of my unit.

On the surface mount side, my 858D rework station is also a low cost clone, but again, works well enough. I got this for Christmas last year when I started my SMD adventures. Ham Christmas soldering gifts can be a great way to start you down new experimenting paths. Take a look.

How well do these cheap Chinese tools work? Based on my experience, well enough. and worth the try. Especially for a hobbyist with limited resources. Of course, you can spend a lot more if you want.

The ability to control temperature when soldering is important. Thermistors and digital measurement make this easy.

Ham Christmas Soldering Gifts – A Picture is Worth

Last Christmas, I put the Andonstar ADSM 201 digital microscope on my list of ham Christmas soldering gifts. You can get these for under $150. A good microscope is essential for working with tiny surface mount components, as I have done over the past year.

What makes this gift so amazing is the HDMI output you can use to see your circuit on a large monitor, as shown above. So far it works perfectly and also provides the ability to save pictures of your work. Here is a review.

So, I hope you have enjoyed these articles about some relatively inexpensive gifts you can put on your list for this Christmas, and then have fun building new projects.

One comment

  1. Guy Atkins says:

    Thanks for the good article! True story– yesterday I was commenting to my wife that if only I had a vaccuum desoldering station I could probably tackle a difficult-to-access relay problem on my daughter’s car. This particular relay is sandwiched between two PCBs that are connected by almost 100 header pins. I told my wife I have had one of these stations saved in my Amazon wish list for over a year (also true). She then said “why don’t you just buy it for yourself and consider it an early Christmas gift!”.

    Whoa… thanks, honey :^) Now I might be able to rescue this hopelessly buried relay on my daughters car for R&R, and have a desoldering station for all other electronics hobby projects!

    73, Guy

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