All of the Vector parts should be available from All
As always do not forget your best friend --- FindChips
- Layout your circuit on graph paper prior to breadboarding.
- Use Vector K24A pins for external wires. Make sure you get the
epoxy-glass Vectorboard (part number 169P84WE) and not the paper
core. The K24A pins press in hard and you could break the paper
- Use 28AWG buss-wire for the small holes in the T42-1 (aka
flea-clips), 22AWG buss-wire for the large hole and the slot. The
28AWG buss-wire can be cut with an Xacto knife. If you pull your
wires straight you can run perpendicular wires, without
insulation, using the flea-clip slots and large holes.
- Use the P149 tool for inserting the T42-1 clips.
SMD Assembly Hints
SMD components are not difficult to hand solder provided you do not
design with components that are too small or components that have too
fine a pitch. SMD assembly goes fairly quickly. Make sure to use
plenty of flux and clean up fine pitch components with solderwick. If
you are using water-soluble flux you will need to periodically
(usually every hour) clean off the flux.
Pictures of some of the boards that I have done are
Another benefit of SMT is the ease of storage. Pictures of my
component storage trays are
SMD Soldering Procedure
- flux the PCB pads of a small group of components
- For each component:
- reflow solder onto one corner pad of each component
- while holding the component with tweezers solder the corner component pin
to PCB pad with the reflowed solder on it.
- solder the component pin in the opposite corner
- solder the remainder of the unsoldered component pins
|Soldering Station ||Metcal SP200-11
| Metcal Tips ||SSC-754A||30deg bend, 20mil wide
|   Base Mount ||Panavise 308
|   Board Holder ||Panavise 315
|   Low Profile Base ||Panavise 305
|Magnifier ||Luxo 17113 ||KRM Series, 22W fluorescent lamp, 3 diopter lense
|Wrist Strap ||3M 2214 ||One Size, 5ft coiled cord
|Anti-static Mat||ACL Staticide 8085BM2460||2x5ft elastomer dissipative mat