Upcoming Classes

VOI Soldering Seminar Description

This course is rescheduled for the January and February club meetings, 6pm.

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Voice of Idaho (VOI) is offering a two-session kit build, hands on, seminar for individuals interested in sharpening their skills, and those with no prior experience, who wish to learn how to solder basic electronic circuits. The two classes will take place at the VOI January and February regular club meetings. We will build a micro attenuator https://www.qrpkits.com/microattenuator.html using passive components in the October class, and for the November class, building more skill, we will build, Jameco’s, Jumbo LED Flasher kit Jameco-LED-Emergency-Flasher-Solder-Kit.html with active components including transistors and LEDs.

VOI will supply the necessary tools, the kits, 3D printed cases, a soldering document for reference, a suggested list of tools to begin build your soldering station, and experienced Elmers to assist you. It is suggested that you read the soldering document (posted on the website) before the class so you have a basic understanding of what soldering is and best practices to get a good solder joint, which will save class time for hands-on kit building.

The October class will cover: the tools needed, how to use the tools, the components for the kit and how to recognize the different components, how big is your solder, tinning the iron, heat transfer, cold solder joints, solder bridges, heat sinks to protect components, fitting components into the circuit board, soldering the kit, and testing your work.

November’s class will build on the skills learned in the first class. After a quick review of how to make a good solder joint, we will discuss polarity of components and how to identify the correct orientation, functional description of the circuit (how it works), what is different from last month (transistors and LEDs), and a demonstration on desoldering and removing a part from the circuit board. As with October we will test the kits and cover troubleshooting if a kit doesn’t work including how to find the failed component.

After completing the course, you should be able to: make a good solder joint on a printed circuit board, identify basic electronic components and their polarity, property orient a component in the circuit board, insert and solder the component leads into the circuit board, know which parts are heat sensitive and how to handle them, how to identify solder bridges and cold solder joints as well as how to fix these problems, and a basic understanding of troubleshooting and replacing components. This seminar does not cover: inserting and soldering DIP and SMD devices, static sensitivity and how to combat it, soldering wires and cables, and other more advanced skills.

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