He looks happy to have been saved! Soldering is a very rewarding skill to learn and use. I practice by soldering and removing components on junked TV boards and such. I’ve mastered point-to-point soldering and am fairly proficient with through-hole stuff, but surface mount soldering is still beyond me.
@PooltoyWolf I watched my dad do that since I was a little girl! My family owned a tv and appliance store, my dad did the service. Downstairs in the warehouse we still have hundreds of useless tubes for obsolete TVs! Such memories!
@Lynnerizer@nasman6@PooltoyWolf I still have two televisions in my apartment that use tubes. I’m not sure they work anymore but probably. Actually, I have three, now that I think about it. The living room tv is not that old but is a tube tv.
@cf1@kuoh@Lynnerizer@nasman6@PooltoyWolf yes, there was a time when the local hardware stores had self-service tube/fuse/relay testers - when I was an income-deficient young’n, we’d get old “broken” radios and TVs from people for free, take out the tubes, trek down to the tester and get new ones where needed. 95% of the time it was just a blown or weak component. Good gosh, I’m old …
@Lynnerizer@nasman6@PooltoyWolf Contact the local amateur/ ham radio group and I know they will love the Tubes. They will buy them off you. Or you could go to a “HamFest” (after the Virus is history) set up a table. OMG you will sell a lot. I also have swapped / sold many a thing @ “HamFest”
@Lynnerizer@PooltoyWolf Useless to you, maybe, but probably worth money, if you were to sell them on eBay, etc. Check it out. Vacuum tubes are not made any more, so what you have is increasingly valuable over time. They are worth far more as working tubes than as art.
@Jackinga@Lynnerizer The value of an individual tube depends highly on its type. Many audio types (6CA7, 6L6, 12AX7) are indeed worth money, even used, but there are many hundreds of TV receiving types (3AU6, 17AX4, 19EZ8) that are basically valueless, some of which were ever only used in a single model of TV set. I’d be happy to try and help you sort them
@L@PooltoyWolf, I highly doubt that Orlando HamCation will happen this year. I would like to attend one year & the Big one in Dayton too. But I been attending one of the largest in the Mid Atlantic. It is called FrostFest in Richmond, Va (the week before Orlando HamCation. I agree Lot of fun, Great people & Awesome deals. 73, KK4JNN
After decades of solder wick and varying forms of squeeze bulbs & plungers, I’ve just upped my desoldering game to this.
Only $110-130 from the usual suspects. (Amazon, Ebay, Alibaba, etc.)
I’d been looking at ChipQuik and other fancy low melting point desoldering alloys, but $20-30 for a few feet was kinda hard to swallow. There are also cleanup issues before resoldering. I found a pointer to a block of the alloy that would probably last several lifetimes, but at $60-70 that made the leap to the vacuum station a no brainer.
But mostly I had no idea the China, Inc. option was this cheap. It was Dave Jones that pushed me over the edge.
@PooltoyWolf Ebay prices are insane these days, several hundred dollars at least. I got my first one in the closeout fire sale for $50. I bought my second one online, through Usenet, WAY before eBay existed.
I looked at the links to the comic books. No where that I saw did it actually show how to solder, viz., heat the work, not the solder, when the work is hot enough, touch the solder with flux to it and the solder will melt and flow.
I worked in a TV shop in high school and college. Once we had a guy come in who insisted on doing his own repair. We watched him use half a roll of solder trying to melt the solder by dripping it onto the connection. He didn’t understand that one heats the work, not the solder. Finally taking pity on him, we explained how it was done, cleaned off the mess he had made and instructed him on how to do the job properly.
These days with multilayer printed circuit boards and surface mount chip sockets, soldering is much, much trickier. Finding someone who is willing or even equipped to make a solder repair is getting harder and harder in this age of throw away. No one can make a living repairing electronics anymore.
@Jackinga@sammydog01 You can destroy/damage a circuit board, but you usually have to work at it a bit. That’s why you want a lower power iron for PCB (printed circuit board) work, so you don’t damage the board or the components by overheating.
The last thing you want is a monster, hundred (plus) watt soldering gun. Save that for mechanical stuff or heavy gauge wire.
@blaineg Unless it is explicitly stated a great number, perhaps the majority will not understand that one heats the work and not the solder. Because you probably know this and it is second nature after a while, you forget when you didn’t know.
There are a ton of fun kits on Amazon. Radios, clocks, Bluetooth speakers, LED lightshows, mini robots, etc. Most of them are reasonably priced. If you have the patience, ordering them from the Chinese mailorder places can save you a few bucks. Bangood, Aliexpress, Gearbest, etc.
@mycya4me Not sure if you’ve ever notice, but Banggood has US based warehouses. Some items are stocked on shore and ship within a few days. I have received orders as quickly as three days. Some AliExpress sellers also have US stock. Sometimes you pay a buck or two more, but then sometimes it’s worth it not to tax my patience.
@blaineg You can find the multi-tube variety on Amz, eBay and the Chinasian mail order places for around the same price. I think they’re pretty cool and wouldn’t mind one on my desk, but the price is still a bit too dear for my budget.