As part of the project, perhaps the kitter organization can also make up
kits of the proper tool set that builders need for SMC construction: the
right magnifier, soldering iron, tweezers, 3rd-hand mechanisms, etc.,
with perhaps a small practice board with an SMC AF amp as a warm-up.
When Heathkit started using transistors, they added a page of instruction
on soldering them. Later, with PC boards, they added a page of
instruction on how to handle parts placement and soldering--all things we
take for granted nowadays. I'll bet a hobbyist SMC learning kit, with a
good instruction manual, would have a sales potential well beyond this
net, even beyond all the qrp club members of all the clubs in the world.
I remember ruining many a component in my first attempt to solder
together a circuit (I broke capacitor leads at the cap body with great
regularity for bad practice reasons I no longer remember). A practice
kit with a practical (but not necessarily on-the-air) use, the right
tools, and the right instruction for non-mass-production techniques might
go a long way toward building builder confidence in SMC.
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