[aprssig] FTM-350 cables

Arno Verhoeven pe1icq at sharon.esrac.ele.tue.nl
Thu Mar 10 08:59:13 EST 2011

On 10-3-2011 11:59, Heikki Hannikainen wrote:
> Just a couple nights ago I soldered a mini-din-to-D9 cable for my OT2, 
> and it was a nightmare. The mini-din's pin spacing is small, and it's 
> easy to melt the connector a bit so that the pins start moving.

I recognize that.  I like mini-DIN connectors, but I don't like to 
solder them. To avoid the pins from moving in the (half)melted plastic 
you can do the following .
- get a potato... any kind, but not too small :)
- cut of a slice to create a flat area and place the potato on your your 
workbench (flat side down)
- push the mini-DIN pins in the potato
- now solder the wires to mini-DIN pins.

The potato helps cooling the connector a bit, and also prevents the pins 
from moving when the plastic starts to melt.

73, PE1ICQ
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