This Hobby Is Actually Useful!

Mark J. Blair nf6x at
Mon Aug 3 00:47:27 CDT 2015

Once I tried my first Metcal MX-500 series iron, I never went back. With proper tip selection and technique, the same pencil iron will work for anything from 0201 components to PL-259 connectors. And it heats up and stabilizes in under 30 seconds from a cold start after a tip swap. I've spent a lot of hours swapping 0201 and 0402 inductors and caps with a pair of Metcal irons and a microscope while tuning up GPS receiver front ends in my day job.

Mark J. Blair, NF6X <nf6x at>

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