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Old 3rd August 2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Any non Hi-Fi brand solder better than Mcap and Siltech silver solder?

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Old 3rd August 2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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Some people may disagree, but I haven't heard anything better than good old 60/40 rosin core. At least I know it won't fail like some of the new stuff out there.
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Old 4th August 2010, 01:15 AM   #3
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I use Kester 63/37.
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Old 4th August 2010, 02:07 AM   #4
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Yeah, the 63/37 "eutectic" blend is supposed to be the best, at least for the actual soldering process part.
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Old 4th August 2010, 02:11 AM   #5
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Sn62 is best.
Eutectic and 2% silver bearing... try to find it. Heh.

If anyone finds a stash of it, please PM me asap!

In a pinch Radio Shack sells it in tiny rolls, but I know who the supplier is, and it is a good mfr...

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Mouser has Kester SN62PB36AG02 in stock. The Kester part number is 24-7150-0053. The thinner stuff is 24-7150-0018.

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Old 4th August 2010, 08:35 PM   #7
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I really like p2p or dead bug design, that way there's only half as many solder joints (think about it) so I only worry half as much. I've always wondered if you can hear different solder. I highly doubt it, but at RF a solder joint can get you into real trouble.
I sleep pretty sound by using solder for SMD with 1 or 2% silver and a really hot (like 380C) solder iron.
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Mouser has Kester SN62PB36AG02 in stock. The Kester part number is 24-7150-0053. The thinner stuff is 24-7150-0018.

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We use 60\40 Kester at frequencies exceeding 5.8GHz with no problem. Only issues we've seen involved leftover flux.
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We use 60\40 Kester at frequencies exceeding 5.8GHz with no problem.
Oooh - but closer to DC there may be problems........
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