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pixellany



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PostSubject: prototyping board   Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:24 am

I just bought a piece of FR4 board with .041" holes on 0.1" centers. (No copper pads) It is called "prototyping board".

In the old days, I would use a variant of this with larger holes---and would insert press-fit terminals where I needed a junction. There do not seem to be any terminals available for the smaller holes.

SO--how are these boards typically used? e.g.: put component leads thru the holes and solder together on the back?
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Rich, W3HWJ



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PostSubject: Re: prototyping board   Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:19 am

I think the "old" boards had .062 holes and we used swaged "turret terminals" or "flea clips."

I seldom use that kind of board for prototyping. I much prefer to use a copper-patterned board (Radio Shack still has them) or a solid copper board. The solid copper-clad can be used for "dead-bug" construction... glueing the parts to the board with their leads sticking upward. The best is "Manhattan-style" construction. You will find a lot of info on the Internet.

Yes, you can just stick the component leads thru and solder them together on the other side, or use jumper wires.

Rich
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PostSubject: Re: prototyping board   Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:34 am

Rich, W3HWJ wrote:
I think the "old" boards had .062 holes and we used swaged "turret terminals" or "flea clips."
Indeed--that's what I used to use---and I probably have a bunch of what you call "flea clips"

I'm starting to think about eyelets. I had been searching for these** to no avail when I finally found them at Mouser. They bill them as usable for circuit boards---solderability, etc.

Rich

**my application for eyelets is as hollow rivets mounting a tube socket---with the wire to the grid cap coming thru the hole in the rivet.
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PostSubject: Re: prototyping board   Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:40 am

Quote :
The best is "Manhattan-style" construction.
Great tip!! I had forgotten about that method (never knew it by that name)
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