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What kind of FLUX do YOU prefer to use?

Discussion in 'CB Radio Modifications' started by Robb, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Robb

    Robb Yup

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    Sure, most - if not all solder sold today has rosin core in it.
    But for larger surfaces and additional solder wetting; what do you use?
    Different/same for thru hole and SMD work?
    Be specific - brand and type


     

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    kopcicle Sr. Member

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    Low_Boy Well-Known Member

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    Just to try I bought some Kester186. I have been using it for a while and love it. I would like to try making my own like Mikes radio repair. But the portions in his recipe on his video are not too clear to me.
     

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    Are these RMA or RA?
     
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    I have some Kester 959T that I use for some surface mount stuff I do, which I try to do very little of but it's becoming more and more popular so I'm just accepting it.

    Then I use this stuff here
    https://store.rossmanngroup.com/soldering-diy/helpful-tools-extras/flux-soldering-tools.html

    Cause Louis is my boy and I love me some Louis Rossmann, plus I do iPhone, iPad and Mac repairs but not exactly on the same level as Louis.

    Most of the time I just use regular old rosin flux, most of the time the one you make yourself with that rosin chip crap and some acetone. I find it's easier to just buy it though...
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    When the click the link, it loads the page and then "forward my traffic" immediately redirects me to some nursing school. Lol
     
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    kaos513 Well-Known Member

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    i use no clean flux pen from SRA works great.
     
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    sp5it Master of puppets

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    I use rosin dissolved in alcohol. Works great for me.
    Mike
     
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  10. Robb

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    I looked at the pastes and the pens. Kinda leaning towards the paste rosin. But what about the kind of activation is preferred? The RA can create erosion of the traces if any is left behind and not cleaned of; but offers better wetting. Anyone have any issue with the RA? Kinda leaning towards the RMA for that reason alone. Doesn't seem to have the same issue. All of the solder I use is RMA. Thoughts?
     
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    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    Aeon Flux?
     
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    Well crap. It worked fine when I posted it. Google Rossmann Group and go to the site store. It’s all in there. I’ve used just about everything Louis uses for MacBook repair and it all works great.

    Now with that said, there’s a lot of difference between a radio and a MacBook but still. If you can use it to do those types of repairs and iPhone repairs, trust me, it’ll work on these radios. And if you’ve not lost your mind working on a radio and want to try it, try an iPhone or MacBook out. And I’m a Mac guy...
     
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  13. Low_Boy

    Low_Boy Well-Known Member

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    Porkchop. It opened for me.
     
  14. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    Shade has been looking at a nursing career, hahaha.
     
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  15. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    LOL I can get in to the website but when I click on the store, I get the redirect. I am using an old windows surface tablet with RT operating system. Maybe I need an I pad. LOL The website is really cool and the information they share about the Apple repair and SMD work is phenomenal. I know nothing about SMD and this looks like a good way to get my feet wet. Thanks for the link!
     

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