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Elenco Practical Soldering Project Kit
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- Build a fun two tone European siren
- Learn about multivibrator circuits
- Gain valuable experience working with printed circuit boards
- Made in the United States
- For 30 years Elenco has been using their strong engineering and design skills to develop reliable, affordable electronic test equipment, tools, and educational kits
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Practice good soldering techniques; Required Accessories: 9V battery
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Practical Soldering Project Kit - This solder practice project will help you achieve good soldering techniques, help you become familiar with a variety of electronic components, and provide you with a completed unit that will produce the fun sound of the two tone European siren. This kit is an example of a multivibrator circuit. Working with printed circuit boards is in the future of every electronic technician. Almost every electronic device today has a printed circuit board and whether you are assembling a PC board or repairing it, you must understand the basics of working with these boards. Requires one 9V Battery. Made in the United States
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SUCCESS ! Being a beginner this was not an easy project. It seemed simple at first, but plenty of mistakes were made. The good thing is that I got a lot of practice soldering, something which I tried to avoid. Now that I'm feeling a little bit more confident, I'm ready to move on to other DYI more complicated projects.
Unfortunately, I found the circuit board to be very heat sensitive and the inner foil and glue separated from the board. There were a few times when I lifted the solder, and the copper "donut" surrounding the connection came along with the soldering iron. That taught me to turn the heat down on my soldering iron.
On the bright side, by doing the shunt and cracked circuit-board exercises at the start of the instructions, it helped me fix the board failures and my soldering failures. (It also warned me that the board "melted" quickly.)
In the end, my siren would have worked, but in fixing a foil/glue failure, I short-circuited a resistor, so instead of "wee-ooo" I just got a timid "eep" and a burning-hot transistor. However, I will salvage the parts or something. It was about learning to solder, not having a siren.
This kit was not my first soldering project, so I probably wouldn't recommend it for children or tweens as a first project as might want a siren at the end of their hard work. I found the board very touchy for soldering. In the past, I have worked on smaller "Tiny Whoop" RC quadcopter PCB boards without issues.
The instructions start you off with some basic soldering on an unused section on the board and after you've had a chance to do some soldering there (and get some of your mistakes out of the way!), you move on to soldering the actual components for the kit. All of the components of the kit are nicely spaced out which makes things even easier for the beginner. When completed, the kit will flash two LED's on and off and make a very annoying siren sound. As such it doesn't do anything terribly useful but it is a good feeling to have your recently acquired soldering skills result in something that actually works and does SOMETHING!
There is a brief troubleshooting guide to be used if you finish the kit and it's not working right. I would have preferred this troubleshooting guide to be more extensive since this is a kit for rank beginners with little experience in troubleshooting circuits... if it were not for this, it would be a five star product.
Time to proceed to the FM Radio kit.