Electronics Group

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This is a page to properly organise the Electronics Group and the electronics area that we might end up with.

Workshop colour: PCB Mask Green, #008C4A



Soldering Stations

  • Each soldering station should have:
    • OKI/Metcal PS-900 Iron and Power supply
    • OKI/Metcal PS-900 Stand, sponge, and tip cleaner
    • A variety of suitable tips
    • Hot Air gun
    • Solder sucker
    • Cutting mat (for cutting, not soldering)
    • Heat-proof soldering mat (for soldering, not cutting)
    • Side cutters
    • Wire strippers
    • Anti-static tweezers
    • Vaccuum pick-up tool
    • Helping hands
    • Magnifying lamps
    • Fan or Fume extractor
  • Additionally shared between them we should have:
    • Reflow oven
    • Desoldering gun
    • PCB holder (Maybe one small, one large)
    • Video microscope (direct to video, not via software)
    • Solder paste dispenser
    • Hot glue gun
    • A large whiteboard
    • Small screwdrivers and other misc tools
    • Trimmer tools (AKA 'pot twiddler' - like Vishay part number ACCTRITOB308-T000 )
    • Large and small crimping tools

Test Equipment

  • Digital Oscilloscope
  • Analogue Oscilloscope
  • Logic analyser (Maybe a few of the knockoff USB ones?)
  • Affordable and adequate multimeters - M890G for introductory experimenter/beginner work, Vici VC99 for midrange tinkering.
  • High accuracy bench multimeter - Solartron 7150 supplied by Nigle
  • Electronic DC Load
  • Small bench power supplies (100 watt)
  • Big bench power supply (Artag will return the Farnell used previously, or a smaller but less flexible one. Both 10A 30V max)
  • Bigger bench power supply - 60V 30A would be good
  • Signal/Function generator - FeelTech FY6600
  • Component tester
  • Plenty of hookup leads
    • 4mm (banana) to 4mm in 0.5 and 1m lengths
    • 4mm to crocs (or provide 4mm crocs to plug on the end of the leads)
    • miniature crocs to crocs
    • BNC to 4mm
    • BNC to miniature crocs
    • BNC to BNC


  • Solder, Leaded in various sizes, rosin flux core
  • Solder paste (?)
  • Wire
    • Hookup/breadboard wire in lots of pretty colours
    • Multi-core in various gauges
    • Coax - audio and RF types
  • Heatshrink sleeves/sleeving
  • Flux pens
  • Small and medium sized breadboards
  • Flux and other cleaners (isopropyl alcohol, etc.)
  • Drywipe markers
  • Glass fibre abrasive pens


Need to keep these stocked up and replenished regularly


We should offer some! Possible subjects...

  • Workshop introduction (How not to break everything)
  • Basic soldering
  • Advanced soldering (SMD, hot air, reflow etc.)
  • Basic/Advanced electronics
  • Arduino/Microcontroller programming
  • Amateur Radio Intermediate Practicals Course (Fitting mains and coax plugs, soldering basics, reading resistors, testing diodes, and building kits) - applies to a lot of non-radio electronics efforts