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Construction techniques for the beginning builder


Breadboard is a quick way of building up a simple circuit for testing purposes before committing to a more permament layout. It is great for testing out an idea but is really limited to simple circuits and low speed non-RF circuits.


Negistor circuit see Alan's Lab

vero or perfboard

Ideal for simple things and "yak shaving," which means things you have to build that seem pretty pointless but you can't achieve the main objective without, such as my crystal tester below for matching crystals for Cohn and ladder filters.


Simple 1 transistor crystal tester built on stripboard.

Manhattan style


Hacksaw/Dremel tool or knife copper clad style

Printed Circuit Board

This is by far the easiest for a beginning builder who wants a more permament layout than a breadboard. It has the disadvantage of wait times for the board layout. Kits are shipped with PCB for this very reason. There are techniques for developing PCBs at home.

Toner Transfer


"Paddy" or prototype board

This, as the name suggests, is board with a number of pads arranged in a grid to allow you to solder your components in place and use point-to-point wiring techniques to prototype a design. It has its limitations such as being near useless for RF, but is ideal for prototyping digital circuits.


Paddy prototyping board, used for my LC meter

HamradioBuilderConstructionTechniques (last edited 2012-10-07 19:05:29 by bobosk)