22 April 2015

Pixie kit - progress

I couldn't resist and started building the cheap Chinese Pixie 40m RTX kit the same day I received it. I looked for a modular route but there is no real block separation, so I decided to solder all passive components before the smoke test.

Building notes:
  • I got far more capacitors than needed, which can be confusing for the inexperienced builder,
  • components have very thin leads, it almost feels they fall apart when bent,
  • components themselves (mainly capacitors) seem too small for their value,
  • the PCB quality is OK but will probably not withstand solder heat applied too long

I am half-way soldering it. In the next building round I will probably reach the smoke test moment.