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I think I would have simply used a junior hacksaw to cut a "fork" in the cut down soldering bit (Maybe have to bend the prongs out?), but it's scarier to contemplate than it is to do, I'm a senior to & I managed to change Q90 ok! God bless, Bill, G6ATO
On 8 Sep 2020 15:27, "R. Tyson via groups.io" <tysons2@...> wrote:
Due to a senior moment ( I am old enough to be entitled to have them) I need to replace Q90 which is a dreaded SMD device. Ten SMD 2N3904 transistors arrived with the mail today. Wow, they are so small. I had previously found the location of Q90 on the board and verified it was no longer functioning and noted it's position, which is not too bad to get at. I am now waiting for a 1mm tip for my soldering iron and more importantly some liquid flux.
Meanwhile I had a look at YouTube and found some ideas for replacing SMD components without special tools. I opted for the following idea, photos below.
I cut down an old, knackered soldering bit and cleaned it up as shown in the photo. I then applied some heat conducting paste (probably not essential but I already had some). I then wound 1mm copper wire onto the remains of the soldering iron tip. The two prongs that are formed should enable me to heat all 3 connections on the transistor at the same time and it (should) come off the board easily. Well.... it looks easy when the guys do it on YouTube !