I have made several with sockets and several without. There is no change in performance. Hans has expressed a dislike of IC sockets. To each, his own.
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Charles - NK8O
On Jul 22, 2019, at 8:53 AM, Gerald Ball via Groups.Io <email@example.com> wrote:
At the moment I am waiting, with some excitement, for a 20m QCX. in the meanwhile I am reading the manual and understand that there are a number of IC's which are to be soldered directly to the printed circuit board. Does anyone have experience of mounting these IC's in Sockets. Apart from extra production cost, I can't see any technical reason for not using sockets. The main advantage of course being one of future fault finding. I would appreciate your comments on this.