Re: Two QCX kits (80m and 40) - both with shorts on Si5351A - fixed
Hi Geoff , Nick
You are far far out of date OM... current quantity is 8,885...
Thanks Nick... You should play the lottery OM. But avoid thunderstorms, they say lightening doesn't strike twice but... hi hi.
Here we have assembled a large number of QCX kits for the shop http://shop.qrp-labs.com/assembled/qcx40 at a rate of 3-4 per week over the last 18 months or more... and I do not recall having seen a short on Si5351A pins once in all that time. I know it does happen occasionally, but I think it is pretty rare. Anyway I am glad you solved it and still enjoy the kits!
This does illustrate a problem with kits... it isn't easy to do a full Quality Control check before you ship it out. It isn't practical to examine the whole thing for every type of failure under a microscope, and count every resistor and capacitor, etc., for every kit shipped. When you have a completely manufactured product (not a kit), it is possible to power it up and do a Quality Control check which it either passes or it doesn't. Producing kits is a very tough business :-)
73 Hans G0UPL