Just as important as good design is proper construction techniques--most non-working circuits are the results of bad solder joints and improper wiring connections. These articles can get you started with tried and true techniques to make your projects a success.
- The Art of Soldering
QST February 2001, p.72
Some "tips" for good soldering.
- Collecting a Ham's Tools of the Trade
QST April 1978, pp. 17-19
Use your knowledge, test gear and calculator as ham "tools." But don't forget that a good set of hand tools is also necessary.
- Screws -- Nuts -- and Things
QST June 1961, pp. 30-34
How to use them in ham equipment
- How to Solder
QST August 1973, pp. 16-18
- The Joy of Building
QST September 1993, pp. 64-66
Put some extra pizzazz into Amateur Radio by building your own equipment!
- Building Your Own Station Accessories
QST February 1994, pp. 61-64
Sure, you can buy your own accessories, but why not build them instead? There are plenty of easy kits available.
- Try Building Your Own Equipment
QST March 1995, pp. 39-42
You can turn those QST articles into nice-looking pieces of equipment -- and you can learn by building them.
- Homebrew Your Own Inductors!
QST August 1997, pp. 33-35
Can't find the inductor you need for an antenna, a tuner or amplifier? Build your own -- it's easy!
Feedback: QST October 1997, p. 83. In the second column of the sidebar, the multiplication sign under the radical is in error; that should be a plus sign (for addition).
- ARRL Single-Layer Coil Winding (L/C/F) Calculator. You can still buy this classic slide rule device--brought back by popular demand!
- Wrinkle Finish Paint
- Printed Circuit Board Circus
QST October 1993, pp.79-80
- Circuit Boards From Scratch
QST February 1981, pp. 29-31
Want to Add the "professional Touch" to your next construction project? This article takes the neophyte step-by-step through the "positive" process for pc board fabrication.
- Ironing Out Your Own Printed-Circuit Boards
QST July 1993, pp. 42-44
Here's how you can make professional-looking PC boards with little trouble and minimal cost.
- Designing and Bending Metal Enclosures
QST October 1980, pp.32-33
Do you get all bent out of shape when bending metal? Do lids that don't fit give you fits? This article will help you gain an understanding of metal bending -- without fatigue!
- A Homebrew. Light-Duty Metal Brake
QST October 1996, pp. 41-43
Tired of bending sheet metal over your knee? Try this!
- Rewinding Transformers
QST October 1980, pp. 34-37
Turned off by the high cost of power supplies? Wouldn't you like to turn a junked transformer into a custom-wound unit in less than two hours? It is easy; here's how.
- Converting Power-Line Transformers for Transmitter Service
QST November 1980, pp. 38-42
A Surplus or junked power-line transformer can be converted easily into a superb plate transformer for a homemade kiloatt linear amplifier. Here's how!
- Build it Yourself from QST
Part 1 -- QST April 1992, pp. 31-36
Part 2 -- QST May 1992, pp. 35-39
Part 3 -- QST June 1992, pp. 42-45
Feedback, QST June 1993, p. 73
Part 4 -- QST July 1992, pp. 31-34
Thinking about starting to build some of your own gear? Here's how to turn a QST project into reality. Bruce Hale, KB1MW/7, describes how to build a 1 watt 20M VXO controlled transmitter.
- Substituting Parts
QST August 1992, Lab Notes, pp. 66-67
- Attaching Connectors to Coaxial Cable
The ARRL Handbook, 1999, pp. 22.7-22.9
- Some Tools and Tricks of the Hobby
QST April 2000, pp. 78-79
- How To Read Circuit Diagrams - Part 1
QST August 1963, pp. 39-43
- How To Read Circuit Diagrams - Part 2
QST September 1963, pp. 37-41
- Schematics at Your Fingertips
QST October 1993, pp. 39-40
Create good looking schematics with Microsoft Windows Paint.
Also see Schematic Drawing Software, Hints & Kinks, QST December 2000
(Schemat.zip) mentioned in the above H&K)
- Connectors for (Almost) All Occasions--Part 1
QST April 1991, pp. 35-38
How to properly install popular ham shack connectors
- Connectors for (Almost) All Occasions--Part 2
QST May 1991, pp. 34-40
- Build a Custom-Printed Circuit Board,
by James Turner, originally published in the IEEE Spectrum.
- Kester Solder Alloy Temperature Chart
(as a TIS courtesy, a key to the abbreviations in the table)
Sn - Tin, Pd - Lead, Ag - Silver, Sb - Antimony
(also the periodic table with element names)
- The Basic Soldering & Desoldering Guide
How to solder - types of iron - desoldering – troubleshooting
Circad circuit design and schematic drawing program