PCB Pictures for
Surface Mount Devices (SMD)
All images and text are copyright VK3EM - Luke Enriquez (c) 2001
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If you don't know about the AD8307 from Analog Devices then find out about it! This is my primary means of measuring RF in my shack. The PCB is mounted on standoffs, with finger stock (in shadow) providing good low inductance earth. Using SMT let me fit the circuit into a small box, and leaves plenty of space for the feed thru caps. The big black item in the top left is a Transzorb, a mixture of a reverse bias diode and a zener.

PLL Prototype board for a LMX2306. SSOP packages are quite small, and you cant easily birds nest them. Making a PCB using on the iron on method is possible, but for the finer pitch work like this I used the UV method (Kinston Pre-Sensitized Board and Developer). I've made special PCB footprints up for the coaxial tails (far left). The bottom of the PCB is a ground place, and the misc solder blobs you see on the board are where the vias to the ground plane are. You can also see in the bottom middle of the picture the solder side of a 10 Way 0.1" header. It's much easier to mount thru hole parts on the ground plane solder, so all your active connections stay on one side. Where you dont want ground, just use a drill to clear plane near the through hole lead.

This is part of my VHF vco. I've used Coil Craft surface mount spring inductors, although you could wind your own and surface mount them yourself. It's amazing how many people forget that with a bit of lead bending, you can turn leaded parts (like hand wound coils) into SM parts.

Wondering what it is? It's a PI format RF attenuator. Two SMA connectors are soldered back to back on some brass shim (thin brass plate). The SMT resistors (1206) then get soldered in. A brass shim is used for the lid (pulled back in this picture). All joints are then soldered shut. Performance??? Flat to 3.5GHZ!

Fig 1 - 5 Minute PCB made with Dalo pen and etched in acid. Quick and easy to make.
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Fig 2 - PnP Blue PCB - This is a 45MHz digital IF strip. A little bit more time is required to make the pcb overlay on a PCB cad package. Very easy to use SO-IC parts with this method. Note the use of leaded parts as (voltage regulator, DIP switch and Resistor Pack) and SMD parts together.

Fig 3 - Another application of SMD! Note the supply decoupling capacitor on the corner pins of the wire wrap socket.

Fig 4 - A professional PCB with SMD devices (from my Thesis work)

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