[time-nuts] Odd FTS 4060 Behavior

Robert Benward rbenward at verizon.net
Mon Jun 14 13:51:21 UTC 2010

Gold doesn't always solder that well either.  Yes, it doesn't oxidize, but 
often in a production environment, we dip the leads and pre-tin them just to 
make sure they take in the wave.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hal Murray" <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement" 
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Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 1:10 AM
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Odd FTS 4060 Behavior

>> I do not know why the manufacturers insist on gold plating leads that 
>> are
>> designed to be soldered. Silver plating seems like a better solution.
> Gold doesn't tarnish so you can get a good solder joint after it's been
> sitting around for a while.
> There are enough hassles with lead that some/many PCBs now come with gold
> over the exposed copper rather than solder.
> I think the trick is to make the gold very very thin so it just disappears
> into the solder.
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