This Blog chronicles my current radio developments.
Nice! Hand placing fine pitch SMT is always a fun challenge.KMike - KM7MH
Art has the FPGA to do next. The trickiest part is the PLL/IQ modulator chip right side. It has to be soldered on the underside as well.
Fortunately a relatively low parts count board. A testament to the power of software.I used to hand solder and use a heat gun for reflow on the central paddles. Switched to single board stencil, solder pasting and using one of these:http://www.madelltech.com/images/MD-2012.JPG
I thought of buying one of those as they look pretty good value for money. Trouble is I don't make that many boards. However my experience with DATV-Express has given me more enthusiasm to try a complex board myself.