Terry WA0ITP sent me 22- 1.1k SMT resistors to practice soldering on so I sawed a hunk of copper clad and made a dummy load. I used my Wal-Mart candle/cup warmer and a heat gun from work. The solder paste and hot air works great, just like I have read and seen in the video that KD1JV made. It is really cool to see the solder paste soften up and all of a sudden it turns silver. I think I did over do the heat a little as it discolored the copper a little. I think I will get an embossing gun ordered. It should be a little easier to use as well. I had a cool Curious George Altoids tin that I had mounted a balen in. The balen did not work as expected so I gutted the coil and mounted the little board in the tin. I will dig in my box of goodies and get a cap and diode to make a rf probe off the end to measure output.
For my first try at hot air and SMT parts I am encouraged. I will get an embossing gun ordered and start my ATS IIIB now. More later de Paul N0NBD