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Call Sign : m3kbd/2e0kbd/m0kbd Posts : 128 Times Thanked : 2 Join date : 2019-07-04 QTH or Location : stockton on tees Equipment Used : kenwood ts 2000x ascom 70mhz icom vlf/hf/uhf receivers multiband antennas Age : 63
Subject: Re: antex soldering irons Sat Feb 19, 2022 7:40 am
hi gary i buy a new element i found new on ebay its a c 15 240 volt 15 watts i think it is well worth it as i have used it for aprox 30 years a very good light weight iron and i have 8 tips and orginal stand hope the strorm has not caused any damage all 3 of my ariels are still up best wishes paul m0kbd 73s
Call Sign : 26-CT-3228 Ham M7VIC Posts : 4043 Times Thanked : 256 Join date : 2019-11-10 QTH or Location : Bedford Equipment Used : Various
Subject: Re: antex soldering irons Sun Feb 20, 2022 6:05 am
All the 'precision' soldering irons in the Antex range use the same 'MK2' element the only difference being the voltage and wattage ranges. You can fit the M12 twelve watt element physically into the C15 just make sure you have the right voltage.
The heating elements usually have soldered connections to the mains cable so be aware of a 'chicken-or-egg' scenario in that you'll need a second soldering iron to repair the other(!)
I still have my old C15 from 40 years ago and only had to replace the element once, my XS25 almost as old still has it's original element. Shows what good irons they are.
I do use a more modern soldering iron station nowadays as it has ESD protection, temperature control and amazingly 55 watts of power from a small pencil which can be handy for those more arduous jobs.
Hope you and your good lady are keeping well up there.
Call Sign : 163-CT-220...MW7TTA Posts : 1951 Times Thanked : 47 Join date : 2019-11-19 QTH or Location : Anglesey North Wales Equipment Used : Yaesu FT-991A,,Yaesu FTDX-10,,Icom ic-7300,,Anytone AT-D878UV PLUS",,LINCOLN II+. Age : 149
Subject: Re: antex soldering irons Sun Feb 20, 2022 8:36 am
Not a bad shop from a quick look just hate the +vat i like to see it all in. Link to make it easier for others (Remove it Victor if it's not ok). https://www.esr.co.uk/shop/index.html
Call Sign : M1TCH Posts : 57 Times Thanked : 8 Join date : 2020-01-02 QTH or Location : Leicester Equipment Used : Yaesu FT-857D, Diamond V2000, Major 3000, K40 mic, KL203 and Sirio GPE 27 ⅝λ.
Subject: Re: antex soldering irons Sun Feb 20, 2022 12:47 pm
I've used Antex soldering irons for decades too, but since they changed the tips a few years ago they've become useless imo. There used to be a circlip around the tip with a split up the side and used to hold it nicely, but since they put this silver foil stuff inside (and no split shaft) the damn things fall off the iron when soldering. They don't conduct the heat very well either and I've had the tip stuck to the PCB before now with a bare element on the iron. I've no idea why they did this because they were good irons but sadly now they've lost me as a customer through this 'improvement'. </moan>
I use a Weller iron now on a solder station thing and it's a lot better tbh, 40W is about right for me, 15/18W wouldn't do it and 25W is not quite enough for me anymore. I got my soldering iron out last week, first time in a while, and now I can't put the thing down, lol.
Not used Antex irons, but I did pick up a good quality iron for £40. It's a Yihua 936D. . Full temperature controlled iron with adjustable temperature control and digital temperature display. It even included some flux, sponge and a good selection of tips included for the price. Best value for money iron I used.