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The product of a before-its-time business model, Ricochet modems are great technology with a surprisingly low price tag. They act just like regular modems, but with an RF ...
You'll need a Ricochet modem, obviously. They work better in pairs, so get at least two. They come up on eBay occasionally, and you can expect to pay ...
Open the modem, remove the internal screw securing the board to the chassis, and disconnect the battery and antenna from the board.
Just so you understand what we're getting into, here are some pictures of the old H.FL next to the new U.FL. The size difference really is as dramatic ...
Secure the board in a vise. Use the ultra-fine desoldering braid, along with the ultra-fine soldering iron tip, to remove as much solder as possible from the signal ...
Clean up all that nasty solder residue by "mopping" the area with some absorbent braid. It works just like a towel, but for molten metal. Isn't that a ...
Here's where having a sturdy, stable vise really pays off! If you bump the board during this process, the jack will skitter out of alignment. A bit of ...
Clean the iron tip by wiping it on the sponge. Get a bit of flux on the end of the solder, then touch it to the iron so ...
Attach the pigtail, close the modem, and perform some form of strain-relief to keep stress off that flimsy little U.FL connector.Build or buy a spiffy 900MHz antenna, and ...
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