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Manhattan-Style Circuit in a Copper Cladding Chassis

Manhattan-Style Circuit in a Copper Cladding Chassis

Yesterday, we posted about a technique used in ham radio to solder together project boxes/radio chassis using PCB copper cladding. Some folks, in comments and on the twitters, were wondering how well this works. Take a look. Here’s a lovely Wheatstone Bridge Regenerative (WBR) Receiver built inside of such a chassis using the Manhattan-style circuit construction technique (using small pads as connecting points on a conductive surface).

As somebody said in the comments to the chassis piece, imagine some lovely copper etching on the faceplate.

BTW: Here are some MeSquares and MePads you can get for easy Manhattan circuit building. We’ve mentioned them here before. [Thanks, Roy Roberts!]

The WBR – A Simple High Performance Regen Receiver

Skill Builder: Fabricating Project Boxes from PCB Cladding

12 thoughts on “Manhattan-Style Circuit in a Copper Cladding Chassis

  1. Jake Spurlock says:

    That’s purdy…

  2. Kevin Filteau says:

    I hope you will post again when it will start to have “vert de gris”

    1. Paul Michael Jett says:

      It was lacquered. Should slow down that green, particularly if he was judicious in cleaning up flux after soldering.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think this station is very good! Can recommend here!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful – you do excellent work.
    I do wonder a bit about microphonics from that suspended toroid, however. 
    …or does the thick tap provide enough stability that it isn’t an issue?

    I also really like the idea of etching the front panel with labels that will never rub off and/or decorative patterns, while still maintaining the shielding afforded by the inner layer of the board.  In conjunction with dying the underlying board in a contrasting color, that could really have some fun possibilities.

  5. Dhananjay Gadre says:

    Gorgeous I say, simply gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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