C64 Mini Keyboard….more progress and a little setback


Another view of the sexy beast!
Still have to figure out the spacers to lower the keyboard a bit
Hand soldering tiny SMT diodes.
I think I’ll leave these out of version 2 if they’re not really needed
Starting to add the keyboard switches. Solder one pin on a few, flip, push on switch and resolved to seat correctly.
The top 4 are perfect here, the next lot haven’t been resoldered
And the minor setback.
I forgot to double check my component footprints in EasyEDA.
The Arduino I chose was 3mm too narrow!
Easy enough to bodge
Getting ready!!

PCB’s have arrived!, finally 🙂 I’ve already started populating them but it’s slow progress with full time parenting and a full time ‘paying the bills’ job!

Nonetheless, I’ve hand soldered 60 odd diodes. Gotten a few switches in and discovered a minor D’oh! Moment.

The ooopsie, Always check your component footprints! The Arduino I’m using is about 3mm wider than the footprint I chose in EasyEDA. This necessitates a rev2 PCB due to my wanting perfection. Also slows things down a little until I can perfect a ‘bodge’ for the first 15 PCB’s! I can’t solder all the switches until the arduino’s headers are soldered.

Author: Bleugh

Early Fourties, Wife, two kids in primary school. Both of us work full time...5 years now we’ve been Back in Blighty after a decade away...It's a new country for everyone! Still finding time to tinker!

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