Ham Spot Salvage: PCBs easy as 1 2 3

 

If you are building your own circuits you will eventually have need of a circuit board.  There are many of options to choose from.  Salvage is a good option if you are able to scavenge from good sources.  You can find breadboards, blank PCBs, discarded prototypes and production run boards at fleamarkets and auctions pretty easily.  It takes some time to understand what to look for, of course.  Here I look at some common types of salvage and a few options for new PCB design.  I will not cover CAD design or anything complex.  I will however touch briefly on blank PCB material and etching.  As always, I offer some storage and organization suggestions at the end.