I noticed that Richard, N4PBQ posted on his blog wondering how to solder surface mount components (SMD) like the capacitors included with the 1Watter.
For the online build-a-thon, I’m following Chuck’s lead of using the thru hole components, but I’ve had good luck soldering SMD devices by hand for other projects.
A good pair of tweezers and magnification are handy here. You don’t have to spend a ton of money but a 10X Triplet Loupe or an Optivisor make life a lot easier.
Dave from the EEVblog did a nice video series on soldering. It’s worth watching the whole series, but jump to about 6:50 in the video below for a quick tutorial on one way to deal with chip resistors and capacitors.