Got a friend who could mount it for you?
Think I will go simpler route for now: max3100 in dip package, add one for each extra serial port needed.Only 8 word FIFO, need to write some code I guess.
If MAXIM can offer a whole ATMega328 with a UART for <$6, why can't a standalone UART be offered for even less? Makes you wonder ...
Very nice, pity about the package, I'm getting better at soldering SMDs but that might be a problem.