Hello & Good day to you all,
ive only started learning electronics this year but have been soldering all my life, only tinning wires and really simple desoldering/soldering stuff, nothing compared to soldering an Arduino Clone PCB !
Well, i'd bought 4 RBBB kits http://shop.moderndevice.com/products/rbbb-kit and soldered them together, worked 1st time and uploaded Blink Sketch to all of them, worked like a charm with some help from 'LOG' @ instructables,lol, but in error i had previously bought an Arduino 2009 Bare SMD PCB from ebay and thinking about giving it a try to solder SMD components on the 2 PCB'c i have but have 2 questions:
The 2009 Arduino (Duemilanove)http://arduino.cc/en/Main/arduinoBoardDuemilanove mainly began life with an ATMEGA168 but can i simply just use the ATMEGA328 instead as the pin-out pin connections are identical ???
EBAY is STILL Selling plenty of these 2009 Bare SMD PCB's http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-board-PCB-Arduino-Duemilanove-2009-AVR-ATmega328P-PU-168-DIY-Soldering-/170816324819?pt=UK_Computing_Other_Computing_Networking&hash=item27c57244d3 but there isnt much support for a full spec components list and/or alternative components, ive scoured this site but its got to 'info-overload' - lol - and i have been at-it for 5 weeks now trying to find anywhere that either sells all of the SMD components for this PCB as a 'Kit' of if such a kit doesn't exist (likely-story) the my 2nd question is, WHY ON EARTH are these people selling BARE SMD PCB's on ebay if there isnt much support for them ?!?
NOTE: I really LOVE the fact that the 2009 version has the USB connectivity 'onboard' and really want to try my hand at surface-mount soldering, its going to take me a few weeks to collect up all the components anyway so if any of you Arduino-Jedi's out there have already soldered a 2009 PCB, please could anyone point me to a good few places that'll help me out on my SMD Adventure ?!!!!!?
NOTE 2: I'd stumbled upon this post: http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1273287995 which has helped me out immensely but its a 'read only post' but thanks to everyone who already commented/helped there !
Many many thanks in advance for your time & help, i'd be most-grateful !