Cut the Bakelite Perfboard

You will need a piece of Bakelite perfboard that is 10 holes long by 10 holes wide. Use the white divider squares as a guide and mark your cut with a marker.

Use a pair of Super Scissors to cut the perfboard on the lines that you marked.

Proper eye protection must be worn when cutting perfboard to avoid injury. Also cut perfboard can have sharp edges. Please be careful.

You'll need one 10 hole by 10 hole piece of perfboard for every MIDI friend. The piece will be slightly larger than the QT Py RP2040 to allow for enough room for the headers and TRS or DIN-5 jack.

Solder the QT Py RP2040's Headers

Cut two strips of socket headers that are each seven pins long.

Proper eye protection must be worn when cutting header pieces to avoid injury. Also cut headers might have sharp edges. Please be careful.

Solder the socket headers to the QT Py RP2040 so that the sockets are on the USB side. You may want to use a QT Py board with plug headers as a soldering jig.

Solder the MIDI Friend's Headers

Cut two strips of plug headers that are seven pins long. Plug them into the QT Py RP2040's socket headers as a soldering jig.

Place the piece of perfboard with its solder pads facing up. Insert the plug headers into the perfboard so that their tips are visible, as shown in the picture.

Since the Bakelite perfboard only has solder pads on one side, you will need to solder the headers at an angle from the side. Solder the headers in place.

Once your headers are soldered you can solder a TRS-A, TRS-B or DIN-5 connector to the board.

This guide was first published on Apr 26, 2022. It was last updated on 2022-04-26 14:57:46 -0400.

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