I don't have any experience with mat cleaners. Perhaps some of the other list
If your old mat did not come with a resistance value specified, I suggest
replacing it. The Elecraft engineer testing a variety of mats found that the
resistance of a mat without a spec was always far too high to be of practical
I checked to see if the products suggested are still available. These all have
resistances in the Gigaohm (1X10^9 ohm) range.
The U-Line mat can be purchased here:
The Desco 66164 is available here:
The 3M mats seem to have been replaced by this one:
Note that the K2 manual does not make much of an issue about an anti-static
mat. It's on the bottom of the anti-static priority list Wayne compiled. In the
interest of full disclosure, I built my K2 while most of my stuff was in
storage, working solely on a small wooden drawing board using my ESD-Safe iron.
I simply did the recommended "touch a ground" before each time I reached for a
transistor, i.c. or pc board and experienced no problems whatsoever. Sixteen
years later the K2 is still going strong.
73, Ron AC7AC
From: Elecraft [mailto:elecraft-boun...@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dauer,
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 12:10 PM
Subject: [Elecraft] Anti-static Pads
Your post (below) came at the right moment. I am about to begin building
another K2 and wondered whether my anti-static pad, now more than five years
and ten Elecraft kits old, needs some sort of cleaning to maintain its
properties; and, if so, what to clean it with – or maybe to replace it.
I have looked and found no brand name on it anywhere, though maybe there was
one that disappeared when I cut the mat to fit my workspace. I believe it was
one of those recommended by Elecraft, but I have no record of it.
Is there a generic cleaner, or would it be safer to begin with a new one?
Forgive my asking this on the reflector rather than by private e-mail; but I
suspect there may be some other old mats like me out there . . .
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