[sdiy] pin headers on the wrong side of a PCB

chris chris at chrismusic.de
Fri Sep 8 23:08:44 CEST 2017

If you are using IDC flat cables then be careful that cable pin 1 isn't
board pin 1 anymore...


On Thu, 7 Sep 2017 22:43:20 -0700 David G Dixon <dixon at mail.ubc.ca>

> Hey Team,
> I love using MTA-100 connectors to wire panel components to PCBs, as they
> make life so much easier than directly wiring to the PCB.  However, I'd like
> to be able to use them on the wrong side of the PCB.  In other words, I'd
> like to be able to put an MTA pin header on the solder-side of a
> single-sided PCB.
> Does anyone know of a product that would work for that?  I know that it's
> pretty straightforward to solder long breakaway pins so that there is a lot
> of pin sticking out on the solder side of the PCB, and a female header can
> be slid over these pins (this sort of arrangement can be found in old ARP
> synths such as the Odyssey, for example).  However, I also want to have the
> locking flap that prevents the female from sliding off of the pins.  Do they
> sell the MTA pin header plastic housings without pins in them that can be
> slid over long breakaway pins?
> Basically, I want to solder panel components (pots, switches, etc) onto a
> single-sided PCB, with the solder side facing away from the panel, but have
> pin headers on the back of the PCB for easy access from the back.  Is this
> doable?  I know that ribbon cable connectors could work this way, but I'm
> more interested in MTA connectors.
> Thanks and cheers,
> Dave Dixon
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