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    basic amp build questions

    What gauge wire should be used in a 5f1 champ clone and should I use solid wire or " multi-strand"? I don't know if that is the right term but you get the idea anyway. I am making the board out of micarta ( phenolic ) with brass eyelets if that makes any difference. I make pocket knives as my day job so I have lots of micarta and G-10 that I use for handle material. I need to buy some wire though and I want to get everything right this time around.
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    I wouldn't say there is any absolutely right wire as far as the final performance is concerned. However, I would personally use solid core wire with an eyelet board. I like the way the solid wire will stay where it is placed and stranded wire is a big pain to fit in an eyelet that already has 2 or more component leads in it. As long as you don't nick the solid lead wire when stripping off the insulation it will work well and last a long time.
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    Thanks Tom. What size wire should I use?

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    I'd use 20AWG but 22AWG would work fine too.

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    I will pick up some wire and I will be ready to start.
    Thanks for the advice.
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    Note that there are other considerations in addition to the wire size. You want to use wire with a 600V rated insulation and you will want insulation that will withstand soldering temperature. Irradiated PVC is a good choice.
    I have attached an article about hookup wire which covers the basics. Better to read that than me adding more narrative.
    Cheers,
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