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[TowerTalk] RE: Using Silicone Grease

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Subject: [TowerTalk] RE: Using Silicone Grease
From: (Chuck Dietz (KE5FI))
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 23:38:31 -0600 wrote:
> 23 MAR - 2130 CST
> Hello Roger...
> Since 1989, I have been potting all of my coaxial connectors with a
> non-conductive silicone grease before I put them together.
> It is a messy process, but well worth the effort.  Use enough to have it
> squeeze out of the joint as it is assembled.  That way there will be no
> voids to fill with water if your tape wrap later fails.  Once the
> connector is mated, I use naptha-soaked paper towels (does not leave any
> oily residue and does not attack the vinyl cable sheath) to thoroughly
> remove the excess.  Then I use Scotch 33+ wrapped three layers deep in the
> manner described by Steve.
> I opened a couple of these joints in 1994 and 1995 -- they looked brand
> new inside with no trace of moisture, dirt, or corrosion.
> There are apparently no electrical consequences using this method - no
> weird SWR effects or anything.

Wow, what a great process!  Thanks for sharing this with us, I have had
a lot of trouble in past installations with water incursion into coax

Chuck, KE5FI

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