On Wed, 14 May 1997 K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
> As far as an N-type connector, it (unlike a PL-259) has a rubber gasket
> and is designed to be mostly waterproof (unlike a PL-259).
I prefer the phrase "water resistant" as opposed to "water proof".
> approach. BTW, you'll never see a commercial joint that ISN'T totally
I beg to differ. Andrew, the maker of heliax, used to say their N
connectors didn't need any additional WXproofing. I think we all knew
better, and it was interesting to see them recently come out with a
WXproofing device that looks like a BY-finger toy. But I have seen many
a commercial installation without tape, etc., and they DO work.
In fact on the roof of my office building, there are some bare N male
connectors that have been in place for close to 10 years, and you can
unscrew them and see they are still shiny and dry inside. I would never
install a connector without some form of WXproofing, but the gaskets do
Also...be sure to use an N male connector with a CAPTIVE PIN, like an
Amphenol 82-3312. Otherwise, the pin will likely pull out of the socket
over time, as people have attested to here on the reflector. Many
"bargain connectors" you get at stores and/or flea markets ain't no
bargain when the center pin pulls away after time...
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