>> 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
Current standards in the cellular, PCS, and paging industries do
call for total, many layer weatherproofing no matter what kind of
connector is used (7/16 DIN seems to be replacing N). It seems
like overkill to me but probably results from a history of poorly
installed connectors compounded in some cases by sloppy tape jobs
that only make matters worse.
It appears the industry as a whole has decided that overkill at
the time of install is easier and cheaper than troubleshooting
and replacing bad feedlines later.
Steve Maki K8LX
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