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[TowerTalk] CATV Hardline connectors

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Subject: [TowerTalk] CATV Hardline connectors
From: (Mike J. Brungardt)
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 04:04:55 +0100

> From: Lee Buller <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] CATV Hardline connectors
To: <>
> Date: Tuesday, June 24, 1997 04:46
> >Fellow tower talkians,this will be my first attempt at requesting info
> >from Tower Talk.I hope someone can help me.I recently aquired a
> >large amount of CATV hardline.I need to adapt the hardline to standard
> >PL 259 fittings.I have seen articles about this but dont recall
> >anyone fabricated any or are there any manufactured that dont cost a 
> >bankroll.I will thank you all in advance and look forward to seeing what
> >all the answers to my question might bring me.
> >
> >73 de WT9Q--Bob
> Well, I have seen and read about ever scheme there is to make connectors.
> like the copper plumbing method the best.  Using copper pipe fittings,
> can make about anything with a drill, a couple of bits, a file and a lot
> copper couplers.  But...
> The most elligant (or maybe I should say crude) method was to just solder

> and clamp pig tails to the cable and have a small amount of regular coax
> connect to the antenna or the rig.
> I've also seen where guys have just bent the CATV hardline at 90 degress,

> clamped them together...solder a wire across the center connectors and 
> placed a two liter plastic bottle over the whole she-bang.
> Now all you VHFers and UHFers are going have a lot of comments about
> but does it matter on HF?  The guys seem to get out and they really don't

> use a connector at all....
> Crude, but I dare say it works!  We even had to do that on the local VHF 
> repeater when lighting blew a hole through one of our quarter wave line 
> transformers.  We just soldered and clamped on some more coax.  The SWR
> 1.3 to one and we ran that for three months.  Worked fine.  I don't thing

> there would be a problem at HF at all.  Oh proof the hell
> of it with coax-seal, tape, plastic, what have you.
> Lee
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Ditto and it works, Good Luck!
Mike, K0TQ
Trustee of above mentioned repeater

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