I have used N connectors with the captive center pin for years now with
NO problems. I didn't know that they made them without that feature. I
have several runs of RG-214 at 130+ feet in length, and they have been
on the tower for about five years. No water... no opens... good SWR.
73 de Martin - N3HRT
Rod Fitz-Randolph wrote:
> >At 10:18 PM 8/31/97 -0500, Chuck Dietz wrote:
> >>What is a "captivated N connector?"
> >A captivated n connector is a connector that has special teflon ring washers
> >that cradle a small annular lip on the center pin itself. The idea is that
> >with a ring on either side of the lip, the pin will NOT move forward and
> >back with temperature expansions and contractions. They do work too. Hard to
> >explain what it looks like without drawing a picture though. They look like
> >regular n connectors on the outside, but have the extra washer inside to
> >hold the pin.
> Scott, I truly believe that, if you have a several hundred foot run of coax
> like I do, that regardless of whether or not there is an annular ring or lip,
> when the center conductor of the coax retracts by as much as a 1/4", something
> will give! Either the coax's center conductor will pull the connector's
> center conductor through and backward OR it will separate at the solder joint
> where the coax center conductor is soldered to the connector's center
> conductor. The forces of metal contracting with lower temperature are very
> high. There has been quite a bit written about the phenomena on N connectors
> in the past. Several commercial tower/antenna installers have also warned
> me about that phenomena.
> Rod, N5HV
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