Scott, you must admit that other people can have other experiences...
I've had numerous crimp-on connector failures on commercially installed
coax lines over the years used outdoors. These have been on various
coax lines. If you can't trust a commercial entity to install them
correctly, who can you trust ? (I now install all of my own
The CATV industry has dumped crimped "F" connectors in favor of the
Augat line on RG-59 and RG-6. These use a press-in retainer from the
backside. These are not the metal connector "smash" types.
There's no way that I am going to install a trashy crimp-on connector on
an expensive line ($2/foot).
As far as failed SMB crimp-ons: I have a whole pile of these in our lab
downstairs that have failed.
You can have them.
Steve Fraasch, -2014
Scott Bullock wrote:
> I've been using crimpon connectors both uhf, type n, tnc, bnc, sma, and
> mini-uhf almost exclusively with the exception of heliax connectors for
> 19 years-and they don't fail if they are put on right, and they don't
> work any less than solder on either. Case in point they work well even
> at 800-900 mhz frequencies.
> But there are ALOT of hacks in my business out there that couldn't put a
> crimp connector, much less a solder connector onto a piece of house wire
> >I would recommend against using a crimp connector on VHF/UHF lines.
> >Compressing the dielectric and shield to something other than nominal
> >will force a discontinuity or reflection on the line. Solder-type
> >connectors are designed to maintain the coaxial line's characteristic
> >impedance as best as possible.
> >Mech crimp connectors are notorious for failing early.
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