Steve, Scott pointed out that there are a lot of "hacks" in the industry.
True. You point out that you do them correctly yourself (because of the
hacks you've experienced). Most any ham can do them correctly with a decent
tool and connectors. You point out no way you'll use trashy crimps on $2.00
per foot line. I agree, that's why I use what I sell and vice
versa.....they're not trashy connectors. Also, if its LMR or Heliax etc. I
use the Times or Andrew Licensed installers that I've picked, to insure the
proper installation and to insure the cable and connector warranty. Thanks
Steve, K1PEK DAVIS RF Co.
In a message dated 11/19/99 12:43:11 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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
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