Hi Pete - it's a good point - we did it for years, but learned one
further point - don't just tighten those nuts each time - loosen them
first, then tighten, not so firmly that you wreck 'em. Repeat several
times, and you'll lower the resistance in the contact a little more each
time by cutting through the oxide buildup..
We had planned to chase down some hi-temp "goop" of some sort, to retard
the problem, but never got around to it. We finally dumped all of the
Wellers and bought a carbon arc soldering station which is much better
for production work.
There was an interesting post about subbing carbon in a Weller - might
try it sometime!
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On Thu, 09 Dec 1999 12:19:16 +0000 Pete Smith <email@example.com>
> This is probably nothing new for the old-timers, but if you're using
> Weller-type soldering gun on PL-259s and the heat output seems
> take pliers and tighten up the nuts that attach the tip, as hard as
> can. Even 1/16 turn can make a dramatic difference in the amount of
> BTW, the "easy to solder" PL-259s from the Wireman also help, as
> does using
> his RG-8X low-loss, which has a tinned shield and foil inside that.
> replacing all my jumpers in the shack, in the hope of cutting down
> on stray
> No connection with Press, just a happy customer.
> 73, Pete Smith N4ZR
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