On Mon, 5 Mar 2001 18:26:54 -0500 (EST), Tim Totten, N4GN wrote:
> I remember a very similar problem at VS6WO a few years ago. We had all
> kinds of weird intermittent problems until we replaced a 90-degree elbow
> connector. When we dissected it with a hacksaw, we noticed the center
> conductor was a VERY thin (light guage) spring. It looked like the
> filament from a cheap light bulb. Steve said he had bought that generic
> connector in some local electronics market.
> The lesson I took away from that experience is to spend the few extra
> pennies for quality connectors, especially for any elbows.
I remember a story some time back about an elbow from Ratshack that
damaged a vhf rig for the same reason. At VHF, the coil spring making
up the center conductor was an inductor. Nice!
I never ran across one of those myself, but started checking every elbow
I found to be sure it was made by Amphenol.
ag0n at arrl dot net
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