The reason why I use the Astro-Plate connectors, instead
of the silver-plated connectors is that when I'm in the pro-
cess of soldering the braid thru the 4 holes, I apply a very
SMALL amount of soldering flux to the sides of the holes
as well as to the braid itself. I then solder each hole, one
at a time, of course. The solder only tends to adhere to
the sides of the holes & the braid itself. Makes for a very
nice-looking job when I'm done.
I've also tried the silver-plated ones but the solder tends to
adhere to all parts of the connector, due to silver's adffinity
for solder adhering to it. I'll stick with the Astro-Plate ones!
73 de Brad @ Radio Free Roscoe (IL)...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brad Bradfield" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Gian Luca Cazzola" <email@example.com>; "Tower Talk"
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 8:51 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Connectors
> Hi Ian - -
> The silver plated PL-259's are DEFINITELY easier to solder. Texas
> Towers (http://www.texastowers.com) used to carry the good Amphenol
> PL-259 connectors, and I assume they still do. In short, they're
> definitely worth the extra money.
> Brad, W5CGH
> > I agree that phenolic (brown-yellow insulators) or teflon Amphenol
> > PL259 are
> > probably the best UHF connectors on the market.
> > Anyway, after using some old 3 parts-Kings PL259A silver plated
> > (bought from
> > Surplus Sales of Nebraska) I think that silver plating make easier
> > the
> > soldering job than with the usual nickel plating, with even
> > better-stronger
> > soldered joints.
> > Also, the faster soldering job reduce the risk of damaging the
> > coaxial
> > cables.
> > Does anybody know where in the Usa I can buy Amphenol PL259 silver
> > plated
> > connectors?
> > About the N connectors, I think it is as getting away money to use
> > them on
> > HF.
> > After some problems with the N cables connecting to my Bird 43, I
> > even
> > changed the Bird N sockets to Bird UHF females.
> > Of course, after this change I had no more problems.
> > Tks es 73
> > Ian IK4EWX
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