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Subject: [TowerTalk] taking connectors off
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Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 09:48:13 EDT
In a message dated 4/5/01 4:44:19 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> What is the best way to remove UHF connectors without damaging the
>  connector or the coax?

    Here are my unscientific answers:

    Unsolder it. 

    Why would you want to 'save' the last couple of inches of a previously 
solder cable anyway? I would recommend just cutting it off and starting over 
with the unused portion of the coax. This is particularly true if the coax 
has been outside and may have suffered water intrusion and discolored the 

>  Should I reuse an old connector at all?

    The connector will probably look a little ratty but if all the conducting 
surfaces are okay I might re-use it in a pinch. The chances of successful 
connector removal will be less than 50% in my experience anyway. I usually 
just chop off the connector and throw it away. Silver/teflon PL259's are a 
buck each from D&L so why go to all the work of removing and re-using one?

>  Should I only install NEW NEVER BEEN USED connectors?

    A good, cheap and reliable scenario IMO.

Cheers,    Steve    K7LXC
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