Right or wrong, I use flux from RS on my soldering jobs. Put it on
the pl 259, heat it up, clean it off with alcohol and should have no
trouble having solder stick to the connector.
I just use this on building wire antennas, mic connections and PL 259's.
I don't repair radios, and I doubt you would want to use this method
on radio components! But for the crude stuff, it works for me.
The flux is getting all the oil and crud off so your solder will stick.
Mike - K9MI
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eddy Avila" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 8:54 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] RE: Crappy PL259's
> Hi all,
> When I was a young ham in the 60's I never ever had any problems
> PL259 connectors, particularly when it came to soldering them to the coax.
> I'm sure I never used anything hotter than a 100-watt gun!! I'd simply
> up the connector then apply some solder and voila! It was that easy.....
> But now, no matter what I buy, cheap or expensive silver-tinted PL259 and
> using a 250watt gun I'm finding it very difficult to get solder to "stick"
> to these crap connectors....getting really frustrated trying to get solder
> to adhere to PL259's now!!!
> Can someone recommend (without hesitation) a source of good-quality
> connectors that can take solder like they used to?
> thanks much!
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