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[Towertalk] Re: Coax Connector Losses - Does anyone know?

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Subject: [Towertalk] Re: Coax Connector Losses - Does anyone know?
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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 16:32:22 -0700
he not talking of tinning the pl259- he talking about tinning the outer
shieth of the coax!  and, a 40-50 watt IRON with a bout a 1/4 to 3/8 inch
tip ps great for tinning the braid. . a little goes a long way!
(and, for the same reason, to clean pc board holes to remove components,
that why solder wick works, albiet its coated with flux- suckes up solder
like a SPONGE !!) and tin the sheath with solder, and move the IRON around
the sheeth- the solder will flow towards the heat. when too little solder,
it stops flowing- simply apply a LITTLE more, until it is tinned all around-
then use tubeing cutter to trim to center conductor , and place in pl259--
then SWEAT SOLDER (any plumber can show you what is ment by this, on copper
fittings)!  jim

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Hider (N3RR)" <>
To: "David Robbins" <>; "'Bill Coleman'" <>;
"'Tower Talk'" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Re: Coax Connector Losses - Does anyone know?

> I've never tinned a PL-259 and never heard of anyone else do it, except
> what's been posted today.
> I use silver Teflon PL-259 connectors and a Weller D550 soldering gun and
> strip the RG-213 properly.  I first solder the center conductor, letting
> solder flow up inside the center conductor tip.  Then I solder the
> to the shield  making sure the solder flows completely through the holes
> on the "neck" of the PL-259 - where the holes are located.  I roll the
> RG-213 on a table so the connector rolls around as I solder.  This allows
> the D550 to heat up the connector and the shield and allows the solder to
> flow into the holes and onto the hot shield of the RG-213.
> Bill, N3RR
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Robbins" <>
> To: "'Bill Coleman'" <>; "'Tower Talk'"
> <>
> Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 5:45 PM
> Subject: RE: [Towertalk] Re: Coax Connector Losses - Does anyone know?
> > First learn to do a real thin smooth tinning job and trim the end of it
> > fairly smooth so it doesn't hang up on the threads or lip inside the
> > pl259.  then a SMALL dab of silicone grease on the cut end of the outer
> > jacket does a good job of lubricating the threads as you screw the body
> > of the pl259 on to the coax.
> >

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