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From: (Paul Playford)
Date: Tue Feb 4 11:12:24 2003
Actually, if you tin the coax braid after you strip the outer jacket but
before you trim it, then use a small copper tubing cutter to cut the braid,
assembly and soldering PL-259's are easy.  Just use a small torch, paint
stripping heat gun, or a big iron to heat the outer conductor of the PL-259
and feed solder into the holes to complete the connection.  After I remove
the excess (tinned) braid, I trim the dialectric about 1/8" beyond the end
of the braid and tin the center conductor also before assembly.

This is easier done than said.

Or, you may consider a crimp tool and crimp connectors.  Sorry, I cannot
remember where I obtained mine but it cost about $50.  MIL spec crimp tools
are several hundred $$.  The crimp connectors are hard to find but are

de Paul, W8AEF

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Robbins K1TTT" <>

> Anyone know a good source for custom made coax cables... I hate
> soldering pl-259's and expect to need a dozen or more cables made for
> various upgrades planned for this summer.  I would want a place that
> would use good rg-213, measure it accurately to my lengths, use
> silver/Teflon pl-259's and solder them well in all 4 holes.

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