In a message dated 2/6/03 8:13:31 AM Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> It sounds to me like you're using the Amphenol "Astro Plate" (or equivalent)
> connectors with the very bright, shiny finish. Those weather very well but
> are very difficult to solder to using conventional soldering equipment.
> toss those and get silver-plated connectors, which solder very quickly and
> easily without any rework.
Another reason to use silver plated connectors is that silver oxide is a
conductor whereas oxides from other connector materials are not. Better for
outdoor solder connections (i.e. antennas) as well.