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[TowerTalk] Re: Cutting braid

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: Cutting braid
From: W2RU - Bud Hippisley <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 16:12:37 +0000
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What I haven't seen mentioned in this series of postings about properly 
installing PL-259 connectors is a recommended wattage for the soldering iron or 
gun.  My experience has been that all these techniques being shared by everyone 
only work if the iron or gun is hot enough to _quickly_ tin (and, later, solder 
to the connector) the coax cable braid and center conductor.  Melted dielectric 
is the real bugaboo for many of us, not lack of strength from failure to solder 
the braid or center conductor to the corresponding part of the PL-259 
metalwork.  In years past, I have made some of the strongest short-circuits you 
can imagine....:-)

Bud, W2RU

At 04:40 2005-01-16, Tom Rauch wrote:
>> It's easier if you tin the braid before you cut it (with a
>copper tubing
>> cutter).
>If you fully tin the braid, all you need to do is scribe it
>with a carpet knife then bend it and it will cleanly crack
>at the scribe mark.


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