----- Original Message -----
From: "William Turini" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 9:44 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Why NOT to use PL259 connectors
> This lengthy discussion about the difficulty of installing PL259
> has reaffirmed my decision long ago to go with N connectors and adapters.
> Only one simple solder joint.
> Don't complain about cost, even the cheapest ham can find them new at
> hamfests for less than a buck. Similiarly with adapters.
> Although the coolest soldering "device" for attaching braid to a PL259
> connector I ever say was two carbon electrodes and a 30amp 6 volt
> transformer. Clamp the electrodes across the PL259 and feed in the solder
> fast as you can. Less than 2 sec per connector. Really slick. :-)
Several folks have pointed out that N connectors have a pretty small center
conductor (same as a BNC). Is there a RF connector that is:
a) waterproof (nice feature of N and TNC)
b) Easily assembleable with minimal screw up potential (leaves out PL-259s)
b2) Field repairable (ideally no soldering required)
c) inexpensive (<$5-10) in moderate (10-20 piece) quantities
d) handles high power (2kW)
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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