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Re: [TowerTalk] Pictures of Soldering a PL-259 (UHF Male) at K3LR

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pictures of Soldering a PL-259 (UHF Male) at K3LR
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 18:44:31 -0500
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For those that still prefer to use the solder holes for the shield on a PL-259, 
I use a small tool with a slight hook at 
the end to grab pieces of the shield and pull them up through the holes so that 
I can solder them directly to the body 
of the PL-259.  Works well for me.

   Bruce, WA3AFS

On 17 Dec 2006 at 12:46, Bill Turner wrote:

> On Sat, 16 Dec 2006 20:41:35 -0600, Tim Duffy K3LR <>
>  wrote:
> >Bill, N4AR taught me how to do this and I have been doing this 
> >"unconventional
> >method" ever since.
> ------------ REPLY FOLLOWS ------------
> I've used a similar method for years but I think mine is even easier
> and simpler. 
> Instead of fanning out the braid before soldering, I just leave it in
> place, tightly wrapped just as it comes from the factory. I trim it
> back so only about 1/4 inch is protruding inside the connector. Then,
> using a Weller D550 gun or other very hot iron, I just solder the
> braid to the very end of the connector. With the proper size coax, the
> fit is fairly tight already and the solder just bridges from braid to
> connector. Apply solder liberally to ensure a strong mechanical
> connection. 
> Like K3LR, I feel this is a far better method than trying to solder
> through those ridiculous little holes and never knowing if you have a
> good strong connection or not and whether you have overheated the
> dielectric or not. All the soldering is done clear out at the end of
> the connector instead of in the middle and any damage or poor
> soldering is immediately apparent. 
> Give either method a try; you'll like it!
> Bill, W6WRT
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