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

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pictures of Soldering a PL-259 (UHF Male) at K3LR
From: "W3YY - Bob" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 00:42:06 -0000
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These are all excellent recommendations for soldering braid to regular
PL-259's, but why bother?

As has been pointed out on this reflector, there are alternative PL-259-Type
connectors that assemble like N connectors, require no soldering of the
braid, and are easily reusable.  That's the only kind I use anymore and they
are great.  If you must use a regular PL-259, then fine.  Otherwise,
consider the alternatives.

73, Bob - W3YY

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bill Turner
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 8:47 PM
Cc: Ian White GM3SEK;; Ward Silver
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pictures of Soldering a PL-259 (UHF Male) at K3LR


On Sat, 16 Dec 2006 20:41:35 -0600, Tim Duffy K3LR <>

>Bill, N4AR taught me how to do this and I have been doing this 
>"unconventional method" ever since.

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I've used a similar method for years but I think mine is even easier and

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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