I'm curious about coax connectors and how YOU assemble yours.
Of course, we all would like to use Type Ns for the impedance uniformity, in
comparison to the old fashioned PL-259s.
What I'm wondering is:
Do you solder the braid into the connector body when you mount a PL259 onto
a piece of RG-8 or RG-213 ?
If you do, TELL US WHY YOU SOLDER IT. Then tell us how successful you are
with your solder job.
I have never successfully soldered the braid because I have never had an
iron that would heat the body hot enough to flow the solder without melting
the dielectric. And then these people who use a 50 watt iron so they can get
inside those holes are, in my opinion, fooling themselves.
I fan the braid back over the outer jacket and screw the body over it,
capturing it with a fairly good mechanical connection. However, sometimes,
the jacket is too stiff/thick and/or the braid is too bulky so I have to
remove some of the braid to be able to do the screw-job.
Then, of course, I solder the center pin and am good to go.
BTW HF and PL-259s are synonymous. I don't know any SERIOUS ham who would
use a 259 for UHF. Uhhh, why do they call a PL259 a "UHF connector" ?!?
>From photos to predictions, The MSN Entertainment Guide to Golden Globes has
it all. http://tv.msn.com/tv/globes2007/?icid=nctagline1
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