An excellent write up Dick, by a obviously experienced ham...
Now, having noted that; let me comment that by the time you wait on the
solder gun to get hot enough to tin the braid on the first end I will have both
connectors crimped on and the tools put back away, the coax hooked up to the
gear, and be sitting around heckling you...
Like many I have resisted crimped connectors in my ham shack for decades
while using them on my airplanes... I finally woke up and smelled the coffeee
(tea in my case)... I bought a good crimper tool, a set of dies, coax stripper
and some connectors... Started redoing the very old, hodgepodge, cabling on my
station in preparation for the new Orion, etc., - in the old days it would have
taken me most of the afternoon to make up the jumpers, with the crimper setup
in less than an hour I had installed 20 connectors, recabled the radios into
the new configuration, and was done... I just ordered another batch of
connectors in preparation for a new set of antenna arrays with remote
If you do more than 3 PL259's a year you need a crimper...
denny / k8do
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