My apologies if someone else has recently posted this link, but VE7BZ
has put together a quite excellent tutorial on using crimp connectors,
complete with lots of pictures.
Dennis OConnor wrote:
> 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 switching...
> If you do more than 3 PL259's a year you need a crimper...
> denny / k8do
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