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Re: [TowerTalk] Splicing rotator/control wires

To: "Bill Turner" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Splicing rotator/control wires
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 12:39:02 -0400
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> For those new to crimped connectors, the proper crimping tool is not
> the cheap kind sold at run of the mill hardware stores for ten bucks
> or less. The kind you want has a compound lever and ratchet

I worked in the chemical industry for over 26 years.  We used just a plain 
old crimper, not the combination wire stripper and crimper. They cost on the 
order of  $20 and never had a problem with using them even in critical 
applications. These were the type that put a a deep indent ation on one side 
of the connector.  HOWEVER, we actually had to train on using that tool. Be 
they end connectors of various shapes and sizes, or butt splices they had to 
test good.

I can only guess at the number of splices and connectors added, but over 
those 26 years I'd imagine the shop made millions of splices. I'd defy any 
one to pull the wires out of one and I'd bet the wires would break first, 
but like any tool it's knowing how to use it.

Roger (K8RI)

> arrangement which will not let go until full force is applied. They
> cost somewhere in the range of $40-50 or so. Don't use anything less.
> A properly crimped connector will not let go of the wire, period. The
> wire will break first. Make some test crimps and try to pull them
> apart before you commit to doing the real ones. A few cents worth of
> connectors used in training yourself is money well spent.
> Bill W6WRT
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