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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crimp or Solder
From: Gene Smar <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 09:18:39 -0500 (CDT)
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     A few months back I did up a set of such crimp connectors for our club's 
repeater's main site (4 UHF link RXs.)  I was impressed with the ease with 
which the connectors all went together.  The trick is to get the proper length 
of the center insulator so that the center tip (which must be soldered) locks 
into position when the connector is assembled.  I had to redo the first three 
connectors after I learned that the center pins snapped into place.  

     I measured the jumper cables' loss with my MFJ-259 and they were all below 
the loss I measured for the pre-assembled jumper I used as my model.  

     I have some coax cable work to do on the tower this summer, and I will 
certainly ask to borrow the club's crimper tool to install the PL-259s.

     BTW - Our club bought the connectors and tool from Joel at The RF 
Connection ( .)  

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

Date: 2007/06/21 Thu AM 08:54:37 CDT
Subject: [TowerTalk] Crimp or Solder

Good morning all,

I'm tired of trying to get a good PL-259 by soldering as my hands often shake 
much.  Though eventually I get it done.

I recently read some comments elsewhere that a well-crimped connector is just 
good, but wondering what you all think before I try it.  I'm not talking about 
tool that crimps regular connectors designed for soldering as I hear the tend 
crack the connector. But I am talking about the ratcheted type that leaves a 
shaped-crimp on a connecter designed for it.  I would do this with both 9913 
buryflex and LMR-240 UF.


Greg - AB7R
Whidbey Island WA


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