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Re: [TowerTalk] Crimp or Solder

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crimp or Solder
From: "Kelly Johnson" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 16:36:48 -0700
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So, where can I find a stripper that will correctly strip my coax?

I just switched to crimping about 2 months ago because I've had too
many problems with poorly soldered PL-259's.  It's gonna cost me about
$200 next week to rent a lift so I can replace a bad feed to my 40m
yagi.  I'm 99% certain it is another bad solder job on the PL-259.

I bought 20 crimp-on PL-259's and a stripper a couple of months ago
from  I'm borrowing a friend's crimper.  The problem
is that I can't seem to adjust the stripper to properly strip the
coax.  I'm using 9913F cable.  The stripper is part #RFA-4087.  It was
an expensive stripper and the documentation suggests that it can be
adjusted and is suitable for 9913.  Unfortunately, I can't figure out
how to adjust it to fit the connectors they sold me.  Essentially, I
need 3 "strips", right?  I need it to strip all the way down to the
center conductor, then nother strip that retains the dialectric, but
cuts away the braid and finally a third cut that only cuts the outside
jacket.  I see no way to do this with this stripper.  I improvised and
used the stripper for 2 of the 3 cuts, but then I had to do the rest
by hand.  Certainly not worth the money I paid for it.  Is there a
better one?

On 6/21/07, Jim Lux <> wrote:
> At 07:27 AM 6/21/2007, Pat Barthelow wrote:
> >Hello Greg,
> >Uh - Oh...
> >
> >This is almost like the true north thread.   Well discussed, addressed,
> >here.
> >Crimp Connectors seem to have every thing...Reliability, speed/ease of
> >installation, longevity, if proper tools are used.  Especially good choice
> >in your situation.   Preferred method for Aircraft installations, though for
> >BNCs and N connectors, not PL-259s.
> I'd agree.  The only disadvantage is the cost of the tool. You need
> both a good stripper that does *exactly* the right strip of the coax
> AND a crimper and dies that *match* the connector you're
> using.  There are lots of slightly different connectors, and crimping
> with the wrong die will almost work right.
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