> The shrink I get (for free I might add) comes from the local Satellite
> Dealer who is given the stuff by companies (Dish >& Direct) and uses very
> little of it so he passes it on. Most of it is the standard "Heat Shrink"
> but lately he has been >giving me stuff that is sealed in a foil envelope
> and when removed, it shrinks on it's own. No heat, just air. There is 3 or
> >4 pieces in each envelope and each is about 6 inches long, which is just
> long enough to go over 2 PL-259s and a barrel. >The goo sets up hard, not
> soft as most of the heat activated stuff.
I can understand not wanting to save that. <:-))
I purchased 1500 feet of LMR-400 when I first put up the big tower. I'm now
consolidating cables and using remote switching, or will be for the two
stations and am swithing over to LMR-600 (purchased 1000 feet a while back)
I've gone to all crimp connectors which saves me a lot of time and gives
good, mechanically sound connections. BTW with the second station I'll
still be using between 500 and 1000 feet of the LMR-400.
I haven't saved PL-259s in years, but I do reuse the big connectors for the
>I have gotten used to just cutting the connection off and redoing it. I am
>still working on a 500' roll of RG-213 I bought >some time ago when the
>Nashua NH club did a bulk buy from Carroll Cable so I don't scrimp on cable
>when I make >one up. Cutting it off and redoing the ends seems like a lot
>less hassle than removing the shrink, though the suggestion >to wrap a
>layer of good tape over the joint makes a lot of sense. I may do tha
> t on the next one I do.
> Clint - W5CPT
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Roger (K8RI)
> To: TowerTalk@contesting.com
> Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 5:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] FLooded shrink tubing?? Can you remove it??
> >I use the sealing shrink tube and the removal process involves a good
> >of cable cutters. I whack it off at the shrink tube ends and install new
> >connectors. The time involved to remove all the sealing goo would be far
> >excess of what it takes to put on two new connectors.
> This makes me ask, Why remove the goo? Little will stay on the coax
> and what does stay on the connectors doesn't hurt the reusability. On
> occasion it leaves the connectors looking a bit scruffy, but more often
> not, most comes right off.
> IF shiny connectors are the criteria, just carefully rub a bit of
> or car wax on the connectors before applying the heat shrink with the
> flooding compound. Just don't get the wax on the coax jacket, or more
> than a
> film on the connectors. A tiny amount of DC-4 (flooding compound) will
> virtually anything from sticking. Be careful not to get the wax or DC-4
> your hands and then touch the coax jacket where you plan on sealing it.
> Roger (K8RI)
> > Clint - W5CPT
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