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Re: [TowerTalk] Any reason not to use commercial CATV connectors?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Any reason not to use commercial CATV connectors?
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Thu, 08 May 2008 07:53:25 -0400
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W4AN (SK) deserves credit for the simplest homebrew connector I have seen 
for 3/4" CATV, using a Home Depot plumbing adapter.  I used these for 10 
years with zero failures.  If you search the Towertalk archive for his call 
and CATV, I'm pretty sure it will turn up quickly.

73, Pete N4ZR

At 10:13 PM 5/7/2008, David wrote:

>Roger (K8RI) wrote:
> > As has been mentioned, finding something to mate with
> > either N or UHF connectors might be a bit tough.
>I've played around with plumbing fittings to make connectors for 1/2
>Heliax and several months ago back came up with the following.  One of
>these days I'll write it up with pictures and stick it on my website,
>but in the meantime ...
>Home Depot sells a brass fitting that makes a very nice adapter for
>female UHF connectors (UG-363, SO-239 barrels).  The fitting is made by
>Watts, comes in a little plastic bag with a green stripe at the top, and
>goes by the designator "A-200".  It has female threads on one end that
>are identical to UHF threads, and on the other end is a compression
>fitting that (if you remove the compression sleeve) fits very well into
>1/2 inch copper plumbing tube.  The A-200 fits just a bit sloppy in the
>lightweight schedule M type copper tube but the joint is still
>solderable.  If you use the more standard and slightly thicker walled
>schedule L type copper tubing, just a touch with a file on the A-200
>threads makes a really nice snug fit.  I always solder that joint
>(before connecting the UHF barrel) , but I'm pretty sure it would be
>possible to simply screw the A-200 into the relatively soft schedule L
>copper tube if you were careful with the file.  If I remember correctly,
>the A-200 sells for about $3.
>By the way, 5/32 inch OD brass tubing makes a nice snug-fitting pin to
>mate with the UHF barrel.  The best source I've found for all sorts of
>brass tubing is, surprisingly enough, online at Ace Hardware Outlet
>(*   *They sell all diameters and wall
>thicknesses of brass tubing that, with a little bit of creativity in
>combining them, can be mated to just about any kind of cable center
>conductor.  Here's a link to some of the 5/32 inch tube in 12 inch
>lengths, but they sell it in longer lengths as well.
>**  (bottom of the page).
>Dave   AB7E
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