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Re: [TowerTalk] Most Connectors sold to Hams are JUNK

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Most Connectors sold to Hams are JUNK
From: Doug Renwick <>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 20:44:58 -0600
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At Dayton 2008 the USA stamped silver/teflon PL-259s were selling
between $24.50 and $26.00 for 10.  What a price increase in the last few
years when you could get these same connectors for about a buck each.
Other PL-259s were available at lower prices ... but generally you get
what you pay for.


The water jump is long and the barrier may be high, 
you might break every bone, but it's so much fun to fly!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jim Brown
Sent: May 19, 2008 11:06 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Most Connectors sold to Hams are JUNK

On Mon, 19 May 2008 08:57:02 -0400, David Calder wrote:

>I used a cheap adapter with
>the "ring" in it and it just came apart when I tightened it.

Same here. I chased several intermittent connections in VHF and UHF 
antennas to those junk adapters. Some fall apart, some heat up when 
you put power to them, others simply open up but don't come apart. I 
also had a UHF Tee connector come apart. it was part of a stacking 
harness that I bought from PAR. They quickly replaced it. 

I have learned the hard way that nearly all of the connectors sold 
by vendors at hamfests are JUNK. 

The same is true of the imitation DIN connectors sold by most ham 
specialty vendors like RF Connection, which melt when you try to 
solder to them and use a metal that doesn't take solder. Good ones 
made by Switchcraft are still available from Newark and Allied, but 
they cost $5-$7, not $1. But they work!  


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