::::Geez, all these endless theories about a simple solder connection and
you come (David) on here and explain exactly what the real reason is, and
how to avoid the problem. BRAVO
Will this thread die now? I doubt it :-(
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Gilbert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 20:57
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Splicing and weatherproofing ladder line
> 1. Solder does not break down due to UV.
> 2. The lead in lead-tin solder will react with moisture to form a white
> crumbly oxide. Exposed to the elements, the entire joint will
> eventually become porous and brittle. That's why plumbing solder is
> lead-free, and that is what I use (otherwise unprotected) for all my
> outdoor solder connections.
> Dave AB7E
> Dave Harmon wrote:
>> Now ya got me thinking...slowly....
>> In Calif I had an inverted V for 80mtrs hanging off my tower for 28
>> I never had any trouble other than my dawg chewing coax and rotor cables.
>> I DO remembering being on the roof and noticing that the soldered,
>> unprotected splices of wire used for the stubs were looking a bit
>> gnarly....sort of white crumbly stuff....probably known as corrosion.
>> These stubs were two wraps of 16awg 3' or 4' long solid copper,
>> The solder joint was open to the weather. All I did was reheat and add
>> I'm not saying that soldered connections don't need to be protected but
>> never had problems. Probably a bit of Penetrox wouldn't hurt.
>> I slathered up my Ht-Tower pretty good with that stuff.
>> Dave Harmon
>> Sperry, Ok.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: email@example.com
>> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of KI9A@aol.com
>> Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 6:08 PM
>> To: email@example.com
>> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Splicing and weatherproofing ladder line
>> Mine has been spliced, and uncovered since 1998. Looks great, works
>> Any kind of tape, ect., will break down FAR quicker than solder.
>> 73- Chuck KI9A
>> In a message dated 12/25/2009 6:04:41 P.M. Central Standard Time,
>> EZRhino@fastmovers.biz writes:
>> I thought I read somewhere that solder breaks down from the UV
>> light. Taping it up or some liquid electrical tape should do the trick.
>> On Dec 25, 2009, at 15:22 , John Kemker wrote:
>> Y'know, I would have though the solder itself would act as a
>> weatherproofing, as a proper solder joint is supposed to be mechanically
>> sound, first, then the solder surrounds the joint with
>> lead/tin/silver/whatever, providing an encapsulated joint that should be
>> protected from the elements. Once you've soldered, a little bit of
>> liquid electrical tape or just plain electrical tape should do the job.
>> 73 de W5NNH
>> 10X 75371/M&M 117/SMIRK 6185/Six Club 285/TRA 2499/Norcross 228 F&AM
>> Wes Attaway (N5WA) wrote:
>>> Twist the wires together over about a 1-inch length. Solder the
>>> and massage some coax-seal around the joints.
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>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of anthony
>>> Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 11:44 AM
>>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Splicing and weatherproofing ladder line
>>> Merry christmas to everyone.
>>> I need some advice. Im lengthining my 450 ohm ladder line, The
>>> splice will
>>> be outside in the elements. What would be the best way to totally
>>> proof the connection. I was thinking a few coats of scotchcoat and
>>> then some
>>> GE clear silicone. Any help would be apreciated. thanks fellow hams.
>>> tony k2vi
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