I've been using Dow-Corning Silicone High-Vacuum grease on my connectors
for about 10 years with good results. Of course, I live in Southern
California where one could argue weather proofing connectors is an
unnecessary precaution :-)
In any case, here is where I first learned of the practice:
73, Mike W4EF.............
On 7/2/2010 5:50 AM, Steve Maki wrote:
> Jim Thomson wrote:
>> Ok... Andrew heliax co sez to use silicone on coax connectors... to
>> eliminate ... 'microscopic arcing'.
> I've never seen anything from Andrew suggesting this - got a link?
> Some Andrew connectors come with a tiny little tube of silicone grease,
> but it's for lubing the outer o-ring to make the connector slide on
> easier. Maybe that's where the cornfusion started...
> I can tell you that in the commercial antenna world (cellular, etc.)
> it's never ever applied to the center pin area of an already installed
> connector before mating with the receptacle. I doubt it would hurt - in
> fact there is a Teflon based product called Stuf (or Stuff?) that is
> meant to be used that way, but not to prevent "micro-arcs". It's to keep
> water out by eliminating voids.
> IMO, it's better to simply weatherproof the outside of the connector.
> -Steve K8LX
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