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Re: [TowerTalk] Crimped PL-259's

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crimped PL-259's
From: "Tommy Alderman" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:40:06 -0400
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I disagree with that statement! 

Just look at the frequency range usage specification for various types of
connectors. Anything beyond that can be covered under the word 'marketing'!
Except on high quality test equipment and large coax, if you use crimp
connectors at frequencies over about 500 MHz, you WILL get into trouble.
Over a gigahertz, this should not really be a problem because, really, over
a gigahertz one should switch to SMA type connectors and semi-rigid coax.

Tom - W4BQF

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ryan Jairam
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:31 AM
To: Kenneth Goodwin
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crimped PL-259's

Almost no one except amateur radio and CB uses UHF (PL259) connectors

Therefore you will mostly find them in ham and CB shops (and ebay).

Ryan, N2RJ

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 10:20 AM, Kenneth Goodwin <>
> Can anyone tell me why the major supply houses (Digi-Key, Mouser or
> Amphenol) don't supply anything other than crimped Type N connectors?  It
> seems to me as if crimped connectors have become the standard since I
> couldn't find any crimped PL-259 connectors except from some amateur
> houses.  Are they trying to tell me that crimped Type N is the only way to
> go?  Labor costs are too high?   I could agree with that technical policy
> since crimped Type N's are technically better and the crimped scheme is so
> much easier than soldered 259's but so much of my equipment still has
> SO-259s.  I still solder the center pin; however,  I notice that the
> expensive heliax connectors are all mechanical connections.   Ken K5RG
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