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Subject: [TowerTalk] Crimped PL-259's
From: "Jim Thomson" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:32:00 -0700
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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:45:53 -0500
From: "Blake Bowers" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crimped PL-259's

Wow.   So I should return all these commercial two way radios
I deal with that have SO-239 connectors on them for use with
PL-259's to the manufacturers as being defective?

Icom, Kenwood, etc use them all the time, in their commercial products. 
a small portion of the market.  Although I cannot say for sure about MA/Com,
pretty much any other LMR manufacturer other than Motorola uses them still.

##  Do they use QUALITY  SO-239's  on the back ends of these radio's ? 
I have yet to see a quality SO-239 on the back of any ham gear.  You would think
for the megabuck price tag on expensive ham gear,  you would get a real  silver
plated one..with teflon dielectric SO-239 chassis female....with  4 x SS screws

## crimped connectors are used to save labour costs.  Have you got any idea how 
long it
takes to assemble 200-300 type N and   BNC connectors?  All that stuff is 
crimped in any
telco, or any where else that installs them in large quantity. And no, you 
won't find any 
UHF connector's  anywhere. 

Jim  VE7RF 


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