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Re: [TowerTalk] Crimp tool for cable ends

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crimp tool for cable ends
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:04:41 -0500
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On 12/28/2010 7:52 PM, Dan Evans wrote:
> I am considering taking the plunge and buying my first crimp tool to
> install coax connectors.  Currently I solder all of my connectors, but
> this is a slow process and from what I have read crimp connections are
> now just as good, if not better.

I've been using crimp connectors *almost* exclusively for several years 
now and avoid solder connectors "when I can".  With a good stripping 
tool along with the crimper you can install (with practice) and N or UHF 
connector in less than a minute. There is a bit of a learning curve.
> I normally use LMR400, RG8, or RG8X cable, and I will be installing
> PL-259's and N connectors.
If lucky, you may find a tool that uses interchangeable dies. One size 
fits LMR-400 and basically all RG-8 size cables. RG-8X and RG-6/59 will 
use a smaller set of dies. I believe there is a tool advertised in QST 
that has dies for both.  Depending on the connectors you may need either 
a 2 blade or 3 blade stripper.

I'd start by checking with Steve Davis  at Davis RF and see what what he has available.  Give them a 

Quality strippers and crimpers can cover a relatively wide range in price.
Good ones are worth the price.  My old box cutters do a better job than 
the mediocre ones.


Roger (K8RI)
> Can you recommend a good set of affordable crimpers?  If you were buying
> a set for your station, what would you buy?
> Thanks,
> 73
> Dan

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