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
http://www.davisrf.com/ 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.
> Can you recommend a good set of affordable crimpers? If you were buying
> a set for your station, what would you buy?
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