> That is the old type. The newest type is here;
These look like the "Holy Grail" of UHF connectors. After a bit of
searching, RF Industries makes a comparable model, available for us folk on
this side of the ocean:
Available in the U.S. for USD $5.63 ea. at Tessco if you've got a gold
account. Otherwise, prices seem to range between USD $7-$10 from other
sources in the U.S.
I find it interesting that unlike a typical "N" compression fitting, the
braid is not soldered onto the "clamp" at Step #2. Perhaps it can be
soldered at the user's option? Take a look at the step-by-step assembly:
Despite the added cost and extra hardware, these connectors offer something
that the standard PL-259 does not: The ability to inspect your work before
and after the cable is fitted into the connector body (but before the pin is
crimped and/or soldered). When using RG-8/213/LMR400 into a standard
PL-259, once the braid is soldered to the body, work cannot be inspected,
nor can the cable be extracted back from the connector body before final
assembly at the pin.
I will definitely try these on my next outdoor project.
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