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Re: [TowerTalk] Compression-type PL-259s

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Compression-type PL-259s
From: Steve Maki <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:09:42 -0500
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On 1/21/2011 8:55 AM, Paul Christensen wrote:

> 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.

Not exactly true. On a standard PL259, the center pin/insulator combo 
can be popped out of the body (before installation) with a sharp rap of 
something like a 1/4" nutdriver inserted from the rear of the connector.

The body is then screwed on to the cable as normal, the braid soldered, 
inspected for solder blob shorts, and then the center pin/insulator is 
re-inserted and the pin soldered.

Even the paranoid (like me) will do this a few times, see that there is 
no tendency for blob issues to occur, and then go back to the normal 
install method...

-Steve K8LX

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