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Re: [TowerTalk] Soldering PL-259

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Soldering PL-259
From: Al Kozakiewicz <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:02:54 -0500
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I detest the prep and the inability of any Weller soldering gun I own to heat 
the barrel of the connector up to soldering temperature in my lifetime without 
melting the cable jacket.

I've migrated to crimp on UHF and N connectors.  I do solder the center pin on 
the UHF jobs.  I really don't see how crimping the shield and protecting it 
with heat shrink is any worse than soldering and protecting with heat shrink.  
All the failures I have experiences were from water ingress eating away at the 
dielectric,  The electrical connections were fine, while the dielectric turned 
black 2 feet from the connector.


From: [] On 
Behalf Of Tom Martin []
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 1:44 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Soldering PL-259

    A few weeks ago, I started with a 50' length of RG-213 and, after many 
attempts at soldering PL-259s, the coax was 44' long.  HI!

Lately, I have been ordering coax lengths with the connectors already soldered. 
 I use them for runs from external antenna relays to the antennas.

DIN plugs are the job that I really hate.  I order a few more than I need 
because of soldering errors.




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