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Re: [TowerTalk] Soldering Radials?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Soldering Radials?
From: "Wes Attaway \(N5WA\)" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:15:33 -0500
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Regular solder is just fine, as a couple of folks have already pointed out.
Clean the metal, use a torch to get enough heat, and make your connections.
All you need to do next is to weatherproof the soldered joints.  What I use
is some black roofing compound that you can get at just about any hardware
store.  Just apply it with an old paint brush.  The joints will last longer
than you will.

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of F5vjc
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:38 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Soldering Radials?

I'm soon about to improve my HF2V radial field connection point.

I have a copper tubing ring which I will use and I intend to solder
the radials to this.

I know the standard 60 /40 rosin cored solder is not suitable for long
term outdoor soldered connections.

What is the recommended solder and flux to use for outdoor soldered
I expect I will need to use a butane torch?

The radial ring will not be buried, and I don't want to seal the
soldered connections with some sort of sealant, so I can easily add
more radials as and when I can, 32 at the moment.

I'm totally familiar with light electronic circuit soldering but not
with this "Heavy Duty Outdoor stuff"

Thanks es 73, Deni

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