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Re: [TowerTalk] Topband: soldering radials

To: "Charles Moizeau" <>, <>, <>, "Topband" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Topband: soldering radials
From: "Bill Wichers" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:47:17 -0400
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I've found that the "RoHS-compliant" lead-free solders, which are a
tin/copper/silver alloy tend to hold up better outdoors than the usual
tin/lead alloys. The lead-free stuff is also pretty easy to get from
just about anywhere due to the need for many electronic devices to be
lead free these days.


> Jorge,
> It has been my experience at this QTH in NJ that soldered connections
> outdoors do not do well with solder that contains lead.  Over time the
> connections all turn dull and often the solder on a well-soldered
> will crumble over time.
> For this reason all my outdoor soldered connections are made with a
> that is 96 percent tin and 4 percent silver.  It is readily available
> the US at Radio Shack stores.

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