Just remember that anything that's easy to get off also makes it easier to
let water in....
I hate taking my connectors apart. Especially when it's well below freezing
(like the other day). It's a major PITA. But I've found that a needle nose
pliers, sharp knife and some patience does the job nicely. I've also not
had any connectors leak in many years. And I've done HUNDREDS of them as a
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob K6UJ" <email@example.com>
Cc: "[TowerTalk]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:18 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Sealing coax connectors
OK, great. It is perfect then for applying first before the tape wrap and
be able to take the connector apart later if need be.
On Jan 17, 2012, at 9:59 AM, Perry wrote:
> I think DC4/5 is Silicon grease, not sealant. It is used to improve
> dielectric performance and as a moisture block and also stops corrosion.
> 73 de Perry - K4PWO
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob K6UJ <email@example.com>
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> Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:13:35
> To: \[TowerTalk\]<email@example.com>
> Cc: Jim Thomson<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Sealing coax connectors
> (I took the liberty of using a new subject for my response to this item in
> your posting in the "PL259 insertion loss" thread.)
>> ## and don't forget to use dow corning dc-4/5 on all the connectors,
>> including threads, pins, and center females. The 7-16 is clearly
>> the connector of choice for the bigger coax cables [ it's ur only real
>> choice]. For the smaller cables, like 213-U, and LMR-400, the
>> UHF QUALITY silver/teflon connectors are plenty good enough. Type N for
>> any size cable is a pita. Odd ball connectors like C...and also
>> LC connector's are going out of vogue.
>> Later... Jim VE7RF
> I havent used a silicone sealant in my connectors before but the Dow
> Corning silicone sounds like a good plan. For outside connectors I wrap
> with Scotch 2228 self sealing tape, then wrap with scotch 88 tape, then
> finally brush on Scotch Coat. This has worked well for outside
> taking the connectors apart later on they are always nice and shiny. I
> will try the Dow Corning silicone before the tape treatment.
> One question though, can the connector be taken apart, cleaned up and
> reused after using the silicone ? I normally wouldn't reuse the
> but if they were new connectors it would be nice to be able to tie into
> the connector again, for instance adding on a longer section of coax.
> (I'm talking about the threaded connection, not taking them apart and
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