[TowerTalk] Crimping PL-259s, Installing PL-259 Connectors

Scott Bullock sales@radiosonline.com
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 09:38:50 -0500


I've been using crimpon connectors both uhf, type n, tnc, bnc, sma, and mini-uhf almost exclusively with the exception of heliax connectors for 19 years-and they don't fail if they are put on right, and they don't work any less than solder on either. Case in point they work well even at 800-900 mhz frequencies.

But there are ALOT of hacks in my business out there that couldn't put a crimp connector, much less a solder connector onto a piece of house wire :)




>I would recommend against using a crimp connector on VHF/UHF lines. 

>Compressing the dielectric and shield to something other than nominal

>will force a discontinuity or reflection on the line.  Solder-type

>connectors are designed to maintain the coaxial line's characteristic

>impedance as best as possible.


>Mech crimp connectors are notorious for failing early.


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