[TowerTalk] Outdoor connector protection
jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 20 17:04:12 EST 2006
At 01:43 PM 3/20/2006, Steve K4FJ wrote:
>I am constantly looking for a quick way to protect outdoor SO-239 and
>PL-259 connectors, individually. I am not asking how to seal a complete
>connection, but but only a bare SO-239 and a bare PL259 without simply
>wrapping either with tape, etc. Something that slides over either and
>stays in place would be great.
For how long? and does it have to be really UV resistant?
Plastic bag, secured with a nylon zip tie or wrap of tape?
Piece of rubber hose?
Balloon or condom?
There are also purpose designed plugs and caps that mate with the
connector. Probably wretchedly expensive new, but probably dirt cheap
surplus. The screw on cap for the SO-239 is probably a lot easier to come
by than the plug for the PL-259. I've seen the caps with a little bead
chain that keeps it from getting lost and they have a rubber gasket inside
the cap, so they're probably fairly weatherproof (assuming the rubber
hasn't fallen apart since it was made in 1950).
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