[TowerTalk] Soldering flex-weave
jim at n7us.net
Fri Dec 28 20:50:51 EST 2007
I know this sounds very crude, but I've spliced Flexweave by tying it with a
square knot, even without trying to clean it. I've checked the DC
continuity of several of the knots, and it tested fine. Whether it's really
0 ohms at RF I can't tell.
I do like the fact that it can be tied into knots, whether to splice it or
to attach it to an end insulator (with a bowline, of course!). I don't like
the fact that Flexweave tangles easily when it's coiled, and the difficulty
cleaning it is a nuisance.
When I discovered how tarnished the flexweave wire had become,
after a break in my 80M delta loop, soldering was not going to be
an option. Instead, I used a small copper split-bolt (like the
electricians use for entrance cables) with 7/16" head and nut. The
compression fit did a perfect job, and there will be no galvanic
action in the outdoors.
73 bill n4lg
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