[TowerTalk] dustributors of coax and copper wire?

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Thu Jan 28 13:00:21 PST 2010

Boy, I have to tell you, my experience with the RFC guys has been the 
opposite.  They carry cheap stuff, and I've heard from them that it's 
because hams are cheap, but I have also often had them advise me not to 
use the stuff unless I know exactly what I'm getting in for, and 
suggest, not the priciest Amphenol stuff, but what they consider a 
reasonably-priced alternative.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 1/28/2010 2:09 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:47:01 -0500, Roger (K8RI) wrote:
>> I've only dealt with Davis, The Wireman, and the
>> RFConnection for cable in the last year of two and they were all not
>> only easy to deal with, but helpful as well.
> My experience with RF Connection has been poor. The salesman (Joel)
> didn't have a clue about the coax he was trying to sell to a DXpedition
> I've been helping acquire cable (although he had a blustery line of  BS
> about it). Several years ago, I bought several dozen DIN connectors
> from them to stock my parts bin. They were absolute JUNK -- dielectric
> melted when I tried to solder to them (even with a heat controlled
> iron) and the metal plating didn't take solder, even with flux. When I
> called to complain, the response was "that's all we sell, because hams
> are cheap."  The only good experience was with some egg insulators,
> which were very good quality.
> I'm generally pleased with several purchases from The Wireman (Press
> Jones), and he seems to know what he's selling. No experience with
> Davis, but online conversations exhibit a very low level of BS, which
> is a good sign. :)
> 73,
> Jim K9YC
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