[TowerTalk] Hardline - PL-259

Gene Fuller w2lu at rochester.rr.com
Tue Sep 25 15:52:59 EDT 2012

Dave's method of using the copper reducer/couplings works great, but I use 
the standard chassis mount UHF connectors. The shield end of the reducer can 
be slit,  and then slid  back out of the way while soldering the center 
conductor. Then slide the reducers back down to the back of the UHF 
connector and soldered. The rim on the back of the UHF conectors will keep 
the reducer well centered. Probably not too good for UHF/uW but fine for HF.
Gene / W2LU

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Robbins" <k1ttt at verizon.net>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Hardline - PL-259

> On 9/24/2012 11:38 PM, K8RI wrote:
>> The half inch compression fitting is fairly close fit to the PL259
>> barrel. Not exact but close. Just take your coax connector into
>> Lowe's or Home Depot...or your local hardware store and you'll find
>> some that fit.
> yeah, i've had lots of fun with hardware store clerks... they want to help 
> but just can't understand why my pipe is full of foam and what that 
> strange silver plated fitting i want to put on it is.
> another way to do it if you want a female connection on the cable is to 
> get a 1/2" copper coupling, take the center out of a barrel connector and 
> solder the shel into one side of the coupling, then hacksaw a slit in the 
> other end, solder the center pin onto the center conductor and put the 
> coupling on the hardline... secure with hoseclamp.  you can use adapters 
> to step down to 1/2" for larger hardline up to about 1", just solder some 
> braid on the center conductor to step down to the center pin on the 
> barrel.
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