[amsat-bb] Re: [Mw] Pre Fab Coax sections

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Thu May 21 21:36:35 PDT 2009

On Thu, 21 May 2009 21:17:28 EDT, TexasRF at aol.com said:
> This is certainly a novel approach to making UG21 connectors work with  
> LMR400 cable. But, considering you can buy brand new N connectors with
> silver  
> plated center pin for only $5.95 (at Texas Towers) it seems like a lot of 
> work  to maybe reuse an old connector. New UG21 connectors cost as much
> as one 
> that  fits properly so there is no cost savings going that route.

I had a call from a ham at Dayton this year that said people in the flea
market were (once again?) selling 7/8" hardline connectors for $35/ea OR
MORE -- USED!  These were still on chunks of 7/8" that were obviously
removed by a tower crew.  (Sawsall...)

I recently ordered some connectors from Hutton and got the wrong ones...
7/8" Andrews corrugated connectors came instead of the odd-ball
CommScope smooth-wall stuff I was trying to get.  $25 brand new from
Hutton, and that was without any serious discount of any kind.

I'm always amazed that hams don't shop before going to hamfests... P.T.
Barnum said "There's a sucker born every minute", and he was right.  $25
may still be high, but $35 for old used junk that will likely need a new
o-ring and other repairs... is ridiculous.

Connector prices have really fallen in the down economy and low
commodities prices... stock up now... they'll go sky high again in a few
years.  As usual... 

Nate WY0X
  Nate Duehr
  nate at natetech.com

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