[amsat-bb] Best Connectors?

Joe nss at mwt.net
Wed Sep 7 23:04:26 UTC 2016

I agree 100%, I'm glad I asked this question.

I myself never in my mind thought a crimp as being a superior connection.

Solder is best, and that seems to all agree.

But like an "N",  is there such a thing as an all soldering format?

Or "BNC" or any common connector.

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On 9/7/2016 6:45 PM, Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL wrote:
> At 05:45 PM 9/7/2016 -0400, "Jeff Griffin" <kb2m at arrl.net> wrote:
>>  I also now use mostly crimp connections. The tools aren't that 
>> expensive, I
>> spent under $100. Before I retired one of the last projects I did was 
>> do the
>> engineering on the 10 year tech refresh for the 20 FAA ARTCC's GPS time
>> source. I had to spec a 200 + foot cable run from the antenna on the 
>> roof to
>> the actual time source unit. I worked with crimp connectors exclusively.
>> After I did some crimps, I will never go back to solder. I do find it 
>> easier
>> to solder the center pin though.
>>   On the old N type, I always had issues after awhile with the shield 
>> coming
>> out on the cable run from the rotor loop to the antenna. If you must 
>> solder,
>> use the newer type that go together like a PL-259 like Jim suggested. 
>> They
>> will last much longer ...
>> 73 Jeff kb2m
> I'm finding this an interesting thread.  I've always been partial
> to clamp N connectors my self.  When I've needed to replace cable,
> I just un-clamp de-solder the center pin and re-use the connector.
> I will say over the years, I have had to numerous times re-do the
> clamp-ons around the rotor and antennas as they do become loose
> and lose shield ground as others here have noted.
> I may look into crimp.
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