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A better PL-259?
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(2022-03-23, 20:51:11)VE3WI Dave Wrote: I tried tinning the braid once, but I used too much solder & couldn't get the coax into the connector. 

I had trouble using the DXE crimp tool on the large coax - couldn't squeeze it hard enough.  I got a Times Microwave crimp tool which has better mechanical advantage. The DXE one works great on RG8X.  There is an adjustment on the tool, one of those days I'll play with it & see if I can get it working better on RG8.

I put some connectors on LDF4 Heliax, you just need a couple of wrenches for those!

73
Dave, VE3WI

Dave I have only used my DX crimps on LMR-400 and RG-213.  I can't say I have ever had a problem but the Kings are definitely better quality.  I have a couple of sets of Kings Electronics KTH-1000 Hand Ratcheting Crimpers with different dies. 

I have two 100' runs of 1/2" Heliax FSJ4-50b out to my yard.  This is the older style superflex.  I have a supply of N-connectors but by the time I put a PL-259 adapter on that, it took up too much room in my entrance panel.  I found a supplier in Britain for FSJ4-50b PL259 connectors.  If you ever need Times Microwave stripping / flaring tools, let me know.


I have a 40m beam going up in my backyard this summer and have Heliax for that too.  A buddy of mine has some good Bell connections and they are replacing the Heliax with fibre so there's lots turning up.
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A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2021-12-17, 06:51:33
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-19, 03:29:53
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-19, 05:24:20
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3OZW Richard - 2022-03-19, 17:31:46
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-19, 18:03:47
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-19, 22:55:49
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-20, 05:07:55
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-22, 23:26:29
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-23, 06:16:44
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-23, 20:51:11
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-24, 05:29:31
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-24, 17:16:07
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-24, 17:36:39
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-24, 21:52:14
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-03-24, 22:13:56
RE: A better PL-259? - by VE3WI Dave - 2022-03-25, 07:13:31
RE: A better PL-259? - by Rob_Walker - 2022-04-24, 09:04:08

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