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Re: Type N connectors question for the experts.

I've held off commenting so far.

A couple years ago I bought some connectors for LMR-400 from Downeast
Microwave that sound like the connectors being described.  I was very
frustrated with their assembly as the center conductor had to be threaded
into the front-piece and shield soldered thru holes like a PL-259; unlike
standard N-connectors which have a separate gold-plated center pin.
Instead of the Amphenol connector I have found the silver plated
N-connector from RF-Parts to be superior and easy to assemble.  It uses the
normal center pin and compression nut with gasket.  Very reliable.  Part
No. RFN-1002-IS1 ~$6/ea. and $5.50 in quantity.  

It fits both Belden 9913 or Times LMR-400 [which I prefer and recommend].
LMR-400 uses a solid foam insulator vs the polyethylene-bead and air
insulator of the 9913 and is much less susceptible to moisture
contamination if properly sealed with something like coax seal.  LMR-400
also has excellent shielding as it uses both foil and woven wire shields.
The solid copper center conductor will not migrate in a bend and cause poor
SWR like 9913 either.  It has the same loss factor as 9913 and costs
$0.59/foot.  Both cable and connectors are available from:


>Stan, you're the only one to give a thumbs down to the two piece type N 
>connector so far. Everyone else likes them. But I don't know if they're 
>better or worse yet.
>The clamp on one have a little rubber ring to help with water proofing, I 
>like that.  I use short runs of 8267 around the rotor because it's more 
>flexible than 9913.
>73, KB7ADL
>At 02:17 AM 4/30/01 +0000, Stan <stan@capeonramp.com> wrote:
>>Hello Vince,
>>If you paid about 3$ each for those 2 part N's where you solder the
>>shield and center pin onto one part, then those are the CHEAPO's, good
>>for DC power lines and HF. They have performance problems after 6M.
>>Amphenol makes a quality, wrench clamp, solder center pin,
>>for 9913 and LMR400 and LMR400-ULTRAFLEX. it is their part number
>>82-202-1006 for a N(male)less than 6$ in quantity.
>>I buy them from RF connection at 1-800-783-2666
>>or from ALLIED
>>TROMPETER ELECTRONICS also make a quality 3 piece wrench clamp
>>N(male) connector for many different cable diameters.
>>I do not play with BELDEN #8267
>>Stan, WA1ECF
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