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Re: Antenna COnnectors ARGH!



At 12:24 PM 6/3/2002 -0400, Bob Bruninga wrote:
>I was never really torquing down on
>the SMA, but only twirlling it on until finger tight.

On the other hand, note that the proper torque for an SMA connector is 
quite modest (8 inch-pounds is typical). If you've never had access to a 
calibrated SMA torque wrench, you might be tempted to overtorque the 
connector. Use a *small* wrench, push it with your fingertips, and get the 
connector *just snug* and you'll be about right. Any more than that and 
you're probably damaging the connector. If you want to be sure, get a 
torque wrench.

Once the connector has been over-torqued, I guess that all bets are off. 
You may need to overtorque it every time, or you may need to replace it.

73  -Paul
kb5mu@amsat.org

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