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Re: N connectors

 I've found that the 2 piece solder type of N connector last's longer then
the clamp type on my satellite antenna's preamp to antenna jumpers. The
constant moving causes the clamp type to fail at the shield wire clamp
junction.The 2 piece solder type last's quite a bit longer, I would say 4
times as long. I also have no problem soldering them....

73 Jeff kb2m

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Walls" <k6ccc@earthlink.net>
To: "Amsat-BB" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2003 12:05 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] N connectors

> John P. Toscano wrote (in part):
> > Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL wrote:
> >
> >> I ordered some N connectors once and when they showed up the were the
> >> PL259 looking ones and I threw them in the trash.   Try and find some
> >> clamp on type.  I've had alot of luck with them.  I've removed all
> >> the SO239's from my rigs (except HF) and gone with Chassis N type.
> >
> > I've always hated soldering the braid on PL-259's, and therefore, I
> > avoid using the type of N connector that Joseph and Vince are
> > discussing.  It always seems to me to be a challenge to get enough
> > heat to reliably melt the solder and join the braid to the connector
> > shield without melting the dialectric of the cable and ruining
> > everything.
> It's never a problem if you use a large enough soldering iron.  Too many
> people pull out the same iron they last used to solder micro sized
> surface mount ICs.  I have a 1000 degree 45 W iron that works just fine
> for the shield.
> Personally I LOVE the "2 piece" type N connectors.  The biggest problem
> I have seen with the clamp type connectors is that the only thing really
> providing any mechanical attachment of the cable to the connector is the
> wires of the shield.  The clamp does not grip the cable hardly at all
> and I have seen the wires of the shield break until the cable pulls out
> of the connector.
> > The clamp-type N connectors gave me fits at first.  But once I got the
> > hang of doing them correctly, including making sure I used two
> > open-end wrenches of the correct size to tighten the halves securely
> > instead of trying to "get by" with a pair of pliers or a Crescent
> > wrench (a type of adjustable open-end wrench), I have had no more
> > problems assembling them, and I would not willingly go back.
> The proper tools does make it a lot easier, but of course, that
> generally apples to almost everything.
> > Vince, too bad you tossed your in the trash.  I know a guy who loves
> > those connectors for one purpose only -- he has found that there is
> > one size and style of hardline on which they work very nicely, and he
> > uses them for that purpose.  The style of hardline with a spiral
> > corrugation to the shield allows him to "screw in" this style of N
> > connector.  As the saying goes, one man's trash is another man's
> > treasure!  :)
> I would of taken them!
> 73
> -------------------------------------
> Jim Walls - K6CCC
> k6ccc@amsat.org
> Ofc:  626-302-8515
> http://home.earthlink.net/~k6ccc
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