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Type N connector question

I made my first attempt at putting on a type N connector this afternoon after 
years of using PL259s and adapters to hook up my 70cm antenna.  I found that 
the tip I soldered to the center connector of my LMR-400 was a lot smaller in 
diameter than the center conductor.  I ended up grinding down the center 
conductor until it fit into the pin.  Is there another type of type N connector I 
should have used?  

I tried accessing a 70cm repeater at the edge of my coverage after the swap 
and found that I wasn't able to access it, but this may be due to conditions 
rather than my connector change.  SWR seems to be none the worse.  I am hoping 
to be able to hear the FM birds better with my omni antenna.

Dave W8IJ
Camp Hill, PA
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