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Jumper cables, buying advice needed

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by TruckerKevin, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. TruckerKevin

    TruckerKevin Active Member

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    Lotsa good info, as always,,,,,thanks to all


     
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  2. SIX-SHOOTER

    SIX-SHOOTER Well-Known Member

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    I for one will never use any crimp on connectors.I will go with solder on every time.I don’t trust crimp on for any connection.

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  3. NightThumper

    NightThumper Active Member

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    In nearly 3 years I’ve never had a crimp/solder connector fail...either inside or outside. The crimp part clamps the braid/shield to a knurled end and locks it in rock solid. Then solder the center connector. You’ll never melt the dielectric again or have a cold solder joint. I use to solder all my connectors until I tried the crimp and solder ones from DXEngineering. In my experience the majority of PL-259 failures outside occur because of moisture and failure to properly secure the coax at the connection point.
     
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  4. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    Well I respect that. Maybe it’s a preference thing and for me I like the crimp better. As long as it works and you have no issues then it doesn’t really matter I don’t guess. I just don’t like the solder-on ones and I have yet to experience a failure with the crimp.
     
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  5. Chevboy0167

    Chevboy0167 Well-Known Member

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    I chose to solder it all. Just how I learned. Use much better connectors now tho. Silver plated with Teflon insulator. But hey... back in the day... Radio Shack was your buddy and cheap! LOL
     
  6. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Sr. Member

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    RF Parts will make you jumpers and ship them to you. LMR400UF is good stuff.
     
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  7. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    I bought some custom 400 from Bells last year.
     
  8. Rob_MA

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    There is actually a mil spec for crimped on coaxial connectors so it is a very reliable way to attach connectors to coax. The key to solid mechanical connections is to use a good quality crimper that is made for the individual connector you are attaching. No substitutions. You can really bang them out once you get some practice.
     
  9. SIX-SHOOTER

    SIX-SHOOTER Well-Known Member

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    I will stick with Amphenol Silver Plated Solder on and know I am secure with them.

    SIX-SHOOTER
     
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  10. fourstringburn

    fourstringburn W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member K5KNM

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    Nothing wrong with sticking with solder type. It's being regarded as out dated by many of us.

    The crimp/solder does give the best of both. The shield is the weak point on solder connectors if not done right plus adapters have to be used on smaller coax.

    Crimping the shield with the proper tool gives a tight hexagon shape around it.

    Soldering the tip is easy and crimping the shield is much easier and faster than soldering it. There is also no uncertainty that the shield is making full contact with the body of the connector with a crimp.

    More pre-made cables from DXegineering and ABR and others are using solder/crimp and their cables are good.

    Commercial radio and other applications wire connectors are using crimp or compression type. I never seen a tech using a solder iron at a cell tower site or elsewhere.
     
  11. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    TRPC , Your scaring me here ! Never thought I'd hear " Crimp" from you ? Did you install Cable Tv & have the crimpers ?:D I just bought a 3' cord for that Kev 27-4 , just easier for me & i'm in no hurry . But I have those crimpers !:whistle::LOL: Btw I've used the Non-Solder before on my Boat VHF & it works fine .
     
  12. Rob_MA

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    Definitely nothing wrong with sticking to what works for you. The crimper I use costs around $150 so unless you make a lot of cables it just might not be economical to crimp. When done right a soldered connector is a thing of beauty.
     
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