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What is your least favorite shack chore?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by AB2T, Apr 24, 2012.

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  1. AB2T

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    Mine is attaching PL-259 connectors. Yours?

    73, Jordan
  2. W2SU

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    Mine is re attaching/re-arranging coax to my equipment.
    73.......w2su, Fred
  3. AF6LJ

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    Climbing the tree in the back yard to work on the antenna.

    I'm getting too fat for that.........
  4. KJ6LFD

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    Surface mount anything.
  5. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not having the space to sort parts :(
  6. WA7PRC

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    Attaching UHF connectors is easy. If it's not, you're using the wrong tools and/or technique.
    My lease favorite shack chore is trying to stay organized. It's not so tough to stay piano-ized. ;)
  7. AB2T

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    I use the K3LR method for soldering UHF connectors. This method saves me from having to solder the holes. My eyesight isn't the greatest, so soldering the braid to the end of the connector rather than to the holes is easier for me. Still, soldering connectors is tedious work.

    I would buy the crimping tools and gear, but I can't seem to justify the price. Crimping would sure save me the tears, though.
  8. WA7PRC

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    In 9 years at a former employer, I must've assembled several hundred thousand itty-bitty SMT parts onto boards that had large copper pours on PCBs with substrates that had low thermal resistance. It's not a big deal if you have good soldering "weapons". I did.

    Installing UHF connectors is not at all tedious. I've been using my method (similar to Amphenol's) for the past 40 years. I installed six connectors this past Sunday, outside, in-place, with the cable hanging in mid air. It didn't take very long -- a few minutes per connector. I wasn't in a hurry. My eyesight isn't the greatest either - so I use dime store reader glasses.

    I never solder UHF connectors on RG-58 cable. I buy 83-58FCP-RFX "Field Crimp Plugs" that can be installed in about minute with only a pair of tapered wire cutters. Perfect for FD! Cost is about the same as 83-1SP + UG-175/U.
  9. N4UM

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    Just plain finding something in the inevitible mess that occurs. Crap piled on top of equipment and the desk. Half used sheets of paper scattered everywhere with notes and reminders on them. Books, magazines, manuals where they don't belong. Pens that are out of ink, pencils with broken points, bent paper clips,notes taped to the walls and filing cabinet. Miscellaneous tools, hardware, razor blades, QSL cards, flash drives, notepads, logbooks, country lists, keys, trackball, HT's, earphones, microphones etc. etc. As George Carlin would have said...Too damn much disorganized stuff!
  10. W4AFB

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    Mines dust control. I hate dusty equipment. Second would be cable management.
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