coax crimp tool and fittings

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N3HGB, Feb 5, 2019.

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  1. AB2YC

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    I use the crimp tool from DX Engineering and Amphenol connectors.

    I also put some heatshrink over the crimp (the type with glue in them)
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  2. K6CPO

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    I bought that one and it came with seven sets of dies for different types of connectors and terminals. I have to keep an instruction sheet with the crimper just to keep it all straight.
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  3. K3KIC

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    I probably have about the same number of dies as I use them for all sizes of coax connectors, power lugs and just about everything except Andersons.
    I also keep a cheat sheet in the tool box. But for coax three hex sizes cover almost all coaxial connectors.
  4. WA9SVD

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    ONLY when used properly.:( Crimp connectors can be acceptable, IF properly used, with the proper dies/tools.
  5. WF7A

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    I imagine a good sealant is needed, too, to maintain the integrity of crimped connections but one that prevents moisture from accumulating inside the connector through heat/cold and/or capillary action.
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  6. K5WY

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  7. K4AGO

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    These are really inexpensive for what they are. If they are good quality, and I believe they are or you would not use and recommend them, you cannot go wrong at this price.
  8. N0NB

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    RF Industries connectors for RG coax. Times EZ connectors for LMR cable. You can thank me later.
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  9. K8AI

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  10. WA7PRC

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    When I reworked the rotator loop above my tower, I used 3/4"ID x 4'L x 0.09"THK "Moisture-Seal Heat-Shrink Tubing" from McMaster-Carr (#7861K56). It has a 3:1 shrink ratio, making for a good "squeeze" onto 0.405" OD coax. For smaller OD cable, # 7861K55 (0.5" OD) will shrink down onto RG58-ish cable. :)
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