Custom Coax Cables for Your Station

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    No, the PL259 is a $5.99 item. The rest is labor for the ~5 minutes it takes to crimp it on the cable ;)

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  2. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for clarifying your post. :)
    UHF connectors are very easy to install. Pre-installed UHF males (especially crimped) shouldn't cost that much. $1.75 each for generic top quality silver-Teflon from The RF Connection (pn PL-259/TSS,
    link). I recently bought a bag of 20. In 10-piece quantity, they're only $1.50 each. Soldering them takes only a minute or so (w/o a fancy prep tool). :)
  3. KE5ES

    KE5ES Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I need a three foot jumper. I better order 400 feet of coax and 15 PL-259s. As soon as I make the cable I will want to move the radio three inches.
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  4. KD8CDG

    KD8CDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well I guess since you just have to know, I decided that between the cost difference, the availability and convenience that it would be nice to not have to do it with this setup. It is not due any lack of ability as within the last month and a half I have repaired a "built in '84" VHF amplifier, built and installed a 135' doublet fed with ladderline, installed a VHF/UHF system in my newer work van, volunteered my time and skills to help repair a 120' tower that was blown over in a windstorm, not to mention but I spend my weekdays installing, training and repairing metal fabrication machinery of all types.. hydraulics, computers, PLC's and the mechanicals. So now would you desire to know what color, it's weight and aroma of what I left in the throne this morning?
    So now who really needs to get a grip?
    "Because I CHOSE TO! THAT'S WHY..." geesh...
  5. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mazel Tov..

    Don't know why you felt compelled to augment your claim that "it is not due to any lack of ability" with a lot of irrelevant activities but it's good to know you can solder a PL259.
  6. K5CO

    K5CO Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FCC would not care and the ARRL would not have a clue.
  7. W5DPH

    W5DPH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I suppose you're building your own radio equipment as well. Good point.
  8. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unless higher authority specifies otherwise, simple connectors require only simple tools. For instance, I can quickly install an Amphenol 83-58FCP "Field Crimp Plug" ( using only a small pair of pointy-tipped cutters. :)
  9. W4WTS

    W4WTS Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think a lot of this is about time. Many still work and balance family and other hobbies with ham radio. It's not just about the time to put the stuff together, but running to the parts store, etc.

    Still, the price seems way to high IMO.
  10. K2DMB

    K2DMB Ham Member QRZ Page

    onboard defibulater no more soldering allowed

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