Here's A Better Way To Solder Coax Cable...


When making coax connectors I was never very satisfied with the results. I would fine that the outer shield would sometime turn and cause the coax shield not to have a very good ground connection to the coax connector. I also found at times it would take a lot of  heat to get the solder to melt down into little hole of the connector and make a good connection. I did some search on the internet to see if someone had come up with a better way of doing this. And  so I did.  In fact, I came across two website with a very good way of doing it. At this time I can't remember the links to the site,  and I forgot to save them. The following are some coax connectors I made up using one of the method I found. Clicking the smaller image will open a larger picture. The images will open up in new popup window. If your browser is set to block pop ups you will not be able to view the images.
Making Connectors:
1.)To make this work you will need to use (Silver Teflon) coax connectors Fig 1.

2.) Preparing the coax. Laid the coax connector with  the outer sleeve removed from the body along side the coax cable then measure how much
     of  the out jacket will need to be remove. And cut just a little longer Fig 2.
3.) Coax cable with outer jacket removed and coax shield showing Fig 3.
4.) With the outer jacket removed separate some of the shielding braid and pull it back over the coax jacket. And now measure how much of the
      die-electric jacket will need to be removed Fig 4
5.) Warp some electrical tape around the die-electric just to make a tighter fit for coax connector Fig 5
6.) Now prepare the coax connector. I used a file and filed just a little bit of the connector body and then tin with a little solder. Do not put a lot
     of solder on the end of the body because then you will not be able to get the sleeve back on. This seems to make soldering a little easier and
     faster when it comes to soldering the coax shield to the body of the Silver Teflon connector Fig 6.
7.) Now attach the sleeve back onto the body of the coax connector and attach it to your coax cable. Solder the center conductor to the
     connector pin. Then trim the coax braid down so that you can solder it to Teflon body. If you forget to attach the sleeve to the body
     and solder the braid to the body you will have a hard time trying to attach the sleeve. Fig 7 & Fig 8.
8.) Finish product Fig 9. Now you can tape it up or add shrink wrap tubing. If adding shrink tubing be sure to place the shrink onto the coax
     cable before connecting the coax connector. I just tape my as they were made up as jumper for my equipment in the shack.
Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 Fig 5 Fig 6 Fig 7

Fig 8 Fig 9
Note: If you are going to make connectors to be used out doors. I subject that you use shrink wrapping and also apply so type of tape sealer
around the connectors to keep water out. 5/17/2009
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