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Old 10-26-2013
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Re: VHF AIS radios

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
I do both solder and crimp/solder and since adding crimp/solder to my arsenal I have had absolute zero issues with it. Course it means more money in tools but crimping the braid properly works very well. If I can solder the braid I do....
No issue. I still have several hundred silver-teflon PL-259s and reducers for 58 and 8X in stock. When I get down to a couple dozen I'll think about crimp/solder. For now it isn't an issue. *grin*

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Problem with soldering is that I am often called on to "fix" poorly soldered or worse yet the Shakespere connections at the top of a spar with barely a 6" pigtail to work with. There is no solderer I know of that can do a good job in 15 knots of wind 50' in the air swinging from a chair...
Agreed. I've done with a propane torch in light air and from a cherry picker. Often it's cheaper for the customer to put the connector on new cable on the ground and pull the new cable through. I won't go up the stick if it's blowing or the boat is where a wake can bounce me around. I've been badly hurt that way and won't do it again.

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I would love a way to test the VHF/AIS radios compared to others.
I'll give a test protocol some thought and get back to you. I think we should throw some external splitters into the mix also.
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