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post #9 of Old 02-28-2011
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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
In any case, none of those are crimped. Crimps are for cableTV and similar coax, they aren't used with VHF. You either solder, or use compression fittings.
Not so, crimp connectors are used in RF applications everywhere including the VHF marine band. I'm a pro and use them all the time. They work just as well as soldered connectors when installed properly. The problem with DIY's using them is that the crimp tools are very expensive so it's not economical for you. If you don't have experience installing the solder types, I strongly suggest you get a pro to do it. I find faulty PL-259's to be the number one problem with DIY vhf and hf antenna installations. If your going to tackle it, get the silver plated PL-259 with UG/176 reducer for rg8x or UG/175 reducer for rg58.

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