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Originally Posted by Flybyknight View Post
kd3pc, Thanks for the 100 watt recommendation. Yes, I did buy the wrong connectors, and have exchanged those for the RG 8U.
What did you mean by "needing proper tools?

As steel mentioned it will be a task to get solder down those small holes properly.

One of the MOST common failures I see on boats is a failed soldered VHF connection. This is a safety issue. More often than not the failure is in soldering the shield or braided part of the coax. Seeing as I often need to replace these 55-65+ feet above the water while swinging back and forth in a bosuns chair in 10+ knots of wind I have settled on crimp and solder connectors.

Times, Amphenol, Pan-Pacific and others make them. You crimp the braid and solder the pin. Soldering the pin is quick and easy with a mini butane torch.. I have yet to have one fail..

Making Easy VHF Connections

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