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Friday, October 8, 2021

The Joy of Crimp-On Connectors

I had the pleasure of installing my first crimp-on coax connector today!

I purchased the crimp-on tools and connectors from Quicksilver at Hamvention, but had not needed to install any new connectors until today when I discovered a failing connector on the coax of my vertical antenna. (Funny thing about purchasing from Quicksilver – they are just a half hour down the road from here, but I have made all my purchases from them at Hamvention – just 12 hours down the road from here!)

Having never installed a crimp-on, I searched YouTube for a how-to video and found an excellent one, “How To Attach Crimped Coax Connectors” by Dave Casler, KE0OG. Dave had the same Quicksilver tools I had and he was installing connectors on RG8X coax, which was what I was trying to do, so the video was a perfect match for my task.

I watched the video one time, began to do it myself, fast-forwarding and rewinding the video as needed and I was amazed how easy it was to install the crimp-on! 

Welcome to the 21st Century!