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Old 07-11-2014, 05:33 PM
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Question VHF antenna connector install

Got new Shakespeare Galaxy 5225-xp. Pl-259 connector is not attached to the cable.

The connector that came with the antenna is silver /nickel colored: "Pl-259 coaxial connector for rg-58 cable" It requires soldering, which is currently outside my skill-set or at least outside my tool set.

I separately bought the shakespeare centerpin connector: "centerpin pl-249-cp-g connector for rg-8x and rg-58/au coax"

It is advertised as not requiring measuring, soldering, or stripping. "It installs in seconds using only wire cutters and pliers." It says "gold plated brass!" on the packaging.

Is there a difference between the two, other than in difficulty?

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The one that came in the antenna tube has to be soldered. If you are not comfortable doing this, then find a radio shop to install it for you.

My experience with the solder less ones is that they work just fine when installed properly...if you over crimp the teeth though you will short it out. Follow the instructions exactly on the package and you will be fine.
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the solder ones are a huge pain in the ass and I use lots of the center pin ones now. the difference is the solder ones will probably last 20+ years if done right and the crimp ones will probably corrode sooner. maybe have to change it again in 5-10 years.. but now a days electronics don't last that long anyways.
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the above replies are spot on the solder less one's are very reliable I am a electronics tech and they are all I use now, the PL 259 is heavy and requires a lot of heat to solder the braid (ground) to it, not worth the hassle, if exposed on dash? slide a piece of heat shrink on cable large enough to cover back of connector, put some RTV or silicone on back of connector slide heat shrink over connector and silicone and shrink. Provides a little strain relief as well as corrosion protection, if in dash or electronics box, probably good.
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Thanks. I am going to go without solder. I will ,keep the solder one as a backup.

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