Properly Solder PL-239 onto Cable

Below are a series of pictures taken during Kit Night on May 13, 2008 when Jim K2ZO showed other members how to properly put PL-239 connectors onto cable.

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K2ZO laying out the tools he will use. Cable is Belden 9913F7 High-Flex Low-Loss RG-8 Type 50 Ohm Coax.
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Jim uses the PL-239 connector to measure where on the cable to strip the outer sheath down to.
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Jim slicing the outer sheath from the mark made from the above measurement
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Marking the braid where it needs to be trimmed to. Jim lined up the connector to determine where the braid needs to end.
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Jim is tinning the portion of the braid above the mark so when it is cut it won’t fall apart and make a mess.
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Jim is using a file to cut the braid where he previously marked it.
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Jim is using a knife to cut the foam core around the center copper above the same mark where the braid was removed.
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Jim removing the thin silver wrapper to prevent a possible short.
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The PL-239 pushed onto the end of the cable. In this particular case, it was necessary to remove a few strands of the twisted copper core in order to get it to fit into the connector.
Jim using the soldering iron and thin solder to fill the end of the connector. As you can see in the picture the soldering iron is positioned at the top of the opening and the solder is sucked right into the end of the connector until it reaches the end
Jim using the soldering iron and thin solder to fill the end of  the connector. As you can see in the picture the soldering iron is positioned at the top of the opening and the solder is sucked right into the end of the connector until it reaches the end
In a similar manner as above, the holes around the outside of the connector are filled with solder.
In a similar manner as above, the holes around the outside of the connector are filled with solder.
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Another angle showing the position of the soldering iron and the thin solder. Using this positioning, the solder was drawn right into the holes. An optical illusion is the file underneath is going right through the connector.

When Jim was done. he used a voltmeter to verify the connector
was on properly and there was no short.

Thanks Jim for the lesson and a professionally finished cable!!
David – K2DSL