Allison J Parent wrote:
Also I'm used to the older fully soldered BNCs (I
still have the better
part of a pound coffee can of them) as I use them for all the O'scopes,
RF generators, radios (scanners, aircraft) and anything else that demands
a good shielded connection. But they are a PITA to assemble.
Yes, remembering the "joys" of soldering BNC bulkhead connectors on
C-5A fueltank walls, up on a maintenance stand while the steady wind
down the channel that caused Travis Air Force Base to previously be
a Naval Air Station (for carrier training) is making the wings flap
up and down continuously, while the battery-powered soldering iron
is fading like a dead match. Couldn't use "powered" soldering irons
or guns, after all there's kerosene fumes on the other side of that
metal wall. Soldering BNC while doing deep knee bends in a 20-knot
wind at 03:00 (50 degrees still temp, dunno the wind chill, the wind
having crossed the slew from the San Francisco Bay) with a near-dead
iron probably did more to convert me to baseT than any conceivable
technical details about better resistance to interference. The scars
on my hands always remind me. (Yes, the newer crimped BNC connectors
don't scar that way -- but they look similar enough to trigger the
memory of pain and discomfort -- that wind was cold).
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