I've always disliked the chore of assembling coax cables because of the difficulty of getting a consistently high quality result. For some reason, even though I've been soldering for 50 years, and even with a good soldering iron of the correct wattage, I too often end up with stray solder on barrel threads, or a solder job that is just plain ugly.
Since I'm in the process of putting together a complete new station with many coax fittings, I recently decided to try a switch to crimp-on fittings. I bought 250 feet of LMR240 UltraFlex, a crimp tool and fittings, and I'm pleased with the result. The crimp tool cost $28, BNC fittings only $3.00 each, and Type-N fittings $3.10 each, all from Amazon.com. I bought nice quality silver plated PL-259 fittings from Richard East N5IAW@navcomusa.com
, for very reasonable price of $2.53 each in package of ten. Those prices all included cost of shipping.
I still need to solder the center pins of the PL-259, but that's a snap. So far, the results seem great, and the process of assembling coax cables has changed to a source of small enjoyment.
Here are links to the Amazon.com pages, if interested.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IPMGM8/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AUHXNX4/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LXWF68/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1