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Author Topic: Coax Crimp Tool  (Read 1331 times)
KM6RWB
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« on: July 29, 2018, 12:50:31 PM »

I have an old crimper from my auto wiring days- can I use these to crimp my coax cables ? or do you have a inexpensive alternative as I do not intend to do that much crimping- I know you get what you pay for I get it- but 50 bucks maybe a little outta my zone- Thanks in advance
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W9GB
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2018, 01:29:17 PM »

Quote from: KM6RWB
I have an old crimper from my auto wiring days.
Can I use these to crimp my coax cables ?
Your old Crimp Tool was for Quick Connects (QC) used in automotive and electrical appliances/products.
Unaware of your Specific Tool model, BUT may work for Anderson PowerPole DC power connectors.

For Radio Frequency (RF) Coaxial Connectors ... you are in a Different Realm.
ADVICE for the Novice, Apprentice, Newbee, Newcomer ... NARROW your FIELD (save $$)

Hex Crimping varies by CABLE Type, CONNECTOR Type, and Sometimes Manufacturer (RF Industries, Amphenol RF, Kings, etc.).

Your Coaxial Cable
RF Industries : RF Coax Connectors Product
http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/product-categories-connectors.html

UHF Connectors (Solder, Crimp)
http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/product-categories-connectors-UHF.html

Technical Cable Groups
http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/Technical-cable-group.html
Quote from: KM6RWB
I know you get what you pay for.
I get it, but 50 bucks maybe a little outta my zone.
Totally understand.  
SECRET SAUCE : KNOWLEDGE (Learn) saves you thousands of $ (just like auto industry).

Schronger Skills (NOT Theft), where to look and when (industry changes).
Example: 3G/4G Cellular Build-Out conclusion; LAN Build-out switch from Coax to UTP.

I have seen high quality Crimp Frames, on eBay for months, for as little as $5.00,
from a high quality reseller (handles tool surplus).  NO ONE CONNECTED DOTS.

The DIES for specific Connectors/Cable Groups rarely sell for less than $25.00
« Last Edit: July 29, 2018, 01:53:53 PM by W9GB » Logged
W9GB
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2018, 02:02:51 PM »

Do you have this TYPE of Crimp Frame ?  .... IF so, you just need a NEW Die.
http://rfsearch.rfindustries.com/Assembly/Tool-Crimp.pdf

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PRIMER about Coaxial Cable
Choosing The Right RF Cable Assembly
by Dave McReynolds, Director of Engineering, RF Industries
http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/Technical_wp-RFCableAssembly.htm

PRIMER on Coaxial Connectors
Optimize Your RF/MW Coaxial Connections
by Dave McReynolds, Director of Engineering, RF Industries
http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/Technical_wp-OptimizeConnections.htm

Preparation and Installation Tools : Coaxial Cable and Connectors
http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/product-categories-tools.html
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The other approach, since you are just starting out,
just order your specific cabling with connectors — already installed !!

DX Engineering (Ohio) - Good for 50Ω Coaxial Cable
https://www.dxengineering.com/cableconfigurator/cabletype?ibanner=DXEHPB1706002

ShowMeCables (St. Louis) - 75Ω Coaxial Cable, UTP/Ethernet, Fiber Optic
https://www.showmecables.com
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Electrical Trade and Automotive Harness wiring.
Crimp Terminals, FASTONs or QuickConnects (TE.COM)
http://www.te.com/commerce/DocumentDelivery/DDEController?Action=srchrtrv&DocNm=2-1773700-5TerminalsSplicesGuide&DocType=DS&DocLang=EN
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KM6RWB
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2018, 12:53:53 PM »

This time I got cable that had the connectors on them already- but I'm gonna look in into the info ya'll supplied to me- great food for thought-
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N8YX
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2018, 08:35:18 AM »

eBay and hamfests are your friends.

I routinely see specialized coaxial-fitting crimp tools at either venue, and sometimes they can be had dirt cheap.
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W9GB
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2018, 11:00:53 AM »

Quote from: N8YX
I routinely see specialized coaxial-fitting crimp tools at either venue, and sometimes they can be had dirt cheap.
Fred -
The best tool sources are former cellular/mobile contractors.  
They will work on major upgrade projects (3G in 2001-2003, 4G/LTE from 2009-2012, 5G just starting) —
then have crimp tools left over from multiple cellular site installs.  LMR-600 was the coaxial cable installed at many of these antenna/tower sites.
http://www.timesmicrowave.com/documents/resources/pg.28-31.pdf

Tools for LMR-600 (0.610” O.D.), like the Daniels HX-4 crimp tool were plentiful (and cheap) —
since few radio amateurs (except repeater and weak-signal users) used that larger cable.
The DMC HX-4 is also used in Aerospace and Military (production lines, maintenance) fir Crimp connectors.
https://youtu.be/hIwHYsvxkBc

Change the Crimp Die — available from Daniels, RF Industries or eBay —
 to support smaller O.D. coaxial cables.

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BTW — Daniels is having issues with counterfeit crimp tools (April 23, 2018).
Think about that, next time you board an airplane.
https://www.dmctools.com/news/1
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