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What connector

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:03 pm
by ray_uk
Hi
I will be taking exams soon. I have this Yaesu FT 991 Radio. Being a newbie to ham radio, I need advice please.
At the back of this Radio there are 2 Anntenna 259 sockets. I sorted the 1 connector , but cant seem to purchase the antenna connector anywhere. The socket has a male pin at the centre. 144/430Mhz Ant Jack M/N Type Tried Maplins and theyhavent a clue
Thanks
Ray

Re: What connector

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:11 pm
by Metradio

Re: What connector

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:19 pm
by m0lsx
I spoke to an alledged Maplins antenna specialist & told him what I needed. Low loss coax for use at UHF. He tried to sell me RG-58 which is far from low loss even at VHF :shocker: :shocker: :shocker:
Anyone who knew even the most basic facts about what they were talking about & Maplins NEVER know jack $h1t about what they are talking about, would have sold you what the radio told you it needed. Which is a Male N type connector.
The female is on the left & the male is on the right.
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Re: What connector

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:02 pm
by G4RMT
The Maplin N types are dreadful and the very last connector I would buy - so unless in an emergency, like last week, mail order decent ones - Greenpar, and RS components own brand ones are excellent, and even show you how much cable to trim off. They also feature the top hat that slips under the braid, and then gets compressed when tightened up. The Maplin ones leave you to guess and will allow the centre pin to sit too far in or out. The clamp is poor and the sealing iffy. The centre pin also doesn't have the usual side hole for capilliary soldering meaning you need to leave too much copper showing to get the solder in. As I said, emergency use only. The small and large cable types are both poorly designed.

Re: What connector

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:31 pm
by m0lsx
G4RMT wrote:The Maplin N types are dreadful and the very last connector I would buy - so unless in an emergency, like last week, mail order decent ones.


Maplins are also twice the cost of a decent connector. But they come from Moonraker, so should I be surprised that they are rubbish?

Re: What connector

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:08 pm
by AlfySande
Hi everyone...i am a new user here. In my case during the work Maplin N types are dreadful and the very last connector I would buy - so unless in an emergency, like last week, mail order decent ones - Greenpar, and RS components own brand ones are excellent, and even show you how much cable to trim off. They also feature the top hat that slips under the braid, and then gets compressed when tightened up. The Maplin ones leave you to guess and will allow the centre pin to sit too far in or out.

Re: What connector

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:37 pm
by G4RMT
er, you seem to have copied my post but not asked a question? Did you mess up the post somehow?