Installing PL-259 Plugs Properly

Installing PL-259 with no adapter

When installing PL-259 plugs it is good to use Volt-Ohm Meter in the ohms range to check out that there is no shorts between the center conductor and shield before and after soldering the plug (testing for continuity with a multimeter).

Using a good soldering iron that is powerful enough is also important for getting good joints done. I am myself using a 100w soldering iron for soldering the braid and another soldering iron with less wattage for soldering the center conductor.

It’s also a good idea to use self-amalgamating tape in the bottom part of the plug when the cable is installed outside to prevent moisture from getting in. If water gets inside the cable it will proceed among the cable because of capillary action, and if the cable gets wet it will get lossy and it is of no use any longer.

Note that not all self-amalgamating tapes are UV proof, so you might need to add an extra layer of insulating tape for UV protection.

Alternatively you could use a piece of heat-shrinkable tubing on the bottom part of the plug as shown in the picture below.
PL-259 plug with heat-shrinkable tubing

Installation Step by Step








Links

Here is a link to a site where you can find some good info on soldering PL-259 plugs:
http://www.seed-solutions.com/gregordy/Amateur%20Radio/Experimentation/SolderCoax.htm

More info about the PL-259 (UHF) connector:
http://www.electronics-radio.com/articles/electronic_components/rf-connectors/uhf-connector-so239-pl259.php