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[aprssig] 12V wiring ideas

Lee Mushel herbert3 at centurytel.net
Sun Oct 30 13:52:32 UTC 2011

I do not question your conclusion or technical accuracy about crimp vs 
solder.   However, I do question some of the assumptions made in drawing 
this conclusion.   First, that the wire is suitable for crimping.  Then, 
that a truly good tool is available.  That the connector, tool and wire are 
compatible for the purpose and finally that the person doing the work is 
physically capable and understands what must happen.

I contend that this is likely the case in only a small fraction of hobby 
situations.  I think about the experiences I've had in the past thirty years 
and would never ever, as a hobby "elmer" ever suggest anything but solder. 
And that applies especially to me!


Lee   K9WRU
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Skolnick" <dskolnick at gmail.com>
To: <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:16 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] 12V wiring ideas

>I was a hard sell during the transition from soldering to crimps. At
> one time I was space-qualified for ESD and soldering. I understood
> soldering. I had to change with the times. The spacecraft industry
> moved to crimps. The military moved to crimps. Properly made crimps
> are stronger electrically and mechanically than solder.
> Consider this article:
> http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/wire_termination . Page down to the
> strength test. Somewhere in there the author cuts open a crimp - the
> material inside the crimp is compression welded. You won't get that
> kind of connection with solder.
> 73 es sail fast, dave KO4MI
> S/V Auspicious
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