BNC Crimper and Connector Suggestions

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N_ALSCAN

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I finally intend to take the time to re-assemble my monitoring station into something that I can proudly display in the installs section of this forum. Also, this will finally give me a chance to use the stridesburg (sp?) multi-coupler and high-gain outdoor antenna I purchased a few years ago.

However, I want to finally be able to assemble my own cables with BNC connectors. Rather than rely on commercially made cables.

Therefore, I need suggestions on a quality, affordable <$125 set of crimpers to install BNC connectors.

I had purchased a used set, once. They were a surplus AT&T networking set, from the days of computer networks with BNC connectors. I searched the entire local electronics supply and never could get a set of connectors that would match up with the crimpers and strippers (no matter how much I attempted to adjust them). After completely destroying a handful of connectors, I sold off the set.

I would like to find a set that would also allow me to crimp on BNC connectors for CCTV (closed circuit TV/surveillance cameras) using either RG-58 or RG-6.S

Also, if there is a wire stripper that would cut the wire and shield to the correct dimensions, that would save me a LOT of time. Rather than having to measure each cut. I have one of these for satellite dish installation, and it makes my life much easier.

I have even looked into the compression BNC connectors, sometimes referred to as a brand name of snap-n-seal. They usually sell for about $4-6each. However, they are only listed as 75 Ohm. Will the difference of a 75 Ohm connector, versus a 50 Ohm connector, make a difference?

I had hoped to be able to tell you exactly what size coax I intended to use to make the coax-jumper cables to run between the multi-coupler and the Radios. However, I am completely behind the times in the world of coax.

In the past, I've had so much trouble matching the coax to connector to crimper. So, I need suggestions on crimpers and their matching connectors.

Thanks,
Rob
 

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Rob - give this a look over. Its about the industry standard in crimp tools(minus the stripper).
Sorry I can not give you a better web link as this web site requires you to use their search engine.
The RFA-4005-020 is about the best buy and there are a lot of clones that are good also some
of which can be purchased on ebay. I never use a stripper(do it the old fashioned way). Oh - also
I dont think you want to go the soldering route as some of the cables these days have a foam
insulation which melts and distorts the cable when too much heat is applied and yes I use this
tool at both work and I purchased one for personal use also.

EDIT: The crimp connectorsare also on this web site.

RF Industries Crimp Tool

http://www.rfindustries.com/

http://rfsearch.rfindustries.com/fshome.asp

RFA-4005-020 Crimp Tool Kits and Dies

RFA-4005 Tool & 2 dies for most popular cables in foam lined plastic case.
The RFA-4005 Kit contains: (1) RFA-4005-20, Crimp Tool Handle; (1) RFA-4005-01, Crimp Die Set for RG-58/U, RG-59/U,RG-142/U,RG-8/X, LMR-195, LMR-200, LMR-240 & Proflex Coaxial Cables; (1) RFA-4005-02, Crimp Die Set for RG-8/U, RG-213/U, LMR-400 & Belden 9

RFA-4005-100 has one RFA-4005-20 crimp tool and one RFA-4005-01 die. Packaged in a blue, durable, padded storage case.

RFA-4005-200 includes one RFA-4005-20 crimp tool and one RFA-4005-02 die. Packaged in a blue, durable, padded storage case.

RFA-4005-300 contains 1 crimping tool frame plus the RFA-4000-02 die set packaged in a cardboard box.

RFA-4005-400 contains 1 crimping tool frame plus the RFA-4000-01 die set packaged in a cardboard box.

RFA-4006, the Deluxe Kit, is supplied with two crimping tool frames and the same two unique die sets found in the RFA-4005.

Standard Die Sets - RFA-4005-01 & RFA-4005-02:

RFA-4005-01 die set is used to crimp RG58/U, RG59/U, RG142/U, RG8X, Proflex and various video cables. Cavity dimensions: .052", .068", .100", .213" & .255". The .052" cavity is unique and used to crimp the center pins of the RFU-600-1 or AMP's 2266-001.

RFA-4005-02 die set is used to crimp RG8/U, RG213/U, RG214/U, and Belden 9913 cables. Cavity dimensions: .100", .128" & .429". The .128" cavity crimps the center pin on Belden 9913 cable. This is the only die set with a .128" cavity for 9913 pins.

RFA-4005-04 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS RG-58,-59,-62/U, CP-88, CP-89
The RFA-4005-04 Precision Die Set is used to crimp RG-58,-59,-62/U, CP-88, CP-89 cables. Hex Cavity Dimensions: .228, .068, .305

RFA-4005-05 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS RG-8,-11,-213
The RFA-4005-05 Precision Die Set is used to crimp RG-8, RG-11, RG-213, coaxial cables. Hex Cavity Dimensions: .155, .184, .215

RFA-4005-06 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS RG-59,-6, & F-TYPE (CATV)
The RFA-4005-06 Precision Die Set is used to crimp RG-59, RG-6, & F-TYPE (CATV) coaxial cables. Hex Cavity Dimensions: .255, .324, .354

RFA-4005-08 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS RG-59, BELDEN 8281
The RFA-4005-08 Precision Die Set is used to crimp RG-59/U and Belden 8281 coaxial cable. Hex Cavity Dimensions: .324, .255, .068, .042

RFA-4005-09 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS RG-174, -188, -316, MINI 59
The RFA-4005-09 Precision Die Set is used to crimp RG-174, RG-188, RG-316 and Mini-59 coaxial cable. Hex Cavity Dimensions: .178, .068, .130

RFA-4005-10 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS RG-8, -11, -213, N SERIES
The RFA-4005-10 Precision Die Set is used to crimp RG-8, RG-11 and RG-213 coaxial cable. Hex Cavity Dimensions: .080, .10, .429

RFA-4005-12 CRIMP DIE, RJ45, 8 POSITION KEYED OR NON-KEYED MODULAR PLUG, WITH STRIPPING AND CUTTING FOR 8 CONDUCTOR WIRE, FOR RFA-4005-20 CRIMP HANDLE

RFA-4005-14 DIE SET FOR RFA-4005, CRIMPS BELDEN 9913, LMR-400; .429, .118 HEX. This die set for RFA-4005 crimps Belden 9913, LMR-400 and most .4 diameter cables. This set contains .429, .118 hex crimps.

RFA-4005-18 DIE SET FOR CRIMPING TOOL FOR 10 POSITION MODULAR PLUG, WITH STRIPPING AND CUTTING FOR 10 CONDUCTORS WIRE. 4005 HANDLE
 

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The RF Industries crimper and dies are the most affordable, and you are also guaranteed to have the right tolerances when doing RF Industries connectors... Each brand can have slightly different tolerances and that can be a problem with crimps. But I wouldn't use the crimp style at all... RF Industries and other companies have 50 Ohm Solder Clamp style BNCs for virtually any cable size. Try Westlake Electronics online. You'll save yourself about $75 not having the crimper, and the clamp ones are better anyway.

Dave
www.DPDProductions.com
Antennas & Accessories for the RF Professional & Radio Hobbyist
 

N_ALSCAN

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Thanks to everyone for the replies. As soon as I get a chance to work my way through the RF Industries website, I will be ordering a crimper and connectors.

On a related note:
I received a catalog from MCM Electronics (www.mcmelectronics.com) in yesterday's mail. They listed a special deal on compression connectors for RG-59, 59cents each. I ordered a bunch for my video surveillance system I'm about to redo. If you're interested, simply go to their website, search for "RG-59 BNC Compression Connector," and place one in your basket (at the $2.19 price).... Then, on the shopping cart page insert source code "806A86". Now, the price will be adjusted to 59 cents, and if you sign up for their emails, you can get an additional 5% off.

Happy Scanning,
Rob
 

cconnector01

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The crimp-on BNCs I use all the time on RG-58 (Amphenol 31-320) actually require 2 crimp sizes. One puts the contact pin onto the center conductor, and the other crimps the ferrule onto the braid, securing the connector onto the cable.
 
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