Re: Source for female connectors/pins/manual crimp tool?

Dave New, N8SBE


I ordered:

100% Brand new high quality connector, pin headers and IDC cable kit
Package quantity: 635-Piece and 5-Feet 10-Wire IDC Cable

Package Includes: 
Dupont Connector Female / Male Housing Connector. 
1x2P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x3P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x4P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x5P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x6P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x7P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x8P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece
1x9P Dupont Connector Housing Female-----------20-Piece

210-Piece Dupont Jumper Wire Cable Female Pin Connector. 
210-Piece Dupont Jumper Wire Cable MalePin Connector. 

10-Piece 40 Pin 2.54mm Pitch Single Row PCB Pin Header 
10-Piece 40 Pin 2.54mm Pitch Single Row Right Angle PCB Pin Headers

5-Feet 10-Wire Rainbow Color Flat Ribbon IDC Cable

for $13.87 USD, and:

IWISS Crimping Tools for Dupont Professional Pin Compression Ratcheting Modular Insulated Terminal Crimper Pin 2.54mm 3.96mm 28-18AWG 0.5-1.0mm2 with Wire-electrode Cutting Die

for $22.99 USD

I'd say the tool dies look a LOT like the one I have for Anderson Powerpoles, but I'd rather have one that is specifically designed for the Dupont stuff than to take a chance that it doesn't fit quite right. I'm a great believer in proper crimping.

In any event, since I'm a Prime member, I will get both of those with free shipping in two days.

I figured that if I got a decent quantity of the housings/pins, I could share with my club mates, since we did a quantity buy of the uBITX, and a number of them are also ordering the case I got.  No sense everyone having to scour the Internet for missing connectors.


-- Dave, N8SBE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [BITX20] Source for female connectors/pins/manual crimp tool?
From: "Dave New" <n8sbe@...>
Date: Fri, July 20, 2018 12:57 pm


Sorry if this has been hashed over before on the list, but I couldn't find any reference to this, either here or on the various wiki/facebook, etc. sites I found.

I have a uBITX and one of the cases.  Between the two, there are a number of interesting PCBs, cables, etc.  There are two cables provided with the uBITX that are 8-way with female housings on one end of each cable (the other end is just loose wires).

The case comes with a front panel PCB, which has lands for 8-way BergStik-type male pins (which I was able to provide from my junque box).  Now I realize that I could've just soldered the loose wires from the cables provided with the uBITX into the front panel PCB, but now that I've gone and soldered all the male pins on the front panel PCB, I now need to find the appropriate female housings/pins and a manual crimp tool, to make it all look (and work) good/well.

I think I've found the appropriate stuff on Mouser, in their Amphenol/FCI brand, but I thought it might be helpful to find out what others on the list have used (or did they just solder the loose wires to the front panel PCB?).  A number of pictures I've seen of a uBITX installed in a case shows connectors on both ends of the digital and analog cables,  but no hint where to find such animals.

I did find a pre-made cable on Amazon (by searching on Relimate), but they wanted $90 USD for one cable, meaning that I would have to plunk down $180 USD for two!  That methinks goes against the spirit of the whole BITX thing, where the point is to come up with a reproducible inexpensive design.

So, links to messages, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, and 73,

-- Dave, N8SBE

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