Re: QCX mini: RF output BNC or SMA #poll-notice
Alan de G1FXB
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But especially as the QCX was first requested and now being offered as field optimised.......
Imagine the gods gave were kind hearing the rarest of rare DX station,
when you trip over the feeder and it pulls out the back of your radio, or the patch lead that was OK when you packed it away you find is no longer.......
I know I don't want to be fudging with SMA connectors and mini coax with minimal hand and soldering tools on a hill top or worse still atop a ski jump.
SMA's were not "invented" to be a regularly disconnectable connector, then add to it some dust & dirt "grinding paste" and who knows how durable it will be on the trails.
At least some BNC's styles are available as "Solderless" that will suffice for field repairs to get you out of trouble, even then cable preparation can be a faff when you discover at the most inconvenient time you have a bad cable.
in the past either by luck or by design the QRP labs enclosures for the U3 has allowed for substitution and the drilling out & fitting of a female shielded Banana Plug receptacle, more commonly known as a SO239
Assembled PL259 can be reclaimed easily enough on hill tops, although solderless and non-crimp also exist, the cable can be remade without the need of a soldering iron for field day repairs if need be if I have forgotten to pack a few spares......
We all have a favourite "Shack Standard" RF Connector and like all good standards, they are far from it......
If the QCX enclosure had what ever the preferred end up being "RF Out" suitably separated from the next connector then we all could pick & choose "our own" favourite SMA, TNC, SMB, BNC Chassis socket. Or whatever........?
On 06/08/2020 14:49, Jim Mcilroy via groups.io wrote: