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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sonofcool, Jan 27, 2013.
I thought compression was the best way to go when installing fittings. Is that what you meant?
The Techs I get have been told not to use barrels at all. I find that a bit draconian since I've never had a problem with a barrel inside or out, but I do agree that the less connections you have, the less problems you should have. That's from an electrical standpoint. I'd think it would apply to the usage of barrels and such, too.
I too have worked with lots of coax and waveguide.
The connectors in question here are:
There is no "min radius" here.
With RF, the fewer connections the better.
Any connection exposed to weather will degrade over time.
Compression connectors seal the weather out of the coax side better than a crimped connector, but both still will leak on the threaded side.
"Electrically" a well [hex] crimped connector works as well as a compression connector, and I still use them for indoor use.
I tried a lot of crimping tools over the years and finally ended up spending a good bit of money on a compression tool. Much simpler to use.
Electrically, I'm not a fan of crimping unless you have to.
"Electrically" was meant to refer to how well the RF signal passes, which isn't any different between the two types.
Figured you meant something different than I did. I've never really trusted crimped connections, but sometimes you just have to use them.