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Posted Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:37 AM
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HI,

I am new to this forum so I hope I am in the right place.

My question is has anyone changed the BNC to a PL259 on a Flex 3000, and are there any known problems in doing this.

Thanks for taking time to read this and hopefully your reply

Darran

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Posted Sunday, July 22, 2012 7:16 AM


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Actually, the PL-259 is not a connector (female), it is a plug (male). I suspect you are referring to a SO-239.

Other than voiding the warranty, having to drill out the back panel and making it harder to remove the boards from the radio after you are done, no. BTW, if you are going to go to that trouble, why replace a connector that has better impedance (BNC) characteristics with one that is worse (SO-239)? If I was going to do this surgery on the radio, I would add an N type connector.

I have to ask, why not use a BNC->SO-239 adapter? It is MUCH cheaper and safer.


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Posted Monday, July 23, 2012 3:15 PM
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Darran,

To add to what Tim says, the BNC is surface mount to the printed circuit board, a standard SO-239 will not surface mount and I am not sure if there is a SMT version of the N connector either. Beside voiding the warranty, but you might make a BNC to PL-239 adapter cable out of RG58 or RG8X if you don't like using the BNC to SO239 adapter for the rear.


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Posted Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:37 PM
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Yes flex chose the BNC for good reasons, no reason to change it
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Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2012 9:12 AM
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In my personal opinion if the engineers at Flex decided to place the BNC connector in the back of the 3K for space reasons
Or any other reason, why in the heck we will go and reverse engineer (with all do respect) I think the best thing to do is
Leave the BNC connector alone.
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Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:00 AM
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