For each type of center pin, the soldering process has two steps. First, soldering the center pin (bullet-shaped or needle-shaped) to the center conductor of the coaxial cable; and second, soldering the coaxial cable with the pin into the end connector
Tests 1 and 2: Soldering copper coax center conductor to the connector center pin
- The internal connector pin (needle and bullet followed the same process) were assembled to the coaxial cable center conductor. A solder slug roughly ½ the length of the pin where the wire is to be soldered, was cut and placed in the receiving end of the center pin. The copper conductor of the coax was positioned to rest on the solder slug in the pin with light pressure downward.
- The assembly was placed into a two-turn induction coil, and power was turned on.
- As the solder melted, the copper conductor of the coax seated into the center pin. The assembly was held still for several more seconds as the solder cooled. Note: it is important to keep the solder joint still until it has cooled. If movement occurs, a “cold” solder joint can result.
Tests 3 and 4: Soldering copper screw-type end connector to the Center Pin
- Solder wire was wound around the corrugated flutes of the coax. The coax with solder was placed into the end connector.
- The assembly was placed into a u-shaped induction coil, and power was turned on.
- Heat time – 30 seconds for either assembly followed by a 10 second hold to let the alloy solidify.
The soldering was successful, and confirmed that induction is an excellent alternative to hand soldering.
- Precise control of the time and temperature
- Power on demand with rapid heat cycles
- Repeatable process, not operator dependent
- Safe heating with no open flames
- Energy efficient heating