Is there any danger of damaging stranded copper wire by overheating it with
a torch when soldering or brazing?

73,
Matt NQ6N

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 2:41 PM, Drew Vonada-Smith <d...@whisperingwoods.org
> wrote:

> Radials are a lot of work to put in, and the expense of wire is
> significant.  I can't see any justification for not joining them the best
> way available.  IMHO, silver brazing.
>
>
> I use and recommend Sta-Silv 15 (15% Ag, 80%Cu, 5% P brazing stick) and a
> simple MAPP gas torch.  Propane is not quite hot enough to work well.
> Liquidus is 1475F.  Flux didn't seem necessary, but you could use white
> brazing flux.  Sure, I spent $25 in solder over about 5 verticals, but of
> what significance is that compared to the rest of the effort, to insure a
> lasting joint?
>
>
> Sta-Silv 5 is probably fine also, with a 1500F liquidus,  But I prefer the
> characteristics of the 15%.  Very easy to work with.
>
>
> 73,
> Drew K3PA
>
>
>
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> Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:52:40 -0700
> From: "Richard (Rick) Karlquist" <rich...@karlquist.com>
> To: "Topband@contesting.com" <Topband@contesting.com>
> Subject: Topband: Soldering radials?
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> I'd like to get the latest thinking from the group
> on soldering radials.  What I currently thinking
> is as follows:
>
> SOLDER SELECTION:
>
> 1.  Tin lead doesn't hold up in the weather.
>
> 2.  "Stay Brite" 3% silver solder (97% tin,
> no lead) is known to work well, but is expensive,
> and has a considerably higher melting point
> than 63/37.
>
> 3.  Lead free plumber's solder obviously works
> in water pipes, but does it hold up outdoors
> in the rain?  What is the melting point?
>
> FLUX SELECTION:
>
> 1.  Pure rosin.  Hardest to work with, but minimum
> corrosion issues.
>
> 2.  Activated rosin.  Easier to work with.  What
> corrosion issues are there?
>
> 3.  Acid core plumber's flux.  Very easy to work
> with, very corrosive.  Does this hold up in the
> rain, etc?
>
> (I remember the dire warnings that Heathkit manuals
> had about not using acid core solder, but I
> guess that doesn't apply to radials.)
>
> CRIMPING?
>
> Has anyone tried crimping as an alternative to solder?
>
> Rick
> N6RK
>
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