I’m sure I’m not the only one to experience problems with patch leads and feeders on an activation. I had another failure of a patch lead on Gun earlier this week. As luck would have it, I have always carried a spare patch lead with me after a disaster on G/SP-002 last year.
Undoubtably, the constant screwing and unscrewing into rigs and tuners rolling up pulling in and out of rucksacks and in my case, standing on them on more than one occasion, takes its toll.
Both my patch leads are cut to 1 Metre lengths so that in the event of the feeder to the collinear going U/S, they can be joined together and double up as a spare feeder, enabling me to at least carry on with a VHF/UHF activation.
I spent Thursday evening at the club, making fresh patch leads and feeders using new coax and plugs, I’ve used heat shrink to strengthen the joints between the coax and PL259. The result is an extremely strong connection which I’m hoping will last some considerable time!
I wonder, just how many activations have been ruined before they start, because of a defective feeder/patch lead?