For the most part, local ragchewing is intellectually boring. From repeating yesterday’s news, talking about the weather, current ailments, diaper leakage, or their latest bowel movement, rarely is there anything of value being discussed. I actually heard a local ham in Lincolnton, NC discussing him shitting himself, then burning his underwear in a wood stove.
DX’ing (with a brief QSO) is much more in tune with the experience I wish to have on-air. Meeting new people from different parts of the world, and having a short conversation is much more interesting for many of us, over the same old shit, day after day.
When it came time to choose a station monitor for the Palstar LK-1K, I knew I wanted the Power Master II from Array Solutions. I have always been a fan of Array Solutions, and Jay has always treated me right.
I have never been a fan of the PL-259 coaxial cable connector. Many RF engineers have stated there would have been much better choices, but it is what it is.
Completing the cable shield connection to the body of the PL-259 has been a hassle for many. Those small openings inhibit a decent flow of solder. Having a excellent electrical connection to the body of the PL-259, is as important as the center conductor connection.
Tinning the braid of the coaxial cable before mechanically attaching the PL-259 helps quite a bit during the soldering process, but still there has to be a better connector, making the process easier and more efficient.
I have found a better PL259 connector. At least for me. Instead of having 5 or 6 small holes for soldering the coaxial cable shield to the body of the connector, this PL259 features rectangular openings. These openings make it much easier to complete a secure electrical connection. I have been using these connectors for over 2 years, and have had zero issues. IMO, installation is quicker, better, and more efficient. You can find these on Amazon.