What do you use to solder connectors onto bulk coax cable?
Soldering the UHF connector to the coax shield on a PL-259 is described as requiring a bit of "experience and skill" in Dave Casler's video.
The trick is to solder through the four holes in the connector shield to the braid by getting it hot enough for the solder to flow properly - but at the same time, it must be done quickly enough so that the dielectric inside the coax cable doesn't melt and allow the inner conductor to migrate.
Yes, I know that I can buy 'ready-made' cables and that I could use 'crimp-on' connectors but I don't trust them after having bad experiences in the past. An example is crimping a Sta Kon ring connector onto a wire. It makes a good mechanical attachment but over time a high electrical resistance will often develop.
One thing that Dave doesn't mention in his video (besides experience and skill) is that putting one of these connectors on successfully also requires the use of a suitable tool - in this case, most probably a soldering iron.
So what have you used to do this job properly?
I have used Weller soldering guns of various wattage, soldering irons of different sizes and have even tried a butane torch. Too small of an element and all the heat of the tip is consumed before the connector gets hot enough to flow solder - and waiting for it to heat back up melts the coax!
The Weller guns don't have much thermal mass in the tip and so they seem to take much too long to get the connector hot - and it melts the coax!
I watched a ham install a connector in his shop one time and he did a marvelous job... BUT - his tool of choice was an old and huge soldering iron that'd been passed down to him from his father and he wasn't willing to sell it.
So what kind of tool have you successfully used that you recommend for the job?