loose 1500 antenna connector

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I have a Flex 1500 that I bought pre-release at Dayton. I have had a recurring problem with a loose antenna BNC connector. The first time, it was fixed gratis, then next time close to $100 bucks, and it is loose again. I talked last year at Dayton to the guy who designed the transceiver and he admitted that the solder area isn't big enough on the early units to adequately solder the connector. I would have hoped for a strong mechanical attachment. I now use an RG-58 jumper to the rig but still it is again loose and intermittent. Haas anyone else had this problem with their Flex 1500, or an I just especially cursed?
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Doug Seyler

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I have not looked inside mine as yet, but I want to remove the BNC and replace it with a pl-259 if there is enough space. Has anyone got a pic of the inside mounting of the flex3000 bnc socket?
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Dale KB5VE

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Unfortunately that type if issue shows up on some modern transceivers as they get smaller and compact. I would consider a pigtail with a so239 on it like some of the ultra small dual ganders. A strain release would be required also. I have had two of the 1500's and no issue but could see where there could be. .
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Ernest - W4EG

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I used my 1500 for many years and never had an issue with the BNC connector.
I took many trips with the radio in my laptop computer carry-on bag; and as you may know TSA is not a very gentle inspecting your bags.
May I suggest that you do not over tighten the connector with so much un-necessary pressures. Or passed the nipples on the BNC receptor.
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For the record, I also had a loose antenna BNC connector. I made it worse as a newbie by using a stiff jumper cable. Tried to "repair" it myself, and stuffed little pieces of paper in it to reduce juggling. Before I started taking the 1500 out on the road in VHF contests, I decided to send it back to Flex for a proper repair. Hasn't come loose again despite a lot more abuse and connecting/disconnecting than I did when I just used it at home. FWIW.
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Thanks, it's good to know that others have had the same problem. After three trips back to Flex, my connector is finally rock solid.

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