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Old 6th March 2007, 11:17 AM   #1
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Default help soldering ground wire to a Cardas female RCA chassis socket

I bought a pair of Cardas GRFA (http://www.partsconnexion.com/catalog/connectors.html) for a project.

The signal wire is easy to solder. BUT I'm having a hard time soldering the ground wire.

If you look at the PCX website, it contains a photo of the connector. I'm trying to solder it to the "groove". I tried 63/37 solder and silver-content solder.

any tips?

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Old 6th March 2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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Unless the ground connection is not made to be soldered upon (nikkel or...), you probably need more heat.

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Old 6th March 2007, 11:37 AM   #3
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you probably need more heat.

/Hugo

I have a temp-controlled station. I have set it to around 450 degrees Celcius and still no luck.
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Old 6th March 2007, 11:56 AM   #4
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Of course the connector needs to be hot enough. Your iron seems capable.
I have nothing against Cardas, -I only know the name- but if soldering is such a though job...
Maybe someone familiar with these connectors could comment?

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Try dismounting the RCA jack if mounted already so that there is less heatsinking. The ground portion is indeed bulky but can be heated if isolated. You'll have to finagle with wires and mounting gear perhaps already being in place before soldering. Just evaluate your setup accordingly. I used a set of helping hands to do mine and a 800 degree F tip.
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