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Old 11th February 2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Favorite size wire for signal wiring?

What size of wire do you like to use for signal wiring?
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Old 12th February 2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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Personally I like small diameter coax..RG-174 comes to mind.
I've used bits of CAT-5 for prototypes,and random experiments,it seems to work well as long as you don't route it near any big sources of hum/noise.
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I use CAT-5 as well AND Alpha 24 AWG solid with Tefzel insulation.
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I use cat 5 and RG-174 small coax also.
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Old 12th February 2009, 02:22 AM   #5
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And I use this: http://www.wires.co.uk/acatalog/cu_gp.html

0.50MM GOLD PLATED COPPER WIRE SOFT, Ref: GP0500S-500
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0.50MM GOLD PLATED COPPER WIRE SOFT, Ref: GP0500S-500
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If any of the parts have gold-plated leads, remove the gold flash before soldering the part, as only a few molecules of gold will poison a solder joint. Use sandpaper or a solder pot. NASA forbids any gold-contaminated solder joints; you should as well. (Yes, there are many quality parts with gold-flashed leads, but the use of gold is a marketing device, not sound electrical engineering practice.)
I use 26g solid core teflon wire from ebay (John's silver wire shop, or something). I like solid core as it is easier to work with than stranded in that it stays where you put it, and I like teflon as it doesn't melt. The 26 is because it is what he has. For higher current, I'll try to track down some 20g wire.
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Apexjr carries solid core silver plated copper teflon insulated wire in #20 and #22.
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Apexjr carries solid core silver plated copper teflon insulated wire in #20 and #22.
That's what I use. 22. Only problem is my newer stripper doesn't work on it since the insulation is so thin. It's one of those one-step tools. So I use the standard stripper now to score the insulation then pull it off manually. Some use the hot-filament type for stripping but I don't have that. Apex also has shielded teflon wire but the core is not solid IIRC.
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I've been using 22ga teflon wire from Johns Silver wire shop.
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