[Boatanchors] antenna wire

Jack Schrader w1jhs at myfairpoint.net
Sat Nov 19 21:33:33 EST 2011

Thanks to the group for all of the suggestions. I used what I had available 
and that was Lysol toilet bowl cleaner and then rinsed it with cold water 
and it worked just fine.

Afterwards I tinned the wires with Alpha rosin core solder WRA P2. Two other 
brands of solder didn't work and a fellow at Alpha told me that this 
particular solder was suitable for heavy tarnished copper. Monday I'm going 
to order two rolls as it is not an often used solder.

I have a part number and where it can be ordered if anyone is interested.



-----Original Message----- 
From: David C. Hallam
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:44 PM
To: boatanchors at puck.nether.net
Subject: Re: [Boatanchors] antenna wire

Lime Away contains sulfamic acid H3NSO3 rather than sulfuric acid
H2SO4.  Sumfanic acid is widely used in household cleaners particularly
for toilets and showers.  It is also used in coffee pot cleaners under
various trade names.

Is not as strong an acid as sulfuric acid, but rubber gloves are
recommended when using it.


On 11/19/2011 4:24 PM, Jim Bromley, K7JEB wrote:
> I use a cleaning product called 'Lime Away' that contains
> sulfuric acid to soak where I want to solder.  It
> "pickles" the copper, removing all the oxide. Use of
> rubber gloves strongly advised....
> Jim, K7JEB
> On 11/19/2011 1:27 PM, Jack Schrader wrote:
>>> It’s not that I’m cheap but everyone else is so generous.
>>> I have some copper stranded #14 ga. wire I would like to
>>> re-use but it is so black  and / or corroded that I cannot solder it.
>>> Is there any way to clean the end to make it solderable?
>>> Thanks
>>> Jack
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