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3) ...I soldered both by holding the tip of my iron to the top of the copper while feeding the solder till enough was applied. Gravity pulled the melted solder down around the copper and filled the bridge and the tit.





From your pictures and description, it appears that you did not tin the wire and connector before soldering them together? If so, this is a major no-no, as thoroughly explained in Post #11 of my DIY Guide to Making Your Own Cables. Tinning is one of the basic steps of soldering. Without it you don’t get the proper fusion of the two metals. The connection may be electrically viable but it is not as physically robust as it would be if everything had been properly tinned first.

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Wayne
 
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