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Do I need to worry about this? Do I need to buy a torque tool?
What do others, with way more experience than I have with these kinds of frequencies, do?
Thanks, David G4NRT
In a test lab the use of a torque spanner is essential to prevent damage to equipment and to ensure good repeatability of connections.
Whilst it is good practice to also use one for amateur systems many people get away without doing so. Finger tightening SMAs is not likely to over torque them. The recommended torque setting is actually quite light so it is easy to exceed this if you use a standard spanner.