I used to control an RCS-8V with 250' of 8-conductor wire (two wires #18,
six wires #22) with no problems. I used that cable because it was what I
had. I tested the switch with 500 feet of #22 wire and it worked fine, so I
think you can go that low.
As I recall, you only need 5 conductors -- one for each coax port. The
circuit return can be through the coax shield. I think I used a separate 6th
wire for the return.
73, Dick, WC1M
From: R. Murad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 10:08 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Ameritron RCS-8V Remote Coax Switch
>I posted this message on march 14 but I guess it never
>made it to the reflector, so I am posting again.
>I am planning to buy the AMERITRON RCS-8V Remote Coax
>Switch (the other model, RCS-4, won't fit).
>I will need a 174 feet long (~53 meters)control cable.
>The Ameritron WEB site is vague about the requirements
>of the control cable and states that they won't reply
>to any technical related E-Mail. Besides, the manual
>for this model is not available at their site...
>So, could someone please help:
>1 - I've been told that the control cable must be a
> 6-conductor type. Is that true? It would be nice
> if a 4-conductor cable could be used, because I
> already have around 200 feet of this type.
>2 - If the 6-conductor cable is mandatory, which wire
> gauge I must specify for the conductors in order
> to match RCS-8V requirements and be sure that it
> will work properly?
>Any help will be much appreciated.
>Rogerio Murad, PY1OL
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