Ron Youvan wrote:
> << as we all know we can use our TDRs to find where the loss is located.
> Gosh, I
> forgot we don't have a TDR system. >>
> I have a Tektronix 1505, all I can measure is the surge impedance along the
> I find nothing in the IB about the `loss' of the cable.
> 73 (= Best Regards) de Ron firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Hi Ron,
I think you CAN determine cable loss with a TDR but takes some sophisticated
techniques to do it. BTW, what is a Tek 1505? I checked the 1999 Catalog and
see versions of the 1502 and 1503 but nothing about a 1505. Tek COULD have a
model that I don;t know about but I try to follow that industry pretty close.
My preferred method of measuring cable loss is to use a spectrum analyzer and a
tracking generator. (Yes, I have one that works up to 1.8 GHz.) This method
you a continuous graph of the loss from about 100 KHz right up to 1.8 GHz, and
plot it on paper for you. You need to have access to BOTH ends of the cable to
correctly. If you have two runs of coax on your tower, you could connect them
at the top and find the total loss of both of them in series. Another approach
be to run a temporary "test cable" up your tower and connect it to the top end
coax cables, one at a time. You could measure the total loss of your coax runs
the loss of the "test cable" and subtract out the "test cable" loss leaving the
your coax runs.
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