This stuff with RG8X is getting interesting.
Well, after some researches it seems to me that what is sold in US as
an RG8X has a size that's not so different from an RG59, formerly
The voltage rating of an RG59 with a solid polyethylene is 2.3 KV RMS.
But the inner diameter of an RG8X must be a bit bigger since the cable
is 50 OHms instead of 75, and the dielectric constant of foam PE is
less than with a compact type.
The lower dielectric constant is 1.5 for foam polyethylene and 2.26 for
solid polyethylene and all this leads to a consequential decrease in
the voltage rating of the cable.
Considering a safe margin, the voltage rating for a cable of that size
and with foam poyethylene dielectric is minimum the half of what it is
with a compact poyethylene.
Neglecting ohmic and expecially dielectric losses (low because foam
type and because frequency is not high), and further halving the max
applicable voltage (1.150/2=575V) to be "really" reliable (halving the
voltage makes the power decreased to 1/4), with an SWR of 1:1 a safe
max power for that cable could be (575x575)/50=6612 Watt.
Now, it's true that an high SWR may somewhere produce an higher voltage
along the line if the impedance gets transfomed, but it's also true
that a terrible impedance transformations may appear when the load is
like a short or an open circuit.
In practice even a mismatched antenna doesn't resembles such kind of
extreme loads and the voltage swings can't be so big when the SWR is
different than 1:1 but still reasonable.
Also with an SWR of 1:2 or 1:3, the voltage rating of an RG8X cable
shouldn't be a matter of failures even at 1.5 Kw at low HF bands.
If the cable fails, the reasons must be found elesewere than in the
foam, obviously unless the cable has been mechanically damaged. An
event that is finally not so rare with foam cables without a semirigid
> The issue is probably more of having a proper match to the feedline.
> you are feed a purely resistive 50 ohm load, RG-58 or RG-8X should be
> more than capable of handling the full amatuer legal limit (and then
> However, if you are feeding an antenna with a complex impedance,
> incur higher losses, and there's a chance that the transformed
> could cause a high-voltage point within the coax -- potentially
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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