Regarding the CommScope coax, I've used it. It's not bad, but quite stiff
(at least as "inflexible" as LMR400 or 9913) with a huge recommended minimum
bend radius; I wouldn't use it on a crank-up tower or around a rotor, or in
any application requiring flexing: But to feed a fixed antenna like a
vertical, or a run from the shack to the tower where it's then spliced to
something more flexible, shouldn't be a problem. One problem, though: It's
undersized cable (smaller than the standard RG213/U/LMR400/9913 outer
diameter of .405") and as such many standard 50 Ohm connectors (PL-259,
UG21D type N, etc) won't fit it well -- too much slop. If a PL-259 cannot
tightly thread onto the jacket of coaxial cable, the whole installation is
not only a lot "leakier" (not weatherproof) but also a lot weaker,
mechanically. This cable is intended for crimp connectors only, and if you
can get the connectors and the crimping die, you're all set. -WB2WIK/6
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave NØRQ [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 9:29 AM
> To: towertalk reflector
> Subject: [BULK] - [TowerTalk] poor man's substitute for LMR-400?
> Anyone have knowledge of CommScope coax, made in USA?
> It is being sold for about $260 for a 1000' spool by www.bizsyscon.com .
> Specs are at:
> and are not as good as LMR-400, but it seems pretty close.
> Color is white, not black. UV issues?
> Pictures at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5701836698
> What is wise advice? Avoid completely? Or OK for the lower bands
> (40/80/160)? A worthy choice for any HF because it is cheap?
> Dave NØRQ
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
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> any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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