I also noted the same seller has some "regular sized" (.405) cable
available (black, 1000' spool):
Specs are here:
The seller also has an auction for 10 spools (if you need 10,000 feet!).
From: Steve Katz [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 11:46 AM
To: 'Dave NØRQ'; towertalk reflector
Subject: RE: [BULK] - [TowerTalk] poor man's substitute for LMR-400?
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
> 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 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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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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