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Re: [TowerTalk] LMR 600/other options

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] LMR 600/other options
From: "K8RI" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 01:43:52 -0400
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A couple of points.  TT has a good price.
At just over a half db loss per hundred feet anything better is going to 
gain you little. 7/8" Heliax might even be free, but first you have to find 
it, it's heavy, doesn't make tight turns and although strong you do have to 
treat it nicely. Used connectors are find, if you can find them handy. Not 
if you have to search and wait.  New ones are *expensive*.  I just gave two 
news ones to the local club.

Connectors for LMR600 run a wide range of prices.  Good, type-N crimp 
connectors are about $10 each and very easy to install. If you can find the 
crimp bands they are easy to reuse as well.  Clamp connectors are over $30 
each IIRC.  That makes it worth while to find some one nearby with a 
crimping tool if you don't have one.

>I am looking to upgrade the feedlines to my 70 ft Tower.  Total
> length is 200-225 ft.
> I plan on running 6m and would like to minimize the loss but there is
> a budget.

I picked up a 1000 feet at about $1.20 a foot, but that was a year ago.  I 
figure at that price I can use it and LMR 400 for everything except the 
pigtails at the top of the tower where it's extraflex.  With 200 feet of LMR 
600 running about 1.1 to 1.2 db loss there is little to gain by going larger 
except the possibility of a lot more work.  Actually I've replaced about 800 
feet of LMR 400 with the 600.

> Texas Towers seems to have a good price on LMR 600 right now.  Has
> anyone else found a better source?

You *might* find better prices on good, name brand connectors at either RF 
Parts or  The RF Connection and you might not, but time spent 
searching on the net might be well spent.

Good Luck,

Roger (K8RI)
> W0MU
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