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Re: [TowerTalk] DAVIS RF response: Alternatives & Comscope SFX-500 data

To: John Kemker <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] DAVIS RF response: Alternatives & Comscope SFX-500 data vs. LMR & LDF4
From: Joe Giacobello <>
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 2009 22:17:08 -0400
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So I have now learned from several respondents.

73 and TNX to all,


John Kemker wrote:
> Not only is Commscope *not* a new player in the coax game, they *own* 
> Andrew, now.  They have merged their aluminum-based, smooth conductor 
> hardline with the Andrew line, while they concentrate on mainly selling 
> Heliax, as it's usually the better seller.
> Joe Giacobello wrote:
>> Steve, many thanks for your reply regarding the Commscope SFX-500.  
>> Yours was the only reply that I received, and I have to conclude that 
>> Commscope is a new player in the coax game and that there is not much 
>> field experiment with it out there.  Frankly, I never heard of it 
>> before, but someone was selling 400' lengths of it for a remarkably low 
>> price., and it sounded like it fell into the realm of "too good to be 
>> true."  My interest was piqued by my need to make an 800' run to feed an 
>> 80/160M vertical.
>> I gather from your description that Commscope is manufactured in China.  
>> Based on my own experience with other types of Chinese Knock-offs, your 
>> advice to be concerned about support, overall quality and longevity is 
>> valid.
>> Thanks for the loss data and your detailed and forthright views on the 
>> quality and product support issues.
>> 73, Joe
>> K2XX

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