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

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] DAVIS RF response: Alternatives & Comscope SFX-500 data vs. LMR & LDF4
From: "D Calder" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 13:24:14 -0400
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Eupen is the way to go since Commscope bought Andrew.

Nice stuff. Most of the carriers that like a good install are going to it on
our towers.

73 Dave n4zkf

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Steve Davis -Davis RF
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 12:50 PM
To: John Kemker;
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] DAVIS RF response: Alternatives & Comscope SFX-500
data vs. LMR & LDF4

Tnx John,  as I noted in my initial to Joe, Commcast was bought by Andrew, 
as you point out.

  Joe,  I didn't mean to imply that SFX cable was made in China, but today I

checked with Commscope.   They confirmed that SFX is "very similar" to CINTA

(Andrew origon), and that CINTA IS in fact made in China; however,  SFX is 
made in USA.

73,   Steve ,  K1PEK,

DAVIS RF Co.,  Div. of Orion Wire Co., Inc.

Wire, Cable, RF Connectors and wire aerial parts.   LMR, Heliax, Eupen

Commercial / Military / & Custom Cable Design

tel:  978-369-1738     Fax:  978-369-3484

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Kemker" <>
To: <>
Cc: "Steve Davis -Davis RF Co." <>; 
Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 8:01 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] DAVIS RF response: Alternatives & Comscope SFX-500 
data vs. LMR & LDF4

> 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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