On Thu, 04 Feb 2010 20:45:09 -0800, jimlux wrote:
>Tricky, because you need enough length so you're not trying to measure
>0.001 dB differences.
Yes. 100 ft is sort of a minimum length, and more is better. My
measurement setup is quite simple -- an HP generator and an HP spectrum
analyzer. Nothing automated. To eliminate calibration errors in the
equipment which can easily be of the same magnitude as what we're trying
to measure,I must write down numbers and subtract the difference between
a very short cable and the cable under test.
>As to reasons for things varying all over the place:
>perhaps skin effect and cladding of various sorts, as the current
>density profile moves across the boundary. Most of the loss is in the
I wouldn't be so sure of that. DCR is split between center and shield,
in many cables the DCR of the shield is significantly greater than the
center, and the composition of both center and shield can be complex.
>but the effect of cladding is easily modeled, and
>probably doesn't account for everything. How uniform is the cladding?
>What about the losses in the shield, particularly for those cables with
>both braid and foil? How much effect on loss is there from braid moving
Exactly the sort of thing that needs to be measured.
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