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Re: [TowerTalk] Measuring Coax Loss

To: "'Tower and HF antenna construction topics.'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Measuring Coax Loss
From: "Mike Besemer \(WM4B\)" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:01:10 -0500
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I don't cheap out on coax.  Mine is MILSPEC RG-214... not bad stuff for 125'
or so at HF.

I also have plenty of sources for hardline... which I reserve for my
repeater work, where it matters not only to my, but to my users.

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Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:56 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Measuring Coax Loss

In a message dated 2/12/2010 1:48:14 AM Greenwich Standard Time, writes:

But, to  the average ham with small
antennas and small pockets, it just isn't going  to matter.

Small antennas and small pockets are not the point.  It  doesn't take big 
pockets to get that 3 dB, nor does it take big antennas.   A little digging 
around for surplus stuff can get you the three dB.  Check  around for short 
lengths of 7/8 hardline.  Many can be had for a fraction  of the cost of 
9913.  It takes a little searching, but for guys like you  with small
that 3 dB can be gotten rather cheaply.  
Lots of 75 ohm hardline is available for free for the resourceful  guys.  
Being on limited budget doesn't mean you have to have a limited  signal.  
I am constantly amazed that guys will spend 1K, 2K or more for a  radio and 
then cheap out on the coax.
73 Bill KH7XS

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