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Re: [TowerTalk] Measuring Coax Loss

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Measuring Coax Loss
From: "Tony Brock-Fisher" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:05:18 -0500
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All this talk about gong to extremes for lowest loss is perhaps mis-directed...

To me, it boils down to db/$. Where can you put your (available) funds to best 
use in your shack? Certainly if coax loss is your lowest cost opportunity for 
improvement, you should go for it. (Recall the coax loss applies in both 
directions, tx and rx).

On the other hand, if you can improve station performance by more dbs for the 
same cost somewhere else, such as better antennas, etc, then go for that before 
going for super-low-loss coax.

Sometimes, the cost can be low, as in the case where you can get good used 
hardline from a cable company. In this case, it's still useful to measure db 
accurately so you know you got a good piece!

It may only be 0.8 db, but I'd still rather be the guy in control of the DX 
receiver's AGC, reducing gain for all my competition!

Lastly, whether you spend money on coax, antennas, amps, or anything else ham 
related, it is up to you to be personally responsible for the spending of 
discretionary funds for ham radio use...

Tony, K1KP

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