Roger (K8RI) wrote:
>>> It is extremely unusual to see an amateur installation using a size larger
>>> than LMR600.
>> I would say unusual, but not extremely unusual. In fact there is a lot
>> of 1-5/8" Heliax out there. I know, I'm nit-picking :)
> My entire system is LMR-600 with the exception of some Davis
> BuryFlex(TM) pigtails, and drops to the 80 meter slopers. I use RG-8X to
> the 40 meter half wave slopers. I opted for the 8X due to the small
> size, low wind resistance, relatively short runs (bout 40') and low SWR
> on 40. The voltages get too high at the 80 meter band edges for the
> 8X. I don't know how long it'll stand up to the legal limit, but it's
> done fine so far.
> NOW for both ends of the spectrum, if I could find some 7/8, to 1 1/4
> Heliax cheap with connectors, I'd certainly use it for 160 meters as
> well as 50, 144, and 440. With HF I'd stick with the LMR 600 as the
> overall runs are about 228' (EXCEPT)OTOH there's probably not a
> noticeable difference between the 400 and 400 80 through 10 even with
> 228 feet of coax. OTOH we are limited to 50 watts output on the 440
> band in this area so I want to get every watt to the antenna possible.
I've got long runs to deal with - 500' to the base of one tower, 400' to
another, etc., and good stock on 1-5/8" Heliax and 1-5/8" Cell Reach, so
you can guess what became irresistible.
Plus I sold tons of it to others, so I know it's out there.
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