On 4/3/2011 9:22 AM, Steve Maki wrote:
> On 4/3/2011 3:08 AM, K8RI on TT wrote:
>> I've found LDF4-50 (1/2" Heliax) to be a bit on the fragile side and
>> easily crushed. Were it me, and it's not, I'd put all feedlines in PVC
>> conduit. The reason is that yards can at times get soft and if your
>> tires sink in as you cross the feedlines it can be a mess. To me the PVC
>> is cheap insurance. I'd run the control lines either under the conduit,
>> or in their own conduit. OTOH although it's not good practice I do have
>> some control lines in the same conduit with the feed lines. I use lower
>> loss LMR-600 which has a smaller minimum bend radius and is much more
>> crush/kink resistant than LDF4-50
> My experience runs counter to yours Roger.
> LDF Heliax is VERY crush resistant. Yes you can kink it, but on two
> occasions I've seen LDF cable that was laid out on a parking lot get run
> over by crazed teens in pickups with nary a scratch.
Yes, you are correct. The flat plate crush resistance is 110# Vs 60#
for LMR600 and 0.815db loss per foot at 150 MHz Vs 1.0 db loss for
LMR-600. I'm surprised that it survived being driven over unless they
had the large tires to distribute the weight.
> So if the stuff is in a trench a couple feet down protected from sharp
> objects it should be fine.
From his description I was thinking it would probably be just below the
surface. I put the conduit just deep enough to cover it with grass and
leave a good root system (bout 4")
> BTW, LDF4 has lower loss (by a bit) than LMR600 at all frequencies from
> the charts I've seen.
I took out two runs of LDF4-50 and replaced them with LMR-600 as I find
it much easier to handle and make shorter bends without kinking.
> -Steve K8LX
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