Having recently installed 1000 feet of 9913-F7 and 1500 feet of
Bury-Flex I thought I pass along some observations:
The 9913-F7 braid "prints" on the outside of the cover, which I think
makes it more difficult to seal against moisture. The cover is also
noticeably less tough than the Bury-Flex. The 9913 is slightly more
flexible, but not enough to matter in making chokes or rotator loops.
In fact, the stiffer Bury-Flex is a little easier to dress in a rotator
loop that stays in place.
The 9913 I installed a few months ago showed some oxidation of the braid
tinning, when I installed a new connector, so that is a concern. Some
Bury-Flex looked great after the same exposure.
Both are about the same cost from DavisRF and have virtually the same
specs (1.5db loss/100' @ 100MHz), however Bury-Flex is the winner for me.
On 4/9/2012 6:04 AM, Jim Thomson wrote:
> Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2012 21:11:58 -0700
> From: Jim Brown<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Coax
> On 4/8/2012 9:01 PM, Jim Thomson wrote:
>> LMR-400db .666 db
>> LMR-400UF .799 db
>> RG-213U 1.024 db
> RG213 is not a spec, it's a very broad generic description. There are
> RG213s built with thin copper braid and others with heavy copper braid.
> The loss in cable is a direct function of how much copper they use to
> build it. Based on resistance data, Davis's 213 is directly equivalent
> to LMR400 for use on the HF bands.
> ## say what. Run 200 feet of 213-U into a dummy load at the far end, with a
> wattmeter 1 foot before the dummy load.
> You'll need far more precise instrumentation than a Bird to measure a
> difference of 0.1 dB Rather, you'll need a scope, RF voltmeter, or
> spectrum analyzer that can resolve 0.01dB, you'll need to measure by
> substitution, and you'd better make a bunch of measurements and compare
> 73, Jim K9YC
> ## Andrew .5 inch heliax uses a copper clad solid aluminum center
> conductor. Andrew is the not the only game in town.
> Other makers will offer .5 inch heliax in both copper clad Al and also
> solid CU. Are you trying to tell us that the solid Cu
> variety will result in lower loss. .875 inch heliax uses a hollow copper
> tube. LMR-600 uses 5.5 gauge copper (7 x strands)
> for the center conductor. Which one do you think will have the lowest dc
> resistance for the center conductor.
> ## If Davis RF’s version of 213 has way lower dc resistance than belden
> 213, then the strands would have to be a LOT bigger. If that was true,
> the OD of the cable would have to be a lot bigger, and all those 213 cables
> appear to be .405 inch OD. You can’t just use heavier gauge strands
> for the braid and be able to use the same pl-259. Well maybe you can, if
> you made the sheath from thinner material to maintain the .405 inch
> OD. t
> ## LMR cables use a tinned outer braid...on top of a 360 deg AL wrap of
> foil. Most eng notes will tell you that 90% of losses in coax cable are
> dielectric losses..and not dc resistance loss’s.
> ## Bird products have limitations to them. Any array solutions power master
> wattmeters will read in .1 watt increments, but only below 100w.
> Above 100w, they read in 1 watt increments. Pretty easy to see the
> difference between 1500w and 1498 w. (.00579 db) or the diff
> between 1500 and 1499 w (.002896 db) Pretty easy to measure the diff
> between 1500w and 1467w (.00966 db)
> ## It would not be rocket science to measure the difference between davis
> 213, Belden 213..and LMR-400. Use 200-300 feet of each
> of the 3 x cables, as long as they are all identical length, and use the
> same freq to test em.... like 29.0 mhz
> ## The problem with using any scope is... if the scope is off by say 5%,
> your results will be off by twice that. Voltage squared divided by 50 ohms
> = power. The bottom line is..even a bird will show the big diff between
> 300 ft of belden 213 and 300 ft of .875 inch heliax on 29 mhz. Its like
> apples and oranges.
> ## If you are implying that dc resistance is the predominant factor in coax
> cable loss, then all these various formulae + online loss
> calculators must be out to lunch, and I find that hard to believe.
> ## Bigger coax is cheaper than a bigger amplifier. I want a bare min of
> 2.5 kw at the feed point of the ant on any band. With a crank up tower
> I am limited to flexible coax up the side of the tower. The best I can
> come up with is LMR-1200DB to the base of the tower..and RG-393
> up the side of the tower.
> Jim VE7RF
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