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Re: Topband: Coax for Rx Sites

Subject: Re: Topband: Coax for Rx Sites
From: "Victor A. Kean, Jr." <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:01:03 -0500
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On Monday, November 29, 2010 5:02:06 pm Greg-zl3ix wrote:

> I have seen many references to CATV cable being used for long Rx antenna
> runs.  Can someone, who has experience of long runs of 75 ohm cable, give
> me some example part numbers from Belden, or other manufacturers, please. 
> I am not confident of being able to obtain decent cable at an affordable
> price in ZL, but at least if I have some part numbers I can make enquiries.

I use 1000's of feet of Belden 1829A, which seems to hold up fairly well lying
on the ground, so long as the deer don't walk on it.  Its nominally CATV "RG6
type" cable, compatible with RG59 F connectors.  I buy this stuff at a local
electrical shop for about US$90 for 1000 feet.  Unfortunately they recently
switched to a cheaper coax made by Honewell ("Genesis" brand) that does not
last as long lying on the ground.  The vinyl jacket splits fairly quickly.


PS: hope to work you in the ARRL 160 test :-)
UR RST IS ... ... ..9 QSB QSB - hw? BK

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