Topband: On Using RG-6 Coaxial Cable...

Charles Bibb zedkay at
Wed Sep 13 22:17:07 EDT 2006

At 07:08 AM 9/13/2006, Ed Swynar wrote:
>Good Morning All,
>My question is to anyone who may have ever used RG-6 "satellite TV" foam 
>coaxial cable in their antenna system(s)...


I use RG-6 "satellite TV" foam cable extensively for all of my various 
Beverages and other receive antennas on 160, with runs up to about 400 
feet. I found it best to use high quality type-F connectors (Digicon) and 
then use the appropriate adapter to mate with the connector style of 
whatever device is next in line - pre-amp, coax switch, rig, etc.  You can 
get these connectors from cable/satellite TV suppliers for around 35 cents 
each or so, in quantity.  You'll also need to invest in a good quality 
crimping tool as these use an entirely different fastening method from the 
old, cheap crimp-on connectors the '"cable guy" uses on the drop to your 
house. Can't be done with pliers.

I've had excellent results with no failures since installing a couple of 
years ago. The Digicon connectors are touted as being waterproof, but I 
never leave mine exposed to the weather.  Also, my experience with these is 
receive only. Never used RG-6 foam for transmitting.

Charles - K5ZK

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