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

Milt, N5IA n5ia at
Thu Sep 14 10:26:52 EDT 2006

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ford Peterson" <ford at>
To: "Ed Swynar" <gswynar at>; <topband at>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: Topband: On Using RG-6 Coaxial Cable...


> RG6 that I have used is a double shielded (aluminum) flooded cable.   The 
> aluminum braid is > quite whispy--maybe 40%-50% coverage aluminum braid 
> over foil?

The cable is normally purchased in two varieties, 60% braid and 90% braid.

> The center dialectric and braid is covered with the goopiest sticky ooz 
> you will find--I cannot  > imagine 'connecting' mechanically to the 
> aluminum braid or 'gluing' anything.

Only if it is the "Flooded" variety.  The cable can be purchased as normal 
drop cable, or with the flooding for underground, direct burial, 

With the two options mentioned above, and some other common options for the 
CATV industry, a single type of cable, either RG-59 or RG-6 can be purchased 
in perhaps 10 different variations.

Milt, N5IA

BTW, I have used RG-59, RG-6, .410, and 1/2" varieties of CATV cable 
extensively for Beverage fields I have constructed.  For the XZ0A DXpedition 
we deployed more than 6,000' of RG-6, purchased in Bangkok, for the RX 
antenna feedlines to the low band stations.  The results speak for 


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