Topband: Better F Connectors
garry at ni6t.com
Mon Jan 31 17:34:56 PST 2011
No, not wrong, and the same as most RG8 and RG213! I have several
cutters/strippers-- including, as it happens, that DataShark model.
Because the cutter head said "11" and not "8", I had not tried it on RG8
and just threw it in with the cheap Radio Shack cutter. I just did try
it with a piece of CommScope RG8-type cable with a solid #10 center
conductor--and it did a very nice job!
I am kicking myself for doing a recent cable replacement using a
sheetrock knife (ugly), while that cutter sat on the workbench, But I
intend to test the unit on a variety of cables, since --according to
what I see on the web--the center conductor is typically 14AWG for RG11,
11AWG for RG213 (stranded) and 10AWG for solid RG8 type cables. I am
curious to see whether the cutter, in RG11 position, may score the
center conductor a tad on RG8 or 213.
Thanks for inducing me to pursue this. (I had never heard of RG7, which
appears to be a smaller CATV cable--about .32" O.D.--75 ohm Zo and has a
As for compression F connectors, I fully agree that this is the only way
to go with RG6 cables. One caveat--match the cable diameter to the
connector or it won't stay together any better than the cheap crappy
On 1/31/2011 2:17 PM, Pete Smith wrote:
> I just did, and according to www.therfc.com, they are both .405. Is
> that wrong?
> 73, Pete N4ZR
> On 1/31/2011 4:11 PM, Garry Shapiro wrote:
>> You might check the O.D. of RG11 vs .RG213 before making that statement.
>> On 1/30/2011 9:04 AM, Pete Smith wrote:
>>> I may be the last person on this reflector to catch on to compression F
>>> connectors, but just in case - these things are so much better than the
>>> classical crimp as to defy comparison. I have never been able to
>>> make a
>>> good connector installation on quad shield RG-6, but with the Ideal
>>> 33-633 crimper and their connectors, it yields high-confidence
>>> installations with minimum effort. On the same shelf at Home Depot, I
>>> discovered the DataShark 70029 cutter and stripper - for $9.95 it
>>> phone cable, Cat5-5e-6, RG6Quad, RG6, RG59, RG7 and RG11 (if the
>>> then I suspect RG-213 as well). It is the perfect complement to the
>>> Ideal compression connectors because it automatically and precisely
>>> trims RG-6 family cables to fit perfectly.
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