[TowerTalk] L Com coax

N7KA at comcast.net N7KA at comcast.net
Mon Jul 7 07:50:31 EDT 2008

Military specs for coaxial cable.

A series of individual specification sheets under MIL-C-17/xxx  (now MIL-DTL-17/xxx)

MIL-C-17/74 was for RG-213/RG-215 but is now discontinued and replacement is MIL-C-17/189 Rev B.  Mils specs still exist though over past years a lot of "mil specs" have been transfered to the more commercial ANSI or other similar organizations.

Mil specs provided a common specification for all mfrs for consistent similar construction and quality of product.  This involves testing as well. Cable that met requirements was marked M17/74 along with mfr info.

For coax MIL SPECS still exist and an example is at this site for Defense Supply Center Columbus:


Arne N7KA

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Jim Lux <jimlux at earthlink.net> 

> -----Original Message----- 
> >From: Gerold Sklott 
> >Sent: Jul 6, 2008 9:26 PM 
> >To: towertalk at contesting.com 
> >Subject: [TowerTalk] L Com coax 
> > 
> >I see a company called L Com on Amazon that sells coax. They seem to be a big 
> commercial dealer. When I called forr specs on their RG213 all the girl would 
> say it's commercial grade not military. 
> And she's right. There is NO such thing at MIL-STD RG-213, since that spec was 
> discontinued years ago (1985?). (PVC jacket is a no-no, among other things..) 
> (well.. someone could have some old coax in a warehouse, produced back when the 
> standard was still in effect) 
> However, L-com should have a detailed data sheet on their other products, which 
> you should be able to compare to the RG-213 slashsheet if you want to. 
> Jim, W6RMK 
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