[TowerTalk] Coax questions

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 28 13:58:22 PDT 2010

r miles wrote:
> I have a few towers scattered over 2 acres in the back yard. All have  coax runs buried in PVC. I'm planning another antenna out  amongst them. I have a general idea where all the runs are buried but not to the exact inch. I can just start digging  lightly to find the PVC but that's a long process. Is it possible to use a metal detector? Something like the beachcomers use.The PVC is about 4''-6''  below the surface. Frost line is not a problem in the Tn delta.  Has anyone used one to find coax? 
> Is there more than BuryFlex on the market? I just want to consider what will be best. This will  be an HF run so no worry about VHF/UHF losses.
> Please contact me off reflector to make it less crowded.
> K9IL

Most rental yards have a cable locator.  It comes with a little box with 
a cliplead that puts a low frequency AC on the cable (or pipe) you're 
trying to find, and the locator that looks for the signal.  Used all the 
time with modern plastic gas pipes (typically with a wire wrapped around 
it to facilitate this process)

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