[TowerTalk] Control Cable for Rotators

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Tue Apr 29 10:57:31 EDT 2014

When I installed my tower and rotators 15 years ago, copper was 
relatively cheap.  My total run is approximately 340 feet to the top of 
the tower, and so I just ran 4 x 3-wire UFB house wire out and up the tower.

I'm thinking I probably should replace the cable, and the price of that 
much UFB is breathtaking.  Yaesu says 18 AWG minimum for 40M (130 ft) or 
more.  But for the length I'm using I'd think that 16 AWG for the 2 
motor leads would be minimal, while something much lighter, such as 
all-weather network cable with doubled conductors might do for the 

Advice much appreciated.

73, Pete N4ZR
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