[TowerTalk] Coax choice for crank-up - looking for TT experience/recommendations

Alan Swinger awswinger at earthlink.net
Mon Jul 10 14:47:29 EDT 2017

I have used LMR-400 for 10 yrs with no problems. I attach the coax, rotator cable to the Feedline standoff arms on my TX-472 MDPL w/ heavy rubber (garden hose) wrapped around to ensure the coax is not strained, and let loops form between standoffs when the tower is retracted. 
Good luck.
Alan K9MBQ

-----Original Message-----
>From: David Aslin G3WGN <david at aslinvc.com>
>Sent: Jul 10, 2017 12:15 PM
>To: "towertalk at contesting.com" <towertalk at contesting.com>
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Coax choice for crank-up - looking for TT experience/recommendations
>I'm putting together a new contest station and have already decided on/obtained LDF5-50A for the 150ft runs to the bases of the two crank-up towers.
>Looking for real-life experiences with cable choices for going up the telescopic crank-up towers.  Seems to me LDF Heliax (either 4-50 or 5-50) won't have sufficient flexibility for the job - the towers are likely to be up/down frequently for neighbour and passing storm reasons. Am I too cautious on that score or is a low-loss coax with stranded core like the Messi & Paolini Hyperflex/Ultraflex series or LMR 400/600UF a better bet?
>73, David G3WGN  M6O
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