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Offline stealth71

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« on: October 01, 2005, 12:32:08 PM »
What cable are you all using that has PL-259 connectors. RG6? RG8? Quad shield? I will have to run  a new coax from my roof to the radio, total length about 75 feet. Is there a place online where I can get some good cable. Found some on Ebay, but it has a clear jacket. Not sure if that is good or if it matters, but I have always used black. Anyway, if any of you have a good source for coax, please PM me.

Thought about Radio Shack, but I think they only have 50 or 100 foot lengths, I'm looking for 75.



Offline Jason

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2005, 12:34:21 PM »
I've used RG58/U before, and it's just fair.  I use RG8/U and it works well, very thick and tough to manuever inside walls though.

I like RG8/U, and the best out there is probably some good Belden 9913.  From my understanding, it is some fine coax.

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2005, 01:05:27 PM »
Yeah that's what I have now is RG8, except it's pretty old and barely long enough at 50 feet. I'm wondering if someplace out there will custom cut a piece and put the connectors on for me.

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2005, 01:16:49 PM »
They're not cheap, but try:

http://www.cablexperts.com

http://www.cablexperts.com/cfdocs/cat.cfm?ItemGroup=2&itmsub=0&bskt=0&USA_ship=1&c=0

It's almost always cheaper to buy your own cable and connectors, and to learn how to solder or crimp the connectors.  Plus you learn another skill.  :-)

Dave

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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2005, 02:02:39 PM »
Thanks Dave. I might try making my own. I just remember trying it once before but those connectors just would not crimp on very well.

Offline PHL Approach

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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2005, 02:59:31 PM »
Belden RG8X Mini here. I'm gonna need something a little thicker later on when I put a new extension on my mast.

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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2005, 03:22:39 PM »
I was wondering if mini is OK to use.