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Questions tagged [coaxial-cable]

Questions about coaxial cables, including different types of cable, connectors, adapters, and other topics.

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It it really useful to terminate unused 75Ω outputs on a coax splitter?

When discussing improvements to my home HDTV Antenna/distribution system a colleague brought up the need to terminate all coax, even unused splitter ports. My understanding of the way terminator ...
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What are the effects of different feed-line incidence angles?

Consider a dipole antenna fed by a coax (say, longer than the antenna) with a signal reasonably close to the dipole's resonant frequency. Various sources say that the feed-line should approach the ...
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Suspected Damage in Coax Cable

I suspect that the "white residue" between the coax cable jacket and connector is the result of environmental damage but I could not confirm it yet. Did anyone have a similar issue and if so what was ...
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Why is the insertion loss of my coax cable higher than expected?

I am testing a long cable run (about 90m). This cable has been used outside and inside, for temporary setups. I've set up my VNA with the correct values (velocity factor,...) and the distance to ...
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Current flow in a coaxial cable

I was wondering how the current flows in a coaxial cable. Say for instance that the inner conductor transfers the signal, so there flows a current. How will in the outer conductor(shield), flow a ...
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For air coax calculation, what is correct diameter metric vis-à-vis tube stock thickness?

I am interested in creating a square outer-conductor with round inner-conductor air coax post for a hex beam antenna. I found the extremely useful information at: How do I design a round or square ...
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How terminate RG8 coaxial cable using PL259 (UHF) - screw - gasket - solder type?

Today I came across a problem in terminating RG8 cable using this PL259 plug. I have never had this type and it arrived in a pile of parts; I have tried to puzzle it together but without positive ...
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Is a “shorted” coax feedline ok for a G5RV type antenna?

I have "inherited" what I believe to be a G5RV antenna with two 51 foot wire centerfed radiators. If I remember correctly from measuring 2 months ago, there is about 31 feet of 450 ohm ladderline ...
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Impedance effect of using 75 ohm coax between transmitter and an EFHW antenna

I have been given several hundred feet of very high quality 75 ohm coax. I need a run of about 36' from my QRP transmitter (FT-817 with elecraft T1 tuner) to an EFHW antenna (about 75' long). Running ...
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Coax cable as antenna for 5 watt handy

For a normal 5 watt handy working in VHF or UHF freq with 50 ohm antenna , is it possible to use a same length coax cable instead of a stub antenna, so as to work like a crude antenna. Will this only ...
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Is RF current always confined to the inner diameter of a braided outer conductor of coaxial cable?

Prompted by a previous question found at Using a balun with a resonant dipole -- an answer there included the following text: "For transmission lines (twin-lead or coax) to not radiate, each ...
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Feedline and balun for 80m horizontal delta loop

I am new to HF. I'd like to put up an 80m delta loop. Due to aesthetic considerations I need to use coax to the shack. If tuned for 3.55MHz, I anticipate having a good SWR on 80m, 40m, and 20m. The ...
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How does an SWR meter really work?

For ham radio operators, the SWR meter is a ubiquitous piece of equipment. There are dozens of standalone models on the market and most modern transceivers and antenna tuners have this functionality ...
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Does Coax Limit the Maximum SWR a Transmitter 'Sees'?

A recent discussion about SWR led to the assertion that a length of coax cable will ultimately limit the SWR to which the transmitter will be exposed. By experimenting with an SWR calculation tool ...
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Can a common-mode current exist on the inside of a coax shield?

People often say common-mode current flows on the outside of the shield, while the current on the inside of the shield is always opposed by an equal but opposite current on the center conductor. This ...
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SMA connector sizes

So, I'm currently tinkering with a RTL SDR dongle and want to put an external antenna in the proper way (i.e. not by soldering a random wire on the included mcx terminated coax) I was about to buy a ...
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Use a TV coax and balun for a poor-man's OCFD?

Can I use TV coax and a cheap TV balun to build a poor-man's OCFD? Marginal performance is acceptable if it saves money. If I could listen to 10% of transmitters within a 100 mile radius that would be ...
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Will coaxial cable degrade over time?

I have a 40' section of RG-8 that is about 35 years old. One end was terminated with a standard PL-259 and the other was soldered directly to an antenna. When I removed the connector from the one ...
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How do I connect an antenna with coax output to my stereo?

I want to buy a radio antenna for my stereo in order to pick up a few farther-away stations clearly. The outputs from the antennae that I'm seeing are to coax cables, and the input to my stereo has 75 ...
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How much does the quality of coax cable matter?

I am using a bit of coax cable as an antenna (with the shielding off at the last 17.3 cm). However it is cheap Chinese cables and the shielding does not contain that many copper wires (the "web" isn't ...
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Why is coax loss logarithmic?

With DC hookup wire, losses are directly proportional to length. If the resistance of 100m of wire is 10 ohms then the resistance of 200m of wire will be 20 ohms. But we measure coax loss in decibels ...
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How the Coaxial Collinear Antenna Works?

A length of coaxial cable radiates negligible amount of RF. Same length, if cut into pieces of length (λ/2 * VF), and these pieces joined again cross-connected (i.e. core of a piece to shield of ...
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What effect does a balun have on s-parameter, beam patterns?

I have a dual-dipole antenna with a subreflector slightly above it and a ground plane below it, and attached to the ground plane is a balun. While simulating in CST microwave studios, I didn't include ...
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How to calculate single-stub match (general case)?

I'm trying to build a 1/2 wave "Coaxial J-Pole" antenna, similar to what is described here: Coaxial J-Pole http://members.upc.nl/a.vrijswijk/documents/J_Pole_Picture.jpg Such an antenna would be ...
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Does a balun need to be made with coax?

The short version My understanding is that one of the main reasons to use a balun with coax is to prevent the outside of the shield from becoming part of your antenna system. If that's the case, won'...
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Using coax for DC, good idea?

I know that it is best to twist the wires that supply DC power to a device, as to decrease the "loop" surface area. This diminishes the amount of RF that gets coupled in the wires as well as the ...
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What factors determine acceptable turning radius of RF cable operating into few GHz?

I want to understand what factors determine acceptable turning radius of RF cable. are the losses high for low frequency or at high frequency if cable is turned or twisted ? the cable i am referring ...
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Why isn't twisted pair used for feedlines?

My son was asking about some Ethernet cable (Cat 5 unshielded twisted pair), and since he recently passed his Technician exam and we both have "radio stuff" on our minds, I tried to make the analogy ...
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how does slotted coax Balun eliminate common current?

how does slotted coax Balun eliminate common current? why the length of the slot should be quarter wavelength?
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What do we mean by “RF in the shack”?

What does "RF in the shack" mean? How does it interfere with devices around coax?
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Feed line direction for Quad antenna

I am currently getting my EE degree, and I'm trying to build my first antenna for a weather balloon. I understand with a dipole, you want the feed line perpendicular to the antenna for at least l/4, ...
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Type of coax used inside of a transceiver?

If you have had occasion to open up a transceiver for repair or other reasons, you have seen the thin grey coax that's used to carry signals from one part of the radio to another. What is the ...
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RG-174 to pull signal from 1st IF?

I've built a high impedance buffer out of an op amp on a small piece of perf board. I'm going to attach the input to the first IF on an Icom IC-718 and the output will be pulled out to a jack that I'...
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Using cable coax rg 11

I am using RG 11 coax connected to receive radio. Center wire to one post shield to other post. Can it be used as a long wire antenna by it's self?
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I have 60 feet of coax but only need 20 feet; can I loop up the excess?

I was given about 60 feet of good cable with connections but only need about 20 feet. Can I loop up the end or do I need to cut and put a new connector on?
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Amateur Radio shack/antenna considerations during house construction

We are constructing a house on a tiny 30ft by 55ft plot and the construction uses cement bricks and the roof has embedded iron rods. The house has ground + 2 floors and the top floor mostly has two ...
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Using inner conductor of a coax feedline as an antenna

Can I use the inside conductor of coax to radiate RF energy? My in-laws have some sort of attic antenna installed many years ago for broadcast reception, which I would love to temporarily co-opt for ...
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How is a 1:1 current balun different from a choke?

I have a 10m dipole and am going to feed it with 50 ohm unbalanced feed line (coax). My understanding is the feed point of this style antenna is about 50-75 ohms and since it is a balanced antenna I'...
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What chewed my coax

Today I noticed that a piece of RG-58 that's feeding a Beverage antenna for HF was in two pieces. On further inspection it turned out to be cut. On further inspection I think it's actually chewed by ...
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Understanding coax radiation and “current on the shield”

I'm having trouble understanding what seems to be the fundamental principle behind baluns (and probably other related topics). Perhaps some of my confusion comes from an audio background, where one ...
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Can I use an RG-8X crimper/stripper on LMR-240?

From all my reading online it seems LMR-240 and RG-8X are only about .002 inches apart in diameter and most connectors/tools that support one support the other. I'm looking for a crimper and stripper ...
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Why exactly would cable lengths to a duplexer matter?

So a very experienced friend of mine is making a portable suitcase kit with Yaesu FTL-2001 (VHF), Yaesu FTL-7002 (UHF) and DX-720D duplexer* plus power supply and other miscellaneous gear. FTL-2001 ...
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Connect Printed Yagi-Uda Dipole Array with Balun to coaxial cable correctly

I am making the Printed Yagi-Uda Dipole Array with Balun (that is the full name). I used Antenna Magus to calculate dimensions. I am not sure how to properly connect it to coaxial cable. Here is what ...
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How to feed coax from inside car?

What is the best (or standard) way to get coax from the radio in the car to the outside of the car without smashing it and damaging the line? If I just put it through the door crack, it seems to ...
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How to shorten the length 50 ohm characteritic impedance antenna cable

I have two 50 ohm characteristic impedance cables of which I need to shorten their length to compact my design. (put everything in to a box) The cables I need to shorten are the GPS & GSM antenna ...
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Weather-proofing antenna connections

Here's a problem: you buy a fancy new vertical for a fair bit of coin, but there's no coax connector on the thing. There are just screw terminals. You need to attach coax to it, but in such a way ...
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How to choose a coaxial cable

How do you know which coaxial cable to choose for your application? For instance; I require a cable that has a 50ohm impedance, an operating frequency of 2.4GHz, length of 100mm, and needs to be ...
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Is there an optimum Antenna Feedline Length for mobile installations?

I bought a ham radio antenna mounting kit for my car that includes ~16' of coax. One end has a trunk lip NMO antenna mount, the other end has a re-solderable PL-259. I asked the sales person if it is ...
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How to keep a disconnected coaxial connector weatherproof?

The advice I have seen on lightning safety is that if you don't have high-quality lightning protection (and associated grounding) installed on your feed line, it is advisable to, during a storm and ...
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Height and feedline loss tradeoff for VHF

Currently my 2m antenna is about 3m above the ground inside, my HF antenna is connected to 30m (2db loss) coax and is about 12m up. Since the loss for 2m is a lot more when traveling down such a long ...