Questions tagged [coaxial-cable]

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

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Which cable is better for ham radio antenna? RG58, RG59, or RG6?

Which cable is better for ham radio antenna? RG 58, RG 59, or RG 6? Based on [1], RG6 has lower signal loss. So, is RG 6 a better cable? Or there are no differences? [1] https://sewelldirect.com/blogs/...
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50Ohm Coax presents 50 Ohms of impedance on which frequency?

Either there's a simple answer that I'm not finding in a spec sheet somewhere, or, I'm asking the wrong question!
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440MHz collinear dipole array - suitable coax?

friends! Finally found my next antenna project..a collinear dipole array for the 70cm US ham band. The general idea: (image courtesy https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-981-...
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What is the maximum antenna cable length allowed in GNSS application?

I am beginner in designing GNSS receiver design and facing concern while testing the high precision GNSS survey.I am using GNSS survey grade antenna for my GNSS receiver application testing, the ...
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How to deal with foil shield when adding a connector?

I want to crimp a connector onto some RG58 A/U cable. The cable has a foil shield under the braided shield. What's the recommended way to deal with the foil? Should I treat it just like the braided ...
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What does an antenna analyzer tell me about these coaxial cables?

Note: more measurements added after graphs below I recently acquired a RigExpert antenna analyzer and I am trying to learn how to use it to test cables. I took two cables to start with to try and ...
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Glass Block Pass Through

In my future shack I will have glass block windows consisting of 6 x 8 blocks and a 6 x 16 vent. I've been searching, but cannot find the best solution to pass coax through the windows. I've thought ...
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Do the Horizontal Conductors of a Ground Plane Antenna Adequately Decouple Its Feedline?

A NEC4.2 analysis of this configuration may reveal an unexpected truth about this...
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coax switches for HF

Like many hams I have several radios and several antennas. instead of constantly connecting and disconnecting coax cables I would like to feed several antennas in to some type of switch so I can ...
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Is “low loss” cable required for HF?

I use RG-58 for all my HF antennas, since it's light, flexible, convenient, and cheap. And super easy to choke. Whenever I have a problem I just loop a few turns of it on a ferrite core and the ...
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Coax fed dipole: shield goes to one side, yet is grounded via chassis line to Earth

Suppose I have a coax-fed half-wave dipole antenna. The coax shield goes to one side of the antenna, the center conductor to the other side. The transceiver's chassis is connected (via the coax ...
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Supershield or Superscreen coax: Does it exist? What is its common name?

I'm sure this seems like a Google question, but I've BTDT and come up empty. The problem I'm trying to solve is to obtain cables that are as "leak proof" as possible. Tried Pasternak "...
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Trying to understand the work of 4:1 coax balun

Let's consider the following picture (source): When current passes the half-wavelength matching section it changes the phase to the opposite, this is why we get +V and -V in the feed point, 2V ...
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300 ohm to 50 Balun at antenna feedpoint, or near receiver?

If I build a folded dipole, it will have an impedance close to 300 ohms. I have to match this impedance to the 50 ohms of my transceiver. I know many people match that impedance with varying lengths ...
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SO-239 (UHF) vs N connector power handling on 160m

I am curious how much CW power an N connector or SO-239 connector will handle on such a low frequency like 160m band. I know on VHF they will probably handle about 800W before getting too warm. I ...
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Will using a 1:1 balun at the feedpoint of a center feed dipole result in no common mode current on the outside of the coax?

Will using a 1:1 balun at the feedpoint of a center-fed dipole when using coax result in no common mode current on the outside of the coax ?
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Understanding RG6-75 ohm Cable Impedance

Here is my measurement to a piece of RG6 cable. It is around 30cm cable. On the shield is written COAXIAL CABLE 5C-2V 75 ohm. From my measurement I got data as below: From that table, we can see that ...
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Why is my calculation for added length of coax for a double cross antenna different to everyone else's?

I'm an amateur amateur radio enthusiast finally building my own antenna, and have decided on a double cross antenna, with the goal of pulling data from NOAA satellites. Four coax cables, two of ...
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VHF 50 Ω Antenna Over 75 Ω TV Coax

I have a 50 Ω VHF airband antenna which I’m planning to install in my loft, for use with a RaspberryPi-based RTLSDR scanner/receiver. I already have a UK-standard UHF/Freeview antenna using standard ...
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Combining/splitting three different RF signals

Not being so fluent in RF, I decided to ask here if my current approach seems doable or how one would try to achieve something like this: I'm doing research and deciding on an approach for my proto-...
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Why are there so many coaxial cable impedances?

Why do we have 50, 75, 62 and 92 Ω coaxial cable, to name a few? Why not just one standardised cable? Is there some technical reason or did Mr. Coax and Mr. Cable have a disagreement, like Mr. Tesla ...
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Using 75 Ω instead of 50 Ω coax feed

Can I replace my old 50 Ω coax with RG6? It's cheaper and less loss at VHF/UHF. I would match by L/2 multiples of coax to repeat input and output impedance or L/C matching networks at each end. Is ...
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Should I run RG8x / mini8 zip tied to a cat 5e ethernet cable?

I'm running a feed line from the end of my amplifier to the antenna for HF transmissions. I'm using RG8x / mini 8. There's an existing pathway through my house I'd like to use that has a cat 5e ...
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SWR characteristic changes when lifting coax off the ground?

I was at Anaheim HRO and few guys there were talking about an MFJ all band vertical antenna that does not need radials. I forget what model number it is but it is one of those "wife pleasing antennae" ...
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How to splice RG-174 coax?

I'm pretty good at repairing broken regular coax, but I recently had an RG-174 cut and it's too small for me to solder the center wire and keep the braid away from it. What's a good way to do this? ...
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What is the best type of feedline for a base UHF VHF ground plane antenna with a distance of around 50-75 feet of coax?

I'm going to be putting up a Comet GP6 UHF/VHF Ground Plane Antenna. It will be chimney mounted to a mast, and the total height is around 40 ft. The upper half of the chimney starts at the first ...
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why is 3rd order intermodulation for 2110-2155 = 1710-1755?

Trying to calculate 3rd order intermodulation for a frequency range (2110 to 2155). I know the answer is 1710 to 1755, but I don't know how to get there. attempts: ...
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Can ferrite beads lower coax cable velocity factor?

For VHF and UHF, it seems reasonable to slip ferrite beads over a coaxial cable to act as a transmission line common mode choke. It also seems reasonable to use beads with the smallest diameter ...
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overhead power-line safety

A set of utility lines, and above them some high voltage power lines, run almost directly over the backyard fence. Some radio antennas are situated so that they can't fall onto the utility or power ...
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RG-213 Cable with electric strained wire as metallic shield of Coaxial cable

I'm using RG-213 coaxial cable for two-way ham radio communication. But due to weather conditions, the metallic shield of my coaxial cable (RG-213) become rusty and carbonated. If I use copper ...
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Terminating double-shielded coax

When terminating coax (e.g. RG-400) that has an outer braid over an inner braid onto an SO-239 chassis mount, do we want to solder both the inner and outer braids together onto the ground of the SO-...
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Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?

It is well understood in the amateur radio community that ladder line, window line, etc. have lower losses per foot than say RG-213 or LMR400, particularly on HF frequencies. It is also understood ...
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Soldering PL-259.. with a torch?

I came across this article about torch soldering PL-259 coax connectors. It seemed like a good idea since the body needs a lot of heat to get solder to flow into the holes. It's a little vague when ...
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Cabling question between two devices

Here is my schema. I would like to connect a device using SMA connector with RG 174 to an attenuator of 30 dB with SMA connector. On the other side the attenuator is connected to a SMA-UHF converter ...
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Simple Longwire/Dipole Antenna design

In a couple of days I am going to a mountain cabin and I were thinking about making myself a semi broadband antenna for LF/HF (300KHz - 20MHz or so) for receiving only. I was thinking about creating ...
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Using LMR400 and RG8x in the same feedline

I am putting a run together from my shack to a new 2 meter antenna I've built. I'm blessed to have many trees on my property and I'll be placing the new antenna about 90 ft from the ground by hanging ...
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Testing for 'Bad' Coax

I have a lot of 'donated' coax that has been given to me with unknown provenance. I'm wondering what things I can do that can determine whether I keep it or send to the tip? Some of the things I have ...
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What is Electrical length in RF and how to electrically cut and measure the RF cable in degree?

What is electrical length in detail? Why is it so that 1/4 wave , 1/2 wave dipole antenna works properly and not a full wave antenna? What is the role of electrical lengths in degree?
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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 ...