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Re: Best type of coax to use between preamps and antennas


Did you diagnose what your problem was ? Water in the coax ? Where is  your 
preamp mounted ? If very near (10 feet) the antenna you can use RG8. If you 
feel intimidated by N connectors (many folks are), Henry Radio and others 
sell a two (2) piece N connector that is installed much like a PL 259 which 
you have probably installed many times. Check out Henry Radio on Ebay. If 
you need more info on this email me direct. I think they get around $4 a 
connector. A short run (10 ft) of RG8 at 432mhz or 144mhz is not too 
prohibited, in my opinion. Or you can have somebody put together a jumper as 
you have noted. Self reliance provides better quality control in my opinion.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ronald Nutter" <rnutter@networkref.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 8:49 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Best type of coax to use between preamps and antennas

> After problems I had on Field Day in trying to operate the satellites, I 
> am looking to upgrade the coax I use between the preamps and the antennas. 
> I am using 9913FX from the IC-910H and the preamps.  I had been using RG 
> Mini 8/U for the connection between the preamps and antennas.  Should I 
> also use 9913FX between the preamps and the antennas?  The run between the 
> radio and the preamp is 50 ft.  The run from the preamp to the antennas is 
> about 10 - 15 ft depending on where I set the antennas up.  I am concerned 
> about how flexible the 9913FX would be in terms of the antennas rotating 
> back and forth.  I was planning on ordering the cables pre-made from 
> CableXperts since working with N connectors isnt my strong point and dont 
> want to worry about my soldering and having a good connection on both ends 
> of the cable.
> Any suggestions appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Ron

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