[time-nuts] RG 6 U couplings

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Sun Dec 6 12:30:41 EST 2015


Hi

I’ve always shopped the auction sites. I buy both the connectors and the tool from 
the same guy at the same time. So far that’s worked pretty well. It does take some
time sorting through the “almost as good as” or “better than but not that part number”
type listings. The sellers change fast enough that the guy I bought from a year ago
may be the last person on the planet you would want to use today.

Bob

> On Dec 6, 2015, at 10:20 AM, F. W. Bray <fwbray at mminternet.com> wrote:
> 
> For those of us in the U.S., does anyone have suggestions of vendors or brands of quality connectors and installation tools?
> 
> Over the years, I worked my way up from cheap wire terminals to PIDG connectors and the correct tools.  Rather than repeat the process with F connectors, I'm willing to pay a bit more the first time to do it right.
> 
> Fred
> KE6CD
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Dec 6, 2015, at 4:44 AM, Bob Camp <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi
>> 
>> I agree 100% with the recommendation of compression connectors and of the 
>> CX3 in particular. The only thing I would add is that they require a proper tool
>> to “compress” them. I have found that some of the tools are pretty brand specific.
>> You may need to match the tool to the connector.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>>> On Dec 5, 2015, at 11:38 PM, Arnold Tibus <arnold.tibus at gmx.de> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi Bert and the group,
>>> 
>>> I can highly recommend the so called compression F-connectors.
>>> There are a lot of brands out, but my personal favorite is the
>>> Waterproof CX3 Quickmount
>>> from Corning Cabelcon, because they have very good rf and mechanical data.
>>> They are not only weatherproof and corrosion resistant (NiTin-alloy), but
>>> they are really watertight (tested 8h at 30m) and accept a quite high
>>> pull strength of up to typical 480N.
>>> The RF shielding and impedance data are also very good.
>>> 
>>> For outside I use successful since years a black polyethylen insulated
>>> cable
>>> which is really weatherproof and UV resistant and triple shielded with
>>> tinned copper
>>> braid (I don't like aluminum braid because the low mech. performance).
>>> 
>>> Just for overview information (I have no relation to this company!):
>>> http://www.cabelcon.dk/download/CX3Folder_May2012.pdf
>>> 
>>> One may find similar connectors made by other companies.
>>> 
>>> The only 'negative' point is the need of a compression tool.
>>> 
>>> So I think this would be a very good solution for repair and connection
>>> in general of RG6 and similar types also for GPS use.
>>> 
>>> Kind regards
>>> 
>>> Arnold, DK2WT
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> Am 05.12.2015 um 21:28 schrieb Bert Kehren via time-nuts:
>>>> At my new home the GPS antenna location has turned in to a  challenge.  May 
>>>> have to splice RG 6U. Has any one done measurements on  couplings and the 
>>>> loss associated with them. Right now I am considering a  female, female 
>>>> coupling. Is there a better alternative?
>>>> Thanks   Bert Kehren Palm City  Fl.
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