[time-nuts] RG 6 U couplings

Mark Spencer mark at alignedsolutions.com
Sun Dec 6 13:15:26 EST 2015


Try not to laugh to hard but the compression connectors and crimper for RG6 style cables I picked up at Home Depot in Canada a few years ago seems to work quite well.   

I have used high quality pro tools at work over the years (mostly though I watch other people use them on occasion these days (:  ). But the Home Depot one I purchased seems ok to me for home / hobby use.

As noted by others I believe it is important to match the tool to the connectors.

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> On Dec 6, 2015, at 7:20 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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