Custom Coax Cables for Your Station

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  1. WA2AAR

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    Is this some kind of joke? Ham radio operators have been making there own cables for years.
     
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  2. KA9JLM

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    This is very serious stuff for 11 meter users.

    SWRs are priceless, If you want good meter swing.

    I like to support DXE so the Hot Rods keep smoking. :)
     
  3. K0PV

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    Nice job on the loops. Tnx for the idea!
     
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  4. K0PV

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    Nice job on the loops. Tnx for a gr8 idea!
     
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  5. WA7PRC

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    Tnx. I used bulkhead adapters (similar to Amphenol pn 83-1F) thru the brackets (carved from 1/8" aluminum angle), and right-angle adapters (similar to Amphenol pn 83-1AP) where appropriate. The brackets are attached using HD stainless steel worm-drive hose clamps:
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    The band is wider & thicker than others, and the four tabs prevent it from falling apart when tightened. Industrial suppliers such as McMaster-Carr have 'em for a coupla bucks each. To prevent the threads from galling, I first injected anti-seize compound, using a hobby syringe.

    Connectors are sealed using HD 3/4" heat shrink tubing (3:1 shrink ratio) w/ heat-activated sealant inside. McMaster-Carr has it.
     
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  6. KD5BLZ

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    It would be nice to be able to order custom cables. But usually when I need a cable I need it now not tomorrow. So I usually just keep spare accessories to build my own.
     
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  7. KD8DEY

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    It Don't mean a thing, If you Aint Got that swing....
    Ymmv
     
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  8. VE3BXG

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    Wow - an amazing amount of passion stirred up by a discussion of build-your-own vs. ready-made cables. I'm disappointed by the level of intolerance in so many of the posts. Who are all these self-appointed judges of what constitutes an "authentic" ham? Ham radio is a HOBBY - something we do for fun. Each of us has his/her own reasons and motivations. Everyone's story is different. As for me, I became a ham a year ago at the age of 60. I had been an SWL as a kid and was always intrigued by what I perceived to be the magic of radio. Put up a wire and hear stations thousands of miles away. Amazing. I built a few Heathkits as a kid but never had any particular mechanical or technical skill with radio. I recognize that I could have chosen to develop these skills, and also acquire greater knowledge of electronics, but I didn't. My life went in other directions. I did other things that were productive and required skill and effort. Decades later, at 60, I decided to get back into radio as a ham. I had no desire to home-brew; just wanted the thrill of being on the air. Got my license, and then a couple of months later decided I wanted to learn CW. Now I am almost exclusively CW and have my copying speed up to around 20 WPM - which to my mind, for someone who learned code at 60, is as much of an achievement as soldering a PL-259 onto a piece of coax (for those of you keeping score).
     
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  9. KD8DEY

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    Some people just don't learn that it's not good to solder PL-259 connectors wearing Synthetic pants....
    Ymmv
     
  10. WN1MB

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    Get. A. Grip. FGS.
     
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