"Buried" Coax

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W4MUF, Jun 14, 2018.

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  1. N0TZU

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    What is that tool called?
  2. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mole Killer. o_O
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  3. KK4YIV

    KK4YIV Ham Member QRZ Page

    What is that tool called? I am trying to look them up to see if they are available locally.
  4. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Garden Weasel.
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  5. KN4CQB

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    I lucked out. Just had an electric dog fence put in and the installer dug me a trench with his machine. Put in LMR 400
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  6. KC0MIS

    KC0MIS Ham Member QRZ Page

    One of the drawbacks of direct bury is gophers. We have a surplus. That is why I put in 2" conduit with electric boxes on each end.
  7. N7WR

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    Just took the station down preparatory to a move to a new QTH. Had 3 runs of 9913 coax, a #4 copper wire as part of the single point ground system, an 8 wire rotator control cable and an 8 wire remote switch cable all buried 4 feet under ground inside conduit for nearly 15 years. Also through the conduit was a 3/8 inch paracord pull line. All pulled back through the conduit and appear to be in perfect shape--good enough to use them at the new QTH
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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    They're certainly proud of their product o_O

    Only 19 left - better order soon :)


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  9. KC8VWM

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    If I need to bury coax (and I do) I use the water blast from a garden hose or a pressure washer to cut a path into the soil. Easier on your back and works much faster than "digging."

    Later followup by filling in the path with a bag of:

    Last edited: Jun 15, 2018
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  10. WA7PRC

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    It's NOT the same...

    Jacket: Non-contaminating PVC
    Shield: 95% braided copper
    Dielectric: Solid polyethylene
    Center conductor: 7-strand copper

    Jacket: Type III polyethylene
    Shield: 95% braided copper over aluminum foil
    Dielectric: gas-injected (foamed) polyethylene
    Center conductor: 19-strand copper

    However, they're both 0.405" OD. On the BuryFlex cable, the PE jacket offers better resistance to moisture ingress. The aluminum foil shield offers 100% shielding. The foamed dielectric offers lower loss. The 19-strand center conductor takes repeated flexing better.

    DX Engineering sells DXE400MAX, that appears to be identical to BuryFlex. Orders over $99 include ground shipping (at $0.95/ft, order ≥ 105 ft).

    Sealant-lined heat shrink tubing. 3/4" w/ 3:1 shrink ratio works well on UHF males fed w/ 0.405" OD coax. The last time I bought it, I purchased a 4' length of thick-wall shrink tubing from McMaster-Carr (#7861K56, $19.10).

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