Custom Coax Cables for Your Station

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  1. N4MTB

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    I've been making my own coax assemblies for a very long time, but I have allot of tools and practice. I understand some don't have the time, tools or don't enjoy doing those activities. They need to chose wisely and order a well built cable for their needs. Why risk damaging some equipment, or an expensive tower climb for a PL-259 if your not confident on your coax connectors?
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  2. KI4P

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    Im an avid DX Engineering fan and customer, and i have myself bought a few jumpers to finish order for free shipping, but in the video for example, 60.00 for a 14 ft jumper! yes i understand its 400 Max, but simply your jumper prices are way to high, for me ill just make my own, by the way i love the new crimp tool, shame the coax strip tool for soldering doesnt work on crimp, wont spend money for crimp strip tool, oh well, again you are my favorite place to buy stuff, Thanks
  3. NU4R

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    A far as I'm concerned, DX Engineering's and their support of the UNFORTUNATELY failed Bouvet Island DXpedition will have me shopping no where else in the future!

    BTW-Great try Bouvet Island group! Can't begin to imagine all you guys went through!
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  4. KD5RJZ

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    Easiest way to get a winlink bot on the air.
  5. KD8DEY

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    I remember back in my 11m daze, Walking to Radio Shack, 3 miles In the snow, uphill (Both ways)
    to pick up a package of PL-259 connectors, Along with a couple adapters, and a fresh tip for my
    Radio Shack branded gun...
    and If I recall correctly, the same adapter for the 75 ohm stuff also worked for the LMR-240....
    Get off my Lawn :D
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  6. N4UP

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    I am also a big fan of DX Engineering. I have bought and installed so many of their ( mostly ) DXE400MAX coax assemblies that I have lost count ( but I can look it up as I keep an inventory of assemblies used, where they are used, and assemblies available ). I keep a supply handy of almost every length they make. When I need one, there it is. Don't need the custom builds, but glad they are available.

    I understand why I and others buy coax assemblies. I understand why some people build their own. No problem.

    What I don't understand is why anyone would not understand someone else having a preference that is different than their own. Doesn't matter what the reasons are, or even if there aren't any reasons.

    People have different preferences, priorities, values, financial abilities, etc.
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  7. KD8CDG

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    Because I have a choice, and I chose to purchase ready made jumpers than to build them... How difficult can it be to come to that conclusion? Especially after what I stated in my previous post...
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  8. W6MQI

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    Totally agree a so called ham operator that can't put together his or her own cables unbelievable this is about as basic as it flippin gets.
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  9. WA7PRC

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    Coincidentally, I recently reworked the rotator loop on my tower. I bought a bag of UHF male connectors from The RF Connection (link) and used some DXE400MAX from DX Engineering (link). I added anchor points on the mast for my yagi (two feedlines) and my 10m vertical on top (one feedline). In all, I installed nine connectors in mid-air (the connectors, not me). It was EASY using common tools, and took only a minute or so per connector.

    The 30' boom on my big 40/20/15/10m yagi quickly & easily dismantles, allowing me to work with both feets on the ground:
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    This allowed me to easily rework the loop (it needed to be longer):
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    Had I ordered custom-made jumpers, it would've taken A LOT longer and cost A LOT more. :)
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  10. KK6ILV

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    I am old school also. I enjoy building my coax jumpers and grounding assemblies. That is half the fun of this hobby !!
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