Installation and review of the Ameritron RCS-8V remote coax switch

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  1. VA2PV

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    This project is about optimizing my coax cable with the Ameritron RCS-8V remote coax switch.


    Pascal VA2PV
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  2. KA9GDW

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    Pascal, I've been researching the RCS 8 v. With your very positive and supportive videos I've made my decision! Thanks 73 ka9gdw
  3. XE2FL

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  4. XE2FL

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    I had one of these RCS 8,but the relays are very small and they did not survive much,what I did was to use the control box changed the transformer to 24 volts and used 30 amp DPDT surplus relays on a new plastic box with 24 VDC coils mounted on my tower!
  5. VA2PV

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    Was it an older version RCS-8 or it's a RCS-8V ? I have a few friends that have been using this type of switch and I got only good comments about it. 73
  6. VK6KB

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    I was very lucky to pick one up for $5 in a Hamfest here in Perth Western Australia. It looked aweful, but when I opened it up at home it was just like new :) Anyway I have it installed with my 3 HF antennas feeding an Alpha Delta Delta 4 manual switch and I can select any of 5 antennas to any of 4 radios, excellent. Best $5 I ever spent :)
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  7. VK6APZ

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    I am using 2 RCS-8V for years now and they work fine for me, also the Rcs-4 with no problems.
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  8. W5GM

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    Forget this junk.. The Array Solutions Rat-Pak is a solid performer and wont disappear in a cloud of smoke.
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    MIKESM QRZ Member

    This does have the (seemingly rare) option of having non-selected antennas grounded, instead of being open. Many older manual switches switches did this, but as far as I can tell, few of the newer remote switches (the rat pak is an exception in that it does ground unused antennas) do that. Why would you not want them grounded?

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  10. N4JAP

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    Nice review, Pascal. I have the RCS-4 switch and it works well, with one coax line coming into my house. No issues, and handles 600 watts so far. It's rated for use 30mhz and below, but I get excellent results on 6 meters with my 40 meter OCF dipole - which, by the way, has very nice lobes with gain in certain directions on 50mhz.
    Cheers & beers,
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